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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Distinguished Lecturer Series

2nd Wednesdays, October 2013 – June 2014
4:30 – 6:00 pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium

These presentations are intended for both specialists and community members.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  No reservations are needed. The Resource Center at the MIND Institute will be open 1 hour before and 30 minutes after the presentation.
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Minds Behind the MIND

Wednesday April 16, 5:30-7:00pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium

The 2013-2014 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series resumed in November, 2013. Leading researchers and clinicians from the UC Davis MIND Institute will present current research and new treatment findings.  The presentations give our community a better perspective on the scope of research being conducted at the MIND Institute, the outcomes of this research, and ways they may support these efforts. Lectures will be held from 5:30 - 7 pm at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Resources and research study information focused on the evening’s topic will be available from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. There will also be an extended “ask the experts” session with the panelists after the presentation. Please note that seating is limited.
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Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Friday, August 8, 8:00-5:00pm
UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA

Pre  and post conference workshops on Aug 7 and 9
UC Davis MIND Institute, Sacramento, CA

The annual MIND Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a one-day conference intended for a wide range of professionals, including educators, psychologists, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech and language pathologists, as well as consumers, family, caregivers, and students. The focus of the Institute is to help participants keep pace with the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research and the most current standards for best practices in prevention, assessment, treatment, and support services, and increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of developmental disabilities, early identification, service provision, inclusion, transition to adulthood, and other medical, legal, social and policy issues related to disabilities. Past conference presentations are available in video format on our website, and most of them are also available on UCTV.
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Sibling Workshop

Saturday, March 29, 10am-3pm

Sibling Workshop is a place & time to play games & mingle with new friends who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not-so-good) parts of having a sibling with special needs.
There is no cost to participate in the workshops, though donations are gratefully accepted!
Space is limited: Download registration form from, or call WarmLine at 916-922-9276 for a registration form.

Taller para Hermanos

Sabado, Marzo 29, 10am-3pm

Taller para hermanos es un lugar y tiempo para jugar y divertirse con nuevos amigos quienes “entienden” sobre la parte buena (y algunas veces no tan buenas) de tener un hermano con necesidades especiales.  No hay ningún costo para participar en los talleres, sin embargo, ¡donaciones son apreciablemente aceptadas.

Espacio es limitado: Por favor regístrese por internet en  Usted también puede descargar un formulario de registro en O llame al 916-922-1490 para un formulario de registro.



Second Saturday Sensory Storytime
Monthly, Second Saturdays at 11am
Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento

Each Second Saturday, the librarians and volunteers at the Arden-Dimick Library will offer a free 30 minute program for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring stories, music, activities, and more.   Children with a developmental age of 2-6 years are welcome, along with their families.  Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to network with other parents. 

More information is available by contacting Janet Wininger at (916) 264-2920, or

Beary Special Playdates

Monthly 2nd Wednesdays, 5 - 7pm
Sacramento Children's Museum
2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova

Families with special needs, including siblings and friends, are invited to visit the Children’s Museum on the second Wednesday of each month, 5-7 pm.  There is no charge for admission, but reservations are required. For more information click here or  call (916) 638-7225.




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