Advocate Leadership Academy

Advocate Leadership Academy – This is a 14 week program – 2 hour sessions on Wednesdays – Starts in August.

Call Daniel Ekman at 505-670-5698 or for more information.    This is a good program for upcoming advocates and leaders.


It's July, and that means that the 2019 Fall Advocate Leadership Academy is coming up. Click here to fill out the application. The deadline is the end of the day on August 2 and the Center for Self Advocacy Program has already started receiving applications. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 pm starting in September and lasting 14 weeks to the end of November.

National ARC Convention in Washington- Scholarships

The Arc Down Syndrome New Mexico Fund

2019 Scholarship Application

2019 National Arc Convention

October 11-14, 2019 (Leaving October 11 and returning October 15, 2019)

Washington, DC


The National Arc through the Arc Down Syndrome New Mexico Fund has given us the opportunity to go to the National Arc Convention.  We only have 5 slots.   Scholarship covers flight for the individual with Down syndrome and one caregiver, provides a hotel room and registration for the two individuals and ground transportation from Airport to hotel. There is also funding to cover meals ($150. Per person) at the conference that is not covered by the conference (receipts will be required).  You are responsible for all other costs involved (for example:  extra guests in your room. etc.) Here is a website for the schedule for the conference


The conference is October 11-14.    If you return this form, it is assumed that you can go and are willing to follow the guidelines in a timely manner. This includes an evaluation provided by the National Arc. If you are chosen you need to follow through as slots are limited and it is unfair to those who want to go and are not chosen.  Individuals with Down syndrome who are teens/adults will be given preference.  We will be sending individuals from throughout the state.  

Summer Family Fun Activities in the 505 from NAPPR/NHI


  1. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum – Free for Native Americans

  2. FREE Dine Bizaad Discussion and Study Group




1. Run/walk for FREE with Running Medicine. Family oriented walking/running with locations in downtown ABQ and Westside/Rio Rancho on Mondays and Wednesdays in both places. Details on

2.   Sunday morning hikes and activities

3.   Rio Rancho Parks and Rec – tons of opportunities

4.   Kids Triathlon Class (see website for rules & availability, $35):

5.   Swimming Lessons (see website for rules & availability, $35):

Family Activities

  1. CABQ Story Time in the Park, Summer Youth Bus Passes, Library Events, Museum Discovery Pass, Summer Reading Challenge, Museum Programs, etc.

  2. CABQ Kids Adventures in Aquatics (see website for rules & availability, $35):

  3. CABQ Outdoor Pools and Spray Pads/ Swimming:

  4. CABQ Parks and Recreation Upcoming Events:

  5. ABQ Bio Park – Half Price Weekend: July 20 and 21

  6. Free Swim Passes (as long as supplies last) at ABQ and Bernalillo Fire and Police Centers:

  7. Free Bowling for Kids -

  8. Saturday evening sunset series @ Elena Gallegos

  9. 100.3 The Peak Summer Fun – visit the facebook event page for more information and updates:

Movies and Music

1. Rio Rancho Movies and Music in the Park - concert followed by movie at dusk. Look on page 17 for details at the following link

2. FREE movies at Premier Cinemas in Rio Rancho, 10am on Tues and Wed

6.   Bernalillo County Movies in the Park: 

Partners in Policy making Application

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 session of Partners in Policymaking.  Attached you will find the current application.  The deadline to return the application is August 23, 2019. Please share this information with anyone you might know that you feel would be interested in Partners in Policymaking. 


New Mexico Partners in Policymaking is an intensive, grassroots disability leadership and advocacy training. Its curriculum was developed by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Disability, and has been replicated both nationwide and overseas. Over the last 8 years, more than 150 people from 18 counties in New Mexico have graduated from this program in order to create a more inclusive statewide community.

Local and national speakers deliver presentations and workshops on the following topics: Disability History, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Community, Self-Determination, Supported Employment, Community Organizing, Federal and State Legislation, Conflict Resolution, and Working with the Media.

Acceptance to this program is competitive and self-advocates and family members of individuals who have disabilities are given priority. A small number of professionals in the field are accepted each year. We meet three times for three days each time and connect via conference call in the months in between. If you are passionate about advocacy and inclusion, please consider applying. 
Session Schedule:



October 24, 25, 26


January 9, 10, 11
March 12, 13, 14

Please contact the Partners in Policymaking Team at if you need additional information.  

Job Posting for AgrAbility Assistive Technology Specialist

Good Morning,


NMTAP is excited to announce the job opening for the AgrAbility Assistive Technology Specialist (GCD #10111059) State of New Mexico, in Albuquerque!!  

If you, or someone you know, is passionate about farming/ranching plus has experience/knowledge of Assistive Technology and working with individuals with disabilities – please read the job description below and apply! 



1. Click the link below to access our Careers site.


2. Sign In to access your account. If you do not have an account, select the menu bar on the right, and click on New User to create an account.  


3. Review the job description and click Apply for Job to begin your application.


If you are a current employee with the State of New Mexico and have a SHARE ID, please sign into your SHARE account. Click on the Careers tile under Employee Self Service to search for the job posting and begin your application.


Jesse ArmijoAT Specialist

NM Technology Assistance Program

Governor’s Commission on Disability

625 Silver Ave. SW, Ste 100 B

Albuquerque, NM  87102

office (505) 841-4464

direct (505) 841-4450

fax (505) 841-4467

Support Los Lunas Cheer Program - Buddy Walk Volunteers

Please support Los Lunas High School Cheer


Our Los Lunas High School Cheer fundraiser is getting started!

Can we count on your support?  Yes, you can count on me! 

Here's what's going on:  


Donations will go towards our equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, & more. Donations are vital for the success of this program. Any amount will help! 


You can also help by easily sharing this fundraiser out to your own network of contacts. 

Simply click "View our Fundraiser" below to go to the fundraiser page where you can learn more details and support the cause! Thanks for all of your help. 

Thanks for your consideration.  

Faith Acosta  

View our Fundraiser

ADHD and Addiction

I’m working on a national safety project to help raise awareness on ADHD and Addiction.

ADHD and Addiction: What’s The Connection?

Would you mind sharing it perhaps on your page here?: 

Doctors Keenan and Cohen felt there wasn't a strong guide out there and I'm tasked with promoting it so ....



Katherine Clarke
Media Relations
Patient Advocacy Group