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Assistive Technology (AT) Supports the Future:  AT Resource Fair

Friday, May 8, 4 - 7pm
MIND Institute Auditorium

It is never too early for students and young adults with disabilities to think about the future and the support that assistive technology may offer for a full, inclusive life. The Resource Fair includes young adults sharing the role of assistive technology in their lives as well as resource tables and demonstrations. Learn more (PDF)

Distinguished Lecturer Series

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series begins its 12th season of public lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 beginning at 4:30pm   Learn more...

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.

Transitioning health care from pediatrics to adult medical providers

Tuesday, May 19, 6-8 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
Learn More (PDF)

Annual 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

Sunday, May 17, 11 am – 2 pm
Sacramento Zoo, William Land Park

Join other families at the Sacramento Zoo for a fun-filled day that includes a scavenger hunt, checking out the latest zoo exhibits, mingling with 22q families, face painting and the annual group photo.  Discount coupons will be available at a table outside the zoo gates on the day of the event. Learn More (PDF)

“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 95817

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.

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

Sibling Workshops

Various dates and locations in the Sacramento area

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.  The workshops are held on Saturdays in the Sacramento area, with groups for ages 7-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-18 years.  There is no cost to participate, however spots are limited and registration is required.  For more information and to register, click here ( or call 916-922-1490. Learn More (PDF)

Taller para Hermanos

Fechas, tiempos & edades por grupo discrepar

Un Taller para Hermanos es un lugar y tiempo para hacer juegos y mezclarse con amigos que “entienden” sobre la parte buena (y lo algunas veces no tan buena) de tener un hermano con necesidades especiales.  No hay cobro para participar, sin embargo donaciones son agradecidamente aceptadas! El espacio esta limitado a 12 niños. Por favor regístrese en línea en (o descargue un registro en Si usted tiene más preguntas, por favor llámenos al 916-922-1490 o email

Minds Behind the MIND

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. Learn more... 

Community Events

Smiles for Life, A Benefit for the MIND Institute

East Sac Dental Offices
Through June 30, 2015

The Smiles for Life campaign is an annual fundraiser created by the Crown Council, an organization of dental teams throughout the United States.  Using donated teeth whitening supplies, the dentists and their teams donate their time to provide professional teeth-whitening services to patients and others interested in the process.  Half of the proceeds from these procedures are earmarked for a local community organization, with the remaining half is given to the Smiles for Life Foundation where it is distributed to national and international children’s organizations.
For more than 10 years, Paul Phillips, DDS, and his staff at the East Sac Dental Offices have designated the MIND Institute as their local beneficiary for the Smiles for Life campaign. To make an appointment, or for more information, contact Tamsin at 916-452-7874, or go to

Disability Capitol Action Day

Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference
Wednesday, May 20, 9-3
State Capital, 10th and L streets

This year’s event, on the theme of “ADA:  Today, Tomorrow, Forever,” will feature a variety of activities that provide opportunities for learning, finding resources,  unity,  and the opportunity to discuss current issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities.

Dreamnight at the Zoo

Friday, June 5, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sacramento Zoo, William Land Park

Families of children with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses are invited to spend a warm summer evening at the annual Dreamnight at the Zoo .  Activities will include a magician, face painting, animal encounters, and more.  Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free. Learn more (PDF)

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 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. 
Learn More (LINK)

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

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

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

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