Special Education Community Events and News

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Summer Saturdays: Free Adaptive Biking in SF Golden Gate Park

San Francisco's Free Adaptive Bike Program is returning this summer. In partnership with the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, we're providing free reservations for adaptive bikes in Golden Gate Park during the summer and fall months, with the program serving people with disabilities.

The program will take place on Saturdays at the Music Concourse behind the Golden Gate Bandshell (75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive) next to the accessible parking lot.

Reservations are required to participate. For program dates and to reserve a bike, contact BORP Cycling Center at (510) 848-2930 or email cycling@borp.org. For more information, click the link below.

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Monthly: FREE Support for Families Workshops & Clinics

Monthly on Thursday's: 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

Monthly: National Alliance Mental Illness SF - FREE Public Programming

Monthly Programs

Thursday, June 6 @ 6:00 - 7:00p | Wednesday, June 19 @ 12:00 - 1:00p: Volunteer Open House

Want to learn about ways to get involved and give back? Check out the Open House! Volunteers are at the heart of the NAMI SF mission and there are tons of ways to get involved. The Open House is a great space to meet staff and explore available positions. Monthly on the first Thursday and third Wednesday. Zoom

Thursday, June 13 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: In Our Own Voice (Featuring LGBTQ+ Voices!)

Signature NAMI program highlighting community voices. In June, learn from LGBTQ+ identifying community members about their stories of living with a mental health condition and navigating their sexual orientation / gender identity. Part of the event series: NAMI SF x LGBTQ+ Mental Health. For all community members! Monthly on the second ThursdayZoom

Sunday, June 16 @ 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


June Programs

Thursday, June 20 @ 6:00 - 7:30p: LGBTQ+ Roundtable: Queer Youth Mental Health

The second annual LGBTQ+ Roundtable! 2024 focus: queer youth mental health. Panelists will break down contemporary trends related to queer youth mental health, discuss effective methods for supporting queer identifying youth and young adults, and identify community resources. Part of the event series: NAMI SF x LGBTQ+ Mental Health. Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Chase Anderson - is an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. 
  • Denisse Mendéz - is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Youth Mental Health Manager at the San Francisco LGBT Center. Denisse specializes in working with gender-expansive transitional-age youth and youth of color. 
  • Francis Gallego - is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations in the Bay Area.

The 2024 LGBTQ+ Roundtable will be hosted via Zoom Webinar.

Week of June 24: Juneteenth Programs

Stay tuned for program updates! NAMI SF Eventbrite page | NAMI SF Events Page

Mon Jun 3 @ 10:00-11:00am: Disagreeing Productively: Resolving Conflict Early

Presented by Support for Families and SFUSD

Monday June 3rd @ 10am-11am


San Francisco Unified School District partners with the Bar Association of San Francisco to provide free, neutral facilitation for IEP disputes. Bar Association Facilitators can support IEP teams whether the conflict is technical or relational, with the goal of helping IEP teams communicate better and come to agreements that support the student. Join Adriana Aro, the ADR administrator for SFUSD to learn more about ADR offerings and how to disagree productively.

Tues June 4 @ 12:00pm: FREE First Tuesday Parenting Coaching with Ed Center

Sign up here!

We’ll discuss summer routines, including for neurodivergent kids and kids with special needs. These sessions are just 30 minutes, but I stay on longer to answer more individual questions. Hope to see you!

We are moving the workshop to TUESDAY this month because of a scheduling conflict. We hope you can make it!

Ed Center, Founder of The Village Well, will offer one parenting tool for familiar situations and host a discussion on how it applies to your family. These sessions are just 30 minutes. Ed will stay on afterwards to answer more individual questions.

About Ed Center:

Ed Center is a queer brown dad who coaches parents and other kid-raisers toward greater connection, calm, and joy. During the height of the pandemic, Ed’s son suffered an acute mental health crisis. Searching for support, Ed discovered the field of positive parenting and learned strategies and tools to strengthen his connection with his son, leading to healing for the whole family. He started The Village Well to bring more connection, joy, and healing to families of color.


Mon Jun 10 @ 7:00 - 8:30pm: DREDF - IEP Basics & Beyond

An overview of the special education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Laws Special.  You must register in advance for this training.

Interpretation/Accommodations: If you need accommodations to participate in any of our training or presentations, please contact hmin@dredf.org or call 510 644-2555 as soon as possible. We generally need 10 days to arrange these, and we want to make sure you are included!

Note: We offer all our DREDF Special Education training in Spanish and post other training that may be of interest where we are participating but not hosting on our website as well. Visit DREDF's Special Education Trainings page for more information.

