NEWS | September 25, 2017

Special Education Rights and Assessments presented in Spanish September 30


The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), part of the UC Davis MIND Institute, will host “Sus Derechos de Educación Especial” (Special Education Rights and Assessments) on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The lecture will be given by multicultural affairs advocate Vanessa Ochoa and client rights advocate Brittnee Gillespie, both of Disability Rights California.  

During their presentation, Ochoa and Gillespie will cover the purpose of assessments and evaluation plans including evaluation procedures, behavior services, changes in services or placement and independent educational evaluations. A legal advisor from Disability Rights California will be available to answer questions one-on-one.

This presentation is hosted by CEDD with the focus on reaching Latino families in the community. The events are free and open to the public—specifically designed to support those with specific cultural needs, empowering them to choose the best options for their families. No reservations are necessary.

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disorders is a federally designated university center that brings together individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to improve quality of life and social inclusion. Through advocacy efforts, community partnerships, interdisciplinary training and the translation of research into practical applications, the CEDD provides a link between the university and the community. 

Founded in 1998, The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. The MIND Institute brings together members of the community including families, educators, physicians, psychologists and scientists who work together to further understand causes, development and best treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders. 

For more information, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at