Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division

Save the Date:

 April 7 & 8, 2016

Autism Imagine Conference...

Remembering the Past - Looking to the Future

Sandia Resort and Casino

Albuquerque, NM

Registration Opens in January

Remembering the Past — Looking to the Future is the theme of the 2016 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 focus on Transition to Adulthood, Early Childhood, Communication, Social and Behavioral topics; all designed for families, school staff, agencies, community organizations, and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The two day Imagine Autism Conference will consist of keynote speakers, breakout sessions with a variety of topics in ASD and information tables.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

8:00am - 10:00am

 Opening Keynote address:  

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.  Imagine conference opening keynote address 

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. 


Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., a consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She served as the editor of Intervention in School and Clinic, the third largest journal in special education and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, and Autism: The International Journal of Research. Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET). Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE), College Internship Program, Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation Network, and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.


Friday, April 8th, 2016

12:30pm - 4:00pm

Ruth Miksovic Autism Lecture Series and Luncheon  

                  Alyson Beytien MS, BCBA Ruth Miksovic—Lecture Series Luncheon speaker                        

Alyson Beytien M.S., BCBA

Alyson Beytien is a popular speaker, trainer and mother of 3 sons with autism. She does training and consulting throughout the U.S. and Canada. Alyson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has a Master’s degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Kansas. Alyson is a Behavior Analyst for Hills and Dales in Dubuque, IA where she is involved in diagnosis, assessment, intervention and training.   She is the author of “Autism Everyday” which received the 2012 Literary Work of the Year from the Autism Society of America. Alyson is cheerfully addicted to Diet Coke, loves to quilt and read, and is trying to learn the meaning of the word “relax.”


Approved CEUs to be announced.


   This Conference funded in part by the New Mexico Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Support Division

For more information, please contact the Autism Programs (505) 272-1852