Events and Lectures

“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

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.

Capital Region Conference on Evidence Based Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Monday, July 27, 9 – 4pm
Twin Rivers Unified School District Office
5115 Dudley Boulevard, McClellan
The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a multi-agency collaboration between SELPAs, Regional Centers, Family Resource and Family Empowerment Centers and the CEDD at the MIND Institute. CAPTAIN’s mission is to disseminate information about evidence based practices for ASD and promote interagency coordination and collaboration. This conference is for parents, educators, vendors and providers of direct service.  The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Learn more (PDF) »

Conferencia de la Región Capital en Prácticas Basadas en Evidencia para personas en el Espectro de Autismo y/o con una Discapacidad del Desarrollo

Lunes 27 del Julio, 1-4 pm
Oficina del Distrito Escolar Twin Rivers
5115 Dudley Blvd., McClellan

Favor de estar con nosotros en esta conferencia en español para familias.  Aprenderá estrategias para apoyar los comportamientos positivos en el hogar y en la comunidad.

Ese evento es gratuito.  El espacio es limitado; es requerido registrarse.  Favor de registrarse por internet: 

Al registrarse  favor de indicar que usted desea asistir al taller en español.  Deje su nombre, dirección, número del teléfono y la edad de su hijo(a).

Para más información, llame a Maribel Hernández al 916 703-0439, o ver anuncio. 

No hay cuidado de niños disponible; favor de hacer arreglos para sus hijos.

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

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 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 2015 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.

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. »