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2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

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Center for Development and Disability

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.


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 Fall 2014 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 Combating Autism Act.

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


2014 Southwest Conference on Disability

Call For Papers is now open!

The conference will be held October 7-10, 2014 during the forty-second International Balloon Fiesta.


Light It Up Blue

Each April 2 the international autism community, celebrates Light It Up Blue in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.


DSI Telehealth Series2014 Artisan's Showcase Application

The New Mexico Developmental Screening Initiative (DSI) Program announces its Telehealth Series in Early Child Development.

The second telehealth event topic:

Screening Infants and Toddlers for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Monday, April 7, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Check the CDD Events Calendar for additional DSI Telehealth topics scheduled for May and June.


Now Accepting 2014 Artisan's Showcase Applications!2014 Artisan's Showcase Application

The Disability and the Arts Committee of the Southwest Conference on Disability is now accepting applications for the 2014 Artisan's Showcase. The deadline to submit an application is July 30th, 2014.







Autism Programs offers Full Spectrum ArcheryFull Spectrum Archery 2014 flyer

The Autism Programs will be offering Full Spectrum Archery Wednesdays starting April 2nd, 2014 and continuing to April 30th. The fifth and final session on the 30th will be an archery tournament. The class will last from 5-6PM and take place at Eisenhower Middle School. Twelve participants aged 12 and up, along with siblings, are invited to participate.

Interested individuals should contact Maia Wynn at WynnM@salud.unm.edu by March 28th.
All archery equipment will be provided and a $15 course fee will be collected on the first night of class.


Indian Children's Program to Receive Award

ICP Staff, (left to right) Sylvia Acosta, Juliette Applegate, Christine Vining, Courtney Burnette and Daisy Rosero

The Board and staff of the Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) organization have selected the Indian Children’s Program as the first recipient of the 2014 Native American Conference on Special Education- Community Partnership Award.
ICP Staff: (left to right) Sylvia Acosta, Juliette Applegate, Christine Vining, Courtney Burnette and Daisy Rosero

The award will be presented on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel, 2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.


Marci Laurel's Book ReleaseBook Release flyer

The Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities Division is pleased to announce that Marci Laurel, SLP has published a fantastic book, written from a parent's perspective Our Hearts Desire along with Carla Cay Williams.

"If you are involved in the life of a child with sensory processing challenges, Our Hearts Desire will serve as an invaluable resource throughout your journey. It will help you understand sensory processing disorder in a developmental framework and will empower you with the information and resources you need to create the most supportive environment for your child. It offers useful tips for how to deal with a variety of family, school, and social issues; provides scripts and sample letters for communicating your child's needs; and delivers numerous other tools to ease your struggles

Alongside the information it supplies, the book shares Marci Laurel's experiences and insights as a parent who raised two children who struggled with some of the same problems. A highly practical guide Our Hearts Desire is also deeply personal."


Greetings from Camp Rising Sun!2014 Imagine Conference Flyer

The Great Southwest Civitan District is hosting a Gala to support and raise funds for Camp Rising Sun and Autism Research. The Gala, called "Noche de Estrella", will be held on March 15th at the Marriott Pyramid. Attached is the invitation. The proceeds will be evenly divided between Camp Rising Sun and the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC).

The Gala will feature Dr. Rita Cowell, Autism Research Scientist, CIRC, discussing the latest in current Autism Research.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $45 per person for a table of 10. Details to purchase tickets are on the invitation. How awesome would it be if we have a couple of CDD tables! Join us for Noche de Estrella (starry night); Come enjoy a nice meal, do some dancing, participate in the silent auction, and support Camp Rising Sun! P.S. - We have some GREAT silent auction items: Art, Wine tastings, a balloon ride, and much more! Sign up today!


Imagine Conference 20142014 Imagine Conference Flyer

Imagine...Embracing Strengths and Diversity: A Conference Focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 10-11, 2014

Embracing Strengths and Diversity is the theme of the 2014 New Mexico Imagine Autism Conference presented by The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability. The Imagine Autism Conference will include topics designed for families, school staff, agencies, community organizations, and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The two day Imagine Autism Conference will consist of breakout sessions with a variety of topics and information tables.


