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 2015 beginning at 4:30pm.

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.

The Case of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: What we have learned about anxiety in children.
Presenters: Tony Simon, Ph.D., Kathy Angkustsiri, M.D., and Ingrid Leckliter, Ph.D.
Saturday, October 17, 9 – 11am
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium

Saturday, October 17, 1-5pm (registration beginning at 12 pm)
UC Davis MIND Institute

This year’s annual 22q family meeting will include presentations by MIND Institute faculty on key medical issues, anxiety, new research projects, and the needs of parents of adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.  There will be supervised activities for children and teens. Agenda »

Each Thursday in October, 5:30-7:30 pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Resource Center
Note:  Presented entirely in Spanish
This five-week series for parents of children with disabilities will allow parents to share their experiences, learn about their child’s diagnosis and needs and how to help them achieve their full potential.  Please call 916-703-0439 for more information or to register.

Cada jueves de octubre del 2015, 5:30 pm a 7:30 pm
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.

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

Down Syndrome Information Alliance & Center for Educational Rights
Friday, November 6, 9:30 – 12:30pm
UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium

In this seminar, educators will learn how to effectively teach, include and enjoy their students with Down syndrome.  Topics will include curriculum adaptation, social skill development, common medical issues, and more. 

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. 

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. »