New Mexico Autism Society

New Mexico Autism Society The mission of NMAS is to promote access and opportunities for persons with ASD and their families through advocacy, public awareness and education.

Specifically in New Mexico we:
■Meet monthly - There is an educational program at each monthly meeting except in Dec. and summer. Free child & teen care is often available by calling at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please see the Calendar for meetings schedule or call 505-332-0306 (Voice Mail).
■Support autism groups around the state of New Mexico
■Provide and promote autism related edu

Specifically in New Mexico we:
■Meet monthly - There is an educational program at each monthly meeting except in Dec. and summer. Free child & teen care is often available by calling at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please see the Calendar for meetings schedule or call 505-332-0306 (Voice Mail).
■Support autism groups around the state of New Mexico
■Provide and promote autism related edu

Operating as usual

From our friends at The Cody Unser First Step Foundation. Join them for an opportunity for Adaptive Scuba on August 14, ...
07/21/2021

From our friends at The Cody Unser First Step Foundation. Join them for an opportunity for Adaptive Scuba on August 14, 2021 at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Additional information and forms can be found by emailing Cody Unser at [email protected].

From our friends at The Cody Unser First Step Foundation. Join them for an opportunity for Adaptive Scuba on August 14, 2021 at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Additional information and forms can be found by emailing Cody Unser at [email protected].

Please share!
07/06/2021

Please share!

***BRITTANY ALERT***

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Armando Partida is encouraged to call BCSO dispatch at 505-798-7000. Thank you for sharing!

Mark your calendars and join us for our next movie, Peter Rabbit 2, at Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 in Los Lunas on Jul...
06/14/2021

Mark your calendars and join us for our next movie, Peter Rabbit 2, at Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 in Los Lunas on July 3rd.
Movie starts promptly at 11am and remember no previews. Lights will be set at a dim level and sound will be lowered.
$5.75 per person/autistic individuals are paid for by New Mexico Autism Society.
Masks are required for any person who is not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Mark your calendars and join us for our next movie, Peter Rabbit 2, at Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 in Los Lunas on July 3rd.
Movie starts promptly at 11am and remember no previews. Lights will be set at a dim level and sound will be lowered.
$5.75 per person/autistic individuals are paid for by New Mexico Autism Society.
Masks are required for any person who is not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Great news from our friends Kayak New Mexico, Inc. 501c3
06/11/2021

Great news from our friends Kayak New Mexico, Inc. 501c3

Kayak New Mexico is thrilled to announce we will be resuming our adaptive paddling program with the following events:
Kayaking Open House at the West Mesa Aquatic Center
a. Wednesday July 14, 5:30-7pm Outside – FREE Welcome Back!
b. Wednesday August 11, 5:30-7pm Outside - $5.00 per person entering the pools
c. Wednesday September 8, 5:30-7pm Inside - $5 per person entering the pools
d. Wednesday October 6, 5:30-7pm Inside - $5 per person entering the pools

Fenton Lake Clean Up – Date and time to be confirmed.

The West Mesa Aquatic Center offers an indoor and outdoor water park with slides, other water play features, a sloping beach entry, and area to swim. When outside, we will partition a part of the pool for kayaking. The outside area also offers a grassy area, volleyball court and sand, and patio. When inside, we will have paddling in a portion of the Olympic pool and use of the indoor water park features.

State directed Covid protocols will be followed at all times.

Registration will be available on our website starting July 1, 2021. We are planning on streamlining the registration and payment process and are working on changing our website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Congratulations Ryan!
06/10/2021

Congratulations Ryan!

Great news!! Ryan Sheppard-Peery received his Associate of Arts in General Studies at Eastern New Mexico University. He is on track to receive his Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2022. Our 2nd Kheavensent Scholarship recipient to receive a degree! Let's all give him a big "CONGRATULATIONS!"

From our friends at UNM Center for Development and Disability
06/09/2021

From our friends at UNM Center for Development and Disability

We’re excited to be back! Thank you Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 for having us!
06/05/2021

We’re excited to be back! Thank you Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 for having us!

We’re excited to be back! Thank you Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 for having us!

