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					                                                  SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
                                                  OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

                                                  NEWSLETTER                                                                     Spring 2008

                                                  Holiday Ice Skating & Family Events 2008
                                                  submitted by Rachel Nobel, Care Giving, Family Events, and Volunteer Manager

                                                   On December 15th Support for Families
                                                   celebrated its annual Holiday Ice Skat-
            Article Index                          ing Party. Hundreds of children and
                                                   their families participated in an exciting
                                                   event in which they explored the joys of
                                                   winter recreation in a fun, safe, and wel-
Holiday & Family Events 2008..1                    coming environment. Children skated
2008 Information and Resource                      on the ice in chairs, wheel chairs, strollers,
                                                   and skates with volunteer ice mentors,
Education Report......................3
CAC Special Education...........4                  family members, and friends. Parents
High Risk Infant Interagency                       were able to see their children explore a
Council......................................5     new world and interact with peers.
2008 Annual Report..................6                                                               Roll Fundraiser and Family Fun Event.
Special Needs Inclusion                            Nearly a hundred community volunteers            Keep your eyes open for more details
Project.......................................7    lent a hand to make this event suc-              about this great springtime activity to
Parent Mentor Update.............9                 cessful. Corporate volunteers, high              be sent out soon! You can even start
Nominate New Board                                 school students, non-prot organizations,        decorating your wheels (all kinds of
                                                   San Francisco school bus drivers, and            wheels!) and organizing teams of Walk
Support Groups......................12             interested individuals all joined together       and Rollers and lap sponsors. If you know
Mental Health.........................14           to help wrap and organize presents,              anyone who is interested in sponsoring
Improving Transition                               set-up, serve desserts, ice skate with           this event, let them know to contact
Outcomes Project (ITOP)......15                    children, assist with registration, and          us!
Open Forum...........................16            event clean up. Truly, we could never
Library Reviews......................17            have managed an event like this without          Later in the year, Support for Families will
Thank Yous.............................19          every one of these amazing individuals!          again be hosting a Summer Family Fun
SFCD Information...................20                                                               Day and a Fall Celebration event. Last
                                                   All attendees enjoyed treats donated             year families had a wonderful time
                                                   by local chocolateers and bakeries with          at the Family Fun Day at the Jewish
                                                   hot chocolate provided by Mo’s Grill.            Community Center and the Halloween
                                                   Every child received a toy and books to          Party at the Jackson Park Recreation
                                                   take home. These gifts, desserts, and            Center.
                                                   the ice skating experience were made
                                                   possible through the collaborative effort        If you have any ideas for other events
                                                   of Support for Families, the Yerba Buena         or family activities that you would like to
                                                   Ice Skating rink, and generous Bay Area          see, please let us know! We love to hear
  Support for Families of Children with            toy and dessert donors. The smiles on            new ideas and what sort of activities
  Disabilities is a nonprot, support,
  resource and networking organiza-
                                                   children’s, parents’, and volunteers’            would be fun for you and your families.
  tion for families of children with               faces created a happy glow which                 Our events manager can be reached
  special needs and the professionals              helped light the way through the holiday         at
  who work with them. Our purpose
  is to support families as they face
                                                   season and into the New Year.
  challenges. All services are free of                                                              From all of us at Support for Families, we
  charge including resources, phone-               As we gear up for 2008, Support for              wish you a happy 2008, lled with great
  line, drop-in center, support groups,
  workshops & family gatherings.
                                                   Families is excited to host and create           community events and fun. v
                                                   other family events which keep the
                                                   community recreational spirit alive in all
                                                   seasons. We are already in the planning
                                                   stages for the fun and popular Walk and
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                        2008 Information & Resource Conference
               A FREE conference for families of children with disabilities and the
                             professionals who work with them.

                                Saturday, April 5, 2008 9:00 am-2:30 pm
                                      John O’Connell High School
                              2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California

                                                    Event at a Glance

                                     9:00--10:00 am                 Registration/Exhibits
                                    10:00--11:45 am                 Morning Workshops
                                    11:45--12:45 pm                 Lunch & Keynote
                                    12:45-- 2:30 pm                 Afternoon Workshops

                             SFUSD SUPERINTENDENT CARLOS GARCIA
                                       KEYNOTE SPEAKER

                                       Assistive Technology (AT) Lab
                                      Visit the lab from 1:00—2:30pm.
                                                          Child Care
                 On-site child care is available free of charge for families and professionals attending the
                conference. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up early!
                                            See registration information below.

                           We also encourage families to consider these other child care options:
                   San Francisco residents are encouraged to apply for Family Support Services’ FREE
                        respite program. Please call (415) 861-4284 to begin the eligibility process.
                    For Golden Gate Regional Center clients, we encourage families to call their Social
                           Workers to ask them for additional respite to cover Saturday, April 5th.
                  If you have any questions about these childcare options, please fee free to call a
                        Community Resource Parent at Support for Families at (415) 920-5040.

                                                REGISTRATON REQUIRED

                                               TWO WAYS TO REGISTER:

 VIA THE INTERNET: Log on at and click on the 2008 Information and Resource
 Conference Link.

 BY TELEPHONE: Call (415) 920-5040 and register with staff at Open Gate. If you call after hours, please leave your
 telephone number so that someone can call you back and take your full registration information (including workshop
 choices and childcare and interpretation services).

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Education Report: Questions for the Collaborative Team To Ask Developing the IEP & Assessing
the Results of Instruction & Services
submitted by Juno Duenas, Executive Director

The following checklist was created by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), 35 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102
(973) 642-8100,, Empowered Parents: Educated, Engaged, Effective! Permissions obtained to reprint.

                           This is part one of a multi-part series that will appear in future issues of this newsletter

Effective assessment, development of IEPs and instructional strategies, and provision of academic and support services
to students, requires collaboration between parents and professionals involved with each child. Thus, each child’s
collaborative team must include the parent(s), students, when appropriate, general and special education teacher(s), and
related and support services provider(s). Students age 14 and older, and younger students at the parents’ discretion,
should attend their IEP meeting. If they cannot or do not wish to attend, their interests and preferences must be presented
and documented (the reason why they are not participating should also be documented at the meeting). Proceeding
through the following questions as early as possible in the school year, and as necessary throughout the year, will assist
collaborative team members to exchange essential information and expectations, facilitate the development of appropriate
IEPs and instructional/ support strategies, and assess the results of instruction and services.

My Child’s Strengths & Needs (see Positive Student Profile)(1)
1. What are my child’s strengths and needs compared to age and grade appropriate students? Be sure to address:
_____ Academic progress (measured by classroom, districtwide, and state tests)
_____ Social/emotional development
_____ Health/medical issues
_____ Communication skills
_____ Functional life skills
_____ Other areas of development
2. What are my concerns for enhancing my child’s learning and development?

Expected Outcomes: Goals & Objectives Tied to Core Curriculum Standards
1. What are the outcomes expected for children at this age/grade/educational level? Have we considered:
_____Academic outcomes
_____Communication outcomes
_____Social/Emotional outcomes
_____Vocational/Career outcomes
_____Health/Medical outcomes
_____Life-skill outcomes

2. Are these appropriate outcomes for my child with a disability?(2)
_____Yes_____No - please explain: _______________________________________________

3. Should any of these outcomes be modified given my child’s disability and its impact on performance?
_____Yes - please explain: ______________________________________________________

4. Have we considered all essential information? Have we:
_____As parents and other collaborative team members, completed and discussed the Positive Student Profile?
_____Reviewed previous and current assessments?
_____Considered the interests and preferences of the student at age 14 and older?

5. How should we reflect these outcomes in the goals and objectives on my child’s IEP?

6. Have we assessed our child’s learning styles?(3) Describe and/or attach.

(1) Go to SPAN’s website at and order “Positive Student Profile”                                          Continued on page 8
(2) Remember: Most children receiving special education services should be expected to attain high academic and other standards given appropriate
special instructional and support services.
(3) My child’s learning styles can be determined through a review of such instruments as the Positive Student Profile and the Multiple Intelligences Profile.
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San Francisco’s “School Choice” System Fraught With Bias For Special Education Students
submitted by Katy Franklin, member of SFUSD Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education
The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of Support for Families of Children
with Disabilities. If you have any concerns or issues please mail them to

 When questioned about the disparities in the enrollment process that parents of children needing special education
 schooling face, special education administrators say they try to have a transparent process that is the same as the process
 for general education students. But the devil is in the details ...

