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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Minds Behind the MIND

Learning and the Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Saturday morning, April 18 Flyer (PDF)
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium

In the Minds behind the MIND Lecture Series, leading researchers and clinicians from the UC Davis MIND Institute present current research and new treatment findings. There is an extended “ask the experts” session with the panelists after the presentation. 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. Information on research studies is available and the Resource Center is open before and after each presentation.  Seating is limited.
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Think Transition Workshops 

This series of workshops is for youth, families, and educators who are working with and supporting youth with disabilities in their transition to adulthood.  There is no charge for the workshops, however reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing, or by calling Diane Larzelere at (916) 703-0268.

Understanding Community Agencies and Services:  Living Options
Tuesday, March 17, 6-8 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
Flyer (PDF)


“Vamos a Platicar”

Presentation will be in Spanish.
Lunes, 9-11 am: Marzo 2, Marzo 9, Marzo 16, Marzo 23, Marzo 30
Centro de Recursos del Instituto MIND
El propósito de esta Serie de 5 semanas es que los padres compartan sus experiencias con otros padres en situaciones similares, aprender más acerca del diagnóstico de su hijo y sus necesidades, y aprender a cómo ayudar a su hijo a alcanzar su máximo potencial. Cada semana se tocara un tema diferente. Las pláticas serán guiadas por Maribel Hernández, Cristina Peña y Angie Rivera. Para preguntas y registro comuníquese con Maribel Hernández al (916) 703-0439. Los grupos están limitados a 10 personas. No hay costo por estas pláticas, pero necesita registrarse.
Más información (PDF)

“Let’s Talk”

Presentation will be in Spanish.
Mondays, 9-11am: March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30
MIND Institute Resource Center
The purpose of this 5-week series is for parents to share their experiences with other parents in similar situations, to learn more about their child’s diagnosis and their needs, and to learn how to help children achieve their full potential.  Each week a different topic will be discussed. The workshops will be facilitated by Maribel Hernández, Cristina Peña, and Angie Rivera.  For questions or to sign-up for the workshop, contact Maribel Hernandez at (916) 703-0439. The workshop is limited to 10 parents.  There is no charge for this workshop, but reservations are required.
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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 Friday, August 7, 2015.




School Readiness Fair

Sacramento County Unified School District (SCUSD) Child Development Department and Partners for School Readiness
Saturday, February 28th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Serna Center
5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento

Activities include free  health and developmental screenings, preschool and kindergarten enrollment information,  activities for the kids, dental exams and varnishing, and more.  Bring your child’s birth certificate and shot records.  More information at (916) 643-7858 for English and Spanish, (916) 643-7857 for Hmong.


Feria de Preparac Preparación para la Escuela 2015

SCUSD Departamento del Desarrollo de Niño y Colaboración para la Preparacíon para la Escuela
Sábado 28 de Febrero, 10 am – 2 pm
Serna Center
5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento
Gratis:  examenes del desarrolo y la  salud, información de inscripción para el kindergarten y preescolar, libros para niños gratis por su participación y  actividades para los niños, información de recursos comunitarios  y mucho más.   Traer lo siguiente para inscribirse:  acta de nacimiento del niño  y tarjeta de vacunación.  Para información en español, llame a (916) 643-7858.


2015 Video Contest:  Show Off Your Assistive Technology

Sponsored by Ability Tools
Submission Deadline:  March 13, 2015

The contest is to showcase the creative ways many people with disabilities use assistive technology to make life easier,  or independently accomplish tasks they otherwise could not.
Visit Ability Tools website for rules and details


WarmLine Family Resource Center Events & Trainings

Warmline Family Resource Center provides a variety of parent trainings and fun family activities throughout the year.  Trainings range from communication skills training to how to potty training your children.  Family activities include movie time, dance lessons, and more.  Activities are open to children with special needs and their siblings and friends. 
Learn More (LINK)


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