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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Assistive Technology (AT) Supports the Future:  AT Resource Fair

Friday, May 8, 4 - 7pm
MIND Institute Auditorium

It is never too early for students and young adults with disabilities to think about the future and the support that assistive technology may offer for a full, inclusive life. The Resource Fair includes young adults sharing the role of assistive technology in their lives as well as resource tables and demonstrations. Learn more (PDF)


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.

Transitioning health care from pediatrics to adult medical providers

Tuesday, May 19, 6-8 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
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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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Minds Behind the MIND

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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Annual 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

Sunday, May 17, 11 am – 2 pm
Sacramento Zoo, William Land Park

Join other families at the Sacramento Zoo for a fun-filled day that includes a scavenger hunt, checking out the latest zoo exhibits, mingling with 22q families, face painting and the annual group photo.  Discount coupons will be available at a table outside the zoo gates on the day of the event. Learn More (PDF)

“Let’s Talk” (series presented entirely in Spanish)

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
MIND Institute Resource Center

This five-week series for parents of children with disabilities will allow them to share their experiences  and to  learn about their child’s diagnosis and needs and how to help them achieve their full potential. For more information or to register, contact Maribel Hernandez at 916-922-1490 or e-mail Learn More (PDF)


"Vamos a platicar”

Cada miércoles de julio del 2015, de 6 – 8 pm
Instituto MIND Centro de Recursos, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento 95817

Venga a compartir sus experiencias y a aprender sobre el diagnóstico, necesidades y servicios de su hijo, además de conocer a otros padres.  Los temas incluyen: los ajustes a la vida después de un diagnóstico, nuestros retos como padres de hijos con una discapacidad, hablando de necesidades especiales, apoyos naturales, y somos parte de la comunidad.  Para más información llame Maribel Hernandez al 916-922-1490.


Sibling Workshops

Various dates and locations in the Sacramento area

Sibling Workshops are an opportunity to play games and mingle with friends who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not-so-good) parts of having a sibling with special needs.  The workshops are held on Saturdays in the Sacramento area, with groups for ages 7-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-18 years.  There is no cost to participate, however spots are limited and registration is required.  For more information and to register, click here ( or call 916-922-1490. Learn More (PDF)

Taller para Hermanos

Fechas, tiempos & edades por grupo discrepar

Un Taller para Hermanos es un lugar y tiempo para hacer juegos y mezclarse con amigos que “entienden” sobre la parte buena (y lo algunas veces no tan buena) de tener un hermano con necesidades especiales.  No hay cobro para participar, sin embargo donaciones son agradecidamente aceptadas! El espacio esta limitado a 12 niños. Por favor regístrese en línea en (o descargue un registro en Si usted tiene más preguntas, por favor llámenos al 916-922-1490 o email


Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Friday August 7, 8-5pm
UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, 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.

Additional information about the conference will be available on this website after May 15. Learn More (PDF)




Rowell Family Empowerment Conference

Saturday April 25, 9-5pm
UC Davis Mind Institute
2825 50th Street, Sacramento 

During this all-day seminar, the Rowell Family Empowerment Center of Redding, California, will present a series of workshops tailored for youth with diverse abilities and their parents.  Sessions include IEP & 504 Preparation Training, Positive Behavior Support Plan, Understanding Evaluations, Student-Led IEPs:  Bringing the Team Together, and more. Learn More (LINK)


Disability Capitol Action Day

Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference
Wednesday, May 20, 9-3
State Capital, 10th and L streets

This year’s event, on the theme of “ADA:  Today, Tomorrow, Forever,” will feature a variety of activities that provide opportunities for learning, finding resources,  unity,  and the opportunity to discuss current issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities.

Dreamnight at the Zoo

Friday, June 5, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sacramento Zoo, William Land Park

Families of children with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses are invited to spend a warm summer evening at the annual Dreamnight at the Zoo .  Activities will include a magician, face painting, animal encounters, and more.  Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free. Learn more (PDF)


Fiesta Educativa – Sacramento (conference presented entirely in Spanish)

Saturday, September 19, 7:45 am – 4 pm
Rosemont High School, Sacramento

Participants will learn about education law, mental health, conservatorship, family support, socialization, transitioning to adulthood, and much more.   There will be no childcare.   Call 916- 922-1490 for more information.

Fiesta Educativa - Sacramento

Sábado, 19 de septiembre del 2015, 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
Rosemont High School, Sacramento

Aprenda sobre los Derechos de Educación Especial, Salud Mental, Conservatoria, Apoyo Familiar, Socialización, La Transción a la Vida Adulta y mucho mucho más. La Conferencia es completamente en Español y no Habra cuidado de niños favor de hacer arreglos para sus hijos.  Para más información llame al 916-922-1490. Learn more (PDF)

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. 
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Sensory Storytime

Sacramento City Libraries
Dates, times and locations vary

Half-hour programs for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring stories, music, activities, and more.  Noise and behaviors are no problem.  Children and their families are welcome, and parents will have the opportunity to network with other parents.  Registration is not required.  For dates and  information, contact Janet Wininger at (916) 264-2920 or


SkateClinic by SkateMD

28th & B Street Skate Park, Sacramento

SkateMD serves special populations of children who may not otherwise be able to pursue skateboarding, may not have easy access to skateboard equipment or facilities, and/or who just need some extra kindness in their lives.  One-on-one clinics provide a safe and accepting environment for youth with special needs, ages 5-17.   Participants have the opportunity to experiment with skateboarding, fine-tune existing skills, or just have fun.  Learn more


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