Sensory Movies are back! Join us for Spirit Untamed at 11am this Saturday. We are grateful for Mitchell Theatres Starlig...
06/01/2021

Sensory Movies are back! Join us for Spirit Untamed at 11am this Saturday. We are grateful for Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 for inviting us back.

$5.75 admission, autistic individual paid for by New Mexico Autism Society

Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals unless eating or drinking.

Sensory Movies are back! Join us for Spirit Untamed at 11am this Saturday. We are grateful for Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8 for inviting us back.

$5.75 admission, autistic individual paid for by New Mexico Autism Society

Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals unless eating or drinking.

Memorial Day 2021 - Honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives.
05/31/2021

Memorial Day 2021 - Honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives.

Memorial Day 2021 - Honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives.

We have been presented the opportunity to present the "No Limits Conference" with Autism Society of Florida on May 22nd ...
05/21/2021

We have been presented the opportunity to present the "No Limits Conference" with Autism Society of Florida on May 22nd 2021. Speakers will include, Temple Grandin, Phd, Victoria Boone, BCBA, Tony Giordano, just to name a few! You may be asking yourself, "The conference is tomorrow. Why should I rush for a ticket?" The beauty of this conference is that it will be available on-demand for you to partake in it for 30 days after the conference! You will have the ability to watch any part of the conference at the most convenient time for you!

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased by clicking here. https://leaderpass.com/pass/autismfl/nolimitsconference?ref=RST7TT5X
You will receive the link to watch live or go back and watch it at a later date.

We hope you will join us in the wonderful opportunity and gather valuable information for you and your family.

We have been presented the opportunity to present the "No Limits Conference" with Autism Society of Florida on May 22nd 2021. Speakers will include, Temple Grandin, Phd, Victoria Boone, BCBA, Tony Giordano, just to name a few! You may be asking yourself, "The conference is tomorrow. Why should I rush for a ticket?" The beauty of this conference is that it will be available on-demand for you to partake in it for 30 days after the conference! You will have the ability to watch any part of the conference at the most convenient time for you!

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased by clicking here. https://leaderpass.com/pass/autismfl/nolimitsconference?ref=RST7TT5X
You will receive the link to watch live or go back and watch it at a later date.

We hope you will join us in the wonderful opportunity and gather valuable information for you and your family.

https://www.autism-society.org/releases/autism-society-of-america-encourages-autism-community-to-vaccinate-eligible-adol...
05/14/2021
Autism Society of America Encourages Autism Community to Vaccinate Eligible Adolescents as the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Receives EUA - Autism Society

https://www.autism-society.org/releases/autism-society-of-america-encourages-autism-community-to-vaccinate-eligible-adolescents-as-the-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-receives-eua/
New Mexico Autism Society stands with Autism Society of America in encouraging the autism community to vaccinate eligible individuals. Read the statement linked below.

You can sign up at www.vaccinenm.org to find a location near you. NMDOH has accessible sites available that can be found through the vaccine website. If you need help please call NMDOH at 1-800-600-3453 and choose option 3.

On May 10, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized use of the Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds. The Autism Society of America and leading disability organizations encourages all eligible individuals and their families to protect themselves and others by getting va...

The EBB program is designed to make at-home internet access more affordable for families and individuals who are in need...
05/14/2021

The EBB program is designed to make at-home internet access more affordable for families and individuals who are in need.

Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to see if you qualify for a $50 per month discount on your internet bill! 🙌🏽 #GetConnectedEBB

The EBB program is designed to make at-home internet access more affordable for families and individuals who are in need. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to see if you qualify for a $50 per month discount on your internet bill! 🙌🏽 #GetConnectedEBB

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04/17/2021

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Autism is a “dynamic disability”. What this means is capacity & functioning are not concrete & may fluctuate dependent on factors such as environment, cognition, executive function, processing capacity, Interoception/exteroception, neuro-fatigue, anxiety, communication differences, burnout & sensory overwhelm.
This means Autistics may be capable of a task one day, but unable to perform the task at another.

“Sesame Street” is turning its attention to helping kids with autism cope with change. https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2...
04/07/2021
Amid Pandemic, 'Sesame Street' Aims To Help Children With Autism Adapt

“Sesame Street” is turning its attention to helping kids with autism cope with change.

