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Center for Self Advocacy Program

The New Mexico Center for Self Advocacy is a place where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities go to meet, organize, work and train others on how to improve their quality of life. Our goal is to help and support people with developmental disabilities in becoming empowered, making their own decisions, speaking up for themselves and others, taking control of their own lives, creating awareness about disability issues and achieving maximum independence and quality of life.



We have exciting news. We now have both a twitter and a facebook account. Our twitter name is @newmexicoddpc Our facebook page is the New Mexico Center for Self Advocacy. We are currently examining changing our facebook page to a group to make it more interactive. Look for links to good information, multimedia and updates.

Come to our Open House on November 28 from 4-7 pm

  • 625 Silver Av. SW Suite 100 in downtown Albuquerque. Parking available. Call Justin at 841-4519 for parking code
  • Enjoy food and gift drawings
  • Meet advocates and hear their presentations on "Citizenship"
  • Gather information and resources about Guardianship, Federal Programs and Center for Self-Advocacy (CSA)
  • Network with people throughout the Disability Community

Click here for a detailed program 

And now, a thanks to our Open House Sponsors including...

The Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Wants to Thank Our
Open House Sponsors
We are so grateful for your support!
6600 Central SW
 and 4500 Montgomery NE
2200 Menaul NE
320 Central SE
2321 Carlisle NE
2105 Louisiana NE
                              4800 Montgomery NE
110 Central SW
                  JC's Pizza 215 Central NW
          2100 Louisiana NE 
301 Central NW 
2241 Q Street NE
 6308 4th Street NW
Rt 66 Diner 1405 Central NE

For teachers, or others...

To All Educators:


  • When it comes to students with disabilities, the New Mexico Center for Self Advocacy wants to offer assistance to both help students with disabilities grow and provide specialized knowledge about what your students with disabilities will face as adults.

Among the many benefits of our trainings are:

- The CSA has been doing presentations to schools throughout the state since 2006

- This assistance comes free of charge

- The CSA will travel throughout the state and is flexible

- The Center's knowledge comes firsthand from adults with disabilities who have been through the transition to adulthood.

- The presentations are interactive and engaging for the students who participate in them.

- They make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities in many ways.


The Center for Self Advocacy offers presentations on a wide variety of topics including:

- Self-advocacy

- Antibullying

- Employment

- The adult service system

- Post-secondary education

- Community living and Social skills.


  • There are many presentations offered within each topic. For example, the self advocacy presentations focus on both knowing your rights as a person and knowing the best way to stand up for them. This is a very important skill both in school as well as in the adult world, where individuals are expected to speak up for what is best for themselves rather than having someone do it for them.


  • The employment presentations offer both concrete advice and practice on how to look for and get a job from individuals who have been through the process and have seen both what to do and what not to do.


  • The presentations are specifically targeted for areas where there are often information gaps or difficulties for the individuals that we have worked with through the Fall Class program. They are written by the very people who have faced those challenges. The students can gain both knowledge and confidence to be able to make the various transitions that come up into adulthood as well as become better students and better people. Presentations can be given to a diverse range of groups including students, parents, staff members or even community members in general.


  • To schedule, contact Daniel Ekman at or (505) 841-4558 for more information on how we can help you. Please visit for more information. It is first come, first serve, so schedule now.


Remember that our office is located at 625 Silver Av. SW Suite 100 in Albuquerque.

The office is located downtown near 6th and Silver. The closest landmark is the Flying Star Cafe on 8th and Silver.

There are many ways to get there. Simply take any bus towards the Alvarado Transportation Center downtown and get off there. Then...

If you are able, you could walk from the Alvarado Transportation Center to our office.

You can take the Free D-Ride Route (Route 40) from the Alvarado Transportation Center and get off at 5th and Silver.

You can get on the Isleta Bus Route (Route 53) from the Alvarado Transportation Center and get off at 6th and Silver. However, this route costs money.

You can get on the Bridge Bus Route (Route 54) from the Alvarado Transportation Center and get off at 6th and Silver. However, this route costs money.

If you want to take the Rapid Ride Bus and avoid the Alvarado Transportation Center, you can take either the Red Line (Route 766) or Green Line (Route 777) until you reach the Downtown Library stop. It is a short walk from there to our office.

For guests who drive, there is parking behind the Flying Star Cafe on Silver for our building. There are also parking meters on the street outside of the building. There is also a parking gate on the east side of the building that we can help you get into if you call us at (505) 841-4571.