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2300 Menaul Blvd NE
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Center for Development and Disability

Congratulations 2014 LEND Fellows!

NM LEND Fellows

On May 2, 2014, 16 graduate, post graduate and family member trainees successfully completed the New Mexico Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NMLEND) curriculum. These outstanding individuals dedicated 300+ hours over 2 semesters developing their 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.

The trainees were:

Houry Babahekian, Nutrition
Dawnita Blackmon-Mosely, Psychology
Julia Brunson, Occupational Therapy
Brianne Conner, Public Administration
Lynnette Cuellar, Psychology
Frances Esquibel, Public Administration
Antonio Fernandez, Public Administration
Carol Gloetzner, Family
Rachel Goldman, Occupational Therapy
Elaine Jordan, Psychology
Marika King, Speech-Language Pathology
Renee Lombardo, Social Work/Family
Sue No, Nursing
Beret Ravenscroft, Nursing
Kelly Rivera, Social Work
Anjelika Vasquez, Speech-Language Pathology

Seven additional trainees completed their LEND experience in December 2013. They were:

Nicole Aurand-Andes, Occupational Therapy
Jennifer Benson, Psychology
Keon Cheong, Special Education
Nina Helvey, Speech Language Pathology
Roxanna Momeni, Occupational Therapy
Beth Pritchard, Speech Language Pathology
Jennifer Woolf, Occupational Therapy

Congratulations! To learn more about the New Mexico LEND Program, visit their website at

2014-2015 Specialized Early Teaching Webinars

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Sponsored by the Autism Programs at CDD and the NM Department of Health: Families, Infants and Toddlers Division

All FIT providers, community partners and families are invited to attend the 2014-2015 series of webinars focused on the needs of families of young children with ASD and their service providers.

There are two webinar opportunities coming up for parents:

November 13, 2014 - Estrategias y Actividades para Facilitar el Juego (presented in Spanish)

November 21, 2014 - Strategies and Activities to Facilitate Play

National Disabiliy Employment Awareness Month!

Expect. Employ. Empower. What can YOU do? National Disability Employment Awareness Month

New Mexico joins the country in observing October as National Disability Employment Awareness month. Governor Susana Martinez signed a proclamation naming October 2014, Disability Employment Awareness month in New Mexico. The Proclamation encourages businesses in New Mexico to fully utilize the skills and talents individuals with intellectual disabilities bring to the work place. Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

Governor Martinez Proclamation recognized the unique collaboration between New Mexico’s State Agencies and University of New Mexico. The partnership includes the New Mexico Department of Health /Developmental Disabilities Supports Division, the New Mexico Department of Vocational Rehabilitation; with the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability, the UNM Anderson School of Management, and University of New Mexico Hospital. The Partners for Employment initiative seeks to improve employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual Disabilities in NM.

Representatives of the NM Partners for Employment, presented the Governor’s Proclamation at The SW Conference on Disability on October 10th in which multiple sessions were presented on promising practices for inclusive employment in New Mexico.

Congratulations Lauriann!

Lauriann King graduated from the MCH Publich Health Leadership Institute

Last week Lauriann King of The Autism Programs graduated from the prestigious Maternal Child Health (MCH) Public Health Leadership Institute. It is the first year that there was representation from New Mexico in this elite leadership program of the University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The MCH Public Health Leadership Institute is an executive-education program for mid and senior level leaders serving the maternal child health population. The program is designed to expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. Lauriann and 29 other proven leaders in the field were selected through the competitive national application process. The program includes three intensive onsite retreats, distance-learning, private executive coaching, mentoring, a leadership project, and working with others in the program from various states in peer coaching groups.

New Executive Director Appointed to the CDD

Marcia Moriarta new Executive Director for the CDD

Marcia Moriarta, PsyD, has been appointed the Executive Director of the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). The CDD is part of the Department of Pediatrics in the UNM Health Sciences Center and provides a wide array of services, training and resources to support people with disabilities and their families from throughout New Mexico. She will replace Cate McClain, MD, the CDD’s long-time Director who will be retiring July 1, 2014.

Dr. Moriarta has long been a leader in New Mexico and has filled important leadership roles at the CDD. As an Associate Professor in Pediatrics, she has worked to improve training opportunities for psychology interns and post doctorate fellows in the area of early childhood. Her clinical focus has been in early childhood development and infant mental health and, as a founding member of the NM Association for Infant Mental Health, she helped lead the initiative to develop and maintain an endorsement process for practitioners.

