Support for Families
Supporting a child with learning differences can bring up a number of harder emotions—confusion, overwhelm, frustration, loneliness, sadness—along with all the love and joy. The following Bay Area-based organizations offer emotional support, information and practical advice in navigating the world of educating a dyslexic learner.
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
San Francisco-based organization that offers information, education and parent-to-parent support to families of children with disabilities. Families of children with dyslexia support group meets first Mondays 7-8:30 on Zoom.
Dedication to Special Education (DSE)
Marin-based organization run by a volunteer executive board of parents of children with special needs. Working with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), DSE works to improve the quality of special education in Marin public schools through a grants program and support of district-wide initiatives. They connect families through parent-run discussion forums and an online community.
This a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and professionals who recognize the need for conversations with our school districts and policy makers regarding dyslexia. We strive to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in California public schools.
Technology Resource Center Marin
Created by DSE to inform, evaluate, provide and maintain appropriate Assistive Technology and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AT/AAC) tools, services and opportunities for all students and their families in Marin County
San Rafael-based organization offering “help and hope from parents for parents [of children with special needs]” throughout California by connecting families with parent advisors and mentors; organizing activities, events and trainings; and providing high-quality resources.
Promotes the academic success of all students in Mill Valley schools who learn differently through parent education and advocacy. A support group, First Friday Connect Series, meets 9-10:30 a.m. October-June, currently on Zoom.
Children’s Health Council (CHC) Parent Support Groups
“CHC specializes in working with families living with ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism through our two schools, mental health clinic, community education and curated online resource library.” Check website for support group schedule updates.