NEWS | April 5, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute observes Autism Awareness Month

Lectures, parent groups and open house scheduled


April is Autism Awareness Month, and the UC Davis MIND Institute has several events planned to help increase understanding of and provide resources to families affected by the disorder. All events will be held at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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California has 21 regional centers that offer case management and other services for adults and children with developmental disabilities. An informational session about who is eligible for these services and how to access them will be held on April 8 at 10 a.m.

Psychologist Jane Roberts will discuss how to recognize early signs of anxiety and autism in infants with fragile X syndrome as part of the MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series. This free public lecture will be held on April 12 at 4:30 p.m.

MIND Institute faculty member Marjorie Solomon, Community Health Program Supervisor Steve Ruder and Tasha Oswald, who recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis, will share information on the ACCESS Program and how it can help strengthen social, life coping and planning skills to empower adults with autism to access social, work, educational and community opportunities. This free event will be held on April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The African American Developmental Disabilities Advisory Group, which helps meet the unique needs of parents of African American children with autism and other developmental disabilities, will hold its next meeting on April 26 at 6 p.m. This group is open to everyone and provides advocacy and resources to increase awareness of developmental disabilities in communities.

Apoyo de Padres para Padres (Parents Supporting Parents) is a group of Spanish-speaking parents who have children with disabilities, and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.  The group offers emotional support and provides resources to help parents improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Finally, the MIND Institute will hold its annual open house just after Autism Awareness Month on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event gives the community an opportunity to learn about leading-edge research and outreach activities and to meet and talk with members of the MIND Institute faculty. Behind the scenes tours showcasing the Resource Center and clinic will be provided. Reservations are requested.

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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 de MIND de UC Davis
En el Instituto de MIND de UC Davis, cient?ficos reconocidos mundialmente realizan investigaciones para identificar mejores tratamientos, as? como tambi?n las causas y curas para el autismo, el trastorno de d?ficit de atenci?n con hiperactividad, el s?ndrome X fr?gil, el s?ndrome de Tourette y otras enfermedades de desarrollo neurol?gico. Los avances en neurociencia, biolog?a molecular, gen?tica, farmacolog?a y ciencias de la conducta est?n llevando a un mejor entendimiento de la funci?n cerebral. El Instituto de MIND de UC Davis usa ?stas y otras disciplinas para realizar investigaciones colaborativas y multidisciplinarias. Para mayor informaci?n, visite