As an adult with autism where can I find more information about community opportunities such as advocacy, recreational programs, and other resources?

How can I learn about being a self advocate?

The New Mexico Center for Self Advocacy is a program with the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Council, located in Albuquerque, that helps individuals with developmental disabilities meet, organize, work, and train others. Their goal is to support people to be empowered, make their own decisions, speak up for themselves and others, and take control of their own lives. They also endeavor to create awareness about disability issues and achieving maximum independence and quality of life.
For more information, you can visit the Center for Self Advocacy Website or contact (505) 841-4571.

The ARC of New Mexico supports People First advocacy groups throughout the state of New Mexico. These groups are run by and for people with developmental disabilities.
For more information, you can visit the ARC of New Mexico Website or contact (800) 358-6493.

Partners in Policymaking is a program at UNM Center for Development and Disability for individuals with disabilities, families and a small number of community members. It is an intensive leadership and advocacy program that occurs over 3 days for 3 months.
To apply for Partners in Policymaking or for more information, contact the Autism Family and Provider Resource Team at (800) 270-1861 or (505) 272-1852.

What are some of the recreational or community opportunities that support individuals with ASD?

Information about the Thrive program can be found here: https://unmhealth.org/services/development-disabilities/programs/autism-programs/autism-training.html.

The New Mexico Autism Society offer community activities for teenagers, adults with ASD, and their families.
For more information about The New Mexico Autism Society call (505) 332-0306.

For additional resources and information, you can contact the Autism Family and Provider Resource Team at (800)270-1861 or (505)272-1852.