The Autism Programs at CDD regularly have the opportunity to assist in developing public policy that impacts New Mexicans with autism spectrum disorder. This is done through providing recommendations and technical assistance for legislation and autism initiatives. The Autism Programs staff serve on several statewide committees and task forces to insure that the needs of individuals with autism and their families are considered on legislative autism initiatives. Recently, staff drafted the report on Senate Bill 20 / House Memorial 44 – Developing a Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Autism Programs sponsor Partners in Policy Making , an intensive leadership program for individuals with disabilities, family members, and community members. The goal of the program is to create future leaders and advocates in New Mexico who can work towards positive change in New Mexico for the disability community. The model is based on a national curriculum that has been replicated throughout the United States and in different parts of the world. Two cohort groups have graduated the program with a new group starting in Spring 2013.
For information about Public Policy Initiatives and Partners in Policy Making call (505) 272-1852 or 1-800-270-1861.