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In celebration of our 30th Anniversary The Autism Programs presents:

2020-2021 Imagine Conference

A Future that is Flourishing

Our gift to the community is the opportunity to attend this VIRTUAL conference at no cost!
Access keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and workshops that encourage learner engagement for individuals with autism, families and professionals

July & August 2020 – Behavioral Health
September & October 2020 – Early Intervention
November & December 2020 – Employment & Transition into Adulthood
January & February 2021 – ABA/Behavioral Intervention
March & April 2021 – Healthcare & Access
May 2021 – Neurodiversity, Life Skill Building/Self-Determination
June 2021 – Disability Rights

FOR QUESTIONS, email or call 505-272-1852.

Click here for more information on the conference.


THRIVE Program taking applications!

This online program aims to maximize a person’s understanding of their life through self-determination and help them set goals for self-regulation and decision making. We will specifically address this by offering opportunities for adults to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Self-awareness, self-determination & self-advocacy
  2. Life management, personal health, and financial literacy
  3. Career exploration and preparation

THRIVE Program Application

Partners for Employment "Reaching New Heights in Supported Employment" Virtual Conference

Online events from May 27th to June 30th!

May 27th - 9:30 AM - DVR & DDSD & PFE: Welcome

Department of Health/ Development Disabilities Supports Division and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation join Partners for Employment to welcome you to our first-time, virtual national conference.

May 27th - 10:00 AM - The Eye - A Unique Look at Leadership

We’re living in a new world. New norms are developing, and leaders everywhere are managing through unprecedented uncertainty. Our work community and families are all looking for leaders who inspire with a calm, purposeful presence. Let’s come together and build the presence that we need to dance in the eye of this hurricane of a health crisis that has set in on all of us

Register or View the Calendar Here!

Newsletter with More Information.

Parents As Teachers Program Hightlighted in HSC Newsroom

The UNM CDD Parents As Teachers Program has an article about it's excellent services in the UNM HSC Newsroom.

"The program was recognized recently by the Parents as Teachers national organization as a blue ribbon affiliate for the high-quality services they are providing to families in Bernalillo and Valencia counties."

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More about Parents As Teachers

Webcasts: Autism Office Hours

Questions and autism often go hand in hand; Just when you think you’ve got it, something changes. This online Q & A session is called Autism Office Hours and it will offer support and practical information for families to apply in their daily lives. A team of professionals will be answering questions that have been submitted by the autism community on various themes.

The first Webcast is on the Autism Portal and is entitled, “Wait, I’m Not a Therapist! Balancing Telehealth Services and Home Life.”

Family Training on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) “You’re the Expert”

We are pleased to offer a Family Training on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), “You’re the Expert” via zoom in May. This training was created specifically for families and is being offered to those families in Alamogordo and surrounding areas.  Each family member who registers can also invite one provider to view as well, who will also need to register.

If you are a family member and live in an area of New Mexico other than Alamogordo, please email Somer Wright at if you would be interested in attending a similar training.  It helps us to know the interests of the community for future planning.

More Information

In Celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, April 2

The Autism Program has developed podcasts that offer practical solutions for everyday challenges.

On April 2, two additional podcasts (one in Spanish) will be uploaded to the Autism Portal in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day 2020. During this time of being at home, you may enjoy these informative podcasts. To listen, go to:

(These podcasts were developed prior to the New Mexico “stay at home” orders, but you can apply the information in different settings, including home.)

Podcasts now available, include:

Establishing Healthy Routines

The Importance of Family

Communication Tips in the Community

Accessing the Community

Post-Secondary Opportunities

Nurturing Independence (Espanol)



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

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:

List of dates and seminar topics
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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