Special Education Community Events and News

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Advocacy Opportunity!

California State Board of Education is seeking six applicants for the advisory commission on special education. Preference will be given to applicants who are representatives of charter schools and parents of students with disabilities. The deadline for submitting the application and all required documents is 5:00 p.m on Friday, February 3, 2023.

Apply Here

Wed Feb 1 @ 7-8:30pm: Dyslexic Design Thinking, When Neurodivergence & Creativity Meet

Presented by REEL (Resilience & Engagement for Every Learner)


Dyslexia affects as many as 1 in 5 people. Most people view it exclusively as a challenge with reading and writing - what they don’t realize is that dyslexic brains have many gifts and strengths! Join us to hear about Dyslexic Design Thinking, as Gil Gershoni shares how dyslexia offers a heightened advantage, what he calls his “hyper-ability.”

Learn how parents can find the hyper-ability in their child’s differences and foster these unique strengths to boost self-esteem, school/career pathways, and finding their place in the world. In the words of our speaker, we’ll talk about how we can “suspend the limiting connotations of a learning disability, so that neurodivergent people can recognize the liberating truth in front of their faces: that each human mind contains the potential for a hyper-ability just waiting to be discovered.”

Thu Feb 2 @ 5:30pm: Special Education Forum from State Council of Developmental Disabilities

The State Council of Developmental Disabilities will hold an open forum on the opportunity for growth within the special education system. 

Register Here

Sat Feb 11 @ 11am-2pm: Summer Resource Fair

Visit the Therapeutic Recreation table at the Summer Resource Fair on Saturday, 2/11 from 11am-2pm at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Ave).

Learn more here

Mon Feb 13 @ 7-8:30pm: Special Education: Advocacy Skills

Presented by DREDF (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund)

Good advocacy skills help parents obtain the supports their children need. Learn skills to ensure that IEP members truly hear your perspective, take you seriously, and know that you understand the IEP process and your rights. 

You must register in advance for this training.

Thu Feb 23 @ 6:30-8pm: Community Conversations about SFUSDs Budget & Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Presented by the CAC

TOPIC: Community Conversations about SFUSDs Budget & Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Please join us to discuss and help shape SFUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).  We will talk about family and community priorities and how families and community partners can help students and schools succeed.


Mon Feb 27 @ 10-11:30am: Educación Especial: Habilidades de Defensa

Presentada por DREDF (Fondo de Educación y Defensa de los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad)

Tener habilidad la habilidad para defenderse ayuda a los padres a obtener el apoyo necesario para sus hijos. Aprenda las herramientas necesarias para garantizar que los miembros del equipo de la escuela escuchen su perspectiva, le tomen en serio y entiendan que usted conoce el proceso de IEP y sus derechos. 

Debe registrarse con anticipación para esta capacitación.

Disability and Special Education in the News

Check out this round up of articles about the disability experience and special education. Looking for more news? Check out the Support for Families Blog or the University of Washington's Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Disability in the News webpage for even more articles.

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This page was last updated on February 2, 2023