           COMPARING SFUSD ENROLLMENT PROCESSES                                   General Education          Special Education

 Parents may apply to any school in the District                                       X
 Capacity of each schools program is routinely published                               X
 Number of openings in previous year(s) is routinely published                         X

 Number of Round 1 requests for program in previous year(s) are                        X
 routinely published
 Bus route information is published and available to parents                           X
 Placements are subject to available bus routes                                                                   X

 Like parents seeking general education           consider that EPC will not tell parents         Impaired Special Day Classes for their
 placements, parents seeking special edu-         which schools are on existing bus routes        high school children received letters from
 cation placements are asked to list up to        from their homes, it makes listing seven        the district saying that all the classes were
 seven choices on their applications. Since       school choices almost meaningless. Par-         full and that they would be notified in
 all schools do not have every special edu-       ents are forced to “guess” if there are         May which school they would be going to.
 cation program, parents have far fewer           any openings at the schools they list, and      Imagine the uproar in our “school choice”
 schools to choose from; only two-fifths          then they must “guess” if there is a pre-       district if parents applying for general edu-
 of San Francisco Unified School District’s       existing special education bus route from       cation high schools were told: “We’ll tell
 (SFUSD) Elementary Schools have inclu-           their home to the schools that they list.       you where your child will be going once we
 sion programs.                                                                                   figure it out.”
                                                  The enrollment process is stressful for all
 When applying to a school, parents seek-         parents, but for parents who have children      SFUSD special education administrators
 ing a general education Kindergarten spot        with disabilities, the complexity involved in   say that “programs” are decided in IEP
 for their child have access to information       overseeing all aspects of their children’s      meetings, and that the “placements” made
 about how many openings each school              educational programs is massive. The right      by the Educational Placement Office are
 has, and are given data that shows them          programs and services can often make the        not “decisions”, they are “assignments”. On
 their “odds” of getting their child into each    difference between whether their children       a daily basis, parents trying to navigate the
 school. Parents of children seeking inclu-       will ever be able to communicate or not,        enrollment process are being subjected to
 sion programs are not even told which            read or not, live independently or not, and     this sort of maddening wordplay.
 schools will have openings. The Educa-           parents are justified in not trusting others
 tional Placement Office (EPC) tells them         who have never even met their children to       The district needs to do a comprehensive
 that they cannot give out that information       make such important decisions about their       analysis of its program availability to suc-
 because it could change at any time. Sev-        children’s lives.                               cessfully meet the needs of its special
 eral schools with inclusion programs are                                                         education student population. In SFUSD,
 over-enrolled and will have no openings at       Advocates for children with disabilities        from the 2000/2001 school year to the
 all. If a school never had any openings, list-   believe that placement offers should be         2006/2007 school year -- the number of
 ing it can hardly be considered making a         made during children’s Individualized Edu-      children with autism has increased 224%*,
 “choice” and it is conceivable that a parent     cation Plan (IEP) meetings, and that being      but the district has created no additional
 could list seven schools and none would          told to list seven schools and entering a       inclusion programs and not enough autism
 have openings.                                   lottery for placement is against the laws       specific special day classes. As a result
                                                  that assure children’s special educational      - placement decisions are being made
 Another choice barrier the district raises       programs are “individualized”. They main-       based upon what is available -- not upon
 involves busing issues. Parents are told         tain that placement is a place, an actual       what is appropriate for the individual child.
 that if they list schools on their application   school site, and not a “program” and that
 that are not on existing special education       parents must be included as members of          The Urban Special Education Leadership
 bus routes from their homes that their chil-     any group that makes decisions on the           Collaborative recently released a report
 dren will instead be assigned to schools         educational placement of their children.        on Seattle’s Special Education system.
 which are on bus routes from their homes.                                                        SFUSD is amazingly similar to Seattle, in
 This may seem reasonable, but when you           Last March, parents applying for Severely
                                                                                                                      Continued on page 9
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High Risk Interagency Council (HRIIC) Transition from Early Intervention Steps to Success
submitted by Patsy Hampton, HRIIC Director. Phone: 415-206-7743 - Web:

                 There is a formal transition process for children leaving early intervention services. In San Francisco,
                 this process is a joint effort between Golden Gate Regional Center and the San Francisco Unified School
                 District. The chart below describes the steps in the process and the agency with primary responsibility.
                 If you have questions about your child’s transition, your child’s service coordinator will be able to help. You
                 can also contact Support for Families at (415) 920-5040. v
                      AGE OF CHILD                   STEPS IN THE PROCESS                          WHO HAS PRIMARY

                                              Service coordinator begins to dis-
    Between 2 yrs. 6 months and 2 yrs.        cuss transition planning with family        Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC)
    9 months
                                              Date is set for IFSP/Transition meet-

                                              Regional center notifies school dis-
                                              trict there will be an IFSP meeting
                                              before child is 2 yrs. 9 months

    By 2 yrs. 9 mos. or earlier               Transition IFSP meeting is held with                         GGRC
                                              family, service coordinator, school
                                              district representative and others
                                              family invites

                                              Family, service coordinator and                        GGRC and family
                                              others develop transition plans and
                                              next steps

                                              Family makes a referral to school dis-                 GGRC and family
                                              trict as appropriate
                                              Within 15 days* of referral, SFUSD          San Francisco Unified School DIstrict
    Around 2 years, 10 months                 mails an assessment plan to family

                                              Family signs assessment plan and                            Family
                                              returns to SFUSD

                                              Within 50 days*, SFSUD schedules                            SFSUD
                                              and completes all needed assess-

                                              Eligibility determined for SFUSD ser-                       SFUSD
    By 3 years                                vices

                                              Individualized Education Plan (IEP)                   SFUSD and family
                                              meeting conducted and IEP devel-

                                              Individualized Family Service Plan                           GGRC
                                              (IFSP) with Regional Center is closed

                                              Individualized Program Plan (IPP)                      GGRC and family
                                              developed for children with continu-
                                              ing eligibility for Regional Center Ser-
    At 3 years, depending on eligibility      Begin receiving preschool special                     SFUSD and GGRC
                                              education, related or community ser-
 *not counting days of school vacation in excess of five schooldays from the date of receipt of the referral
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Annual Report 2007 - Highlights of Programs and Services
submitted by Jan Watson, Development Director, for the complete Annual Report contact Jan at (415) 282-7494 ext 17

