Upcoming Events

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Waredaca Brewing Company

    Location: Waredaca Brewing Company, 4017 Damascus Road, Laytonsville/Gaithersburg, MD 20882.

    Cost: Free

    Come hang out with other xMinds members at the Waredaca Brewing Company!

    This farm brewery is committed to sustainability, local ingredients and has a delightful Tasting Room serving 8-12 beers on tap, a non-alcoholic soda and charcuterie-type foods.

    Members are encouraged to bring snacks to share (cheese boards, chips, desserts, finger sandwiches) and non-alcoholic beverages, if you prefer. If you have your kids in tow, there are tractor tires sunk into the ground which are great for climbing and pony rides from 2-4 pm at $5 cash per ride.The Damascus-based Blues BBQ Co. food truck will also be on hand, selling pit barbecue sandwiches and fries.

    Look for us at tables we’ll commandeer, grab a beverage and enjoy some adult time while the kids are playing nearby. Lawn games are welcome, but no “flying” toys (kites and the like) allowed, please.  (Rain date Oct. 5)

    Check out waredacabrewing.com for more information.

    Kids are welcome!
     This is a social event.

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville (UUCR)


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

    Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members

    xMinds is excited to announce that former Executive Director, Monica Martinez, now a special education advocate with Suzanne Keith Blattner, Ed.S. & Associates, will be our key note speaker this year. Ms. Martinez will will discuss the topic of writing measurable IEP goals, specifically addressing the role of "present levels of performance” and appropriate metrics of progress.

    After the presentation, parents who have registered will meet with an educational advocate or attorney by appointment for a 15-minute consultation regarding their most pressing IEP issue.

    Spanish interpretation will be available for the keynote presentation and one consultant will be Spanish speaking. Advanced registration for Spanish interpretation is required.

    Speaker: Monica Martinez, Suzanne Keith Blattner, Ed.S. & Associates
    Monica Martinez came to educational advocacy through her direct experience of advocating for appropriate special education services for her autistic son. Through her seven plus years of involvement in xMinds, Monica developed an in depth understanding of how Montgomery County Public Schools educates students on the autism spectrum and how to navigate the district’s special education system. Monica’s areas of expertise are services and accommodations for students on the autism spectrum, as well as those with ADHD and/or co-morbid mental health issues.  Monica also works to help parents and guardians understand the educational rights of their children.

    Consultants / Attorneys:
    Dr. Sheila Iseman, SCI Education Consulting
    Elizabeth Stoff, M.Ed.
    Katherine Thomas, Esq., Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC
    Sarah Wayland, Ph.D., Guiding Exceptional Parents

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Home of Board President Laura Gordon, Rockville 20850

    Save the date! More details coming soon...

    Facilitator: Caron Starobin, LCSW-C

    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville (UUCR)

    Save the date! More details coming soon...

    Speakers: Chase Phillips, Mark Friese, and Matt Bogin

    • 17 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville (UUCR)

    Save the date! More details coming soon...


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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