Special Education Community Events and News

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Monthly on Thursday's: FREE Support for Families Individualized Education Program (IEP) Clinics

Presented by SFCD. Offered in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren’t working, and how to become a more active and effective team member.

To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, email info@supportforfamilies.org,
or click the registration link below.

Presented in Cantonese: 1st Thursdays; 6-7:00pm
Presented in English: 2nd Thursdays; 4-6:00pm
Presented in Spanish: 3rd Thursdays; 4-6:00pm


Click here to register for the English IEP Clinic

Haga clic aquí para registrarse a la Clínica de IEP en español


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Monthly: NAMI SF Public Programming

Monthly Programs

Thursday, September 7 @ 6:00 - 7:00pm: Open House

Great opportunity to meet staff and learn about programs, resources, and volunteer opportunities. Monthly on the first Thursday. Zoom. 


Saturday, September 9 @ 10:30 - 11:45amSaturday Strolls

Community walk on Saturday morning! Led by NAMI staff/board. Meet at Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park and walk along the Pacific Ocean (closed section on Great American Highway). Monthly on the second Saturday. In-person.


Thursday, September 14 @ 6:00 - 7:00pm: In Our Own Voice Presentation

Educational presentation - all about personal storytelling and humanizing mental health! Hear peer speakers share about who they are, where they've been, and their recovery journey. In Our Own Voice is a core NAMI program. Monthly on the second Thursday. Zoom. 


Sunday, September 17 @ 10:00 - 10:45a: Community Art Class

NAMI SF is hosting free monthly art classes on the third Sunday of every month! Creating art can help focus, reduce stress and anxiety, boost creativity and expression, and is a great way to engage in community. Open to folks of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Monthly on the third Sunday. Zoom. 


September Programs

Thursday, September 21 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm: Suicide Awareness Training (Feat. SF Suicide Prevention) 

Join NAMI SF and San Francisco Suicide Prevention for a presentation on suicide prevention. Topics include risk factors, risk assessment, de-escalation, and guidelines for emergency protocols. Learning about suicidality, contributing factors, and how to support yourself and/or a loved one is a great first step toward combatting suicidality and suicidal attempts. Zoom. 


Jueves 28 de Septiembre // Thursday, September 28 @ 6:00 - 7:00pm: Salud Mental en Español 101 / Mental Health 101 (in Spanish)

En honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana (del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre), el equipo de NAMI SF está organizando una presentación enfocada en la experiencia de la comunidad latina/hispanohablante con la salud mental. // In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) the NAMI SF team is hosting a presentation focused on the Latinx/Spanish-Language community's experience with mental health. Zoom.


Sneak Peak: NAMI SF x Youth Mental Health Event Series (October)

Event Collection: NAMI SF x Youth Mental Health: Anxiety and Substance Use

Events incorporate the perspectives of mental health professionals or peers/loved ones who will discuss youth mental health relative to anxiety and substance use challenges. 


Thursday, October 12 @ 6:00 - 7:00pm: In Our Own Voice (Young Adult Edition)


Thursday, October 19 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm: Second Annual Youth Mental Health Symposium: Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders


Thursday, October 26 @ 6:00 - 7:15pm: Parents as Allies & Advocates

SFUSD Special Olympics Fall Events

Elementary School Soccer Skills Day

Tuesday, October 3, 2023  | 10:30am-12:15pm

           South Sunset Fields


Middle School Unified Soccer Tournament

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 10:30am-12:00pm

West Sunset Fields 


High School Unified Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 | 10:30am-12:15pm

Washington High School 


ACCESS Soccer Tournament

Date TBD | Time TBD

Location TBD

Mon Sept 11 @ 7:00 - 8:30pm: DREDF - Section 504 Plan

This training will provide an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Learn how a Section 504 Plan can provide the accommodations a student needs to participate fully in school.

You must register in advance for this meeting, which can be done using this registration link.

