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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Minds Behind the MIND

Saturday mornings, October 18, February 7, April 8
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium

The 2014-2015 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series will resume in October 2014. 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 on Saturdays at the UC Davis MIND Institute.  Information on research studies will be available and The Resource Center will be open before and after each presentation. 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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Think Transition: Passport to Their Future / Transition Goals & Services

Tuesday, October 28, 6-8 pm
UC Davis Mind Institute Auditorium

CEDD’s transition support programs are designed to strengthen the preparation of youth and young adults with developmental disabilities for adult life in the community.  This workshop will focus on special education law as it pertains to transition; the distinction between a certificate of completion and a diploma; preparing your student for the differences between high school and college; and alternatives to college, including vocational training programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities for on-the-job training.     Families and educators are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attendance, but pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, e-mail

Think Transition: The Student-Led IEP – Bringing the Team Together

Tuesday, November 18, 6-8 pm
UC Davis Mind Institute Auditorium

CEDD’s transition support programs are designed to strengthen the preparation of youth and young adults with developmental disabilities for adult life in the community.  This workshop will help participants understand the benefits and how-to of a student-led Individual Education Plan (IEP); how to engage parents and students in the IEP/transition process; strategies to support students before, during, and after the transition IEP; and other factors that support student self-determination.

Distinguished Lecturer Series

2nd Wednesdays, October 2014 – June 2015
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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Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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.

The next conference will be in August 2015.



Capital Public Radio report: My Child with Special Needs is About to Turn 18. Now What? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


90.9 FM

The Jewish Federation’s Committee on Inclusion and Disabilities is partnering with Capital Public Radio (CPR) for a panel discussion about transition processes for young adults with special needs. Moderated by Pauline Bartolone, Health Care Reporter for CPR. Topics include conservatorships and special needs trusts; supportive living; transition from school-based services to Regional Center-funded services; and personal transition stories from individuals with special needs and their families.

A Touch of Understanding (ATOU):  Dreams to Goals Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 9:30-3 pm
Olive Ranch School Library
5280 Stirling Street, Granite Bay, CA 95746

This workshop is an opportunity for youth, with and without disabilities and with a cognitive age of at least 12 years, to express their hopes and dreams for the future and turn them into achievable goals.   Young people will work with a mentor to help them develop an individualized action plan for the future.  For more information, call ATOU at (916) 791-4146.

Workshop:  The Age of Change:  Aging and Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Information Alliance
Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:30am - 4:00pm
UC Davis MIND Institute

In this workshop, Dr. Dennis McGuire, former director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital, Chicago, will present different topics, including:

Promoting strengths and creative potential in persons with Down syndrome:  Social Skills
Promoting strengths and creative potential in persons with Down syndrome:  Grooves, visual memory, and cues
Promoting self-esteem and safety
Promoting mental wellness and healthy aging

Tickets are $35 for non-DSIA members, $25 for DSIA members.  Reservations are limited.  Contact or (916) 658-1686.

The event is also free for Museum members and included with general admission for nonmembers.

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.

2014 Self-Advocate Activities, for Teens and Adults with Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Information Alliance
3rd Saturday of each month, July-December
Locations vary.  Contact group for details

Each month, a different activity will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Activities include glow bowling, BBQ potluck, hip hop dancing, and more.  Some fees may apply.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to drop off their self-advocates for a night of fun, while they gather at a nearby location for conversation.  Contact or (916) 658-1686.




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