Special Education Community Events and News

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Weekly on Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm: Beginner Level Virtual ASL Classes

SFUSD Family & Staff Virtual ASL Classes

For families and staff virtually on Zoom, every Thursday 6:00-7:00pm until May 30, 2024

(No class on April 11, 2024)

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8999961619

Meeting ID: 899 996 1619

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, May 2 @ 6:00 - 7:00p | Wednesday, May 15 @ 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, May 9 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: In Our Own Voice (Featuring Asian American voices!)

Signature NAMI program highlighting community voices. In May, learn from Asian Ameri can community members about their stories of living with a mental health condition and navigating their cultural and ethnic identity. Part of the event series: NAMI SF x AAPI Mental Health. For all community members! Monthly on the second ThursdayZoom

Sunday, May 19 @ 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


May Programs

Thursday, May 23 @ 6:00 - 7:30p: Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Summit: Generational Trauma & Family Dynamics

The second annual Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Mental Health Summit! 2024 focus: generational trauma - what it is, how it manifests in a variety of Asian American communities, plus information on how to address generational trauma in family units and what resources exist in San Francisco. Part of the event series: NAMI SF x AAPI Mental Health. Panelists include: 

  • Nicole Ng - Associate Director of Peer Counseling and Support Services at Richmond Area Multi Services (RAMS Inc.)
  • Aaron Hui - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mental health counselor at Lowell High School in San Francisco
  • Aaruba Ayesha - Trauma Therapist with Partnerships for Trauma Recovery in Berkeley, California
  • Francis Gallego - Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations in the Bay Area

The 2024 AAPI Mental Health Summit will be hosted via Zoom Webinar.

星期四,5月30日 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: 父母是盟友和倡議者 (粤语)

為父母/看護人提供的教育性演講。概述青少年心理健康問題,包括心理健康是什麼、心理健康疾病有多常見,以及文化污名如何影響華人社區的心理健康。此外,該演講將涵蓋導致某些人出現心理健康疾病的因素、警告信號以及與你的孩子溝通和支持孩子的實用方法。該演講還包括對當地資源的討論. Zoom Meeting ID: 867 6418 4718 Zoom Passcode: 756874

Thursday, May 30 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: Parents as Allies & Advocates (In Cantonese!) (Same as event listed immediately above)

Educational presentation for parents and caregivers that provides an overview of youth mental health, including what mental health is, common mental health conditions, and practical ways to communicate with and support your child. This program also includes a discussion of local resources. Part of the event series: NAMI SF x AAPI Mental Health. Facilitated by NAMI SF Chinese Liaison, Kelly Ma (kelly@namisf.org). Zoom.

Weds May 8 @ 2:00-5:00pm: Dept of Rehab Youth Fair

Celebrate Youth Apprenticeship Week! 

Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102


  • Enjoy snacks and beverages
  • Meet local businesses and partners
  • Sign up for DOR Student Services
  • Hear success stories from student guest speakers

Start your path to independence and get support finding your first paid work experience! More information from DoR here.

Thurs May 9 @ 5:30-6:30pm: Empowered & Equipped: A Personal Perspective of Neurodiversity

Registration Link from The Parent Venture

We are excited to announce the third event in the new Neurodiversity Speaker Series!

The Neurodiversity Speaker Series features a lineup of renowned experts, including educators, mental health professionals, and advocates specializing in neurodiversity. It provides families with valuable insights and tools to better support neurodivergent learners, including those with with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and more.

This collaborative initiative seeks to foster understanding, empathy, and inclusion by equipping families and communities with the knowledge and resources they need to create supportive environments for their uniquely wired learners.


What does it mean to be a “different thinker” or to identify as neurodiverse? Where can we find the full potential of our community? And how can we make strides toward creating a world in which every learner is recognized?

By sharing his own experiences with dyslexia and ADHD, David Flink will provide answers to these questions and more. In doing so, he’ll also provide a glimpse into the power of mentoring, community, and allyship in the lives of Different Thinkers.

At the presentation's core is a message of educational revolution for people who learn and think differently.



The Neurodiversity Speaker Series features a lineup of renowned experts, including educators, mental health professionals, and advocates specializing in neurodiversity. It provides families with valuable insights and tools to better support and connect with neurodivergent learners, including those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and more.

This collaborative initiative seeks to foster understanding, empathy, and inclusion by equipping families and communities with the knowledge and resources they need to create supportive environments for their uniquely wired learners.

All events take place live virtually on Zoom from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. PST and will offer simultaneous Spanish interpretation. Please RSVP for event details and Zoom links. Events will be recorded for asynchronous viewing. 

Mon May 13 @ 7:00 - 8:30pm: DREDF - Mental Health, Behavior, and Discipline

When behavior interferes with learning: connecting the dots between disability and mental health needs at school. 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.

Tues May 14 @ 6:30pm: SFUSD CAC Presentation to BOE

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm and plan on joining the CAC in person at the SFUSD Board of Education Meeting we will be sharing our Annual Report to the Board of Education and would love to have community voices joining us. The Special Education Department will also be sharing the proposed 24-25 budget this will be a very important meeting for our community.

Review information and materials for the May 14 Board of Education Meeting here.

Fri May 17 @ 6:00-9:00pm: Pomeroy Center Prom

Join us for 'A Night in the Whimsical Woodlands' Prom at the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center! Pomeroy Children & Youth Services cordially invites all high school and transition age students with developmental disabilities and currently have an active IEP to Pomeroy's Prom!

There will be a DJ, dinner, dessert, dancing, a photo booth, and limo rides! Open to high school and transition program students with an active IEP. 

Though the event is free of charge to our attenndees, it is only possible thanks to generous donations by people like you. Click the LINK to support Pomeroy's Prom.

If you would like to attend, pre-registration is required. Register and learn more here!

Please Note: If a prom attendee requires additional 1:1 Support for behavioral or medical needs, please ensure that you have both registered with the appropriate ticket. Space is limited and individuals that are not registered (either student or supporting adult) will not be allowed entry to the event.

We appreciate your help in adhering to the Center's fire codes and that we are able to provide dinner & dessert for all who attend!

Sat May 18 @ 10:00am-12:30pm: SFUSD Summer Literacy Fair

Join us in celebrating literacy! All families are welcome. Explore literacy resources and help improve your child’s reading over the summer. For PK-5 graders! 


  • Learn about personalized virtual tutoring
  • Engage in literacy activities and games
  • Pick up a summer reading book
  • Support with ParentVue access


  1. Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School (950 Clay St) 
  2. Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at César Chávez Elementary School (825 Shotwell St)

REGISTER AT THIS LINK (registration encouraged, not required): 

Hosted by the SFUSD District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) 

Register Today!

Flier (English/Spanish/Chinese)

Thurs May 23 @ 6:00-8:00pm: Public Hearing - SELPA Local Plan: Special Education Budget & Service Plan



THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join the CAC for a community conversation about the SFUSD SELPA Local Plan. Attendees will be able to provide feedback on the 2024-2025 SFUSD special education budget and special education service plan. The information gathered at the meeting will inform SFUSD Special Education and CAC priorities for the coming year.

Register Here

Please help us spread the word and share our flier!

Printable translations: English I Spanish I Cantonese I Arabic I Tagalog I Vietnamese


CAC 5 月會議、公開聽證會:SELPA 當地計劃:特殊教育預算和服務計劃

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

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