Support for Families celebrated its          Conference was held                                                Spanish-speaking
25th Anniversary in 2007! We are             in April and offered a                 SFCD Impact                 families individual-
proud of the wide range of programs          full day of educational                                            ized support.
and services we offerred to families         activities. Fourteen          • More than 94% of families told     Mental Health Ser-
and professionals this past year.            workshops, an Assistive        us in follow-up interviews that     vices in 2007
             Information                     Technology demonstra-          SFCD helped them obtain infor-      included short-term
The Support for Families Phone Line          tion center, and a wide        mation, reduced their isloation,    counseling, referral,
and Drop-In Services at the Open             variety of exhibitors          and/or helped them communicate      and case
Gate Family Resource Center and              provided families and          better with professionals.          management avail-
at satellite facilities in San Francisco     professionals with a          • 550 new families received an       able in English,
offered families and professionals           wealth of information          intake consultation with a Com-     Spanish, Cantonese,
information resources, referrals and         plus opportunities to          munity Resource Parent.             and Mandarin.
guidance. Community Resource Par-            network with each                                                  Family Recre-
                                             other.                        • There were 6,561 newsletter        ational and Social
ents provided information in English,
                                             Community education            readers, including 435 in Spanish   Events provided
Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
                                             and outreach activities        and 248 in Chinese.                 relaxing, fun oppor-
The Joan Cassel Memorial Library             in 2007 included teams        • There were 882 families and 990    tunities for kids and
at Open Gate continued to lend books,        of parents and staff who       professionals whom attended 123     families. Events in
catalogs, toys and media materials on        presented the                  workshops, trainings and clinics.   2007 included Walk
a wide range of topics to families           experiences of families                                            & Roll, a Halloween
                                                                           • 293 families and professionals
and professionals. In 2007 the library       to classes, community                                              Carnival, and a Hol-
                                                                            attended the 2007 Information
entered the catalogue online; soon           organizations, and pro-                                            iday Ice Skating
                                                                            and Resource Conference, which
families and professionals will be able      fessional groups.                                                  Party. A new Family
                                                                            featured 14 workshops and 76
to use the Internet to check out materi-       Family-to-Family                                                 Fun Day made its
als. Resource Packets in three lan-               Support                                                       debut in August fea-
guages on specific topics such as            Support Groups con-           • The Library now includes more      turing craft activities,
Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Behavior        tinued to offer peer sup-      than 3,000 items; last year 108     games, and play.
and Autism provided another source of        port and information to        library users checked out more
information.                                 parents, caretakers and        than 199 books and other library    Collaborations
                                             siblings of children with      materials.                          and Convening
The SFCD website (www.supportfor             disabilities. Continuing      • There were 91 matches through      Groups: continued to expand its        groups in 2007 included        the Parent Mentor program with    In 2007, Support for
scope and reach, with information on         those for Spanish              45 English and Spanish-speaking   Families remained
events and links to resources in the         speakers, Cantonese            Mentors participating in one or   actively involved
Bay Area and from around the nation.         speakers, families with        more of the new Mentor Training   (often taking a
Several listserves expanded this year        mental health issues,          program sessions.                 leadership role) in
to keep families and professionals up        families of young chil-
to date. Subscriptions for the quarterly                                   • 178 individual family members several local and
                                             dren, and others.                                                statewide projects
Newsletter in English, Spanish, and                                         attended one or more of our 16
                                                                            support groups.                   working to improve
Chinese also continued to grow.               During the past year                                            systems and ser-
              Education                      the Volunteer Parent          • 698 children received more than vices. These
Education activities in 2007 included        Mentor Program                 877 hours of onsite childcare,    included Family
parent-professional workshops,               began an extensive new         allowing their parents to par-    Voices of California,
small group clinics, trainings,              monthly training and           ticipate in Support for Families  the Family Resource
parent panels, presentations and             support program to             activities.                       Centers Network of
conferences. Topics included Early           enhance the skills of         • There were 272,973 visitors to   California, The High
Intervention, Behavior, Inclusion, Sen-      volunteer Mentors and          the Support for Families website; Risk Infant
sory Integration, Family Centered Care       increase their ability to      1,810,355 website hits.           Interagency Council,
and many more. Free on-site childcare        help parents with edu-                                           DCYF Special
and multi-lingual access encouraged          cation and health con-        • Listserves hosted by Support     Needs Inclusion
family participation.                        cerns. A record number         for Families had 1,031 members Project, Improving
                                             of mentor matches in           who made 337 posts.               Transitions Outcome
An annual Information and Resource           2007 gave English and                                            Project and others.v
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News from the DCYF Special Needs Inclusion Project: Building on Strengths
submitted by Deidre Hayden, Coordinator, DCYF Special Needs Inclusion Project

The practice of inclusion begins with        recently learned or accomplished?              child’s developmental progress. In your
the assumption that children and youth                                                      responses to question (4), you hone in
with disabilities CAN be included in         These can be all sorts of things: tying        on his areas of need for support. You
activities with their friends and peers.     her shoes, holding a spoon, waiting her        can bring this information to meetings
                                             turn, learning to play tennis, identifying     about your child, helping everyone at
One of the first steps in successful         the symbols on playing cards, reading          the table think about his strengths
inclusion is knowing as much as pos-         short sentences aloud in a group, riding       and what helps him succeed, thus
sible about the child or youth - how he      a scooter board, and so forth.                 building a plan for inclusion that is
relates to others; what he likes to do;                                                     based upon your child’s talents, skills
how he communicates with friends and         2. Choose one of the items in the              and interests.
peers; his way of coping with stress or      question above - What helped your
fatigue; his physical abilities and so on.   child learn or accomplish those                Paula Kluth, a special educator and
Often, though, when asked to describe        things?                                        author, suggests an expanded version
a child, the first characteristics we                                                       of the above approach for identifying
list are his problems, not his abilities;    Examples could include: having plenty          and building upon student’s strengths.
children’s strengths are rarely dis-         of practice, hearing short directions
cussed as much as their needs.               repeated often, watching a peer do the         She suggests gathering a group of
                                             same task, receiving encouragement             people together who know your child
However, building from strengths             and praise, seeing graphic pictures that       and brainstorm lists of strengths and
helps those working with children and        illustrate an activity or task; having many    strategies. Strengths pages list the
youth focus on their positive traits and     choices; working with a small group of         child’s strengths, interests, gifts and
strengths, creating supports around          friends.                                       talents; the strategies pages answer
them to assure they can engage in                                                           the question: “What works for ____”?
school, afterschool, and recreation          3. What are three things your child is         (child’s name) and should include
programs. Talking about strengths            working to learn or accomplish?                strategies for motivating, supporting,
and abilities sets the tone: “This is a                                                     encouraging, helping, and teaching
person with lots going for him who will      For instance, reading a paragraph,             the child.
contribute to our group.”                    learning basic addition and subtraction
                                             tables, getting a soccer ball through the      Strengths and strategies can be used
Another important component of inclu-        goal, holding a paint brush steady, and        to plan and modify program activities;
sion is the ability of program staff         using words to express frustration.            develop goals and objectives for the
to modify activities and make accom-                                                        child; and design supports for chal-
modations to support children and            4. Choose one of the items in the-             lenging situations. The process of
youth in their programs. As parents,         question (3) that your child is having         developing the two lists can serve
you are great sources of information         trouble learning. What is causing              as a communication tool between
both for what your children can do and       him trouble?                                   parents and professionals, promoting
what they need to be successful - you                                                       collaboration and enhanced parent-
can play an important role in assisting      Perhaps your child has energy levels that      professional relationships.
program staff modify activities.             make it hard for him to concentrate; the
                                             paint brush is too small to grip; physical     Check out Paula Kluth’s full article
You can share what you do at home            coordination is lacking because of his         about Strengths and Strategies at
to help your child succeed - and pro-        disability; working independently is hard
vide information that would take the         for him.
program staff months to acquire. How                                                        * Used with permission from Paula
do you identify your child’s strengths       As you begin to list what your child has       Kluth. Visit Paula’s, website at:
and figure out what suppor ts she            recently accomplished, you begin to   or send an
needs?                                       realize all that your child can do - whether   email to her at:
                                             small or large accomplishments. The   v
One way is to think about how you            responses to question (2) help you
might answer the following questions         identify the strategies - or supports --
for your child:                              that help your child accomplish tasks
                                             and goals. In question (3) you begin to
1. What are three things your child          think about current challenges and your

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Education continued from p. 3

7. How do our child’s learning styles impact on IEP goals and objectives?

8. Have we considered and discussed what has or hasn’t worked in the past at other settings?

9. Given our child’s learning styles, what modifications are necessary to achieve the outcomes?(4)
_____Modifications to instructional methods
_____Modifications to curriculum
_____Modifications/adaptations to learning environment
_____Modifications to instructional materials
_____Assistive technology/specialized equipment

(4) A review of the attached document regarding approaches for students utilizing their learning styles and focusing on multiple intelligences
will assist the collaborative team.

10. What related and support services are necessary to achieve these outcomes?

11. How will these modifications be made? What is each collaborative team member’s role (including parents)?

12. How will these related/support services be provided? What is each collaborative team member’s role (including

13. What professional development and staff support is necessary to implement these services?
_____Assistance in modification of curriculum
_____Consultation with other professionals
_____Modeling of modified instructional strategies
_____Developing functional curricula
_____Development of community-based instruction
_____Conducting functional assessments
_____Development of in-class supports
_____Developing Transition goals and objectives within the IEP
_____Other. Describe: __________________________________________________

14. What collaborative planning time is necessary? Who will be involved?

15. Who else must we bring into this process to ensure that the necessary professional
    development, support and collaboration is available and implemented?
_____Building principal
_____Director of Special Services
_____Central District resources Specify: ______________________
_____Other professionals in the school Specify: ______________________
_____Community-based organizations Specify: ______________________

16. Have we provided a copy of all information used to develop this form and this IEP; this completed form and the
completed IEP, to all collaborative team members?
_____General educators
_____Special educators
_____Related services providers
_____Other support service providers.
_____Other relevant professionals Specify: _______________

  PART 2: Tools/Methods to be Used to Measure Progress continued in Summer 2008 issue of this newsletter v

