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UC Davis MIND Institute Turns 20

Cody Drabble / Capital Public Radio

Chuck Gardner (left), president and CEO of the Hallmark Group, and Dr. Leonard Abbeduto (right), the director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, mark the institute's 20th anniversary.

Cody Drabble / Capital Public Radio

Twenty years ago, a small group of Sacramento-area parents of children with autism decided to search for more medical research into understanding and treating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The result was the creation of the UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute, which is marking its 20th anniversary with a free and public open house on April 7 and a series of public lectures throughout the year. 

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, director of the MIND Institute, and one of the founding parents, Chuck Gardner, join Insight host Beth Ruyak in studio to talk about why they began this journey and how the last 20 years might influence the future of autism.

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