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2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

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Phone: (505) 272-3000
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Center for Development and Disability


Congratulations to New Mexico’s Certified Employment Support Professionals!

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Partners for Employment is pleased to congratulate the following professionals for passing the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) examination, the first national certification program for employment support professionals:

  • Patrick Anaya – La Vida Felicidad
  • Orlinda Charlston– DDSD
  • Donna Crockett- Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Tammy Davis– Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Darlene Fattorusso – UNM/CDD
  • Yvonne Gallegos– Best Buddies
  • Frank Gaona– DDSD
  • Holly Gonzales – Family Options
  • Katherine Johnson Herrera – DDSD
  • Carolyn Lavadie – DDSD
  • Amy Owens – Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Jaclyn Sanchez – DDSD
  • Brian Schobel – Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Eugene Vigil – DDSD

APSE, the Association of People Supporting Employment First, created the CESP certification which is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support the training currently provided in the field.

Unlike training programs that provide a certificate of completion, the CESP certification sets a standard of knowledge and distinguish employment support professionals who have shown they have the skill and competence to perform the requirements of the job. The CESP exam seeks to define the benchmarks for knowledge and competency in the field in the following areas: 1) Application of Core Values and Principles to Practice & Legislation and Funding; 2) Individualized Assessment and Employment/Career Planning; 3) Community Research and Job Development; 4) Workplace and Related Supports and 5) Ongoing Supports.

Partners for Employment, a collaboration between the UMN/CDD, DDSD and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) worked with APSE to bring the CESP certification exam to New Mexico this past June. Offering this examination is an important step towards advancing best practices for inclusive employment of people with disabilities throughout New Mexico. To learn more about upcoming certification opportunities, sign up for Partners for Employment’s newsletter.


MCHB Expands National Footprint of LEND Training Programs

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July 12, 2016

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced funding awards for a record 49 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs. These programs, which are located at universities and hospitals across the country, prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in the delivery of services to children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities in clinical practice, research, and public policy. NM LEND Program at the Center for Development and Disability received one of the 49 grant awards.

LEND is one of several initiatives funded by federal Autism CARES legislation; this month's announcement reflects an increased annual investment of $1.84 million in what was already a $28 million network. As a result, there are now LEND programs located in 42 US states (up from 37), with an additional six states and two territories reached through program partnerships. Each LEND is responsible for training long-term (i.e. 300 or more hours) trainees per year across at least seven health or allied health disciplines. This new cycle of LEND grants began on July 1, 2016 and will continue through June 30, 2021.

More Information about NMLEND


Partners in Policymaking : A Leadership Training Program

Building the Next Generation of Leaders

November 3-5, 2016 & January 5-7, 2017 & March 9-11, 2017

Attend three powerful three-day training sessions in Albuquerque Participants will be selected through an application process Cost of training, materials, and meals are waived for those selected to attend

Cost of lodging is waived for participants living outside of a 60 mile radius of Albuquerque. And shared for participants living within a 60 mile radius of Albuquerque

Partners in Policymaking is a national leadership training program that offers an educational opportunity to learn the most current information about disability issues. The program helps to develop the skills necessary for effective advocacy to influence public policy at all levels of government.

A Unique Training Program for:

  • Self Advocates with Disabilities
  • Family Members
  • Community Members
  • Partners in Policymaking is about:

    • Becoming an Advocate or Leader
    • The Value of Inclusion
    • Empowerment & Self-Determination
    • Creating positive change

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    Pediatric Physical Therapy Continuing Education Series Event

    On Thursday June 23, 2016 a distance learning training was offered at the CDD.

    The title of the training was “Spina Bifida: Where We Have Been & Where Are We Now”
    With Sandra L. Whisler, MD, MS from Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    Spina Bifida is a condition impacting approximately 7 out of 1000 live births and typically requires the services of a physical therapist. The presenter reviewed the definition of Spina Bifida including both the neurological and physical profile of children born with Spina Bifida. The history of treatment for children with the disorder including the survival rate, prevalence, surgical interventions and bioethics debate were shared. The course included a review of the neuroanatomy and the etiology along with recurrence risks. Comorbidities were discussed. The surgical, neurological, and nonsurgical management of the condition as well as the prognosis was reviewed.

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    New Youth Section at the InfoNet Library!

    Bookshelf of YA novels

    The CDD Library is excited to announce the opening of their new YOUTH Section! There are a variety of fiction, chapter and fact books available for check out from the library.

    If you have families visiting the CDD or if you would like to check out books for your own children to read at home this summer, visit the new YOUTH section and the CHILDREN'S sections!