Summer Institute 20142014 Summer Institute Flyer

The Autism Programs at the Center for Development and Disability, UNM is hosting a Summer Institute focusing on evidence based practices for student with autism spectrum disorders.

This year's Summer Institute will be held June 12- 13, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



Ruben Rios, Friend and Supporter of CDD

Ruben Rios and Cate McClain presenting Gotta Love Albuquerque painting photo

The Center for Development and Disability and Southwest Conference on Disability are sad to announce that Ruben Rios, a friend and supporter of the CDD, and the Southwest Conference on Disability passed away on February, 10th, 2014. Ruben was a "Scholarship Holder" with the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

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Partners in Policymaking Summit for Graduates:  Pay It Forward

The Center for Development and Disability and the ARC of New Mexico are pleased to announce that they are collaborating on a Summit for the graduates from New Mexico on March 21 and 22, 2014. The mission of the Summit is for the graduates to re-energize, re-connect, and visualize future direction.

Blair Miller from the Chicago area is presenting and facilitating a highly interactive workshop that introduces the mindset, toolset and skillset necessary for breakthrough thinking to become a reality. With the breakthrough thinking process, participants share an approach to problem solving that oils the wheels for meaningful collaboration and innovation.

If you are a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and interested in attending this exciting event, contact Lauriann King at 505-272-5304, laking@salud.unm.edu or Liaser Armstrong at 505-272-4715, liarmstrong@salud.unm.edu.

The deadline to register is March 1.


Accepting Applications for Partners in Policymaking!Building Future Leaders and Advocates in New Mexico

Are you passionate about creating positive change in the area of disabilities? Are you a self-advocate, family member or community member with an interest in improving systems in New Mexico? If yes, we encourage you to apply for Partners in Policymaking!

Partners in Policymaking is an intensive leadership program whose mission is to create future leaders and advocates in the area of disabilities in New Mexico. The unique curriculum for this program has been replicated all over the United States and different parts of the world. The philosophy of the program emphasizes the value of inclusion, seeing the person before the disability, and the concept that "disability is natural".

The Partners attend seven, two day training sessions to learn a variety of important topics from national speakers such as: Inclusive Education, Inclusive Community, Creative Employment, Federal Policy, State Legislative Process, and Community Organization. The Partners come from all over the state of New Mexico and build lasting and powerful partnerships.

Download and complete the application or for additional information about the program, contact Lauriann King at 505-272-5304 or laking@salud.unm.edu . Partners in Policymaking is a program that is supported by the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and NM Department of Health-DDSD Division.


Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery Employment
Flyer for ABQ Workshop

Job seekers with disabilities are invited to attend a FREE workshop series teaching the skills needed to find employment. Participants will receive job search materials such as skills worksheets, resume and a generalized cover letter. Upon completion of the series, participants will be prepared fo the Ticket to Work Job Fair on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.




CDD Events Calendar

  • WED, APR 23, 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, APR 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 11:30AM
    Peer Mediated Interventions for Person with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • FRI, APR 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    Health Related Concerns in ASD - Webinar
    Location: Statewide
  • THU, MAY 01, 2014 at 9:30 AM - 2:30PM
    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Practical Information That Every Parent Should Know (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • MON, MAY 05, 2014 at 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
    New Mexico Developmental Screening Initiative Telehealth Series (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • TUE, MAY 06, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Employer Negotiations-Job Developing utilizing a Customized Employment Approach presented by Marc Gold & Associates (More info...)
    Location: CDD Conference Room 103 East
  • MON, JUN 02, 2014 at 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
    New Mexico Developmental Screening Initiative Telehealth Series (More info...)
    Location:
  • MON, JUN 02, 2014 at 3:00 PM - FRI, JUN 06, 2014 at 5:00PM
    Camp Rising Sun Kids Camp (More info...)
    Location: Torreon
  • WED, JUN 11, 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. Direct Link for Registration : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/99KS6R7
  • THU, JUN 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM - FRI, JUN 13, 2014 at 5:00PM
    Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practices in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • MON, JUN 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM - FRI, JUN 27, 2014 at 5:00PM
    Camp Rising Sun Teen Camp (More info...)
    Location: Torreon
  • WED, JUL 23, 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. Direct Link for Registration : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/99KS6R7

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