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/04/06/amid-pandemic-sesame-street-aims-to-help-children-with-autism-adapt/29276/?fbclid=IwAR3MXVJDXB3Xqhkw323S5ah3Q36RB5-KZvYrPuaAkKTWjTN9G7XG_FBCKow

"Sesame Street" is turning its attention to helping kids with autism cope with change, something that has become all too familiar during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're wondering how to be an ally to the #ActuallyAutistic community, this guide will show you how you can level up ...
04/05/2021
So, you want to Autism Level UP!? …Game on! » NeuroClastic

If you're wondering how to be an ally to the #ActuallyAutistic community, this guide will show you how you can level up from awareness to acceptance and beyond!

https://neuroclastic.com/2020/03/26/so-you-want-to-autism-level-up-game-on/?fbclid=IwAR1QErU-gH9PuPRFWEPyMkGemUd8lDxuW3yWh2oLeWP-6Vr0PrXxAE9o8Hk

We often advocate for people to move beyond awareness to acceptance, but Dr. Amy Laurent and Dr. JÂcqûelyn Fede teach you how to go further and Autism Level UP!

April 2nd is World Autism Day. Today we celebrate autistic individuals and strive to make the world a more accepting pla...
04/02/2021

April 2nd is World Autism Day. Today we celebrate autistic individuals and strive to make the world a more accepting place. Celebrate Differences!

April 2nd is World Autism Day. Today we celebrate autistic individuals and strive to make the world a more accepting place. Celebrate Differences!

Hello April! April is Autism Acceptance Month. What do you want people to know about autism? Tell us in the comments.
04/01/2021

Hello April! April is Autism Acceptance Month. What do you want people to know about autism? Tell us in the comments.

Hello April! April is Autism Acceptance Month. What do you want people to know about autism? Tell us in the comments.

03/30/2021

Because there is pretty much always an underlying reason (i.e. need that's not being met). Figure out the need, fill it, and you're good to go. 😊

#sensorystories #sensorysupport
#sensorylife #neurodiversity #neurodiversityacceptance #disabilityawareness #sensoryavoider #sensoryseeker #sensorysensitive #sensoryprocessingdisorder #spdawareness #differentlywired #sensoryprocessingdisorderparentsupport #sensoryprocessingdisorderawareness #autismacceptance #autismawareness #autismsupport #autismeducation #autismspectrum #specialeducators

A recent study confirms the overlap between autism and gender diversity. Findings reveal that gender-diverse people are ...
03/26/2021
Largest study to date confirms overlap between autism and gender diversity

A recent study confirms the overlap between autism and gender diversity. Findings reveal that gender-diverse people are more likely to report autism traits and suspect they have undiagnosed autism.

People who do not identify with the s*x they were assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be autistic as cisgender people are.

We are here for this!
03/04/2021

We are here for this!

Words matter! Which is why the Autism Society, and leading disability organizations, has officially launched our campaign to encourage the media and government officials to move from using “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month” this April. Acceptance can help foster change and inclusivity for those affected by autism.

Throughout the next two months, we’ll be sharing stories about why visibility and acceptance are so important to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in education, employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services.

AP shared our latest news on this. Check it out! https://bit.ly/2OojAch

From our friends at EPICS.
02/24/2021

From our friends at EPICS.

Please join EPICS for a workshop on Special Education Law, the basics to know immediately. Featuring Mr Peter Peter WD Wright . It will be March 9th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Register in advance on the website at www.epicsnm.org or at
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtc-ygqD0uEt0J8aCCBOu-M3-mL1YZSrj2

The day before you will get a link to the Special Education Law book in .pdf format written by Mr. Wright. Also, if you wish to buy it, you will receive a 25% discount. Again Thank you all so much.

