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 educational programs and conferences to members and the community. ■Form committees to work on autism related projects. ■Publish flyers and newsletters to keep interested parties informed about meetings and activities occurring around New Mexico. ■Advocate and lobby for state and federal legislation to assist families and individuals with autism. ■Plan activities to promote FUN and emotional support for families and individuals concerned with autism. ■Provide financial scholarships or stipends for our members to attend workshops and conferences regarding autism. ■Work on state and local committees with other agencies and organizations to further goals and to improve resources. ■Work with the Autism Society of America ■Work with the Autism Programs at the Center for Development and Disability at UNM.

Mission: Improving the lives of all affected by autism

Operating as usual

We know the holiday season is busy, here are some easy ways to support NMAS by shopping and through your employer! We ar...
11/24/2020

We know the holiday season is busy, here are some easy ways to support NMAS by shopping and through your employer! We are thankful for each of you, and cannot do what we do without your generosity.

Have a wonderful Monday!
11/23/2020

Have a wonderful Monday!

Your contribution to NMAS has a ripple effect across  the state. All funds donated stay in New Mexico and directly benef...
11/21/2020

Your contribution to NMAS has a ripple effect across the state. All funds donated stay in New Mexico and directly benefit autistic individuals and their families.

Click the link to donate today!

https://nmautismsociety.org/campaign/giving-tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, New Mexico Autism Society is asking for your generosity in helping us raise funds for our organizat...
11/20/2020
NM Autism Society

This Giving Tuesday, New Mexico Autism Society is asking for your generosity in helping us raise funds for our organization!

The New Mexico Autism Society serves over 4,000 people across the entire state through community collaborations, support groups, educational workshops, outings, resources, and referrals. At this important time of year, WE ARE ASKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT to continue building our vision of creating a community of acceptance, support, and connection for those affected by autism throughout New Mexico.

Click the link below to donate today!

NM Autism Society is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. Advocacy, education, support, services and the promotion of research.

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11/19/2020

New Mexico Autism Society's cover photo

Posted from The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism...Autistic people often have processing delays in speaking and/or hear...
11/18/2020
(Not) a Little Slow

Posted from The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism...

Autistic people often have processing delays in speaking and/or hearing. This means that if you're autistic, be patient with yourself and know that it's OK to ask people to repeat things. This means that if you're NOT autistic, be patient and know that it's OK for people to ask for you to repeat things.

https://musingsofanaspie.com/2013/05/29/not-a-little-slow/ -SR

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There is a moment I dread in conversations with strangers: the moment when that stranger–that person I’ve been talking to for a minute or two or five–decides I’m “a li…

FYI... tune in if you are able. It will stream live from the New Mexico Public Education Department page.
11/16/2020

FYI... tune in if you are able. It will stream live from the New Mexico Public Education Department page.

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart will give a school update from 3-3:30 p.m. TODAY. Follow it live here on the PED page.

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intentions. -Oscar Wilde 💛❤️💙 World Kindness Day 2020.
11/13/2020

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intentions. -Oscar Wilde 💛❤️💙 World Kindness Day 2020.

Happy Veterans Day!
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day!

11/10/2020
Hautism and Wilderwood: The Innate Connection between Autistic People and Horses

From our friends at Wilderwood Equine Therapy and Rescue...

Hautism and Wilderwood: The Documentary

We are incredibly proud and honored to share a documentary film about Wilderwood. This film was made possible with the generosity of the Isora Foundation, the WETAR Trust, and Incredible.

Hautism and Wilderwood: The Innate Connection between Autistic People and Horses and the Program that Embraces It. Located in Peralta, New Mexico. For more i...

11/09/2020
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Congratulations Chris!

Congratulations to Chris Nikic! This weekend, he became the first athlete with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon.

Watch his interview with NBC's Catie Beck from before the big day.

Movie popcorn? Yes please! Happening tomorrow!
11/06/2020

Movie popcorn? Yes please! Happening tomorrow!

Curbside Popcorn AND ICEE, Saturday!!!
ALSO: FULL CONCESSION AVAILABLE FOR CARRYOUT!
November 7 - 3:00-7:30pm
Big Bag of Popcorn (Butter Optional): $10.00
ICEE : Small $4 | Medium $5
(Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Pina Colada , Cherry Lime, Coke , Dr Pepper) Drive-thru Only!
Credit Card or Cash (Exact Change) Accepted

Update: He’s been found safe.  Missing: Martinez is a Hispanic male, five foot eight inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, w...
11/06/2020
Police issue Brittany Alert in search of Rio Rancho man

Update: He’s been found safe.

