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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Fiesta Educativa Annual Sacramento Conference

"Strengthening the Family Through the Grieving Cycle"
The entire conference will be spoken in Spanish

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Rosemont High School
9594 Kiefer Blvd, Sacramento

Attendees will learn about:
Special Education Law
Family Support
And more…

No childcare will be provided. For more information, call (916) 922-1490

Fortaleciendo a la Familia Durante las Etapas de Duelo

Sabado 20 de Septiembre del 2014
Rosemont High School
9594 Kiefer Blvd, Sacramento

La 14va Conferencia Anual en Sacramento será completamente en Español Aprenda sobre:

los Derechos de Educación Especial
Apoyo Familiar, La Genética
La Vida Adulta
Y mucho más.

No habra cuidado de niños, favor de hacer arreglos para sus hijos. Para más información: (916) 922-1490

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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Minds Behind the MIND

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 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

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.

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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