DRAD Information

In past years, The Disability Coalition has convened two important events in connection with the legislative session that begins each January:  the pre-session forum shortly before the beginning of the session and Disability Rights Awareness Days (DRAD) during the session, including a conference day and a day at the Capitol.


This year, we’re trying a new approach – combining the two events into a two-part series of DRAD events.  We’ll start with the DRAD Forum in Albuquerque on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 (the weekend before the legislative session starts on Tuesday, January 21).  Then we’ll be at the Roundhouse on Thursday, January 23, with a gathering in the Rotunda in the morning and a full day that you can spend meeting with legislators, touring the Capitol, and watching the Legislature in action as it gears up for the short 30-day session.  So mark these dates on your calendar and plan to join us!
Part I:  Pre-legislative-session DRAD Forum – Friday and Saturday, January 17-18, 2020  
            CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue NE in Albuquerque


On Friday, we’ll have a morning plenary covering issues that will be coming up in the New Mexico Legislature’s 2020 session and other matters of interest to the disability community.  That afternoon, we’ll have breakout workshops as we’ve had at previous DRAD conferences. 


On Saturday morning, there will be a legislative advocacy training to explain how the legislative process works and how you can get involved to influence legislation you care about.


This will be a great opportunity to learn about issues affecting people with disabilities and their families, and to network with others in the disability community.


Part II: DRAD at the Roundhouse – Thursday, January 23, 2020
As always, we’ll be convening at the State Capitol during the session.  There will be a mid-morning gathering in the Rotunda and you’ll have the rest of the day to browse the exhibit tables, tour the Capitol building, and meet with legislators.


Please save the dates for these events, and keep an eye out for more information and registration information that we'll be sending out in the coming weeks.  Plan to join members of the disability community from around New Mexico to learn about issues in the Legislature, make new contacts, and participate in policymaking that affects persons with disabilities. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the 2020 DRAD Forum and Roundhouse Day!

ATC20 Call for Papers!!

Click here find the ATC20 “GROW… with Assistive Technology” Call For Papers! We’re looking for engaging presentations that fit the realm of AT while showcasing different technologies to our many attendees.


Selected presenters will be contacted directly by NMTAP staff and informed of presentation dates along with miscellaneous information on ATC20. Presenters will also be granted lunch and free attendance to attend additional educational sessions.


Final date to submit will be January 17th, 2020. Please forward to any interested presenting parties and help us “Grow with Assistive Technology.”



Online registration opens Tuesday (10/1)!

Be curious. Discover. Explore:  The 2019 Building Science Learning in Early Childhood Summit is a day of playful learning, making connections, and building relationships as we invest in New Mexico’s future! Together we can create and support pathways of rich educational opportunities that support children as they develop science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies and build the skills needed for the workforce of tomorrow-- curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Surprising to many, the best time in a child’s education to begin gaining these competencies is in their early years. Young children have innate abilities to be creative scientists and engineers. Investing in high quality STEM education in early childhood can significantly impact a child’s interest and motivation to successfully pursue and learn STEM subjects and gain STEM literacy.  

The 2019 Building Science Learning in Early ChildhoodSummit, presented by Explora, UNM Family Development Program, the Central New Mexico Community College, the New Mexico Public Broadcasting Station (NM PBS), the UNM Early Childhood Services Center - Toy Lending & Resource Libraries, United Way of Central New Mexico, City of Albuquerque, and a number of early childhood educators and parents of young children, will provide time and space for early childhood educators to connect with each other, build a stronger learning community, and grow their understanding of this essential early STEM learning.

We hope that you will save the following dates and join us as we plant seeds of STEM and have fun discovering, experimenting, and being curious.

Friday, November 15, 2019 – evening reception @ Explora's Rotary Pavilion
Meet, mix, mingle, play, and be inspired. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019* – a full day of learning beginning at @ The Albuquerque Museum

*CEU’s will be offered for the workshops on Saturday.

The registration fee will be $15.

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 Daniel.ekman@state.nm.us 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

 CONTACT: cgarcia@arcnm.org

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 https://convention.thearc.org/schedule/


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.