On July 26, 2015 we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Watch a video about the signing of the ADA here!
The CDD Information Network will be disseminating information about the ADA throughout the month of July 2015. Look for upcoming links to videos, posted facts about ADA, and events celebrating this important anniversary!
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities. ADA.gov
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The CDD Information Network is proud to partner with the newly opened Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) in Silver City, NM. The Disabilities Resource Center houses a toy lending library, an Assistive Technology lending library, meeting space and a library resource area. This donated 2-room portable building is located next to the Silver City Recreation Center and provides a space for therapies, assessments, conferences, educational classes, etc. pertaining to disabilities.
Earlier this year Dr. Cate McClain, CDD Medical Director and member of the NM Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, requested that the CDD Information Network come to a presentation about this grass roots effort to open a resource center in Silver City. Since then the CDD Information Network Library has worked with the DRC to provide technical assistance and support by donating books, brochure holders and other materials, as well as providing information on how to setup a library and resource area for families.
Patti West-Okiri, parent of a child with special needs, told the Silver City Daily Press that the Center would be a central meeting place for members of parent support groups. “Everything in the center is donated,” she said. “We don’t have a budget — we didn’t have any money. But, we had an idea, so it’s pretty cool that it’s come to fruition.”
The CDD joins other partners of the DRC, including Western NM University, the Governor’s Commission on Disability NM TAP, Life Quest Inc., the town of Silver City, Silver City Consolidated School District and others.
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We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 session of Partners in Policymaking!
Partners in Policymaking is an intensive training program based on a national curriculum that has been replicated all over the world. We bring in national speakers who are experts in the field. The curriculum emphasizes the value of inclusion. The goal of the program is for the participants to develop skills for effective advocacy related to disability issues. As a result, we are hoping to builds future partnerships throughout the state and create positive change for individuals with disabilities in New Mexico.Flyer Application
A group of 10 Russian volunteers and two Russian experts are currently participating in a training program at the CDD Autism Programs to teach staff of Russian camp programs how to use evidence-based practices in support of children with autism spectrum disorder. Two staff representing five different camps from various geographical locations in Russia are participating in the collaboration between the CDD Autism Programs and the Naked Heart Foundation of Russia. The group arrived late Wednesday evening and will participate in 4 days of pre-camp training. They leave for camp on May 30, and will work hands on at the camp to learn all aspects of how best to support children with ASD in a recreational camp setting. Campers will arrive on Monday, June 1, and stay at camp through Friday morning, June 5.
It is so exciting to spread the good work of our many CDD staff and volunteers from Camp Rising Sun to all parts of the globe. Welcome!
Former and current NM LEND trainees, faculty, and family faculty please join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the NM LEND program. For 20 years, New Mexico Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (NM LEND) has been advancing the skills and leadership of those working with children and adults with developmental disabilities through training, education, clinical services, research, policy and advocacy. The success of the program is built on the strengths and skills of the former and current trainees, faculty, community faculty and our MCH collaborators. We extend our deep appreciation for your participation and hope you will join us in the celebration.
The celebration is in conjunction with the Southwest Conference on Disability. The date is Oct. 7, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. Link to the flyer describing the events. Consider sharing your work by submitting a proposal for a workshop or poster presentation.
We truly hope you will be able to join us in the celebration.
Sandy Heimerl, PT, MS, DPT
NM LEND Director
The CDD’s Camp Rising Sun is a featured fund of the UNM Foundation this month in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. The UNM Foundation helps donors match their gifts to the needs of people, programs & research at the University of New Mexico.
To access the site, go to: https://www.unmfund.org/ and go to the “Featured Funds” section at the bottom of the page, open the Camp Rising Sun Fund site. Camp Rising Sun is supported by community donations. For more information on Camp Rising Sun, go to www.cdd.unm.edu/camprisingsun/
They provide wonderful information for parents, caregivers or providers of young children with ASD. The handouts are easily accessible online at http://www.cdd.unm.edu/autism/programs/parenttraining.html under the Resources tab. The colorful, printed booklets are also available for CDD staff and patrons at the CDD Library or by contacting the Parent Home Training program at 505-272-3167.
As a senior at East Mountain High School n Sandia Park, Mikey Swalby is required to do a Senior Service Learning Project. He hosted a bake sale to raise money to purchase supplies for Camp Rising Sun. The bake sale occurred this past Friday at the CDD, raising over $330.00. This money was used to purchase items from the CRS wish list; two tents (presented to CRS leaders in the photo) and a lightning monitor.
A big THANK YOU to Mikey and the rest of the Swalbys (parents Mike and Jayme, and siblings Marissa and Jake) for their creativity and support!
We are currently accepting applications for the Center for Development and Disability Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorder for the 2015-2016 training year. The fellowship program provides a specialized two-year training experience for psychologists in a range of evidence based and best practice clinical services to children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and community providers.
To apply, please visit our website.
SAT, JUL 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM - SAT, OCT 10, 2015 at 5:00PM
Farmington Introduction to Employment Supports Class
Location: San Juan Community College Farmington
Introduction to Employment Supports
For staff supporting individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Inclusive Community Settings A Joint Certification Program with CDD and San Juan Community College: Center for Workforce Training Free Training at the San Juan Community College (in Farmington)
Must attend all four Saturdays July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Contact Pamela Stafford for Questions or to Register
THU, JUL 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
Southeast Region Supported Employment Local Leadership (SELL) Meeting
MON, AUG 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
Northeast Region Supported Employment Local Leadership (SELL)
Supported Employment Local Leadership (SELL)
Center for Development and Disability Partners for Employment will be hosting a NE regional meeting of Supported Employment Local Leaders. This meeting is for the leaders of Provider Agencies, DVR and DDSD to meet for networking and discussion related to employment supports. Meetings are discussion, networking and information exchange not training events.
Collins Lake Ranch, Mora NM
For questions, please call Pamela Stafford, 925-4403
MON, AUG 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM - TUE, SEP 01, 2015 at 5:00PM
Customized Employment Symposium
Location: Center for Development and Disability (CDD)
Customized Employment Symposium
Join the University of New Mexico's Partners for Employment and Anderson School of Management for two full days of training on Customized Employment and other important issues related to employment support.
TUE, SEP 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM - 1:00PM
Center for Development and Disability Job Fair
Location: Center for Development and Disability
Job Fair for people with disabilities.
Co-sponsored with Anderson School of Management and UNM Center for Development and Disability/Partners for Employment
Things to do to get ready:
TUE, OCT 06, 2015 at 8:00 AM - FRI, OCT 09, 2015 at 5:00PM
Southwest Conference on Disability
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center