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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


What Happens After Graduation?

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Partners for Employment is forming two information and networking groups for job seekers with disabilities ages 18-24 to help answer the question “what happens after graduation?” Transition from school to work can be challenging for a person with disabilities, and the goal of the groups are to provide information about post-graduation options, including employment. The groups are also open to family members and/or guardians and will give its members the opportunity to network, find out about local resources and gain new skills. Two groups are being formed in Albuquerque and the Farmington area and monthly activities are scheduled to start this February.

For more information about the Albuquerque group, contact Darlene Fattorusso at 505-385-8416 or dafattorusso@aol.com.

For more information about the Farmington group, contact Lupe Barrett at 970-799-4445 or ggbarrett@msn.com.


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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Imagine Autism Conference
... Remembering the Past - Looking to the Future

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

April 7th & 8th, 2016



Remembering the Past — Looking to the Future is the theme of the 2016 New Mexico Imagine Autism Conference presented by The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability. The Imagine Autism Conference will focus on Transition to Adulthood, Early Childhood, Communication, Social and Behavioral topics; all designed for families, school staff, agencies, community organizations, and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The two day Imagine Autism Conference will consist of keynote speakers, breakout sessions with a variety of topics in ASD and information tables.

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Opening Keynote Address:
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.,
April 7th, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.










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Ruth Miksovic Autism Lecture Series and Luncheon:
Alyson Beytien M.S., BCBA,
April 8th, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.








Click here to visit the web page for the Imagine Autism Conference
Click here for the Flyer for the Imagine Autism Conference


Project SEARCH Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho Public Schools is now accepting applications from senior high school students interested in participating in a one year school to work internship program for students with disabilities, to be held at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in the fall of 2016. Project SEARCH places students in the work place for a full academic school year to teach them systematic, marketable, transferable skills with the overall goal of achieving competitive employment.

For more information please contact:

Gordon Douglas - Project SEARCH Instructor
Rio Rancho High School
301 Loma Colorado Blvd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
gordon.douglas@rrps.net
Fax 505-896-5901


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


Announcing New ABA Webinars

The CDD Autism Programs, New Mexico Association of Behavior Analysis, Behavior Change Institute and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) ASD Special Interest Group are teaming up to provide a series of webinars regarding behavior analysis. Each webinar will be approximately 60 minutes and will provide an introduction to the science of behavior analysis, a look at evidence-based practice in ASD, understanding the minimum standards for being credentialed as a behavior analyst, and exploring what families might expect from behavior analytic providers. Registration is required.

Click here for more information, and to register

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Proclaims October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month!

2015 Proclamation presented in the CDD Courtyard

New Mexico Govenor Susana Martinez has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout the state, affirming “New Mexico’s commitment to inclusive workplaces and community.” October is also recognized nationally as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (CDD) kicked off the month Sept. 29 with a reading of the proclamation by Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education and Acting Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. NM Attorney General Hector Balderas, also, spoke from the perspective of a parent of a child with a disability and an employer of a young man with autism. The event was followed by a job fair hosted by Ticket to Work Partners and Advance Employment Solutions.

One hundred (100) job seekers attended the job fair.

View the video of the reading of the Proclamation by Paul Aguilar, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education and Acting Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


Certified Employment Support Professionals

Carrie Roberts, Sharon Sanchez-Lopez and Pamela Stafford display their certificatesCarrie Roberts, Sharon Sanchez-Lopez and Pamela Stafford display their certificates.

Three New Mexicans have passed the examination to become New Mexico’s First Certified Employment Support Professionals.
Sharon Sanchez-Lopez, Day Habilitation and Supported Employment Manager for Benchmarks, Carrie Roberts, DDSD Statewide Supported Employment Lead, and Pamela Stafford, Education and Outreach Manager for Partners for Employment, took the examination n June 2015 at the National APSE Conference.
This certification is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support the training currently provided in the field. The CESP™ certification sets a standard of knowledge for Employment Support Professionals.

In order to allow other New Mexicans the opportunity to take the exam without the travel cost, PFE will host an examination in the Spring. The Fee to take the exam is $159.00. This is one of a series of certification paths PFE is offering.

CDD Events Calendar

  • THU, FEB 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Early Identification & Intervention in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Las Cruces, NM
  • THU, FEB 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM - 3:00PM
    Descriptive Writing Training (More info...)
    Location: Gallup, New Mexico
  • FRI, FEB 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Descriptive Writing (More info...)
    Location: Las Cruces, NM
  • TUE, FEB 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM - WED, FEB 17, 2016 at 4:00PM
    Person Centered Vocational Assessment and Employment Plans (More info...)
    Location: Taos, New Mexico
  • TUE, FEB 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
    Person Centered Vocational Assessment and Employment Plans (More info...)
    Location: Taos, New Mexico
  • FRI, MAR 04, 2016 at 9:00 AM - FRI, MAR 11, 2016 at 4:00PM
    Person Centered Vocational Assessment and Employment Plans (More info...)
    Location: Farmington, New Mexico
  • FRI, MAR 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Early Identification & Intervention in ASD (More info...)
    Location: Santa Fe, NM
  • MON, MAR 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM - 7:30PM
    Teaching Children with Autism to use the Toilet (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • TUE, MAR 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM - WED, MAR 30, 2016 at 4:00PM
    Person Centered Vocational Assessment and Employment Plans (More info...)
    Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • FRI, APR 01, 2016 at 9:00 AM - FRI, APR 08, 2016 at 4:00PM
    Person Centered Vocational Assessment and Employment Plans (More info...)
    Location: Roswell, New Mexico
  • THU, APR 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM - 1:00PM
    WEBINAR: Questions & Answers regarding Early Intervention for very young children with Autism (More info...)
    Location: On-line
  • MON, APR 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM - 1:00PM
    WEBINAR: Early Social Communication with babies & young toddlers with Developmental Delays including ASD (More info...)
    Location: On-line

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