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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

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Creating New Ways to Support All Learners Technology and Instructional Adaptations

The Special Edge - Winter/Spring publication p.8 (PDF)
"It's not about the bling; it's about the curriculum", says Gina Guarneri of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UC Davis MIND Institute. Educators certainly agree. But they also acknowledge that the "bling"- in the form of hi- tech devices like tablets and laptops is making inroads in schools.

Guarneri to be honored for inclusion by Supported Life Institute
August 30, 2012 - Gina Guarneri, community service coordinator for the UC Davis MIND Institute Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), in October will be honored for her work promoting full inclusion for children and adults with developmental disabilities at the Supported Life Conference and Inclusion Celebration.

Guarneri is an advocate for quality services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her work focuses on family- and client-centered services and community inclusion. She also helped develop a model fully included preschool, which is a training site for UC Davis medical fellows. She is coordinating a new elective for fourth-year medical students, "Living with Intellectual/Developmental Disability in the Community."

The Supported Life Institute offers educational and training opportunities to help individuals and groups improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

"I genuinely appreciate the recognition from the Supported Life Institute, especially because their vision is a 'life that is rich in qualities a person most desires and one which shows how connected we all are to each other,' "Guarneri said.

The Supported Life Conference Inclusion Celebration 2012 will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 - 5 at the Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Sacramento. For further information, contact the Supported Life Institute, at 916-567-1974 or

Abbeduto to lead UC Davis MIND Institute
July 18, 2011 — Leonard Abbeduto, an internationally respected neurodevelopmental researcher, will lead the UC Davis MIND Institute as director.

UC Davis y Sacramento State ofrecen conferencia sobre Trastornos Neurológicos
June 29, 2011— El Instituto Summer sobre Trastornos de Desarrollo Neurológico, que es una conferencia anual sobre investigación actual y mejores prácticas para profesionales clínicos, educadores, estudiantes, padres, cuidadores y terapeutas de niños y adultos con discapacidades neurológicas que incluyen el autismo, se realizará el 5 de agosto en Sacramento State University.

UC Davis, Sacramento State to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders
June 29, 2011 — The Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, an annual conference on current research and best practices for clinicians, educators, students, parents, caregivers and therapists for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism, will be held Aug. 5 at Sacramento State University.

Caring for Communities: Academic Profile of Dian Baker
Spring 2011 - Baker,with 30 years experience as a nurse, nursing educator and advocate forunderserved populations, is working with the Center for Excellence in DevelopmentalDisabilities and community partners on a community-based participatoryresearch project in the Hmong community.

MIND Institute researcher appointed to prestigious federal autism committee
April 30, 2010 — Marjorie Solomon, a nationally known autism researcher with the UC Davis MIND Institute, today was appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the department related to autism spectrum disorders.

MIND Institute's Robin Hansen honored for her role in fostering inclusion for the disabled
October 8, 2009 — Robin Hansen, director of clinical programs at the UC Davis MIND Institute, was honored at the 16th Annual Supported Life Institute’s (SLI) Inclusion Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 7, as an outstanding role model in supporting community inclusion of all people, including people with developmental disabilities.

New Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities: Focusing on quality of life
Summer 2008 — Two years ago, UC Davis was designated as a new University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The mission of the new Center is to work with people with disabilities and their families to improve quality of life and community inclusion.

UC Davis Health System receives grant to expand resources for people with developmental disabilities
May 2, 2007 — UC Davis Health System has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a new Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service.