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SFUSD CAC, continued from p. 4
                                                                                              Looking for a way to give back to
its size, its demographics, and its prob-        Next Stop on the Parent                     Support for Families?
lems. The report stressed the disadvan-              Mentor Train!!!                         We are always looking for
tages of placing students with disabilities                                                  enthusiastic volunteers to help us
apart from the schools they would attend if     We are at the half way mark of               run our events and programs.
not disabled, such segregation’s negative       the Special Education portion of             In April we have two great volunteer
impact on students and families, and the                                                     opportunities:
                                                the Parent Mentor Training series.
higher costs of the system currently
                                                Next stop: the two day Parent to             Info & Resource Conference
used due to transportation and duplica-
tion of services offered. SFUSD could
                                                Parent piece which will be taking            Setup
                                                place in July. We hope to host a             Help SFCD prepare John O’Connell
learn much from this report, found at                                                        for the Information and Resource             large new group of parents who
                                                                                             Conference. Friday (afternoon and
index.dxml                                      are interested in becoming men-              early evening) April 4th 2008. John
                                                tors to other families.                      O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom
Like Seattle, SFUSD uses an outdated                                                         Ave. SF, CA
model in special education and is in dire       During this training we will talk
need of an overhaul and revamping to            about communication skills, active           Info & Resource Conference
start to be in compliance with Federal law                                                   Day-of-event
                                                listening and what it means to               Lend a hand as we host this great
that guarantees children with disabilities
an individualized, appropriate education in
                                                be a Support for Families Parent             informational conference. We will
the Least Restrictive Environment.              Mentor. Our volunteer mentors                need help in all areas of the event,
                                                are a very important part of this            all throughout the day. Saturday,
                                                organization. If you are interested          April 5th 2008. John O’Connell High
Children with disabilities are entitled to
                                                                                             School, 2355 Folsom Ave. SF, CA
the same educational opportunities and          please contact us for more infor-
choices that their non-disabled peers           mation.                                      Ongoing Office Opportunities
have.                                                                                        Do you have office expertise and
                                                Please Contact:                              a little bit of free time? We always
* Source: California Department of              Sonia Valenzuela, Parent Mentor              welcome our weekly volunteers who
Education DataQuest & SFUSD Spe-                                                             keep the general operations at SFCD
                                                Program Coordinator:                         running smoothly.
cial Education Enrollment by Age      
and Disability, compiled by Katy                415-920-5040..v                                    Contact: Rachel Nobel,
Franklin.                                                                             or
v                                                                                             415-920-5040 for more information.

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                              is looking for nominees for our

                                      Board of Directors
                                              Our Mission: The purpose of Support for Families is to ensure that families
 Put your leadership skills                   of children with any kind of disability or special health care need have the
 to work on behalf of chil-                   knowledge and assistance they need to make informed choices that support
 dren with special needs                      their child’s health, education, and development. We provide peer support
                                              to families, and information and education to families, professionals and the
 and their families in San                    community at large.

 Candidates for the Board of Directors should have at least some of the following qualities or

   Interest in children and youth with disabilities and special health
  care needs and their families.
         ˜ Fundraising experience

         ˜ Finance experience

         ˜ Previous experience on a governing board

         ˜ Diverse cultural/ethnic/socioeconomic representation

         ˜ Commitment to improving systems of care and support for

            children with special health care needs and their families
         ˜ Willingness and time availability to participate in board

            conference calls, special meetings, and monthly committee
         ˜ Willingness to commit to a 3-year term of office

  If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out the Support
  for Families Nomination Information below and fax to 415-282-1226, write Attention Juno Duenas
  or e-mail to:

  Your Name:                _________________________________________________________________
  E-Mail:                   _________________________________________________________________
  Telephone(s):             _________________________________________________________________
  Address:                  _________________________________________________________________
  Name of nominee
  (if different from above):
  E-mail:                _________________________________________________________________
  Telephone(s)           _________________________________________________________________
  Address:               _________________________________________________________________

  Why would you (or your nominee) be a good fit for the Support for Families Board of Directors?

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Trainings and Events at Support for Families
Support for Families offers a variety of free training opportunities for families and professionals

 All trainings/clinics listed below take      ˜ PPW in May 10, 2008                        Unite for Sight: 5th Annual International
 place at Open Gate, 2601 Mission             Autism: a collaborative parent and           Health & Development Conference
 Street (@22nd St.), 3rd Floor (unless        professional workshop with The Arc           April 12-13, 2008
 noted otherwise). We are located in          of San Francisco                             Yale University, New Haven, Conn
 the U.S. Bank Building at the corner of      ˜ PPW in June 14, 2008                       Website:
 22nd and Mission Streets.                    TO BE ANNOUNCED
                                                                                           24th Annual Pacic Rim Conference on
                                              (Reserve early as space lls up fast!)
 To attend a workshop, and/or to
                                                                                           April 14-15, 2008
 reserve childcare or interpretation
                                               HRIIC (High Risk Infant Interagency         Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii
 services, you must RSVP at least one
                                               Council) WORKSHOPS                          Website:
 week in advance at: 415-920-5040.
                                               All workshops are from 6:30-8:30 pm         Effective Black Parenting Workshop
 CLINICS (afternoons from 4-6pm)                                                           April 21-25, 2008
                                               at Support for Familes. Light supper
 offer small group trainings on                                                            Child Care Resource Center
                                               will be provided. To attend a work-
 specic topics and are repeated                                                           Chatsworth, CA
                                               shop, and/or to reserve childcare
 monthly.                                                                                  For more information on trainings or
                                               or interpretation services, you must
                                               RSVP at least one week in advance           call: 1(800) 325-2422.
 ˜ I.E.P. (Cantonese)
                                               at: 415-206-7743.
 1st Thursday of every month                                                               2008 California Secondary Transition
 ˜ I.E.P. (English)                                                                        Conference
                                               ˜ Introducing Early Intervention
 2nd Thursdays of every month                                                              April 28-29, 2008
                                               Thursday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m
 ˜ I.E.P. (Spanish)                                                                        Palm Desert, California
 3rd Thursday of every month                                                               Website:
                                               Thursday, October 23, 2008, 6:30 -
 Learn about special education laws,                                             
                                               830 p.m
 services & the IEP process.                                                               transitionconf.asp
                                               Presenters: Minal Doshi, Judy Bach-
                                               man, Nina Boyle
 ˜ Transition to Adult Services (English)                                                  International Conference on Diverse
 Thursdays, March 27, April 24, May 22                                                     Abilities and Innovative Supports: Life,
                                               ˜ Transition from Early Intervention
 and June 26                                                                               Liberty and the pursuit of Community
                                               Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:30
 Learn about special education tran-                                                       June 9-11, 2008
                                               - 8:30 p.m.
 sition services for children aged 16                                                      Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort, Oahu,
                                               Presenters: David Wax, Pam Macy,
 and over, and how to effectively par-                                                     Hawaii
                                               Janice Polizzi, Nina Boyle, Minal
 ticipate in the development of your                                                       Website:
 child’s transition plan.                                                        

 (SSI) CLINICS                               EVENTS BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS:                                  Continued on page 13
 ˜ SSI Clinic (Spanish)
 Thursdays, March 27, May 22                 2008 Transition Information Faire
                                             March 15, 2008
 ˜ SSI Clinic (English & Chinese)            College of Alameda, California                              WELCOME
 Thursdays, April 24, June 26                For more information contact:
 An overview of Social Security with a                         v   Dennis Lockett, Community
 focus on SSI disability benets, includ-
                                                                                              Resource Parent
 ing initial applications, denials, recon-   NICHQ’s 7th Annual Forum for Improv-
 siderations, administrative hearings,       ing Children’s Healthcare
 overpayments, and reporting require-
                                                                                              v   Paula Reina, Community
                                             March 19-21, 2008                                Resource Parent
 ments.                                      Miami, Florida
 PARENT/PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS                                                                           GOODBYES
 (PPW) (Saturdays, approximately             5th International Conference on Posi-             (SFCD thanks you for your service)
 8:30am-12:30pm).                            tive Behavior Support
 Location: John O’Connell High               March 27-29, 2008                                v   Ashley Richards, Parent Mentor
 School, 2355 Folsom Street (@20th           Miami, Florida                                   Education Coordinator
 St.), S.F. Limited parking is available     Website:
 in the schoolyard. Entrance to the
 workshop and parking via Harrison St.

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Support Groups
Sponsored by Support for Families (SFCD)
 All SFCD support groups are free of charge and most provide childcare. Many are held off-site (not at Open Gate), so if you are interested in
 participating in any of these groups, call Open Gate, (415) 920-5040 for information/location.

