Upcoming Events

    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
    • 4

    **If you would like to attend this event, please contact Monica Martinez for a pre-screening session at mmartinez@xminds.org**

    Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

    Cost: $120 for members; $150 for non-members.


    Monica Martinez, xMinds President, and Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Special Education Advocate Trainee
    Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, therapist with over 19 years of experience working with with children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum.

    By the end of the workshop, your teen will have a clear understanding of his/her disability and how to describe it; will be able to identify his/her learning strengths and challenges; to name at least two accommodations on his/her IEP; provide an example of how one of these accommodations looks in an education setting; and will understand what an IEP meeting is about and how to participate in one.

    Who can participate?
    This workshop is open to 13 to 15-year-olds who have an autism diagnosis and attend a diploma track school program. There will be a short phone screening interview to ensure each participant can benefit from the workshop. Parents do not participate in the workshop, but must be reachable by phone.

    What is required?
    Participants must: (1) be aware of their diagnosis, (2) be interested in gaining a deeper understanding of their individual challenges and related IEP accommodations, and (3) be interested in advocating for themselves in classrooms and IEP meetings.

    What if my child can only attend one session?
     Participants are expected to participate in both Saturday sessions to get the most benefit from the workshop. Registration will be limited to 10 participants.

    This is a
    Workshop-style event

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville


    Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

    Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members

    After our keynote presentation from Rene Averitt-Sanzone, Executive Director of Parents Place of Maryland (PPMD), parents will have the opportunity to meet with an educational advocate or attorney for a 15 minute consultation regarding their child's IEP. Bring your child's most recent IEP and one specific question to discuss during the consultation.

    Speaker: Rene Averitt-Sanzone, Parents Place of Maryland

    Consultants/Attorneys: Brian Gruber, J.D.
    Katherine Thomas, Esq.

     This event is intended
    for Parents only
     This is a
    Workshop-style event

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Bullis School
    • 14

    Location: Bullis School, 10601 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD 20854

    Cost: $25

    Join xMinds parents for a night out to see Intelligent Lives, the latest film by award-winning filmmaker and disability advocate Dan Habib. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. The film points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

    xMinds has secured 15 tickets for this event, which is likely to sell out. Join xMinds Board members and other parents at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments and some much needed time to catch up and get to know each other better. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Dan Habib; Micah, one of the self-advocates featured in the film; Jill Ortman-Fouse, MCPS Board of Education Member at Large; and Sara Portman Milner, Co-founder and Director of Student Services at Sunflower Bakery and Sunflower Cafe.

    You can learn more about the film and see a trailer here.


Speaker Events

Our monthly speaker events give the Montgomery County community a chance to hear from local experts who specialize in improving the educational experience for students on the autism spectrum.


Our workshops offer families of students on the autism spectrum interactive experiences that educate and inform about strategies for succeeding in school and life.

Annual xMinds in MCPS Forum

Our annual "Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum" informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County. Our Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child's Individual Education Program (IEP) team.

Events Guide

These symbols help provide guidance on the format and style of xMinds events.


This is a lecture style event; the audience will primarily be listening to a speaker.


This event is interactive; there will be active participation from attendees.


This is an informal social gathering intended to foster community and networking.


This event is intended
for Parents Only.


Children are welcome
at this event.
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