I would like to invite you to the eleventh annual Summer Institute on Friday, August 5th, and pre-conference workshop on Thursday, August 4th.

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Friday’s conference is intended for a wide range of professionals, including educators, psychologists, behavior therapists, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists, as well as for families, caregivers and students. Presenters address the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research, policy and evidence based practices in prevention, assessment, treatment and support services across the lifespan. The conference will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center on the Davis campus (8:00-4:30).

Thursday’s pre-conference workshop will be 9:00 – 3:00 at the MIND Institute on the Sacramento campus. The topic is “Classroom Pivotal Response Training (CPRT)” and will be presented by Aubyn Stahmer, PhD, BCBA-D Research Scientist from the UC Davis MIND Institute and Janice Chan, M.A., BCBA, special education teacher and CPRT coach from the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. CPRT is a naturalistic, behavioral approach for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that is soundly supported in the scientific literature. CPRT can work in the classroom because it was designed specifically with the benefits and challenges of the classroom in mind.

As Chair of the Summer Institute Planning Committee, I am eager to share with you some of Friday’s activities. The day begins with a keynote address by Andrew J Imparato, JD, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in Washington DC. The Future of Disability Policy: A National Perspective.

Following the opening address, workshops will be offered in the following strands: Research, Policy and Evidence Based Practices. Presentations will cover Early Intervention, School Aged and Transition/Adult age groups.

In addition to the multiple presentations throughout the day, there will be Assistive Technology Demonstrations showcasing the various ways technology can be used to enhance learning and independence as well as a Resource Area where participants can learn about local resources and the various research studies and supports available through the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Early Registration begins April 25, 2016. The conference will include valuable information for everyone who touches the lives of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and we hope to see you there!


Robin Hansen M.D. »

Director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD)

Director of Clinical Programs, UC Davis MIND Institute