Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division

Recreation Services

Recreation Services & Programs

The Autism Programs partners with various community organizations and instructors to provide inclusive social-recreational programs for adolescents and adults with ASD. This outreach program emphasizes instructor training on best practices for teaching persons with ASD, visual support systems, the inclusion of peers, and techniques of positive behavioral supports. The community partnerships encourage the collaboration of community, family, and professionals to increase the number of inclusive programs for persons with ASD. Specific programs vary annually. For further information about any of the listed programs, or to subscribe to the list-serv, email us at HSC-Full-Spectrum-Rec@unm.edu or call Stef (505) 925-7421, or toll free at 1 (800) 270-1861.

Follow this link for information about Camp Rising Sun, a summer camp for children with ASD ages 8 - 17 and their typically developing peers. 


Current Programs

Full Spectrum Drumming

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Full Spectrum Drum Ensemble is under way! Learn new beats, improvise, and have fun while being a part of a smaller drum ensemble or let the rhythm take you away: dance and play! Classes are Tuesdays at the Mountain Dojo (319 Mountain Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102) from February to May, 2017. Please contact Stef Graner at stefgraner@gmail.com for more information.

Drumming Ensemble Flyer

Tick Talk

Coming Spring 2017! Check back soon for updates!










Former Programs Continued Independently

Just for Kicks

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Just for Kicks has offered a fully inclusive, adaptive martial arts program designed to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their siblings, friends, and peers since 2007. Instruction is provided for individuals across the lifespan and at any ability level on a year-round weekly basis. Emphasis in all classes is placed on teaching and supporting self-confidence, motor, social, communication and play skills, and self-defense in a fun and accepting environment. Class composition is determined by age, size and ability level. Class sizes are limited to support the needs of all participants.

Contact instructor, Logan Gillespie, for more information regarding class openings, cost, and/or scholarship information at lgilljust4kicks@gmail.com or (505) 220-0524.

Adaptive Kayaking

Kayak New Mexico has, for years, offered individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, friends, and peers the opportunity to learn kayak skills in a safe and fun environment. Currently Kayak New Mexico is offering a month of open house play at Hotel Cascada.  Please contact Kelly Gossett, Director, at (505) 803-2201 or kelly@kayaknewmexico.org for the latest information on adaptive kayaking and click here for the flyer for open house dates running monthly in 2015, excluding June and July.