Asperger’s Group                                    Parents of Transition-Age Youth                     Support Groups Sponsored by
CURRENTLY ON HIATUS                                 Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month). For               Other Organizations
For families who have child(ren) with               Families of youth with Special Health Care
Aspergers.                                          Needs and disabilities who are 14-24 years          There are several organizations in the SF
                                                    old.                                                Bay Area that offer similar support groups
Autism Group                                                                                            as SFCD. These organizations offer many
Meets: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the             Prader-Willi Group                                  more groups than can be listed here, so
month. For families who have children with          Meets: Every other month on the 3rd Satur-          contact the organization convenient to you
autism. For more info call 415-920-5040             day.                                                and you may find the support group that
                                                    For families of children with Prader-Willi          serves your needs.
                                                    Syndrome. A sibling component is also pro-
Chinese-Speaking Group (in partner-                 vided.                                              In Contra Costa County:
ship with the Chinatown Child Develop-
                                                                                                        CARE Parent Network
ment Center) Meets: Every 3rd Monday of
the month
                                                    Premature Birth Group                               925-313-0999
                                                    CURRENTLY ON HIATUS                       
For families of children (0-5 yrs) with
                                                    For families of children (0-7 yrs) who have
special needs, Individual consultation, &
                                                    experienced a premature birth.                      In Alameda County:
information/referral to community services.
                                                                                                        Family Resource Network
                                                    Sibling Support Groups                              510-547-7322
Chinese-Speaking Group (in partner-                                                           
                                                    WILL RESUME IN NOVEMBER @ CPMC
ship with CCDC) Meets: Every 4th Sunday
                                                    There are currently 2 sibling groups. They
of the month.                                                                                           In Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano
                                                    provide peer support for children and teens
For Chinese-speaking families with chil-                                                                Counties:
                                                    who have a brother or a sister with a dis-
dren with any kind of disability.                                                                       MATRIX Parent Network & Resource
Chinese-Speaking/Sunset Parents                     Spanish Speaking Group                              415-884-3535
Group                                               Meets: Every 4th Monday at Good Samar-    
Meets: Every 4th Saturday of the month              itan. For Spanish-speaking families with
(NS) For Chinese-speaking families with             children with any kind of disability.               In San Mateo County:
children with any kind of disability.                                                                   MORE Family Resource Center
                                                    Tuesday Night Group                                 650-259-0189
Living with Loss Group                              Meets: Every 2nd & 4thTuesday of the
Meets: 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month               month. For families with recently                   In Santa Clara County:
For families with medically fragile children        diagnosed infants or young children.                Parents Helping Parents
and/or families facing issues of loss due to                                                            408-727-5775
illness or death.                                                                             
                                                    OMI Support Group
                                                    Meets: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
                                                                                                        DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SPECIFIC GROUPS
Mission Head Start Group                            A new community resource for children
                                                                                                        San Francisco Unified School District
Meets: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month             with specials needs. Provides monthly
                                                                                                        Autism Parent Support Group.
(off-site).                                         training, individual consultation, information
                                                                                                        Meets: 2nd Thursday/month at an SFUSD
For Spanish speaking families of children           and referrals.
                                                                                                        location. For more info call Rachel
with special needs. Provides a support
                                                                                                        Goldstein 415-487-6870. Childcare can
group, individual consultation, and
                                                                                                        be provided by calling Open Gate at
information/referral to community
services.                                                                                               415-920-5040. Must give 2 weeks notice.

Parents of Young Children with                                                                          Autism Task Force Subcommittee
                                                                                                        For more information call Priya Sodhi at
Hearing Loss (ages birth to five)
Meets: Every 1st Thursday of the month
(during the school year).
                                                                                                        Asperger’s Late-Teen & Young Adult
For families who have children with hearing
                                                                                                        Group: For support and social activities,
loss or deafness. It is a collaborative effort
                                                                                                        Jim Blackshear, 415-572-4569
between Support for Families and the SF
Early Start Program.

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Support, continued from p. 12                   Elementary School, Mondays 2:30-                Grief & Loss Group Westside CalWorks
                                                3:20pm. Call Emily Bittner at 415-627-6939.     Counseling Program: 170 Otis Street,
Autism Parent Support Group                                                                     1st Floor. Call 415-522-7130.
Angie Redamacher, 925.556.5551                  Mission High School Group: Meets
Children with Pervasive Developmental           Wednesdays 2:30-3:20pm. For high                Grupo AMPARO: Pregnancy Loss or
Disorder (PDD) Oakes Children’s Center          school & transition students with               Infant Death (in Spanish) St. Luke’s, 3555
provides outpatient therapy for groups of       cognitive disabilities. Call Emily              Cesar Chavez, 415-764-.0211.
6-15 year olds with PDD. Groups concen-         Bittner at 415-627-6939.
trate on socialization skills including peer                                                    Support After Neonatal Death (SAND)
relations, near age-appropriate behaviors,      LEARNING DISABILITIES                           meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday. For infor-
development of interests, and capacity for      Center for Independent Living (CIL)             mation, Call Chris 415-282-7330 or Mark
working together. Contact Debbie Vuong,         Young Adults (ages 14-22) with LD Sup-          415-522-7400,
MA, 415-564-.2310.                              port Group
                                                This group focuses on assisting young           Living with Illness, for families living
PARCA-Parent Support Meeting                    adults in understanding their LD and            with a life threatening or catastrophic
3rd Tuesday of every month, 7pm,                how it impacts multiple areas of their lives.   illness. 6:30-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th
South San Francisco Community Center,           Meets: Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm, Oakland            Tuesday at Institute for Health and
33 Arroyo Dr. (in the office area or            Public Library, 125 14th St., Oakland.          Healing, California Pacific Medical
Betty Weber Room). For more info, call          Call Luciana R. Sandoval at Center for          Center, 3700 Calif. St, Child
Sue Digre at 650-312-.0730 x111 or              Independent Living, 510-841-4776, x132 or       Development Center.                                             Call Dr. Iverson 415-600-3660

Support Group for Parents of Kids with          Center for Independent Living’s (CIL)           Family Grief Support Groups: Hospice
Disabilities at the San Francisco Church        Community Giving Back (CGB) Support             By the Bay offers 8 week, low-cost grief
of Christ in Burlingame. For more informa-      Group for youth ages 14-22 with LD and/or       support groups for families who have
tion, call Tracey Howell at 650-571-7482.       ADHD. The purpose of this group is to build     experienced the death of a loved one,
                                                self-esteem, awareness, and to learn how        with concurrent but separate sessions for
VARIOUS DISABILITY SPECIFIC GROUPS              to help the community. The group goes           children, teenagers and adults.
Coalition of Parents & Educators of the         out into the community & learns about           Call Beth at 415-626-5900.
Deaf/Blind (COPE D/B)                           ways it can help. Call Luciana R. Sandoval
Call Jackie Kenley at 415-239-0545              at Center for Independent Living,               JAPANESE SPEAKING SUPPORT
                                                510-841-4776, x132 or                           GROUPS
Epilepsy Foundation of Northern                             Father’s Group: Call Mr. Kubo at
California Support Group:                                                                       408-376-0350.
2nd Thursday of every month, 7-9pm, Cal         Adults with Learning Differences/
Pacific Medical Center, Level A, Dining         Learning Disabilities (LD) (Free)               Intergrated playgroup for children with/
Room 1-2, 2333 Buchanan Street. Call            “Moving Forward” support group is free of       without disabilities presented by Parents
Diane DelCiaro at 415-600-6000                  charge and meets on first Wednesday of          Helping Parents of Santa Clara. Call
                                                each month 6-7:30pm.Call Sara Diamond           Kazue Lowenstein: 408-727-5775 x165
Little People of America Parent                 415-255-1801 or           or or check out:
Support Group Call Shirley Figone,                                                    
408-244-6354.                                   CHADD of Northern CA (Children &
                                                Adults with ADD/ADHD)                           Infant Group
Robert Louie Family Cancer                      Drop-in group for adults & teens with           This new support group for infants (0-3)
Support Program. A program                      ADHD & their significant others.                and their families will meet at Parents
committed to providing emotional &              Marin Community Mental Health,                  Helping Parents. For more information,
social support for children &                   Greenbrae. Call Beverlee at                     please call Yoriko at 408-956-1256.
teenagers with cancer and their families.       415-789-9464.
Meets: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
of the month at the corner of Lake              FATHERS’ SUPPORT GROUPS                         Datebook, continued from p. 11
and Arguello. Call Anquanitte at                Fathers’ Support Group-Woodacre                           Ongoing Meetings
510-444-5096.                                   Meets: Every 2nd Saturday of the month.
                                                Get together with other fathers of children     ˜Golden Gate Regional Center Board
Support and Advocacy Group for                  with disabilities, share your experiences and   of Trustees meets the 3rd Monday of the
Parents of Children with Fragile X              pull together resources. 2 Bird Cafe, Wood-     month at 7:30 pm. Call 415-546-9222 for
Syndrome monthly meetings.                      acre. Call Michael McQuilkin, 415-883-2952      location.
Call Stephanie, 925-938-3150 or                                                                 ˜Area Board 5 meetings are the 4th
800-994-FRAX.                                   Japanese Speaking Group for Fathers             Wednesday of the month. Call
                                                from Parents Helping Parents of Santa           510-286-0439 for location.
SCHOOL SPECIFIC:                                Clara: Call Mr. Kubo at 408-376-0350.           ˜Community Advisory Committee on
Ulloa Group: Support group for                                                                  Special Education (CAC) meets the 4th
children with disabilities meets at Ulloa                                                       Thursday of the month, 7-9pm at Open
                                                GRIEF GROUPS

