A Great Autism Resource You May Not Know About!

Co-authored by Jeanne Favret, Kyle Henderson, Phyllis Shingle, and Winton Wood.

Have you ever needed information or resources regarding a disability, but didn’t know where to look? We can help! At the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Information Network, we offer the most comprehensive collection of disability resources in New Mexico. Our Information Specialists are available from Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to answer questions and find you resources. Give us a call at 1-800-522-8195 for tip sheets, books, printed materials and disability resources in general.

In addition, we have Tip Sheets for navigating service systems and an online Disability Resource Directory. Give us a call at 1-800-552-8195, go to our website at www.cdd.unm.edu/InfoNet, or visit us in person at 2300 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107.

The CDD Information Network Library has over 1,000 items about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  These items include books, eBooks, DVDs, and print materials such as Autism Briefs and Collection Cards.  People who live in New Mexico can borrow materials for up to 8 weeks.  We can mail items to your home or office with a free postage return label if you need that service. Our catalog is online and library users can search by title, author, or subject to see what is available. Visit the CDD Library from Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 2300 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107.

Autism Briefs, which are written by the CDD Autism evaluation team and staff, are for both parents and professionals. They can be found on the Autism Portal website and paper copies are in the library. Collection Cards contain lists of titles of books and DVDs about Autism.  Both the Autism Briefs and the Collection Cards pertain to all ages.

The Library has children’s books, fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, or eBooks on multiple topics.

For example, if an individual with ASD needs help with toilet training, the library has these resources to help and many more.

Book:  The Potty Journey: a Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs Including Autism and Related Disorders
by Judith A. Coucouvanis.

DVD: Toilet Training for Children with Special Needs with Susan Hepburn.

eBook: Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues Second edition [electronic resource].     

We offer materials about social skills, behavior, education, and sensory supports, therapies, employment, and more.  Visitors to the Library can speak with an Information Specialist, access public computers, view disability related magazines, and read journals or books.

Some examples of titles in different formats regarding ASD include:

Magazine: Autism/Asperger’s Digest

Book: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism
by Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron.

Chapter Book: Blue Bottle Mystery: an Asperger Adventure
by Kathy Hoopmann

DVD: How to Dance in Ohio – a film by Alexandra Shiva

Journal: Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Published by the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

The New Mexico Medical Home Portal (MHP) is a website that focuses on Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) from birth to 31. The Portal has information for parents and families, physicians and professionals. For example, the Portal has sections on Autism, information for before and after a diagnosis, and sleep disorders for children with Autism.

If you would like to talk to someone, please call an Information Specialist at 1-800-552-8195 or by email at HSC-Infonet@salud.unm.edu to learn more. To sign up for the Information Network Newsletter, contact the library at 505-272-0281. 

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