Brittany Alert: Police say Rebecca is 4’11” tall, weighing 110 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair and she was last s...
01/27/2021
Brittany Alert issued for 23-year-old Albuquerque woman

Brittany Alert: Police say Rebecca is 4’11” tall, weighing 110 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair and she was last seen wearing a maroon shirt with a black hoodie, blue sweatpants, and black knee-high boots.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 23-year-old Rebecca Daquin. Police say Rebecca and her family recently moved to …

Happening today in Los Lunas! Support our favorite theater if you are able. We can’t wait to be showing movies with them...
01/23/2021

Happening today in Los Lunas! Support our favorite theater if you are able. We can’t wait to be showing movies with them again.

Curbside Popcorn AND ICEE, TODAY!!!
AND FULL CONCESSION AVAILABLE FOR CARRYOUT!
January 23 | 2:00-6:30PM
Big Bag of Popcorn (Butter Optional): $10.00
ICEE : Small $4 | Medium $5
(Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Pina Colada , Cherry Lime, Coke , Dr Pepper)

The population of older people with autism is set to increase dramatically in the coming decades, but there is little re...
01/16/2021
Studies hint at effects of aging on autistic brains | Spectrum | Autism Research News

The population of older people with autism is set to increase dramatically in the coming decades, but there is little research on how autism affects middle-aged and older adults.

https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/studies-hint-at-effects-of-aging-on-autistic-brains/?fbclid=IwAR1LU6H2MgQ6AZsAyhUkm_IKIWW4IZWgjkPs8x49IG_6csVJzERVdqw6pDA

People with autism or autism traits may be especially vulnerable to brain aging and cognitive decline, two studies suggest.