Thurs Sept 14 @ 9:00 -10:00am: Strengthening Social Observation for Back to School

Social Detective Thinking to Start the School Year via SocialThinking 

  • Watch how to introduce a practical social observation lesson taught by a 3rd-grade teacher
  • Discover innovative ways to adapt these concepts for older kids (ages 12-18+)
  • Participate in live Q&A with Kari Zweber Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP, Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP & moderator Dr. Pamela Crooke
  • Receive unlimited access to the recorded replay of the webinar, plus downloadable resources & Certificate of Completion

This webinar will highlight:

  • The importance of social observation in the classroom, home, and community
  • How to introduce becoming a Social Detective at the start of the school year
  • A look inside You Are a Social Detective! Curriculum & Teaching Guide
  • Innovative ideas for bringing concepts into the secondary grades
  • All participants receive downloadable resources, Certificate of Completion, & unlimited access to recorded replay

Register Here

Sat Sept 16 @ 11:00am-3:00pm: Support for Families Access to Adventure

Register here

Join Support for Families for a family fun day at Crissy Field Center, in Tunnel Tops Park in the Presidio! Learn about inclusive recreation, after-school, and summer programs available in San Francisco, while exploring one of San Francisco’s newest accessible parks. Connect with other families and staff from Support for Families and SF Recreation and Park’s Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services.

American Sign Language, Cantonese, and Spanish interpretation will be provided. For other accommodation requests, contact lucas.tobin@sfgov.org

Access to Adventure Day is presented by Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, SF Recreation and Parks Department, and Partnership for the Presidio, and sponsored in part by Waymo.

Event Flyers English | Spanish | Chinese

More information here

Thurs Sept 21 @ 6:00-7:30pm: NAMI SF- Suicide Awareness Training (Feat. SF Suicide Prevention) 

Thursday, September 21 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm: Suicide Awareness Training (Feat. SF Suicide Prevention) 

Join NAMI SF and San Francisco Suicide Prevention for a presentation on suicide prevention. Topics include risk factors, risk assessment, de-escalation, and guidelines for emergency protocols. Learning about suicidality, contributing factors, and how to support yourself and/or a loved one is a great first step toward combatting suicidality and suicidal attempts. Zoom. 


NAMI SF Website

Learn more about our programs and how you can get involved. Register for upcoming support groups and classes.

NAMI SF Resources Page

General and community-specific resource pages and guides.


NAMI San Francisco provides free mental health education and support to diverse, minoritized communities. Visit our website to learn more. Support these efforts by donating today!

Mon Sep 25 @ 10:00 - 11:30am: Educación Especial: Información Básica y Esencial (DREDF)

Esta capacitación proporciona una visión general de la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación. Conozca cómo un Plan de la Sección 504 puede proporcionar las adaptaciones necesarias para que un estudiante participe plenamente en su educación.

Debe registrarse con anticipación para esta capacitación: Enlace de registro.

Mon Sept 25th @ 5:30pm: CCEIS Educational Partners Meeting

Hello Educational Partners, 

Thank you for your participation last year in support of improving the educational and socio-emotional outcomes of Black/African American students. 

We are inviting you to return to the conversation to discuss what we've accomplished, what we plan to do next, and how you can continue to support the work of interrupting disproportionality of Black/African American students in Special Education, attendance, and discipline. 

Our next meeting, on Monday September 25th at 5:30 PM will be virtual. 

Find out more at https://www.sfusd.edu/cceis


Thurs Sep 28 @ 6:00-8pm: CAC Meeting: Teachtown & Alternate Pathway

Presented by the CAC


English | Español | 中文 | عربي | Tagalog | Tiếng Việt

Please join the CAC for a presentation on the new Teachtown Curriculum and Alternative Pathway to Graduation options in SFUSD. Presenters will share information about this new program/curriculum and how SFUSD teachers will be using it as well as which students will have access to this new curriculum and graduation pathway.

