Events and Lectures

Enroll now in the Early Start Denver Model – Introductory Workshop. Online course begins March 2.

Learn about the theoretical and empirical framework, curriculum and teaching principles of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a developmental, behavioral and relationship-based intervention program for infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 12-60 months. This course is taught by Sally Rogers, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 10, 10am – 12pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
This workshop will also be shown in real time via Adobe Connect

This workshop will be presented by Yulahlia Hernandez, Attorney and Clients Rights’ Advocate, and Annie Breuer, Assistant Clients Rights’ Advocate. Topics include an introduction to clients’ rights, transition to adulthood, communication, advance healthcare directive, and more. There is no charge for the presentation, however pre-registration is required. To register, email Terri Contenti at, or call (916) 703-0289.

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.

Sibling Workshops

Co-sponsored by CEDD and the Warmline Family Resource Center
Saturdays, January - April, 2016
Sacramento Libraries

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. Workshops are presented in English. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. For more information, call (916) 455-9500. To register, click here: January 23, 2016 or February 6, 2016. Registration for the March 19, March 26 and April 30 workshops will open 60 days prior to the events.

Health professionals, educators, families and community members are invited to attend this series of presentations about neurodevelopmental disorders provided by the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. An “ask the experts” session with panelists follows each presentation, and the Resource Center will be open before and after each presentation.

IEP- Pasos hacia el éxito:  ¿Cómo saber si mi hijo está progresando?
(IEP as a step to success: How do I know if my child is making progress?)
Co-sponsored by CEDD and the Warmline Family Resource Center
Saturday, February 20, 9am – 1pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium
Presenters: Maribel Hernandez, Angie Rivera, M.S., MIND Institute
Note:  Presented entirely in Spanish

Transition Workshop Series: Social Security Workshop

Thursday, March 17, 6 – 8 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium

Workshop details will be available after February 1.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, email Terri Contenti at, or call (916) 703-0336.

Let’s Get Organized!

Friday, March 18, 5:30-7:30 pm
MIND Institute Resource Center
(presented in Spanish and English)

Organization is the first step to advocate effectively (and with confidence) for your child.  Bring your child’s assessments, IEPs, IPPs, medical information, and other important papers to the workshop.  Parents will be shown how to organize everything, so that the information can be found quickly when needed.  Warmline will provide binders and a light dinner.  Register at 916-922-1490, or


Viernes, 18 de marzo del 2016 de 5:30 – 7:30 pm
MIND Instituto-Centro de Recursos
(Español e Inglés)

¿Guarda usted los expedientes educativos o médicos de su hijo en una bolsa de compras?
¡Organizarse es el 1er paso para abogar efectivamente (y confiadamente) por su hijo!
 Traiga las evaluaciones, IEPs, IPPs, etc., de su hijo y juntos los arreglaremos de tal manera que usted pueda encontrarlos rápidamente cuando los necesite.  Se proveerán carpetas y una cena ligera será servida.  Por favor pre-registrarse al 916-922-1490 o

Events Sponsored by the MIND Institute, the CEDD, and WarmLine Family Resource Center

Pasos al éxito
Presentado por:  Ruderman and Knox, Servicios Legales
Sábado, 20 de febrero

Panel “Autismo ¿qué necesitamos saber para ayudar a nuestro hijo?”       
Sábado, 12 de marzo
Panel “Como el padre afronta la discapacidad.”
Sábado, 2 de abril

Panel “Transición: Como tener una transición exitosa del sistema escolar a la vida adulta.”
Sábado, 14 de mayo

Los talleres son realizados en el Auditorio del MIND Instituto ubicado en el 2825 50th Street, Sacramento. La sesión inicia con el registro y desayuno continental a las 8:30am, seguido por el taller de 9am a 1pm. Favor de registrarse antes del taller llamando a la línea en español al 916-6703-0439 o escriba a No habrá cuidado de niños, no se permiten niños en los talleres

Vamos a platicar (Let’s Talk)

Jueves, 4, 11, 18, & 25 de febrero, y 3 & 10 de marzo, 5:30 pm a 7:30
Instituto MIND, Centro de Recursos 

Venga a compartir sus experiencias y a aprender sobre el diagnóstico, necesidades y servicios de su hijo, además de conocer a otros padres. Para registro y estacionamiento gratuitito, por favor comuníquese al 916-703-0439.

Assistive Technology (AT) for Fun!

Presented by the CEDD Assistive Technology Consortium
Monday, April 18, 3:30-6:30pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
Everyone likes to have fun! This fair will highlight ways that AT can be used to allow full access and inclusion into recreational activities and sports for students and young adults with disabilities. Young adults with disabilities will discuss how they use assistive technology in their extracurricular lives.  A variety of assistive technology devices and strategies will be demonstrated.  State agencies and community organizations will provide resource materials about supporting individuals with disabilities.  There will be a presentation by Al Cook, expert on the use of AT for fun!

Friday, August 5, 2016
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 »

Community Events

A Project of the Parent Education Network (PEN)
Second Monday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Resource Center

TEN is a newly formed organization dedicated to helping teachers better understand the learning styles of all students, with a special focus on students with learning disabilities and ADHD, and develop strength-based instructional strategies.

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.

IEP Workshops for Parents of Children 3 Years Old and Older (English)
Tuesday, February 23, 6 – 8:30 pm
Raley’s Community Meeting Room
1915 Douglas Blvd.

This free training will include information about special education law, parents’ rights and responsibilities, assessments and evaluation, what the IEP contains and how to prepare for the IEP. To register for either workshop, call 916-922-1490.

Entrenamiento de Educación Especial (IEP) para Padres de niños tres años y viaje (Spanish)
Sábado, 6 de febrero, a las 10 am
Bel Air Salón Comunitario
1885 East Gibson Road

En este entrenamiento GRATUITO, usted aprenderá sobre la ley de educación especial (IDEA), derechos y responsabilidades de los padres, evaluaciones, el contenido del IEP y como prepararse para la reunión de IEP. Regístrese en  916-922-1490.

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. »