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Mental Health Features: Receiving Services
Reprinted from Guide to Mental Health Services for Children & Youth In San Francisco 2006
submitted by Joseph Phillips, Social Worker & Mental Health Coordinator


Children receive services in different types of settings, depending upon the severity of their condition and the type of place that the
providers and family believe will provide the appropriate level of support.

The programs within Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) provide a range of services for children - from 24-hour care to
weekly one-hour counseling sessions and/or consultation to individuals who work with your child (e.g., teachers). Please see
the online version of this Mental Health guide at Appendix A
lists the specific programs, types of services provided by each program and contact information. These services are available
to children and youth with Medi-Cal or Healthy Kids or Healthy Families insurance, or those who have limited or no resources
for their mental health needs.

Outpatient Mental Health Services are              provide referrals to authorized commu-       health problems in patients.
the backbone of San Francisco’s mental             nity mental health services treatment        The SafeStart Initiative is a broad coali-
health service delivery system. Out-               programs. Case management services           tion among city departments and com-
patient services include mental health             are provided to clients placed in residen-   munity-based organization working in the
assessments, medication monitoring,                tial treatment through the IEP.              areas of child welfare, domestic violence,
and individual, couple and family ther-                                                         and violence prevention. The goal of the
apy. These services may be provided in-            The Foster Care Mental Health Pro-           Initiative is to create a single system
home, at school sites, at health centers,          gram coordinates mental health ser-          out of multiple systems and fragmented
and at child care facilities and family            vices for children in San Francisco’s        service delivery networks that currently
child care homes, as well as at the out-           child welfare system. Services include       serve children ages 0-6 years who are
patient clinics.                                   mental health screening; mental health       witnesses to or victims of family violence
                                                   treatment; referrals for mental health       or community violence. CBHS-CYFSOC
Day Treatment Programs offer therapy               treatment; urgent care; and consultation.    provides mental health services through
and group activities to children and                                                            SafeStart.
youth with significant emotional prob-             The High Quality Child Care Mental
lems. Comprehensive day treatment                  Health Consultation Initiative provides      The School Mental Health Partnership
provides both education and mental                 mental health services at child care         provides school-based mental health ser-
health services to special education stu-          sites throughout San Francisco, includ-      vices to special education students diag-
dents in a single setting                          ing case consultation, direct intervention   nosed with severe emotional disturbance
                                                   with children and families, therapeutic      at many public school sites. Services may
Crisis Services: Mental health crisis              play groups, early referrals, parent edu-    include individual and group psychother-
services are available 24 hours/day,               cation and support groups, and training      apy, consultation with classroom teach-
seven days a week to children and ado-             for child care providers.                    ers, AB 3632 assessments, and partic-
lescents experiencing a mental health                                                           ipation in Individualized Education Pro-
crisis or to those who have been victims           Intensive Care Management supports           gram (IEP) meetings.
of sexual abuse. They can assess the               families with emotionally disturbed chil-
need for in-patient hospitalization, and           dren who may be at risk for placement        Transitional and Vocational Services
refer to hospitals when necessary.                 outside of the home and/or are involved      for Adolescents and Youth provides tran-
                                                   with more than one public agency. Inten-     sitional case management and bridge
 The following programs and services               sive care managers help families identify    services to young adults, 17-24 years
                                                   and obtain needed services including,        old. Services include referrals to adult
are arranged in alphabetical order:
                                                   but not limited to, mental health treat-     mental health services, housing, support
                                                   ment. The Family Involvement Team and        groups, and referral to employment ser-
The SFCBHS-AB3632 Unit provides ser-
                                                   the Youth Task Force are associated pro-     vices.
vices to San Francisco special educa-
tion students who are referred by their
                                                                                                The Wellness Program is a partnership
IEP team, or are referred concurrently
                                                   The Primary Care Mental Health Con-          between CBHS-CYFSOC, the Depart-
with an assessment for special educa-
                                                   sultation Liaison Service provides on-       ment of Children, Youth and Their Fam-
tion eligibility. The AB 3632 Unit pro-
                                                   site psychiatric and psychosocial con-       ilies, and the San Francisco Unified
cesses and tracks all assessment refer-
                                                   sultation to primary care pediatric          School District to provide mental health,
rals, completes mental health assess-
                                                   health providers at community-based          substance abuse, reproductive health
ments, and makes mental health eligibil-
                                                   health centers throughout San Fran-          services, health assessments and educa-
ity determinations. Staff attend Indi-
                                                   cisco. Onsite primary care clinic consul-    tion, and crisis intervention to high school
vidualized Education Program (IEP)
                                                   tation helps to provide early detection,     students at the school site.
meetings and case conferences and
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Open Forum
The following bulletins have been placed at the request of various parents and professionals. These are not
endorsements, but are included for your information only.

