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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Poetry & Art at the UC Davis MIND Institute

Monday, April 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium

The MIND Institute and the Sacramento Poetry Center present the Sixth Annual Poetry & Art Night, which will feature poetry readings by Poetry Center and MIND Institute poets and a viewing of the MIND Institute art collection. Highlights will include readings by Dr. Andy Jones and Kate Duren, Connie Post, Rebecca Foust, and Cynthia Patton.  Light refreshments will be served.  For further information, please contact Terri Contenti at 916-703-0289 or


Minds Behind the MIND

Learning and the Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Saturday morning, April 18 Learn More (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.

Disability Rights California: Your ally when there are roadblocks to services
Tuesday, April 21, 6-8 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
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Transitioning health care from pediatrics to adult medical providers

Tuesday, May 19, 6-8 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium


“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.
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“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. Additional information about the conference will be available on this website after May 15.
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Laurel Ruff Information & Transition Fair

Wednesday, April 8, 4-8 pm
Laurel Ruff School
5325 Garfield Avenue, Sacramento

Community organizations will have information about training and support for post-secondary outcomes that include college opportunities, work experience, and independent living skills.  For more information, call (916) 971-7586.


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


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