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“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.

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 Spring 2015 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 Autism CARES Act.

Apply through the website at

Congratulations Phyllis Shingle!

Phyllis Shingle with her AMCHP Certificate

Phyllis Shingle, Manager of NM Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (NM LEND) program and the CDD Information Network successfully completed the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Family Scholars Program. Ms. Shingle was nominated for the program by Susan Chacon, director of our NM Title V partner, Children’s Medical Services.

During the program, Phyllis engaged in a range of program activities. The monthly activities included virtual trainings, communication with an assigned mentor, a stretch assignment and evaluation related to each monthly topic. She also attended two in-person trainings, once in October 2013 and again in January 2014 (in conjunction with the AMCHP Annual Conference) in Washington, DC. Each month, at least one or more of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies was addressed through program activities. Besides experiencing personal growth and leadership development, Phyllis became more knowledgeable on a range of topics related to Maternal Child Health (MCH) including Family Professional Partnerships, Policy vs. Advocacy, Cultural Competence, and Coalition Building. The Family Scholar Program provided Phyllis with tools to develop individual leadership skills, expand professional network, enhance knowledge of national MCH issues, and to ask critical questions about the impact of the MCH Block Grant. By successfully completing this rigorous training program, Phyllis is ready to be a resource for the NM LEND program, Title V, the MCH Block Grant, and/or family involvement and leadership development in NM. We congratulate her on successful completion of the program!

President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks on job training before signing H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

On July 22, 2014 President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment of 1998 (WIA) including the Rehabilitation Act through the year 2020. WIOA will become effective on July 1, 2015.

In his remarks the President stated that WIOA “will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future.”

So why is this so important? The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has the potential for significant advancement in employment for persons with disabilities including:

  • A much larger role for public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in transition from school to adult life.
  • Efforts intended to limit the use of sub-minimum wage.
  • Required agreements between state VR systems and state Medicaid systems, and state intellectual and developmental disability agencies.
  • A definition of Customized Employment in federal statute, and an updated definition of Supported Employment that includes Customized Employment.
  • A definition for “competitive integrated employment” as an optimal outcome.
  • A number of disability agencies moving from the Department of Education (DOE) to Health and Human Services, including the Independent Living Program (RSA –VR however, is staying within DOE).
  • Enhanced roles and requirements for the general workforce system and One-Stop Career

To learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) you can register for the upcoming free webinar hosted by AUCD on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Register fot the Webinar Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What’s in it for People with Disabilities and the AUCD Network

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.

CDD Events Calendar

  • THU, JAN 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 12:00PM
    Peer Mediated Intervention for Person with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • FRI, JAN 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Introduction to ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espanola
  • FRI, JAN 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Visual Supports for Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • TUE, JAN 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    WEBINAR: Talking to Families about ASD Concerns (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • THU, FEB 05, 2015 at 8:30 AM - FRI, FEB 06, 2015 at 4:00PM
    Preschool ASD Institute (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • THU, FEB 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Supporting Sensory Motor Development and Processing in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espaola, NM
  • FRI, FEB 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Essential ABA Strategies for Working with Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • WED, FEB 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM - 2:00PM
    Developing a Strong Image of the Child (More info...)
    Location: Webinar Series. Please register to receive connection information.
  • FRI, FEB 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    WEBINAR - Differential Reinforcement for Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • THU, MAR 05, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Espaola, NM
  • THU, MAR 19, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Communication and ASD: Assessment to Intervention - Part 1 (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM
  • FRI, MAR 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Communication and ASD: Assessment to Intervention Part 2 (More info...)
    Location: Espanola, NM

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