New Mexico Young Disability Leaders is a collaborative project between the New Mexico Governor's Commission on Disability and UNM's Center for Development and Disability since July 1, 2010. NMYDL members are ages 23-33, who have a wide range of disabilities, and are interested in leadership development.
New Mexico Young Disability Leaders lead these current projects:
I am a dancer of live stage productions. I am friendly and fun. I love to teach the "Disability Leaders Camp" with K to 4th graders. I have Autism.
My favorite quote is: "The only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself." I am the coordinator for statewide People First and work for the Center for Self-Advocacy.
I am the father of a young boy. I am a computer technician who loves to work and surf the web. I am a suicide survivor and on a ventilator. I drivemy wheelchair with my chin.
I am a public speaker. I work for the Arc NM. I volunteer with the People First Capter of Albuquerque as the Vice-President. I have Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury, am blind and use a wheelchair.
I have traveled to 8 countries. I stayed 2 months at the Olympic Training Center to try out for the USA woman's goal ball team. I am visually challenged and have a guide dog, Chantal.
I am a person with a BA in Linguistics who visited Paris, France and had lunch at the Eifel Tower. I am blind and use a guide dog named Rica as my mobility tool.
I am a husband, uncle and college graduate. I am passionate about history, sports, and love learning new things. I graduated with a MA in Special Education. I have Autism.
I'm a self-advocate and I like to teach others what I've learned. I am a Program Assistant for the Arc of Southern New Mexico. I have a learning disability.
I have 2 college degrees. I am an aunt and enjoy family and friends. I am the regional representative for SABE. I am a disability advocate. I work at the Arc NM. I have Cerebral Palsy.
I am a full time student working towards a Bachelor degree in Adolescent Psychology. I have a service dog named Cooper. I am a drummer.
I went to Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) and I was chosen to be on the poster for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. I use a white cane to help me be more independent and a Sign Language Interpreter.
I like photography. I am deaf and use sign language to communicate. I have a daughter who is learning sign language like her mom. I have a professional job.
If you are interested in becoming:
Or information contact:
Barbara Ibanez, Project Manager
This project is funded by the New Mexico Department of Health through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.