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Street Address
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Contact Numbers
Phone: (505) 272-3000
Fax: (505) 272-2014

Information Network Resources
(800) 552-8195
(505) 272-8549

Center for Development and Disability


Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training Program

Full Spectrum Archery

Applications are currently being accepted for the Registered Behavior Technician training program. The RBT credential was established by the Behavior Analyst’s Certification Board (BACB).

“The number of behavior technicians has grown along with the demand for quality applied behavior-analytic services. This growth, along with requests to identify and evaluate standards for behavior technicians by regulatory and funding stakeholders, firmly establishes the need for the new credential.” (BACB)

Individuals currently working as Behavior Management Specialists, Behavior Technicians/Assistants, etc. are invited to apply. This training, being presented by Autism Programs Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), will occur over three weekends at the Center for Development and Disability in Albuquerque – March 13 & 14, April 9 & 10 and May 1 & 2. Online participation will also be required for a total of 40 hours of training as specified by the BACB.

For further information please Click Here


3 days left to register for Camp Rising Sun Lottery!

Camp Rising Sun

Just a reminder – There are only 3 more days to be included in the Camp Rising Sun registration lottery!

Turn in those applications by Friday, January 30, at 4 pm to participate in the lottery.

Completed applications can submitted in 4 ways:

  • Mail (hurry): Our address is: 2300 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 871047
  • Fax: the number is 505-272-3140. Make sure the application is marked Attn: Camp Rising Sun. You will still need to submit a registration fee check.
  • Scan and email: send the application to Somer at sdwright@salud.unm.edu. Again, you will need to submit a registration fee check.
  • In person: Deliver the application to the front desk to the CDD at the Midtown Center, 2300 Menaul Blvd NE. Please make sure the application is complete and is marked Attn: Camp Rising Sun.

Motor Functioning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • With Sandy Heimerl, PT, MS, DPT
  • Thursday February 12, 2015
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now impacts up to 1 in 68 children. Limitations in motor activity has not been considered a core deficit although research has shown that children with ASD experience significant motor impairment. The topic of motor functioning in children with ASD is relevant to PT practice as physical therapists have expanded their role in the treatment of children with ASD to address these limitations. The Course includes presentation, review, and discussion of the research.

For more information contact:
Email: sheimerl@salud.unm.edu

Flyer Pediatric Study Group Schedule

Full Spectrum Archery

Full Spectrum Archery

We are excited to announce another round of Full Spectrum Archery! Sign up to gain practice, hone archery skills, and to meet other archers!

  • January 21st - February 18th
  • Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:15pm
  • Eisenhower Middle School: 11001 Camero Road NE, 87111

To sign up contact us:
Phone: 505-272-3138
Email: HSC-Full-Spectrum-Rec@unm.edu

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“Autism Across The Miles”

Autism Across the Miles

The buzz of positive or excited energy around children with disabilities is typically not the norm in Russia, but times are changing. The 2014 International Forum “Every Child Deserves a Family” was held in Moscow and sponsored by Naked Heart Foundation.

At the Forum, the CDD’s Kathleen “Mo” Taylor and Jamye Swalby developed and presented two 4.5 hour long master classes, “Camp Rising Sun, a Recreational Program for Children and Teens with ASD” and “Early Intervention for Children with ASD”. They presented to over 200 participants as well as providing a YouTube live stream throughout Russia and the world.

Autism Across the Miles

With the support, dedication, and knowledge of leading experts in Russia on disabilities, and Mo’s colleagues, Tanya Morozova, Ph.D. and Svyatoslav V. Dovbnya, M.D., Russia is beginning the journey of educating young people with disabilities, including ASD, one step at a time.

It is Mo and Jayme’s hope that these presentations gave participants an opportunity to come together and share about what children and teens with ASD can do. They were honored and pleased to be invited by Naked Heart to join the journey.


New Video about Nurse Family Partnership!



With key support from the NM Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), UNM’s Center for Development and Disabilities (CDD) is participating in a home-visiting health program that connects licensed nurses and new mothers to share knowledge and support for at-risk young families.

“The critical component here is our nurses,” says Nurse Family Partnership's Principle Investigator Marcia Moriarta. “They’re highly qualified, incredibly empathetic, enormously patient and truly caring. Our CDD nursing professionals make great home visitors and have been the strength of this nationally recognized, evidenced-based program.”


 accepting applications for 2015-2016 training year

Accepting Applications

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.



NM LEND Accepting Applications

NM LEND Fellows

Applications are currently being accepted for the New Mexico Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NMLEND) program for the Spring 2015 semester. This interdisciplinary program meets over the course of two semesters to develop skills in leadership, partnering with families, team work, interdisciplinary practice and policy and advocacy. NM LEND is part of a national network of 42 LEND programs across the country focusing on enhancing the clinical expertise and leadership skills of professionals caring for children with neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities. It is funded by a federal grant under the Autism CARES Act.

Apply through the website at http://www.cdd.unm.edu/nmlend


President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks on job training before signing H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

On July 22, 2014 President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment of 1998 (WIA) including the Rehabilitation Act through the year 2020. WIOA will become effective on July 1, 2015.

In his remarks the President stated that WIOA “will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future.”

So why is this so important? The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has the potential for significant advancement in employment for persons with disabilities including:

  • A much larger role for public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in transition from school to adult life.
  • Efforts intended to limit the use of sub-minimum wage.
  • Required agreements between state VR systems and state Medicaid systems, and state intellectual and developmental disability agencies.
  • A definition of Customized Employment in federal statute, and an updated definition of Supported Employment that includes Customized Employment.
  • A definition for “competitive integrated employment” as an optimal outcome.
  • A number of disability agencies moving from the Department of Education (DOE) to Health and Human Services, including the Independent Living Program (RSA –VR however, is staying within DOE).
  • Enhanced roles and requirements for the general workforce system and One-Stop Career

To learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) you can register for the upcoming free webinar hosted by AUCD on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Register fot the Webinar Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What’s in it for People with Disabilities and the AUCD Network


CDD Events Calendar

  • THU, FEB 05, 2015 at 8:30 AM - FRI, FEB 06, 2015 at 4:00PM
    Preschool ASD Institute (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • THU, FEB 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Supporting Sensory Motor Development and Processing in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espaola, NM
  • FRI, FEB 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Essential ABA Strategies for Working with Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • FRI, FEB 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 12:00PM
    Community Dentistry, Primary Care and Public Health Workshop
    Location: Room 103
  • WED, FEB 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM - 2:00PM
    Developing a Strong Image of the Child (More info...)
    Location: Webinar Series. Please register to receive connection information.
  • WED, FEB 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 3:00PM
    Descriptive Writing Training (More info...)
    Location: Roswell, NM
  • FRI, FEB 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    WEBINAR - Differential Reinforcement for Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • THU, MAR 05, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espaola, NM
  • THU, MAR 19, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Communication and ASD: Assessment to Intervention - Part 1 (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • FRI, MAR 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Communication and ASD: Assessment to Intervention Part 2 (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • THU, APR 09, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Awareness and Strategies for Social Development in ASDPart 1 (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • FRI, APR 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Awareness and Strategies for Social Development in ASDPart 2 (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM

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