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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


CRS: A UNM Foundation Featured Fund

Camp Rising Sun

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/


The Parent Home Training program is proud to announce three new parent resource booklets:

New Parent Home Training resource booklets

Teaching First Words

Getting Ready for Toilet Training

Visual Supports for Children with ASD

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.


Local Camp Family Hosts Bake Sale to Support Camp Rising Sun

two tents presented to CRS leaders

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!


New Mexico Library Foundation Grant for Materials about Down syndrome

The advisory committee includes Jeanne Favret and Phyllis Shingle from the CDD, Carmen Garcia from The Arc of New Mexico, 
Kristen Salazar and Felicia Salazar from the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network and Nadine Maes (not pictured).

UNM Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Information Network Library has received a New Mexico Library Foundation Grant for $1,000. The purpose of the grant is to purchase print and media materials about Down syndrome. The new items purchased with grant funding will focus on toddlers, transition to adulthood, and family resources about Down syndrome.

The library is a special collections library with an emphasis on developmental disabilities and health topics. The library is open to the public. We serve families by mailing books and DVDs directly to people’s homes with free postage paid return mailers for items to be returned.

The advisory committee includes Jeanne Favret and Phyllis Shingle from the CDD, Carmen Garcia from The Arc of New Mexico, Kristen Salazar and Felicia Salazar from the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network and Nadine Maes (not pictured).

new books

We look forward to announcing the new titles. Please see our website with the online catalog to find books and DVDs in the library: http://www.cdd.unm.edu/InfoNet

Contact us to become a patron:
Email: HSC-InfoNet@salud.unm.edu
Phone: 505-272-0281 or 1-800-827-6380


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


“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.


CDD Events Calendar

  • THU, APR 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    WEBINAR: Community Participation for Children with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Online
  • THU, MAY 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    Las Cruces Supported Employment Local Leadership (SELL) (More info...)
    Location: Las Cruces
  • TUE, MAY 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
    Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Screening to Diagnosis with the DSM-5 (More info...)
    Location: Webinar
  • THU, MAY 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    Roswell Supported Employment Local Leadership (SELL) Meeting (More info...)
    Location: Roswell NM
  • WED, MAY 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 3:00PM
    Strategies For Job Placement: Employer Negotiations and Visual Resumes (More info...)
    Location: Gallup, NM
  • THU, MAY 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 3:00PM
    Strategies For Job Placement: Employer Negotiations and Visual Resumes (More info...)
    Location: Santa Fe, NM
  • FRI, MAY 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 3:00PM
    Strategies For Job Placement: Employer Negotiations and Visual Resumes (More info...)
    Location: CDD Room 109 E
  • THU, JUN 11, 2015 at 12:30 PM - FRI, JUN 12, 2015 at 4:30PM
    SUMMER INSTITUTE - Evidence Based Practices for Students with ASD (More info...)
    Location: ALbuquerque, NM

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