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.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, our offices are closed. However, this doesn't mean we have stopped offering activities. Every Tuesday from 1-4 pm, we are holding Keep in Touch gatherings on Zoom. This event can be found here. We also host the Advocate Leadership Academy online over Zoom. For more information, visit the Advocate Leadership Academy section of our website.
The mission of the Academy is to build and refine leadership abilities in interested persons with diverse disabilities from a variety of communities in New Mexico by providing learning opportunities, resources and hands-on experiences.
Learn through hands-on leadership opportunities how to effectively complete leadership projects.
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Self-advocacy | Antibullying | Employment | The adult service system | Post-secondary education | Community living & 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 individuals. 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.