Missing: Martinez is a Hispanic male, five foot eight inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a light blue sweatshirt. Anyone with information on Martinez’s whereabouts are asked to call Rio Rancho police at 505-891-7226.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho police have issued a Brittany Alert in an effort to locate 25-year-old Jesse Martinez. Martinez was last seen on Nov. 5 walking away from a residence on t…

Wishing you a sweet filled day!
10/31/2020

Wishing you a sweet filled day!

Toronto's ASD Band Looks To Raise Autism Awareness By Example https://www.npr.org/2020/10/23/927015227/band-of-musicians...
10/24/2020
Toronto's ASD Band Looks To Raise Autism Awareness By Example

Toronto's ASD Band Looks To Raise Autism Awareness By Example

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/23/927015227/band-of-musicians-on-the-autism-spectrum-release-songs-for-autism-awareness?utm_term=nprnews&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR1GUftl9SLHzN5a06BWinlHO7ThJVCyh1yoXWRu-i1m-HXw1u9hEwtXwdo

All the members of the Toronto-based ASD Band are on the Autism Spectrum. This month, they've been dropping new covers of songs each week in celebration of Canada's Autism Awareness Month.

Update: He has been found. Navarro is Hispanic, five-foot five-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with short brown hair, ...
10/24/2020
Brittany Alert issued for Rio Rancho boy

Update: He has been found.

Navarro is Hispanic, five-foot five-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with short brown hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Navarro are asked to call Rio Rancho police at (505) 891-7226.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Rio Rancho Police Department has issued a Brittany Alert in an effort to locate 17-year-old Angel Navarro. Navarro was last seen on the evening of Oct. 23, walki…

Today in Los Lunas! 🍿🥤
10/24/2020

Today in Los Lunas! 🍿🥤

TODAY!!! TODAY!!
Curbside Popcorn AND ICEE, and Carry Out Concession! Saturday!!!
Wear a halloween costume, get free candy! (While Supplies Last)
October 24 - 3:00-7:30pm
Big Bag of Popcorn (Butter Optional): $10.00
ICEE : Small $4 | Medium $5
(Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Pina Colada , Cherry Lime, Coke , Dr Pepper) Drive-thru Only!
Credit Card or Cash (Exact Change) Accepted

Google is introducing new technology designed to help people who are nonverbal communicate with those around them while ...
10/21/2020
Google Improves Tool To Help People Who Are Nonverbal

Google is introducing new technology designed to help people who are nonverbal communicate with those around them while also making strides toward more inclusion at the company.

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2020/10/20/google-improves-tool-to-help-people-who-are-nonverbal/29044/?fbclid=IwAR31-5eusB_EK1_B7-5ZvUzJ8PZbJ3F3WIZEG12z1xhdyUrEsG2YuDN7WM0

Google is introducing new technology designed to help people who are nonverbal communicate with those around them while also making strides toward more inclusion at the company.

The last day to fill out the census is tomorrow, October 15th! The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United ...
10/15/2020

The last day to fill out the census is tomorrow, October 15th! The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.

The Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

Visit https://my2020census.gov/ to begin.

The 2020 Census is still happening! The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.

If you have not filled out your 2020 Census please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit https://.my2020census.gov to begin.

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

Taking advantage of the Prime Day deals?! Make them count by shopping through https://smile.amazon.com/ and picking NMAS...
10/13/2020
AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.

Taking advantage of the Prime Day deals?! Make them count by shopping through https://smile.amazon.com/ and picking NMAS! Amazon will make a donation to NMAS. Same great deals, and supporting a great cause!

Shop at smile.amazon.com and we’ll donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization—no fees, no extra cost.

Mark your calendars! October 10th from 3:00pm-7:30pm curbside popcorn and full concession (carry out only) will ge avail...
10/07/2020

Mark your calendars! October 10th from 3:00pm-7:30pm curbside popcorn and full concession (carry out only) will ge available from Mitchell Theatres Starlight 8!

EXTENDED HOURS FOR DRIVE-UP HEALT FAIR!
Curbside Popcorn AND ICEE, Saturday!!!
ALSO: FULL CONCESSION AVAILABLE FOR CARRYOUT!
October 10 - 10:00 AM-7:30pm
Big Bag of Popcorn (Butter Optional): $10.00
ICEE : Small $4 | Medium $5
(Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Pina Colada , Cherry Lime, Coke , Dr Pepper) Drive-thru Only!
Credit Card or Cash (Exact Change) Accepted

Perfect. Happy Monday! ♥️💛💙
10/05/2020

Perfect. Happy Monday! ♥️💛💙

From New Mexico Technology Assistance Program:This Monday, October 5th from 1:00pm-2:30pm, NMTAP will be offering a FREE...
10/01/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Assistive Technology for Speech Communication. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

From New Mexico Technology Assistance Program:

This Monday, October 5th from 1:00pm-2:30pm, NMTAP will be offering a FREE virtual training: “Assistive Technology for Speech Communication." This training session will offer a look at simple/high tech speech generating devices and AAC Apps available for Apple products.

