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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


Early Child Development Telehealth Series
Early Warning Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Identification is Key

DSI Telehealth Series

With Mareth Williams, M.D. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MDT

Join us for the first in a three-part series on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Back by popular demand, Dr. Williams will carefully present case studies to facilitate your understanding of the early warning signs of ASD and other developmental behaviors that may or may not be considereearly warning signs. You will learn to:

  • Recognize the major early warning signs of ASD
  • Identify key social/emotional and language milestonesthrough 24 months of age
  • Recognize the difference between a typical temper tantrum and one of a child with ASD

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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!


ABLE - The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

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)

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014 by President Obama.

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 an event at the White House hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and attended by several Members of Congress was held to highlight the benefits and achievements of the ABLE Act. The Act, signed into law in December, creates a new savings account for families with people with disabilities. These tax-preferred accounts allow families to save for future disability-related expenses without losing Medicaid and Social Security benefits. The next step for ABLE Act implementation is for states to take action to include ABLE Accounts in their state 529 savings plan programs.

Learn more in two fact sheets (short summary and longer, more detailed) from The Arc of the US.


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


Motor Functioning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • With Sandy Heimerl, PT, MS, DPT
  • Thursday February 12, 2015
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now impacts up to 1 in 68 children. Limitations in motor activity has not been considered a core deficit although research has shown that children with ASD experience significant motor impairment. The topic of motor functioning in children with ASD is relevant to PT practice as physical therapists have expanded their role in the treatment of children with ASD to address these limitations. The Course includes presentation, review, and discussion of the research.

For more information contact:
Email: sheimerl@salud.unm.edu

Flyer Pediatric Study Group Schedule

Full Spectrum Archery

Full Spectrum Archery

We are excited to announce another round of Full Spectrum Archery! Sign up to gain practice, hone archery skills, and to meet other archers!

  • January 21st - February 18th
  • Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:15pm
  • Eisenhower Middle School: 11001 Camero Road NE, 87111

To sign up contact us:
Phone: 505-272-3138
Email: HSC-Full-Spectrum-Rec@unm.edu

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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.


CDD Events Calendar

  • TUE, MAR 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
    Early Warning Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Identification is Key (More info...)
    Location: Webinar
  • 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 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    WEBINAR: Visual Supports for Toddlers (More info...)
    Location: Statewide
  • THU, MAR 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM - 11:30AM
    Supported Employment Local Leaders- Metro Region (More info...)
    Location: CDD Room 106 E & 107 E
  • 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
  • MON, MAR 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Best Practices in Job Development Training (More info...)
    Location: CDD Room 103 E, 2300 Menaul Blvd. 87107
  • TUE, MAR 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Best Practices in Job Development Training (More info...)
    Location: Gallup, NM
  • WED, MAR 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Best Practices in Job Development Training (More info...)
    Location: Santa Fe NM
  • THU, MAR 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Best Practices in Job Development Training (More info...)
    Location: Roswell NM
  • FRI, MAR 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Best Practices in Job Development Training (More info...)
    Location: Las Cruces, NM
  • TUE, APR 07, 2015 at 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
    Vulnerability vs. Destiny: The Impact of Developmental Screening on Early Identification of ASD (More info...)
    Location: Webinar

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