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I work with the UNM Autism Programs in Albuquerque, NM. I am working on our next webcast entitled: Family Disaster Plan for Families Living with Autism. Is there anything that you, as a parent/caregiver/guardian or self-advocate, would like to know? Thank you for sending me an email at [email protected]
Hello All! I was wondering if anyone had any information/interventions/resources/replacement behaviors for when a child with ASD has the impulse to destroy/smash projects that were built. I understand that this may be done for sensory input, or when a child is upset. In this particular case, they are items that have brought joy to the family and the child is not observed to be angry (i.e. a Lego castle that the family built together, a snowman, a foam toy that he was using with his sibling). As soon as adult supervision is removed, these types of projects/items are smashed. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!
DDPC SUMMIT for advocacy ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Ekman, Daniel, DDPC Hello everyone and we are excited to have you all join us for the 2020 Summit on Advocacy. This year’s event is our first online only event. We have a great turnout and a great event planned over the next four weeks. Below are just some items we wanted to make sure to address. We are also attaching the Program for the Summit on Advocacy. We are also attaching information about the ABLE NM Program for all conference participants. We will send out an email the week before each of the sessions with whatever PowerPoint or presentation materials we receive. Just a reminder that next week’s session is from 2-4 pm on Monday, September 14. The link to join the Summit on Advocacy sessions is https://us02web.zoom.us/w/84182975746?tk=iNtkFxJI8BDVG9m0br1Mrx2wivszk_9TQj6d5XTQGYI.DQIAAAATmbJFAhZGaWd4MWdzZ1NxcUFKeEpaMUhLNWNRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA&pwd=WFNTakNTVitqVDNJdnM1U2tUS3laQT09 and enter the passcode 486327. If you are presenting, please join the session at least 15 minutes early. This way, you can make sure you can get on without any difficulties. The room will open at 1:30 for the CSA staff to make sure everything runs smoothly. Presenters are welcome to join at 1:30 as well. This includes those individuals presenting in the second half of the sessions from 3-4 pm that day. If you are not a presenter, please join closer to 2:00 pm, which is when we will start presenting the sessions. When each presentation starts, type your name in the chat along with where you are joining from. This will serve as our sign-in sheet. Please sign in at the beginning of the 2-3 pm session and the beginning of the 3-4 pm session. If you run into zoom problems during the session, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] Please mute yourself when the presentation is going on and use the chat to type in questions and comments. Each session including questions will last about an hour. At the end of each class, be sure to go to https://s.surveyplanet.com/iHWFili27 and fill out an evaluation form for the class. This help us to know how well we did as well as know how many people attended the session. If anyone needs some assistance in figuring out zoom, look at these training videos: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials Attached is a description of each of the sessions.
Does anyone know of any learning pods for teens on the autism spectrum? My daughter is in 8th grade and 13. She is is struggling with online school and any attempts to help her lead to a fight. We are in Cedar Crest but happy to come to Albuquerque. Thank you!
Check out these Autism centric emoji's.... What do you think?
Is there a group or meet-up or anything for Northern New Mexico?(Santa Fe/Taos) If not, how could I start one?
The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico is now offering presentations for families whose first language is Spanish. The series, “Hilos sobre el Autismo” will be presented the first Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:15 PM. Every month, a topic of interest to families will be presented over the internet using an online service called “Zoom”. Each free presentation will offer an opportunity for participants to engage and discuss the topic as well as connect with other New Mexico families. If you have questions, please contact: Teresa at [email protected]; Brittany at [email protected]; or Sylvia at [email protected] For one-time registration to the series, click on the link below: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0033-0021-078ac2bea7734f7390d6a9be344b868c Los Programas de Autismo de la Universidad de Nuevo México están ofreciendo actualmente presentaciones para familias cuyo primer idioma es el español. La serie “Hilos sobre el Autismo” se presentará el primer jueves de cada mes de 1:00 a 2:15 PM. Cada mes se presentará un tema de interés para las familias a través del Internet utilizando un servicio en línea llamado “Zoom”. Cada presentación gratis les ofrecerá a los participantes la oportunidad de reunirse y discutir el tema presentado y de conectarse con otras familias de Nuevo México. Si tienen preguntas, por favor comuníquense con: Teresa en [email protected]; Brittany en [email protected]; o Sylvia en [email protected] Para registrarse por única vez, por favor ingresen a: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0033-0021-078ac2bea7734f7390d6a9be344b868c
Are there any good homeschool programs for Autistic children that you can recommend?
Partners in Policymaking® A Leadership Training Program is looking for the future leaders in the area of disabilities in New Mexico 2020-2021 The Partners in Policymaking® Program is about: Becoming an Advocate or Leader The Value of Inclusion Empowerment and Self-Determination Creating Positive Change Attend virtual sessions from September 2020 to April 2021. Participants will be selected through an application process. For more information, please copy and paste this link:http://www.cdd.unm.edu/pdfs/flyer-2020-2021.pdf If you would like an application, please contact Debbie Montana at 505-272-9005.
Is it appropriate to ask for possible options for getting a diagnosis on here? I’m in need of a mental health professional who specializes in autism and particularly in autism for teenage girls. I have two children (out of 5) that display traits of autism and it’s killing me to watch them in so much emotional pain over this. I have tried contacting a company and they put us on a diagnosis waiting list two years ago. Is there a way to get in to someone sooner? A psychologist maybe that you would recommend? It’s been a long road and I’m tired of people who don’t understand telling me that my kids are fine since they’re generally performing well at school. Any recommendations would be extremely helpful.
We are pleased to offer a Family Training on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), “You’re the Expert” via zoom in August. This training will be provided solely in Spanish and was created specifically for families and is being offered to those families in Gadsden and the surrounding areas. However, this training has also been opened up to all Spanish speaking families throughout the state. Each family member who registers can also invite one provider to view as well, who will also need to register. Providers must register with a family. There is limited space, so please register early. https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0033-0021-c63dacfedd1741e18298e2bf87092727 Capacitación familiar sobre el trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) “Tu eres el experto Presentadores: Sylvia Acosta, PhD y Sylvia Sarmiento, MS, CCC-SLP Cuándo: 25 de agosto y el 1° de septiembre de 4 a 5 pm Cómo: ¡Regístrese temprano! Copie y pegue el siguiente enlace a la registración para registrarse: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0033-0021-c63dacfedd1741e18298e2bf87092727 Una vez que haya completado la registración, recibirá un enlace por cada martes para poder ingresar a la capacitación en Zoom. ¿Preguntas? Comuníquense con Debra Montana - [email protected] Thank you for sharing with your community! -Debbie
Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based approach that uses the principles of learning and motivation to manage challenging behaviors and increase functional skill development. Interested in learning more about ABA? Behavior Change Institute has an online Parent Information Guide that you can access to learn more!