Events and Lectures

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series will begin its 13th season of public lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders in October 2016 beginning at 4:30pm.

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.

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 »

Community Events

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 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. 

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

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  or call 916-638-7225.  

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. 

Support Group Meetings

For information about support group meetings, check the Warmline Family Resource Center Support Group listings. »