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The Center for Development and Disability

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Shantih Bisland-Naggan
Family Specialist

Brittany Edwards-Sharpe
Education Specialist

Katherine “Kat” Elwell
Graduate Student Employee

Marcy Hintz
Statewide Project SEARCH Coordinator

Rebecca Roybal
Program Manager

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Family & Job Seekers

Career Pathways Internship Program

In collaboration with NM DVR and Workforce Development, PFE coordinates an internship program at five sites statewide for high school students with disabilities, and other at-risk youth.

Join us for Job-ING this Fall

Job Information and Networking Group, Job-ING for short, is a monthly get together for young people with intellectual disabilities and their family members to learn more about employment options.   Participants will learn about job search strategies that are effective for people with disabilities, how to access resources, and meet local experts who can help with your job search.

This September, we'll be kicking off groups in Albuquerque, Anthony and Farmington.  If you're interested in joining us, contact Rebecca Roybal at or 505-925-0898.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a one-year school-to-work internship program for youth with disabilities, ages 18-22, that prepares them for competitive employment in integrated settings. Use same formatting as the Job-ING listing.

Tip Sheets

    • Pick Your Approach to Employment: Getting Started on the Path to Employment [English]
    • Transition to Adulthood Checklist [English]
    • The Transition from High School to College [English]
    • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Why it matters for people with disabilities [English]
    • Important Questions for Job Seekers to Ask [English]
    • Information Interviews and the Hidden Job Market [English]
    • Online Applications- How to Ace the Process [English]

Go to Topics A to Z for all Tip Sheets

Success Stories

Alex's Success Story

Learn more about Alex, his Discovery process, and his success in attaining a customized job.

Brian's New Job

Follow Brian's path to employment success via his Project SEARCH internship.

Diana's Success Story

Learn about Diana's care providers, family, and life on Taos Pueblo, as she shares her experience in becoming employed.

David's Success Story

Meet David and his CFC team, and join him on his journey to employment by discovering his talents, skills, and passions.

Customizing a Job for David

David is a kind, gentle, active person who found successful customized employment with a local hair salon. His coworkers enjoy his positive attitude and strong work ethic, and consider him to be a valued member of the team.

Judy's Success Story

Meet Judy, an artist whose team helped her identify her muse, which led to a path of successful employment.