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

Sat Jun 15 @ 11:00am: SFAutism Society Tunnel Tops to Battery Bluff Park Hike

Tunnel Tops to Battery Bluff Park Hike, Presidio, San Francisco

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 11am (Note this is 11 AM rather than the usual 10am)
Location:  Meet outside the public bathrooms located between the Outpost and the Field Station next to Building 603, the Crissy Field Center. 603 Mason (along Crissy Field). There is paid Presidio parking, including some disability parking spaces in this area, and free parking at Crissy Field East Beach parking, a short walk to the Crissy Field Center. Please arrive a few minutes before 11 AM for a prompt start.
Description: Join Lisa Louis of HikingAutism.com and family for a walk from the Crissy Field Visitor Center in the Presidio Tunnel Tops up to Battery Bluff Park which has glorious views of Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz on one side and the majestic National Cemetery on the other. There is a mild rise in elevation but it is all on smooth surfaces. RSVP recommended but not required!  (Note: This walk has the option to do all ramps and no stairs if participants need that option for wheelchair, stroller, etc.)
RSVP by e-mail to Lisa (at llouis@sonic.net)

For more info on hikes in this area, visit:

Thurs Jun 20 @ 6:00-7:30pm: NAMI Second Annual LGBTQ+ Roundtable: Queer Youth Mental Health

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NAMI San Francisco presents the Second Annual LGBTQ+ Roundtable: Queer Youth Mental Health!

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

On June 20, mental health professionals in the Bay Area with discuss a range of topics related to LGBTQ+ youth mental health.

This event is for members of the LGBTQ+ community and those committed to supporting LGBTQ+ youth mental health, taking active steps toward identifying community resources for queer youth, and talking constructively about LGBTQ+ mental health.


Hear from mental health experts who specialize in working with LGBTQ+ youth:

Dr. Chase T. M. Anderson, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He graduated from adult psychiatry residency at The Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UCSF. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other news and journal outlets.

Denisse Mendéz, is the Youth Mental Health Manager at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Denisse specializes in working with gender expansive transitional age youth and youth of color. Denisse utilizes her bilingual and bicultural Mexican heritage as foundations for honoring and affirming the human dignity of LGBTQ+ communities that are marginalized by violence, criminalization, and sociocultural oppression.

Francis Gallego, is Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with more than 20 years of professional work experience (6 in New York, 3 in Hawaii and 11 + in California). Francis has experience working with LGBTQI youth of color on both the east, west coast and Hawaii, as well as working with youth to continue to hold space for LGBTQI trans affirming care. He believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, compassion, and in the importance of cultural humility, diversity, inclusion and dismantling oppression and how it impacts our lives.


This program is part of NAMI SF x LGBTQ+ Mental Health, an event series focusing on LGBTQ+ mental health in June. We invite you to attend additional programs:

In Our Own Voice featuring LGBTQ+ Voices (Thursday, June 13)


Questions? Please contact Andrew Tuttle, Director of Education Programming: andrew@namisf.org.

We look forward to connecting with you on June 20th!


Fri Jun 21 @ 9:30am-1:00pm: Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Advisory Committee Meeting

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Special Education (SE) Division is excited to announce the next Advisory Committee meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held in-person and by videoconference via Zoom.

A Spanish-language interpreter will attend the meeting, and the closed captioning function will be turned on. If a meeting attendee needs an interpreter in another language or a reasonable accommodation to participate, please email OAH at OAHSEOps@dgs.ca.gov and include if you will be attending via videoconference or in-person.  If you will be attending in-person, please include the location where you will be attending.

Please visit the OAH Advisory Committee webpage for informati on on how to view the live broadcast and for additional details as the meeting date approaches. You must use the current version of one of the following browsers: Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Firefox to view the live broadcast.

If you want more information on attending Zoom Webinars, please visit the Zoom Attending Webinars Support webpage.

Sun Jun 23 @ 11:00am-1:00pm: SFUSD CAC Summer Picnic

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The SFUSD CAC invites you to a Summer Picnic to celebrate the end of this school year!

Join us for outdoor activities and food!

When: June 23, 2024, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Where: St. Mary's Recreation Center, 95 Justin Drive, San Francisco, CA 94110

Please register in advance to attend!

Sun Jun 23 @ 1:00-2:30pm: Perler Bead Workshop at the Children's Creativity Museum

Do you have a teenager between 14 and 22 years old who wants to have fun?

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) invites you to the Perler Bead Workshop at the Children’s Creativity Museum: In this workshop, young people will use all their creativity to create incredible figures and share a great afternoon of fun with other teenagers. Presented by Nicki Aquino. This event has a capacity of 20 attendees.

Location: Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Register Here

More info – English

Lunes 24 de junio @ 10:00-11:30am: DREDF- Educación Especial: Información Básica y Esencial

Una descripción general del proceso de educación especial, la Ley de Rehabilitación sección 504 y la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (IDEA – por sus siglas en ingles).

