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Street Address
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Contact Numbers
Phone: (505) 272-3000
Fax: (505) 272-5280

Information Network Resources
(800) 552-8195
(505) 272-8549

Center for Development and Disability


The Calvin Horn Autism Lecture offered by The Autism Programs

Staying Safe with Asperger Syndrome

Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D

Lian Holliday Willey with one of her horses

September 26, 2014, 8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

In this presentation, Dr. Holliday Willey will share some of her own interesting experiences along with supportive pragmatic information regarding adolescents and adults with Asperger Syndrome; focusing on self-esteem, academics, peer-relationships and safety skills.

Liane Holliday Willey is an author, autism consultant, avid horsewoman and owner of an equestrian barn. She has a Doctorate of Education with a specialty in psycholinguistics and learning style differences. Liane is a popular motivational speaker who shares her experiences of life with Asperger's syndrome by mixing in fun humor, lots of positive insight, the latest research and sometimes a few tears. Whether she is giving a presentation, leading a workshop, writing a book or publishing a blog, Liane's goal is to help others understand the importance of accepting and appreciating differences and individuality.

Lecture Costs:

  • $50 – Lecture Fee
  • NO COST- Person with ASD & their Family Members
  • UNM STAFF –May use Tuition Remission
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Partners For Employment - Customized Employment / Discovery Training

Partners for Employment Customized Employment Discovery Training

As a follow up to our customized employment symposium, Partners for Employment will be offering additional training at CDD on September 16. Doug Crandell will provide a in depth analysis on the ODEP competency model for Customized Employment. This will be our morning session. Ellen Condon will be presenting on the Marc Gold & Associates Model of Discovery. This will be our afternoon session. Both Doug and Ellen are employed at University Centers of Excellence in other states.

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Congratulations to Jannel Vigil and Phyllis Shingle!

Jannel Vigil and Phyllis Shingle with their AIRS certificates

Congratulations to Jannel Vigil, CIRS and Phyllis Shingle, LMSW CIRS from the CDD Information Network for recently earning their AIRS Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) credentials!

Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) is an international professional membership association for community Information and Referral (I&R) providers. The AIRS Certification Program awards professionals credentials based on established standards for the field of information and referral. The program identifies specific competencies which describes the knowledge, skills, attitudes and work-related behaviors needed by I&R practitioners. The credentialing exam is a rigorous evaluation of the skills and knowledge of I&R professionals in all of these areas.

The Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) is a gold standard for professionals working within the Information & Referral sector of Human Services.


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


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


CDD Camp Rising Sun is Fun!

Camp Rising Sun is Fun!

Camp Rising Sun offers a residential summer camp program for kids with ASD and their peers. The camp program offers a session for children, ages 8-13 years, and a session for teens ages 13-17 years. Its a beautiful place with lots of camp magic!


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

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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

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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.


Camp Rising Sun Featured in the Daily Lobo

Camp Rising Sun counselors and Director

CDD's Paul Brouse and Kathleen "Mo" Taylor, were interviewed in the cover story of the May 6, 2014 issue of the Dayly Lobo. The article, which featured Camp Rising Sun, was titled "Camp caters to kids on autism spectrum”.

Camp Rising Sun began in 2006 with 18 campers in attendance. This year, the camp is expecting 121 attendees. In 2009 the camp became part of the Autism Programs at the UNM Center for Development and Disability. The camp aims to provide kids with autism a traditional camp experience.

The camp also offers two opportunities for college students to participate. One is through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. The other opportunity is for college students to work as a counselor.

Read the full Daily Lobo article.


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.


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.


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.


CDD Events Calendar

  • WED, SEP 10, 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.
  • TUE, SEP 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 3:00PM
    Customized Employment/Discovery Training (More info...)
    Location: UNM Center for Development and Disability -2300 Menaul Blvd. NE
  • THU, SEP 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • FRI, SEP 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Visual Supports for Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • MON, SEP 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM - WED, SEP 24, 2014 at 4:30PM
    Assessment, Evaluaon & Diagnosis of Children Birth to Three: (More info...)
    Location: Home Builders Associaon in Las Cruces, NM
  • MON, SEP 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 4:30PM
    Assessment, Evaluation & Diagnosis of Children Birth to Three: (More info...)
    Location: Home Builders Association in Las Cruces, NM
  • TUE, SEP 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 4:30PM
    Assessment, Evaluation & Diagnosis of Children Birth to Three: (More info...)
    Location: Home Builders Association in Las Cruces, NM
  • WED, SEP 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 4:30PM
    Assessment, Evaluation & Diagnosis of Children Birth to Three: (More info...)
    Location: Home Builders Association in Las Cruces, NM
  • FRI, SEP 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    The Calvin Horn Autism Lecture (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque
  • THU, OCT 02, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Supporting Sensory Motor Development and Processing in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • FRI, OCT 03, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Essential ABA Strategies for Working with Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, NM
  • WED, OCT 22, 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.

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