      New Disability Law Podcast
                                                         Practicing Social Skills: How to                   CAMPAIGN PROMOTES SAFER
  The Disability Law Lowdown (DLL) podcasts              Teach Your Student Social Interac-                 INFANT SLEEP ENVIRONMENT
  deliver the latest in disability law information       tions                                              THROUGH CRIB GIVEAWAYS
  every other week. Transcripts of the shows                                                                AND EDUCATION
  are simultaneously available on the DLL                Article written by the National Center for
  website.                                               Technology Innovation and Center for Imple-        Bedtime Basics for Babies is a
                                                         menting Technology in Education discusses          national campaign designed to give
  Website @                   how teachers can help students with disabilites    families both the equipment and the
                                                         navigation social interactions.                    information they need to ensure a
                                                                                                            safe sleep environment for infants.
     Ranking America’s Mental                            To read article go to LD Online:
                                                                    More information is available at
   is an “Analysis of Depression
   Across the States,” a rst-of-its-                     Youth transitioning from
   kind study examining state andna-                      the Foster Care system?
   tional data for statistical associa-                                                                    NATIONAL SURVEY FOR CHILDREN
   tions between factors that                           The Casey Foundation has pro-                      WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS
   govern access to mental health                       duced seven guides for provid-                     RELEASED (CSHCN)
   care and actual mental health                        ers working with transitioning
   outcomes, including suicide rates.                   youth. Some topics include                          In each state, telephone interviewers
   Included is a ranking of the 50                      Cultural and Personal Identity                     screened at least 3,000 households with
   states.                                              Formation, Supportive Relation-                    children to identify CSHCN. In-depth
      For the complete report visit:                    ships and Community Connections.                   interviews were conducted with the parents                       This guide is available in PDF                     of 750 – 850 CSHCN per state in 2001 and
                                                        format at their website:                           again in 2005-2006.
 Guide to the Family Educational
 Rights and Privacy Act                                                     Visit website:
 for elementary and secondary schools. Online                ItsMyLifeFramework.htm
 brochure and downloadable PDF are available.
 Topics include: Health or Safety Emergency,
 Law Enforcement Unit Records, Security Videos,
                                                                                                              VIDEOS TO HELP PERSONS
 Personal Knowledge or Observation and Transfer                                                                  WITH DISABILITIES
 of Education Records. To learn more, go to
 website at:                                            Employment Resources for Young                      Ready America provides videos, brochures,
                                                        People                                              and PDFs to help families with emergency
                                                                                                            preparedness. Scan the online checklist for
                                                        A new web site offering online resources for
                                                                                                                           handy tips.
                                                        youth ages 11-15, seeking information about
 Homeschooling web site contains                                                                                Simply point your web browser to
                                                        careers in science, technology, engineering, and
     information for students                           math. Created by the Gender, Diversity, and                     disabled.html
        with special needs                              Technology Institute at Education Development
                                                        Center. Check them out at:
              Visit them at:                              
                                                                                                            Knowledge Path from the
                                                                                                            Maternal & Child Health Library
                                                               Learn about Toy Safety                       contains comprehensive resources
                                                                                                            for professional, families and schools
                                                         and the most recent recalls from the U.S.          about children with emotional,
  If you do not have access to                           Consumer Product Safety Commission‛s web site.     behavioral and Mental Health Chal-
  the internet, you can find a                           The commission provides information on how         lenges.
                                                         to report unsafe products, toy product trends,
  public computer at the public                          standards and publications on other consumer
  library or at Open Gate. Or Call                       safety issues.                                     Available on their web site at:
  Open Gate at 415-920-5040 and                                                                   
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News and Reviews from the Joan Cassel Memorial Library at Open Gate
By Elaine Butler, Librarian
Spring-time brings new growth and color. It            since a great deal has changed over time.                                  Sensory Vibrating Tube Toy
calls us outside. The toy collection of our library    In the second half of the book, Grinker combines                           for Special Children
offers many toys that can be used outdoors.            all of his roles as author, father and anthropolo-
Drop by the Joan Cassel Memorial Library               gist while visiting the Democratic Republic of the                          by Enabling Devices catalog-
during office hours and browse.                        Congo, India, South Korea, South Africa and the                             Toy #204 caught my atten-
                                                       United States, where he looks at the cultural                               tion with its tubular shape,
BOOK REVIEWS                                           implications that result from an autism diagnosis.                          the glitter and red plastic
                                                       I found both parts of the book well-written, easy                           ends. However, I could not
Sniffy, the Beagle                                     to understand and fascinating, whether or not                               figure out how to turn on the
by Rita Eagle, Ph.D.                                   one has a family member with autism. There are                              lights or make it vibrate. I
                                                       table of contents, notes, references and indices.      pulled on each end and was finally able to pull
                       Parents will love reading                                                              one end off to find the switch inside. Once you
                       Sniffy, the Beagle to                                                                  turn the switch on, the fun begins with a buzzing
                       their children (ages four       Our Choices, Our Challenges (DVD),                     noise, the tube vibrates in your hands and the
                       to nine) which encour-          by Family Ties of Nevada                               lights blink as you move the tube. The toy rein-
                       ages them to accept and                                                                forces the child’s grasping and sensory skills
                       respect differences. The        Family Ties of Nevada present a story of the           when he holds and moves the it. The buzz is
                       hero is a beagle and            Clifton-Schoen family and how they navigate the        pleasant and the colors and lights bright. Chil-
                       the illustrations are car-      systems of care in Reno, Nevada. The couple            dren in many developmental stages will enjoy
                       toon-like in bright colors.     is interviewed about the quality of life issues        this toy.
                       Readers learn about a           in raising their daughter with Rett Syndrome at
special type of service animal.                        home. They talk about gaining access to federal
                                                       and state health care and other services and
Help Him Make You Smile
                                                                                                                      Library Announcements
                                                       how more help is needed in respite, daycare and
by Rita Eagle, Ph.D.                                   specialty services. Friends and family members
                                                       joined their efforts to keep the family functioning      New signs at the Library!
                      By the same author of            and together.
                      Sniffy, the Beagle, Rita         Reading this book was an eye opening experi-              The Joan Cassel Memorial Library has
                      Eagle is a clinical psy-         ence. Many families have been through this type           updated its signage. The easy to browse
                      chologist at the Los             of situation of when coordination of services is          book stacks now have signs that list the
                      Angeles Harbor Regional          achieved and there are still service breakdowns.          categories of book titles in three languages:
                      Center. She is also the          I think that service providers should view this           Chinese, Spanish and English.
                      mother of a young adult          DVD. The running time is 23:50 minutes.
                      with multiple disabilities.                                                               Individual Donations do count!
                      Through a diary, she kept
                      for 30 plus years and her        Alternative Cook, LLC, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free,           In an effort to improve library services
notes in re-examining it, his story is told. I         Low-Cholesterol Kids’ Meals (DVD)                         to families and the professionals who
enjoyed reading the diary sections; because            by Jean Duane with Carol Fenster                          work with them, Joan Cassel Memorial
she is open about her feelings toward her son,                                                                   Library received a donation that paid for
Benjamin. Eagle considers Benjamin’s devel-                                 Here it is, a DVD packed             the purchase of a new integrated library
opmental stages in the diary and adds a chap-                               with six cooking classes and         system. Goodbye to 3X5 cards and hello
ter about his communication skills called Ben-                              recipe booklets for children         to a searchable library catalog, just like the
jaminisms. I laughed as Benjamin answers                                    with food allergies. If you          public library! When you come by to browse
each of her questions literally. The book is well-                          watch all six segments, the          the book stacks, check in with library staff
referenced with appendices, ample notes, a                                  running time is about 75 min-        for a short tutorial on our new system.
bibliography, index and a comprehensive table                               utes. Your children may want
of contents.                                                                to watch it with you since the       Self-Check-out
                                                                            author/cook is helped by a
Unstrange Minds, Remapping the World of                                     wise puppet with an English          Support for Families offers self check-out
AUTISM,                                                                     accent. She makes a gluten-          as an easy way to check out books from
by Roy Richard Grinker                                 free, yeast-free pizza with dairy-free cheese and         our library without library staff assistance.
                                                       vegetable toppings which look very tasty. It is           This is an honor system, so please don’t
                       Roy Richard Grinker’s           easy to follow her directions and she lets you            check out books if you haven’t returned
                       first child, Isabel, is diag-   know where the various ingredients may be                 previously checked out items. When books
                       nosed with Autism in            purchased. It is geared to children’s activities          are not returned promptly, everyone is
                       1994. He is an anthro-          and makes an effort to duplicate favorite foods           effected.This system gives more families
                       pologist, who discusses         served at parties so the child with food intoler-         the opportunity to gain valuable information
                       how culture affects how         ance is not left out of the festivities. She advises      about options for their children.
                       we view autism. The first-      the parent to find out the party menu before-             The Library check-out procedures are
                       portion of the book is a        hand, make duplicates of the menu as much                 displayed in three languages. Please read
                       biography of his daugh-         as possible and deliver it to the host before             the brochure for details on this policy.
                       ter’s first years and a his-    the party. The recipes were quick and easy and            Thank you for your cooperation!!
tory of autism as a diagnosis. The book is good        contained healthy ingredients. Just a look at the         v
for a parent wishing to learn more about early         cover - food art - is enough to make one hungry.
theories of diagnosis and treatment especially

