Some new education resources available as of this week:
Online 24/7 Autism Portal available
Do you or does someone in your family have autism and want to know what services are available?
The New Mexico Public Education Department's Special Education Bureau has launched New Mexico's first Autism Portal, an interactive platform with trainings, e-courses and support resources for autism spectrum disorder. The portal is a collaborative project of the state Public Education Department, the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability and the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division at the state Department of Health.
"The Autism Portal will support not just individuals diagnosed with autism but also families, community members and educators," said Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, in a statement.
New Mexico families had told state officials they wanted a single site where they could find the most relevant autism resources and services.
"As we continue to understand more about the spectrum of autism and witness the talents and accomplishments of the amazing individuals diagnosed with autism, the self-service portal offers critical support, including age-based resources, early intervention and treatment options," said Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel, in a statement.
The portal was created under a contract with the Department of Health and funded through the sale of license plates authorized in 2015 by the state Legislature for funding autism research, outreach and education.
Autism resources are available through the following sites:
• Autism Portal (cdd.health.unm.edu/autismportal)
• Autism Portal/Training for Educators (cdd.health.unm.edu/autismportal/2019/05/15/training-for-educators)
For help accessing the Autism Portal for yourself or an individual with ASD, contact the Autism Family and Provider Resource Team at (800) 270-1861 or (505) 272-1852.
College scholarships available
The LANL Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from Northern New Mexico residents.
The deadline for Career Pathways scholarships in support of two-year degrees, certificates and trades is Nov. 17.
The deadline for undergraduate scholarships is Jan. 21, 2020.
Criteria and applications for both may be found at LANLFoundation.org/scholarships.
- Compiled by Staci Matlock
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