    The entire YOUTH collection was built from the very generous donations the library received during their book drive in March. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated! Come check out the new YOUTH section in the NE corner of the CDD Library!

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    Home Visiting Work Group recognized by Bernalillo County Commission

    Home Visiting Work Group with Bernalillo County Commission

    At the Bernalillo County Commission’s regular meeting on April 12th, The Bernalillo County Home Visitation Work Group was recognized with a Proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins praised home visiting in the proclamation as “truly making a difference in the lives of children and families.”

    D. Catherine Sánchez, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Community Outreach Coordinator of the UNM Center for Development and Disability, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the nine home visiting programs and several partners who participate in the Bernalillo County Home Visitation Work Group.

    Home Visiting programs play an increasingly important role in the promotion of infant and early childhood mental health, emphasizing the parent-child relationship and understanding typical child development and unique temperaments. Home Visitors engage families in learning positive behavior support strategies and work to reduce family stress in order to help promote children’s mental health. The Bernalillo County Home Visiting Work Group supports an integrated approach for serving young families. The group demonstrates interagency collaboration among early childhood partners and regularly offers joint professional development in early childhood.

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    Unmasking Brain Injury Project Spotlight

    The Center for Development and Disability, Brain Injury Resource Center, hosted the Unmasking Brain Injury Project on January 13th, 2016. The project was featured on KRQE News 13 on Sunday evening, January 17th, 2016. The project will also be featured on the KRQE News 13 Morning Show on Thursday January 21st, 2016. The mask project will be displayed at Disability Rights Awareness Day at the Roundhouse on January 26, 2016 as well as other upcoming community events.
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    CDD Information Network Library eBook Spotlight!

    eBook Directions and eBook Spotlight

    The CDD Information Network Library will be spotlighting their collection of eBooks on the UNM Center for Development and Disability Facebook page over the upcoming months! Look for posts showcasing specific eBooks on Mondays and Thursdays!

    What is an eBook?

    An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book. An eBook is typically read using an electronic device that features a controllable viewing screen, including computers and handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones.

    To check out an eBook from the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Library, the user needs to be signed up as a CDD Library patron and have their 4-digit patron number. The CDD Library has eBooks from eSebco and 3M Cloud Library. To become a patron, contact the CDD Library at 505-272-0281.

    Visit or contact the CDD Library to request instructions on how to download and read eBooks on a mobile device or computer, or go to:
    eBook Directions Page

CDD Events Calendar

  • WED, AUG 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM - 11:00AM
    WEBINAR: Building Gauges to Measure National Progress on Transition Outcomes (More info...)
    Location: CDD 107E
  • THU, SEP 01, 2016 at 12:30 PM - 4:00PM
    Intro to ASD: Characteristics and Core Deficits (More info...)
    Location: NMHU, Sub 322, Las Vegas, NM
  • WED, SEP 07, 2016 at 6:00 PM - 7:00PM
    NMABA Journal Reading Group: Cultural Awareness in Behavior Analysis
    Location: CDD
  • THU, SEP 15, 2016 at 4:15 PM - 5:15PM
    Intro to ASD for SPCD 483/485 (More info...)
    Location: Hokona Hall 257 - UNM Main Campus
  • THU, SEP 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Intro to ABA: Strategies for Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: NMHU, Sub 322, Las Vegas, NM
  • FRI, SEP 30, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Visual Supports for Persons with ASD (More info...)
    Location: NMHU, Sub 322, Las Vegas, NM
  • WED, OCT 05, 2016 at 5:00 PM - 6:00PM
    WEBINAR: Philosophical Premises Underlying the BACB Ethical Code (More info...)
    Location:
  • THU, OCT 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Sensory Processing: Supporting Individuals with ASD (More info...)
    Location: NMHU, Sub 322, Las Vegas, NM
  • THU, NOV 03, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Developing Social Skills: Supporting Individuals with ASD-Part 1 (More info...)
    Location: NMHU, Sala de Madrid, Las Vegas, NM
  • THU, NOV 03, 2016 at 12:00 PM - 7:00PM
    Partners in Policymaking
    Location: MCM Elegante
  • FRI, NOV 04, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Developing Social Skills: Supporting Individuals with ASD-Part 2 (More info...)
    Location: NMHU, Sala de Madrid, Las Vegas, NM
  • FRI, NOV 04, 2016 at 9:00 AM - 7:00PM
    Partners in Policymaking
    Location: MCM Elegante-Albuquerque

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