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UC Davis MIND Institute Events

The UC Davis MIND Institute provides a diverse range of events that are open to the community. These events cater to various interests and needs. Some of the offerings include informative lectures, support groups specifically designed for parents, teenagers, and siblings, family festivals, resource fairs, and many other engaging activities. These events are aimed at fostering a sense of community and providing valuable resources and support to individuals and families.

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The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series are public lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disabilities.

This annual event is intended to help participants keep pace with the latest in evidence-based treatment and research on neurodevelopmental disabilities and the implications for best practices in prevention, assessment, and treatment. ​We are excited to offer this inter-disciplinary event, bringing together researchers and self-advocates to share valuable information and personal experience. This event is open to all health care professionals, educators, therapists, self-advocates and families/caregivers.

The Summer Institute will be held on Friday, July 19, 2024.
This year's theme: Preparing for Next Steps: Navigating the Educational Journey from Early Intervention to High School & Beyond.
More information on the conference will be available in May 2024.

Seminarios de excelencia en investigación del neurodesarrollo (SEIN)

Seminars of Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Research (SEIN)

Los Seminarios de excelencia en investigación del neurodesarrollo (SEIN) es una iniciativa del Instituto MIND que tiene como objetivo la divulgación de la información científica más actual relacionada con el neurodesarrollo y trastornos asociados. Los ponentes de estos seminarios incluyen reconocidos investigadores clínicos y básicos especializados en el tema. Estos seminarios son en español y dirigidos a investigadores y profesionales de todos los países de habla hispana. Familias son bienvenidas.

Presentaciones anteriores del SEIN en YouTube

Sibling Sessions

These sessions are held once a month for the siblings ages 7-17 of children with autism, ADHD, fragile X syndrome, and more to interact with typically developing peers in a safe and structured setting. They take part in activities and discussions of shared experiences in a fun and open atmosphere. The new sessions start in February, both virtually and in person.

Sibling Session Dates: April 3,  May 1, June 5, Aug. 7, Sep. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6

Family Navigator Virtual Parent Support Group 

Navigating school, therapies, and in home services can be overwhelming. Join us for a discussion group with Family Navigator parent mentors to learn more about community resources. Group members are encouraged to bring related questions and share their experiences. Ongoing participation is welcome.

To receive your Zoom link, please register now.

Group content varies across sessions, please contact the Family Navigator program with specific requests or questions: 916-734-4152 or

Join us for a discussion group with the Family Navigator team. This group is open to families and supporters of people in their teens through adulthood. Group members are encouraged to bring questions and share their experiences. Ongoing participation is welcome.

For more information, please contact 916-734-4152 or

Sankofa (African American Developmental Disabilities Alliance) (PDF)

The parent support group, the African American Developmental Disability Parent Alliance is now named Sankofa Parent Support Group. The word Sankofa comes from an African language which means “go back and fetch it” which is significant to the mission and purpose of the group which is to take information and resources we learn back to people in the community. Sankofa was founded in 2015 in order to meet the unique needs of parents of Black children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since our inception, Sankofa has supported the needs of the parents by providing advocacy and resources that have increased awareness of developmental disabilities at the community level.

Virtual Meeting Dates:




Mar. 27
April 24
May 22
June 19

Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information about Sankofa: or contact These meetings are co-sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) and Warmline Family Resource and Parent Training and Information Center.

Vamos a platicar (Let's Talk)

UC Davis MIND Institute, Centro de Recursos
2825 50th Street, Sacramento CA

La Serie de 6 presentaciones fue creada y presentada por primera vez en el 2014 por tres madres hispanas, tomando en cuenta las experiencias de familias de niños en diferentes edades, diferentes diagnóstico y sus experiencias personales como madres de hijos con diagnósticos de discapacidades del desarrollo. Actualmente la serie es presentada y enriquecida por madres lideres, que como profesionales apoyan directamente a las familias en la difícil tarea de navegar el sistema.

Las familias reportan que al participar se han beneficiado dado que al encontrar y aumentar sus recursos, fortalecieron su persona y también a sus familias.

Patrocinado por el Centro para la Excelencia en Discapacidades del Desarrollo Centro de Recursos para la Familia ~ WarmLine.

Para registro y estacionamiento gratuitito, por favor comuníquese al 916-703-0439.

Vamos a platicar (Let’s Talk) is a six-week series that will be conducted entirely in Spanish. It is for parents of children with disabilities to share their experiences and to learn about their child’s diagnosis and needs and how to help them achieve their full potential. For registration, please call 916-703-0439. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Warmline Family Resource Center.

CEDD Padres para Padres (Parents Supporting Parents)

Centro Para la Excelencia en Discapacidades del Desarrolo
El primer Martes del mes de 6-8 p.m.
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Sacramento

CEDD Padres para Padres es un grupo de apoyo continuo que es realizado completamente en español. Esta es una oportunidad para los padres de niños con necesidades especiales para compartir sus ideas y sentimientos en un ambiente de apoyo y confidencial. Las Juntas se llevan a cabo el Primer Martes de cada mes de 6-8 p.m. en UC Davis MIND Institute o por Zoom Para más información, entre al enlace (en el titulo). Para registrarse, por favor llame al 916-734-1812. Patrocinado por el CEDD Centro para la Excelencia en Discapacidades del Desarrollo.

CEDD Padres para Padres is an ongoing parent support group that is conducted entirely in Spanish.  It is an opportunity for parents of children with disabilities to share their thoughts and feelings in a supportive and confidential environment.  Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute or Zoom.  For more information, click on the link (in the title). To register, please call 916-734-1812. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

The MIND Institute's Child Life Program has created family-friendly events that are free and open to the community! These special events are sensory-friendly and inclusive for the entire family and include activities geared toward kids with neurodevelopmental conditions.

The following events are open to the community. More information will be posted on each event when registration is opened. 

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2024
Family Time at the MIND: Family Resource Fair

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2024
Family Time at the MIND: Fall Festival

2024 Holiday Closure Schedule

  • Holiday Season: Jan. 1, 2024
  • Martin Luther King Jr: Jan. 15, 2024
  • Presidents' Day: Feb. 19, 2024
  • César Chávez Day: Mar. 29, 2024
  • Memorial Day: May 27, 2024
  • Juneteenth: June 19, 2024
  • 4th of July: July 4, 2024
  • Labor Day: Sept. 2, 2024
  • Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2024
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 28, 2024
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 29, 2024
  • Holiday Season: Dec. 24, 2024
  • Holiday Season: Dec. 25, 2024
  • Holiday Season: Dec. 31, 2024

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