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 Exit Exam, continued from p. 15                                                                         Support for Families
 students with disabilities can submit an               Help Wanted!                                 of Children with Disabilities
 annual portfolio of work instead of taking                                                               Board of Directors
 the exam. And in New York, special              Do you have a flair for event             Bruce Deming, President
 ed students can take a different exam,                                                    Jeff Harrell, Secretary
 geared for people with disabilities, and                                                  Judy Chen
 still earn a diploma. If they don’t pass                                                  Lisa Shirley,Treasurer
 that, they can get a special diploma             Do you love a great party?               Richard Adams
 showing they met the requirements of          Consider joining the Support for            Todd Gemmer
                                               Families Fall Gala Planning Com-            Sally Spencer
 their individual education plans.
                                                                                           Valerie J. Mulhollen, Esq.
 About the writer:                                                                                              Advisory Board
 Call the Sacramento Bee’s Laurel                                                          Allan Low, Esq.
                                               If you’ve attended this event in the        Betty Lituanio
 Rosenhall, (c) Sacramento Bee, 2008           past — and even if you haven’t —            Bill Bivins
                                                                                           Carla Greenwald
                                               consider volunteering to help plan          David Kobe
 About ITOP                                                                                David Rothman
 We encourage youth and family mem-
                                               the 2008 fundraiser!                        Diana Tang-Duffy, M.D.
                                                                                           Frank Bien
 bers to become involved with the                                                          Janet Green Babb, RPT
 Improving Transitions Outcomes Proj-          Volunteers are needed now and/or            Joanna Cameron
                                                                                           Jude Kaye
 ect ( ITOP) Interagency Council or the        through the summer to help with             Lucy Crain, MD
 ITOP Youth Council.                           getting auction items, planning             Mary Phillips
                                                                                           Mildred Crear, PHN
                                               décor, finding sponsors… what-              Mim Carlson
 For more information, please contact          ever interests you!                         Nancy Hudgins, Attorney
                                                                                           Peter Manseld
 John F. Weber, the ITOP Coordinator                                                       Sally Spencer
 at (415) 282-7494,                                                                        Suzanne Giraudo, Ed.D.
                                               Flexible time schedule offered.             Suzanne Graham, RN, PhD or visit
 our website at v
                                               And you’ll get free admission to                                   Staff
                                               the gala on Oct 11, 2008!                   Juno Duenas, Executive Director
                                                                                           Nina Boyle, Family Resource Center Manager
                                                                                           Hilary Bothma, Development Associate
                                               For more information:                       Elaine Butler, Librarian
                                               415-282-7494 ext 17 (Jan)                   Mike Durkin, Ofce Manager
                                      or           Deidre Hayden, Special Needs Inclusion Project
                                               415-282-7494 ext 26 (Hilary)
                                                                                           June Hew, Community Resource Parent
                                                                                           Nathaniel Jenkins, Information & Resource Mgr
                                                                                           Bill Lewandowski, Director of Operations
                                                                                           Dennis Lockett, Community Resource Parent
 FREE TAX HELP CAN LEAD TO BIG REFUNDS!                                                    Rachel Nobel, Care Giving, Family Events, and
                                                                                           Volunteer Managerr
                                                                                           Joseph Philips, Social Worker/MH Coordinator
 To qualify for free tax help:                                                             Keith Rockhold, Information Systems Manager
      ˜ Last year’s income was less than $42,000                                           Debbie Sarmento, Family Resource Center Net-
      ˜ US Citizenship is NOT required
                                                                                           Alison Stewart, Operation Access Coordinator
                                                                                           Paula Reina, Community Resource Parent
 More than just free tax help!                                                             Joan Selby, Community Resource Parent
                                                                                           Linda Tung, CCS Parent- Health Liaison
     ˜ Earned Income Tax Credit up to $4,700                                               Sonia Valenzuela, Parent Mentor Coordinator
     ˜ If you live in San Francisco and have children you                                  Linda Vossler-Swan, Family Voices Coordr
                                                                                           Jan Watson, Development Director
        may qualify for the $100 Working Families Credit.                                  John Weber, ITOP Coordinator
     ˜ Directly deposit your refund in up to 3 accounts                                    David Witmer, Administrative Assistant
     ˜ Open a free or low cost checking or savings at                                      Lisa Yee, Community Resource Parent
        1 of 15 banks or credit unions through the Bank of                                        HRIIC-High Risk Infant Interagency
        San Francisco program                                                              Patsy Hampton, HRIIC Director
                                                                                           Ana Vanesa Plasencia, Data Evaluation Spe-
 For more information on specic tax sites Call 2-1-1                                      April Finocchi, Screening Specialist
 (1-800-358-8832 outside of San Francisco), or go to                                       Carola Hastrup, Roundtable Case Coordinator, “Earn It! Keep It! Save It” -- A Program                          Karla Martinez, Screening Specialist
 offered locally by the United Way of the Bay Area.                                        Shanta Jambotkar, Roundtable Coordinator
                                                                                           Zulema Rubalcava Barron, Special Needs Proj-
                                                                                           ect Program Manager

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 Thank You!
 Donations received October 16, 2007 through January 31, 2008.
 Support for Families greatfully acknowledges gifts from the following individuals,
 groups and businesses. We apologize for any omissions or misspellings. Please
 contact us so we can correct our records!

Organizations, Businesses          Peter H. Lam
 and Corporations:                 George Peter Lamb III             Tributes and Memorials:            In honor of Nancy Lim-Yee:
Applied Materials                  Maryann Laughlin                                                     Janice and Kenneth Wong
Adobe Systems Incorporated         F. Ronald Laupheimer and Lynn     In memory of John Carlson:
Dell Direct Giving Campaign           Diane Lerer Laupheimer         Thomas E. Bliska, Jr. and Gray
Hotwire                            Jim and Annette Lee                 Boyce                            Car Donations:
Pamakid Runners Club               Bill Lewandowski                                                     Wesley Hew
Physicians at the Pacific          Nancy Lim-Yee                     In honor of Sharon D. Atkins:      Erin Park
  Professional Building            Jolene Logue                      Erma Brim                          Shelly Anfinson
Technical Assistance and Support   Ingrid Lusebrink
  Services                         Martin Magid                      In honor of Theresa Collins:
                                   Patrick Mahoney                   Michelle Donaldson                 Workplace Gifts and
                                   Maureen and George McCarthy                                           Pledges:
Individuals:                       Dr. Carol Miller                  In memory of Rachel Milgrom:
Anonymous                          Susan Monson                      Nanette Dumas                      Applied Materials:
Ellen Abel                         Julia C. and Don W. Moseman                                          Helen Jespersen
Geoffrey Adeb                      Alice Nakahata                    In memory of Bruce Matthai:        Chevron Employees’ “People
Bryna Adelson                      Eugene C. and Lin Payne III       Anonymous                            Making a Difference
Janice Arakawa-Hoyt                Alan Perry                                                             Campaign”:
Leo and Lorraine Arnaudo           Calvin and Quyen Pon              In memory of Gloria and            Anonymous
Peddie and Leif Arneson            Aymeric Riverieulx                  Irving Schlossberg:              Angela Wong
William Bivins                     David L. Rothman, DDS and         Judith Janec                       Dell Direct Giving Campaign:
Deane Bivins                          Peggy Barbieri                                                    James Carroll
John and Georganne Boerger         Robert Ruth                       In honor of Margie Duenas:         United Air Lines Employee
Nancy Boughey                      Katura N. Schoene LCSW            Albert S. and Norma M. Moisio        Workplace Giving Program:
Tracy Burt                         Donn Schoenmann                                                      Jeffrey Garrison
Megan Caluza and York Gaskins      Lisa and Steve Shirley            In honor of Alessandra             United Way Johnson and
Paik Chang and Nancy Wong          Peter Siegel and Nancy Strohl       Lituanio:                          Johnson:
Chiachi Chen                       Anne-Marie Siu Yuan               John Pavloff                       Anonymous
Mildred Crear                      Dorothy Skylor                                                       United Way Silicon Valley:
Joan Crowell                       Jovanka Solorzano                 In memory of Shirley M.            Quyen Duong
Susan Dambroff                     Keith O. St. Claire                 Selby:
Alyssa DiFilippo                   William and Margaret Stewart      Bryan and Joan Selby
Thomas J. and Patricia A.          Peter Straus and Lili Byers
   Donovan                         Chahe and Vera Tanielian
Cecilia Dyba                       Rona Weintraub
                                   Patty Wong
Joseph and Jill Feldman
Andy and Shelley Forrest           Linda Woo-Lim                        Special Thanks...
Sam and Maria Gatt                 Edward Yaffa
Steven L. Goldman, MD and          Wendy and David Young                Support for Families greatly values every
   Diane Josephson Goldman         Marilyn Zoller Koral
Nancy Grant and Birrell Walsh                                           donation we receive -- large and small --
Hank and Carla Greenwald                                                but we want to specially acknowledge a
Arnold George Hider                In-Kind Donations:                   recent gift (from a donor wishing to remain
Nancy Hudgins                      Lili Byers
Yury Hurtado                       Jean Duane and Carol Fenster         anonymous) of securities valued at more
Steven T. and Roselynn Fine        Rita Eagle, PhD                      than $100,000. This gift, along with other
   Itelson                         First Book                           major gifts, will help ensure that services
David Kobe and Marjorie Shaw       Virginia Gee
                                   Mark Lyons
                                                                        will always remain available to children with
Eric and Angela Korpela            Elizabeth Rippetoe                   disabilities and their families!
Randall Kostick and Kathryn        Linda and Ray Tung
   Krusen                          Jan Watson
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