Since joining the CDD in 2005, first as staff then as faculty, she has lead several important initiatives that support young children and their families. As the Clinical Director of the CDD’s Early Childhood Evaluation Program, she provided the oversight for a statewide evaluation and technical assistance program serving children birth to three and their families, and early intervention providers (Part C) who serve them throughout NM. In her most recent role as Director of the CDD’s Early Childhood Home and Family Services Division, she has worked with state agencies to develop and implement several home visiting models, infant mental health assessment and treatment programs, a Part C early intervention program for infants at risk and developmental therapy services for infants on the Navajo Nation. Prior to joining the University of NM, Dr. Moriarta coordinated Early Childhood Mental Health Programs at the University of Southern California UCEDD and graduated from the USC LEND Program.

Dr. Moriarta comes to this position with enthusiasm and a commitment to supporting individuals at risk for or with disabilities and their families. Please welcome her.

CDD Training & Development Consultant Recruited for National Mentoring Program


Heidi Roibal, Training & Development Consultant with CDD’s Early Childhood Learning Network, was recruited last year by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, the pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, to work in their mentoring program.

Brazelton’s American Indian Early Childhood Community Leadership Program is designed to support emerging, early to mid-career American Indian leaders in the field of early childhood and family development. Roibal was recruited as a mentor in the 14-month program for her subject-matter expertise in early childhood.

As a mentor in the program, she has been providing consultation, guidance and leadership to support the mastery of the Leadership Associate Leila Googleye, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, MN. Googleye is working on bringing birth to three early intervention screening to a remote tribal village in Minnesota.

Roibal’s responsibilities as a program mentor include a site visit to Ojibwe and weekly consultation calls with Googleye, as well as participation at the Touchpoints National Forum, national webinars and monthly reflective consultation calls with program lead advisors.

The program will be recruiting new leadership associates, and more information can be found at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Home Visitation Work Group Honored by Bernalillo County


The Bernalillo County Home Visitation Work Group was one of the organizations presented with an award of appreciation for their work in preventing child abuse. The awards were given by County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley and the Bernalillo County Commission in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

D. Catherine Sánchez, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Community Outreach Coordinator of the UNM Center for Development and Disability, accepted the award on behalf of the nine home visiting programs and several partners who comprise the Bernalillo County Home Visitation Work Group.

Sanchez works to support infant mental Health in New Mexico, one strategy being the promotion of Home Visiting Programs. As the facilitator for the Home Visitation workgroup, she has been instrumental in bringing forward concerns to the group as well as recruiting members.

Home Visiting programs play an increasingly important role in the promotion of infant and early childhood mental health. Programs emphasize the importance of supporting the parent-child relationship, understanding typical child development and unique temperaments, learning positive behavior support strategies, and working to reduce family stress in order to help promote children’s mental health.

NM LEND Fellows attend Disability Policy Seminar in Washington DC

NM LEND Fellows attend Disability Policy Seminar in Washington DC

Five fellows and 2 faculty from the NM LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) Program attended the national Disability Policy Seminar on April 7-9 in Washington DC. The participants attended workshops on critical issues impacting persons with disabilities and their families. On the third day, we went to Capitol Hill with our NM delegation, the Arc and Developmental Disability Planning Council, and met with our Senators and Representatives to talk about the issues affecting NM residents. The fact sheets were as follows:

NM LEND fellows included Beret Ravenscroft, Tony Fernandez,Rachel Goldman, Brianne Conner, and Kelly Rivera. The faculty were Sandy Heimerl and Terry Crowe.

CDD Events Calendar

  • FRI, OCT 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    Webinar: Trastorno del Espectro de Autismo: Una Introduccion en Espaol (Overview of ASD-In Spanish) (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • THU, OCT 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • MON, NOV 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
    Early Child Development Telehealth Series: An Introduction to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (More info...)
  • THU, NOV 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Communication and ASD: Assessment to InterventionPart 1 (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • THU, NOV 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:00PM
    Descriptive Writing Training (More info...)
    Location: Center For Development and Disability Room 103E
  • THU, NOV 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    SPANISH WEBINAR: Estrategias y Actividades para Facilitar el Juego (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • FRI, NOV 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Communication and ASD: Assessment to InterventionPart 2 (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • FRI, NOV 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    WEBINAR: Strategies and Activities to Facilitate Play (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • MON, NOV 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM - 4:30PM
    Public Transportation in Albuquerque (More info...)
    Location: CDD Room 103 East, 2300 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 87107
  • WED, DEC 03, 2014 at 1:00 PM - 2:00PM
    Developing a Strong Image of the Child (More info...)
    Location: Webinar Series. Please register to receive connection information.
  • THU, DEC 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Awareness and Strategies for Social Development in ASDPart 1 (Farmington) (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • FRI, DEC 05, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Awareness and Strategies for Social Development in ASDPart 2 (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM

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