Debe registrarse con anticipación para esta capacitación:

Enlace de registro

Jueves 27 de junio @ 9:40am-12:00pm: Sexualidad saludable en los adolescentes

Presentado por Support for Families (Apoyo a las familias)

832 Folsom St #1001, San Francisco, CA 94107

Cuando: 6/27/2024

Hora: 9:40am-12:00pm

Presentado solamente en persona y en español. El espacio es limitado. Se requiere registración.

Prepárese para tener una conversación interesante sobre la sexualidad saludable de los adolescentes. Durante nuestro tiempo juntos participaremos en actividades para aumentar nuestro nivel de comodidad para abordar esta conversación con nuestros hijo/as. 

Para registrarse o preguntas contacte a Roxana Lopez: (415)-920-5040 ext. 149, o rlopez@supportforfamilies.org

Sat Jun 29 @ 10:00am-2:00pm: Free Wheelchair Tennis Clinic

When: Saturday, June 29th 10:00am-12:00pm (youth), 12:00pm-2:00pm (adults)

Where: Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center, 50 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, CA 94117

Join us on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free wheelchair tennis clinic at the Goldman Tennis Center (50 Bowling Green Drive) conducted by USTA NorCal. The clinic is for beginners and advanced players alike. The youth portion of the clinic for ages 6 to 17 will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, while the adult portion (18+) will take place from noon to 2 p.m.  A limited amount of sportschairs will be available for use during the clinic. For more information and to register, click the link below.

Register here

Sat Jul 6 @ 10:00am-12:00pm: Support for Families Play, Learn, Connect

Presented in English but staff has bilingual English/Spanish capabilities.

A parent-child interactive group where you as a parent/caregiver get to meet with other families, learn more about Support for Families’ services and enjoy playtime with your child while you learn together and practice Early Literacy and Socio/Emotional skills.

This event takes place the first Saturday of every month during the 2024 year. 

Un grupo interactivo para padres e hijos donde usted, como padre/cuidador, puede reunirse con otras familias, aprender más sobre los servicios de Support for Families y disfrutar del tiempo de juego con su hijo mientras aprenden juntos y practican habilidades de alfabetización temprana y habilidades socio emocionales.

Este evento toma lugar el primer Sábado de cada mes durante el año 2024.

Register here/ Registrese aqui

Parent & Child Interactive Group: Play, Learn Connect (July 6, 2024)

Come join other caregivers and their children in the community for a play date! Ages 0-6.

Play Learn Connect is a parent child interactive group where you as a parent/caregiver get to meet with other families, learn more about Support for Families' services, and enjoy play time with your child while you learn together and practice Early Literacy and Socio/Emotional skills.


10:00-10:30am- Sign in

10:30-11:00am- Welcome Circle/Reading

11:00-11:30am- Sensory/Socio-emotional Activity

11:30am-12:00pm- Socialization Parachute Activity & Closing Circle

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Sun Jul 14 @ 4:00-6:00pm: SF Autism on Tap @ Pier 23

Presented by the SF Autism Society

What: A friendly gathering overlooking the Bay. Light appetizers served, you may purchase full meals.

When: Sunday, July 14, 2024, 4-6pm

Where: Pier 23 Cafe, Restaurant and Bar, 23 The Embarcadero, SF

Cost: Free, but please register here so we can plan space and orders.

Questions? Please email Susan at susan.d.andrews@icloud.com 

Sat Jul 20 @ 1:00pm: Animator and Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum Cast Member Dani Bowman: Empowering Voices, Inspiring Change

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Join autism advocate and Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum US cast member Dani Bowman as she discusses her journey working in animation and building her own animation company, DaniMation Entertainment, at the age of 11. This inspiring discussion will dive into the challenges the people with autism face within the animation industry and the importance of understanding and accommodating differences, building self-advocacy skills, and fostering inclusive workplaces for all.

An autograph signing with the speaker will follow the conclusion of this event, exclusive for all program ticketholders.

On-Sale Information

Tickets for Animator and Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum Cast Member Dani Bowman: Empowering Voices, Inspiring Change are available as follows:

  • Walt’s Circle Donors: Purchase tickets beginning Tuesday, Jun 4 at noon by emailing membership@wdfmuseum.org.
  • Founding, Supporter, and Friend-level members: Purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, Jun 5 at noon by emailing membership@wdfmuseum.org.
  • All member levels: Purchase tickets online beginning Thursday, Jun 6 at noon via the Member Portal.
  • Public (non-members): Remaining tickets available online beginning Friday, Jun 7 at noon.

Upgrade your membership to receive priority access to purchase tickets. Membership dues and Walt's Circle donations may be paid as monthly installments or as a one-time annual payment. For more information, please email the Membership Department at membership@wdfmuseum.org.

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