Center for Development and Disability

News, Events and Announcements


Autism Programs is piloting a new program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ages 18-30. This program, called Thrive, aims to address Self-Advocacy/Self-Determination, Basic Life Management Skills, and Career Exploration through a series of weekly courses, beginning in February and ending in June:

Feb/March: Orientation/Phase 1
2/25: Orientation
3/3 : Self Determination/Advocacy
3/10: Self Determination/Advocacy
3/17: Self Determination/Advocacy
3/24: Self Determination/Advocacy

April: Phase 2
4/7 : Life Management
4/14 : Life Management
4/21 : Life Management
4/28 : Life Management

May/June: Phase 3
5/12: Career Exploration
5/19: Career Exploration
5/26: Career Exploration
6/2: Career Exploration

Please see the attached application for more information, and distribute to individuals who might be interested. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or addition to the wait-list after February 11th.

THRIVE Application

The Autism Programs’ Autism Imagine Conference: Flourishing Through the Lifespan

April 16 & 17, 2020

Thurs. & Fri. 8:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel, Albuquerque, NM

Nationally known keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and workshops that encourage learner engagement for individuals with ASD & families and professionals.

CDD is honored to present two dynamic keynote speakers!

If you’ve ever had questions (or doubts) about how behavioral programming addresses quality of life issues, Dr. Patrick McGreevy, PhD, BCBA-D has some very practical answers in his keynote address When Autism is a Delay in Skill Acquisition and When it’s Not

Dr. Patrick Friman, PhD, ABPP is advocating a fresh reconsideration of possible sources of reinforcement in Six Metaphysical Sources of Reinforcement. It might not be what we expect from a researcher and clinician in Behavioral Medicine but it is sure to be relevant and uplifting!

Breakout sessions and Workshops

In addition to a wide variety of breakout sessions that address “Flourishing through the Lifespan” you will have the opportunity to attend one of five timely and relevant workshops (see schedule) that will allow for extended discussion and hands on activity.

Be sure to check out the information booths!

Register here for the conference.

Conference fees* are for both days (there is not a daily option)
Lunch will be provided on Friday

New Mexico Residents Early Bird Registration After 3/1/2020 Non-Residents
Person with ASD or their Family/Guardian $50 $50 $150
General Public/Professional $90 $125 $150

*UNM employees may utilize tuition remission

Please email with any questions you may have.

Autism Podcasts Now Available!

The Autism Program is now offering “The Inside View,” a series of monthly audio podcasts on topics relevant to the autism community. This year, the series is entitled, “Accessing Community... Real Questions by Parents for Parents”. Access the podcast series here!

Establishing Healthy Routines Podcast Presenters: Kim Fredenburgh and Kristen Red-Horse, MOT,OTR/L (left)

UNM Productions, Manuel Machuca (far left)

The Inside View Host: Lauriann King (left)

Project Lead: Karen “Cal” Wright (not pictured)

2020 Continuing Education Series for Pediatric Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists

The New Mexico LEND program at the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is partnering with the UNM Division of Physical Therapy program to bring you the continuing education series for pediatric physical and occupational therapists and related professionals. The 2020 Pediatric Study Group series occurs the second Thursday of the month from 6pm – 8pm in February, April, September and November. You can participate by attending in person at the CDD or remotely. Continuing education credits for PTs and OTs are offered free of charge. The topics and details are listed here:

Dates (Thurs) Topic
Feb 13, 2020 Schroth Method for Treatment of Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis
April 9, 2020 Managing Pain in Pediatric Patients
Sept 10, 2020 Partnering with Families from Different Cultures
Nov 12, 2020 Emerging Therapies for SMA and DMD

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Albuquerque, NM 87107

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