Please REGISTER at the link below. An evaluation will be REQUIRED at the end of this training. Please let us know if you have any questions.
We hope to see you then!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 5, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdeGorjMpGNEyMmXZOr-VQ2Rmix6frfkD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Assistive Technology for Speech Communication. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

09/27/2020
Autism Society of America

Our hearts and condolences go out to the family of Feda, Muhammed & the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area. Please keep them close.

The Autism Society family is heartbroken that Feda Almaliti and her loving son, Muhammed, tragically passed away in a fire yesterday. Feda was the Vice President of the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, and a longtime advocate within the autism community. Our heart goes out to Feda & Muhammed’s family, loved ones, and the entire SF ASA community. 💙

Update: He has been located. From Rio Rancho PD: ***Brittney Alert***Please see below for information about a missing pe...
09/21/2020

Update: He has been located.

From Rio Rancho PD:

***Brittney Alert***
Please see below for information about a missing person. Contact RRPD at 505-891-7226 if you see him or have any information.
Jesse Tony Martinez
DOB 12/25/1994 Age 25
Height: 5’04”
Weight: 124
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown (short buzz cut)
Subject is autistic and non-verbal.
Suffers from Schizophrenia.
Last seen wearing: Light blue jeans, grey shirt, and no shoes
Last seen at 4600 blk of Huron Rd NE at approximately 8:00pm on September 20, 2020
Subject left the residence through a window with no shoes on.

UPDATE:

Jesse has been located. Thank you to everyone for your assistance.

***Brittney Alert***
Please see below for information about a missing person. Contact RRPD at 505-891-7226 if you see him or have any information.
Jesse Tony Martinez
DOB 12/25/1994 Age 25
Height: 5’04”
Weight: 124
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown (short buzz cut)
Subject is autistic and non-verbal.
Suffers from Schizophrenia.
Last seen wearing: Light blue jeans, grey shirt, and no shoes
Last seen at 4600 blk of Huron Rd NE at approximately 8:00pm on September 20, 2020
Subject left the residence through a window with no shoes on.

Autism Society of America
09/21/2020

Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg fought for equality throughout her life. She played an instrumental role in the Olmstead v L.C. case, stating that people with disabilities have a right to live within integrated communities, not segregated within institutions. We thank Justice Ginsburg for her tireless advocacy, which benefitted millions of people and future generations.

Over the past few years, there has been growing awareness that sensory experiences are different in autism. What is also...
09/18/2020
Autistic people can hear more than most – which can be a strength and a challenge

Over the past few years, there has been growing awareness that sensory experiences are different in autism. What is also becoming clear, however, is that different doesn’t mean worse.

A noisy environment can be hell for a person with autism. On the plus side, they are more likely to have perfect pitch than a non-autistic person.

Happening tomorrow!
09/18/2020

Happening tomorrow!

The New Mexico State Fair is partnering with Calvary Church, Albertson’s Pharmacy, the 2020 Census, and Vitalant Blood Services to bring to you the FIRST EVER Fair Cares Wellness Drive!
The event will take place at EXPO New Mexico TOMORROW, September 19th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is free to the public.
The Fair Cares Wellness Drive will provide contact less delivery of grocery boxes, and FREE (with insurance card) flu shots using the drive-thru model New Mexicans have become accustomed to during the pandemic. Vitalant Blood Services will also be prepared to collect blood donations by appointment inside the Flower Arts Building on the fairgrounds. Volunteers with the 2020 Census will also be on-hand to assist individuals in filling out the census online.
#faircares #NMSF #homeiswherethefairis

09/14/2020
EXPO NM Home of the New Mexico State Fair

Today is the first day of the virtual State Fair! Follow EXPO NM Home of the New Mexico State Fair for all the fun.

We can’t wait to return next year with our sensory station!

Today's the day! Welcome to the 2020 New Mexico State Fair! Check out this message from General Manager, Dan Mourning.

This week you can expect to see performances from Spectaculars, New Mexico Artists, people's choice awards, state fair merch, and wrapping up the day we have Karoake! We have so much more to share with you. Don't forget to check back each day for more virtual fun!

For more information about the 2020 New Mexico State Fair Virtual Experience, visit our website at statefair.expo.com.

#NMSF #Homeiswherethefairis #nmstatefairgoesvirtual

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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].us 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!