Upcoming events

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Bullis School
    • 12

    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.

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 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

    This event aims to cover the following questions from both the kid’s and parent’s perspective:

    • Are you ready to date?
    • Whom do you want to date?
    • What are your personal boundaries?
    • Where do you meet people?
    • How does online dating work?
    • Are you prepared to meet IRL (in real life)?
    • What happens next?
    Parents can submit their questions when registering at the xMinds website. We will hand out index cards to youth at the event so that they can pose their questions anonymously.

    Speakers: Jonathan Rhoads, LCSW-C; JMR Counseling
    Jonathan Rhoads is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. His specific areas of focus include dating and relationships, online safety, and social media anxiety management, as well as appropriate use of social media platforms as they pertain to building healthy social relationships.

    Sam Smith, Self-Advocate
    Sam Smith is an advocate for individuals with autism and was born and raised in the DC area.  He is very involved in the local community with several organizations including SPIRIT Club, an organization dedicated to increasing health and wellness in individuals with and without developmental disabilities.  He is also an active member in Neuro Diversity, a music group of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

     This is a
    Workshop-style event


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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