CAC General Meetings are held in person at Support for Families at 832 Folsom St, Suite 101 or you can watch the meeting on Zoom. A light dinner will be served for in person attendees. All CAC meetings are open to the public.

Please register in advance for this meeting. 

In person registration

Zoom registration

ASL and interpretation services are available with advance notice. To reserve, please send an email to cacspedsf@gmail.com or call 415-447-7802.

Sat Oct 14 @ 8:30am-4:00pm: SFASA-Stanford Adult Autism/DD Conference

The 2023 SFASA-Stanford Adult Autism/DD Conference

Presented by the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital and the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area

Register Here

When: Saturday, October 14, 2023, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, on both the 1st and 2nd floors

Subject matter: Planning and supports for adults with substantially disabling autism and related developmental disabilities. Themes include: legal planning, financial planning, public benefits, regional center services, self determination, housing, medical and dental care, psychiatric care, behavior and communication therapy, recreation and social growth, family and parent wellness, staffing, advocacy and policy, and other topics that relate to the quality of life. (For neurodiversity related topics please check out the Stanford Neurodiversity Project conferences.)

Who should attend: The target audience is parents, caregivers, family members and professionals who have responsibilities to plan and care for late teens and adults with autism and related DDs.

Format: The conference features a wide variety of presentations in classrooms and a resource fair in the main hall.

Detailed agenda: To be announced in late September. We anticipate about 50 vendor tables and 30 presenters.

Registration: $65 per ticket (we are working to make this fee reimbursable by our regional center, we will provide updates). Includes materials, coffee, lunch.

Scholarships: If you have financial need and cannot receive a reimbursement from your regional center, we can provide a scholarship. Scholarship requests open in September.

Sponsorships and vendor tables: We welcome sponsorships of $500, $1,000 or more, and a few vendor tables remain available. Please see

For conference updates: Please sign up for the SFASA newsletter and join our Adult Autism/DD Facebook Group here

Questions: Please email us at info@sfautismsociety.org

Thurs Oct 19- Sun Oct 22: Superfest Disability Film Festival

Superfest 2023 will occur online Thursday, October 19th through Sunday October 22nd with in-person screenings Saturday October 21st at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and Sunday October 22nd at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Stay tuned for more information, and for now, read below to check out the blurbs for our 2023 films and save the date!

Explore the Film List

Thurs Nov 2 @ 9:00am-1:00pm: California Reading Summit, California Reading Coalition

The CA Reading Summit is coming! The 3rd Annual Summit will be on Thursday, November 2. This virtual & free event brings together literacy leaders from across the state and nation, with a laser focus on improving results for California. State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond heads a speaker of roster that includes "Districts on the Move" with early literacy initiatives.  The California Reading Summit brings together leaders in improving reading results in California to share successes and struggles, and help chart the course to move our state forward.

Attendance is free, but registration required and space is limited. Learn more about the featured speakers and the event itself on the California Reading Coalition page.

Register Today!

Questions:  Email us at info@CAreads.org

Fri-Sat March 1-2: 2024 Literacy and Justice for All Symposium - Early Bird Tickets Available until September 25th!

Register Here

Location: Oakland Marriott City Center

The Oakland Literacy Coalition’s Annual Literacy & Justice for All Symposium brings together school and community educators, practitioners, funders, leaders, influencers, and community stakeholders committed to sharing and learning effective strategies, approaches, and tools that address the literacy needs of all learners. This event provides fighters for literacy justice with expanded spaces for professional learning in community and a chance to collaborate with literacy allies and champions across the region.

Our work toward literacy justice is critical. 1 in 3 children who started school during the pandemic need extensive literacy support. At the state level, California has the lowest literacy rate in the country with only 77% of adults are considered mid to highly literate. In our hometown of Oakland, only 1 in 3 students are reading on or above their grade-level.

Learn more about the symposium here

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