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Parent Handbook-Autism: English | Spanish

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact Information

Please contact the LCPS Special Education Department for any questions at (575) 527-5901.

Mission statement

The Mission Statement of the Las Cruces Public School District Autism Support Group is: to provide staff professional development opportunities and collaborative support to those individuals who work with students affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder; to provide opportunities to increase autism awareness and resources in the community and the public school setting in order to enhance the education and lives of students on the Autism spectrum; and to assist parents of children with Autism better understand and accept their children’s’ unique world view.

Evaluation Information
Upcoming Autism Events
Local Resources

DD Waiver
New Mexico State

PRO (Parents Reaching Out)
This website is a New Mexico State wide parent/community website. This website provides information on the workshops that are being made available by PRO, there are also monthly newsletters that are linked up to the website, these contain lots of helpful information, and new events that are occurring during that month.

Summer Camps/Community Activities

Camp New Amigos
Camp New Amigos is a week long day camp for children with autism in southern New Mexico. The purpose of the camp is to provide a safe and fun environment that is structured and accommodates the needs of children with autism, allowing them to experience a typical summer camp. This summer will be our third camp and each year we have expanded our activities and increased the number of children who participate.

Ponderosa Christian Camp
This camp is not specifically for those with disabilities, but they do welcome everyone to come and join the fun at their camp. This camp is located in the Jemez Mountains in Albuquerque. The camp sessions are broken down by grades in school and have scheduled sessions based on grade level.

General Information about ASD-(English and Spanish)

Los Trastornos Del Espectro De Autismo De la A a la Z

ASD Resources for Students, Parents and Teachers

Hearts for Autism
The goal of Hearts for Autism is to provide information, training and a network of support services for Southern New Mexico families and community agencies dealing with autism issues.

New Mexico Autism Society
This is a website that is for the New Mexico community. They provide a monthly newsletter that includes many helpful events, training, book reviews, teaching tips, and even events that are taking place for the autistic community all around New Mexico. This is mainly based out of Albuquerque New Mexico

National Institute of Mental Health
This website provides a great source for quick information on ASD

Autism A-Z (English & Spanish)
This link provides several English and Spanish PDF format documents on:

  • Information About Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Myths and Facts
  • Red Flags for Classroom Teachers: Identifying Students who may have features of an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Suggestions for Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Six Basic Instructional Strategies for Working with Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Related Conditions
  • A Note to All Teachers: What You Can Do When You Notice Significant Differences in a Child or Young Adult in your Class
  • Selecting Educational Goals
  • Personal Style And Interaction Tips
  • Creating Inclusive Schools And Inclusive Educational Opportunities

There are many more topics that are provided on this website as well as books that you may like to buy.

Technical Assistance Manual/Autism Spectrum Disorders
Guidance on providing supports and services to young children with autism spectrum disorders and their families
New Mexico Public Education Department

Autism Programs at the Center for Development & Disability at University of New Mexico
This direct link is where families can go to sign up for training on Autism. (FACE) Family & Community Education in ASD is a statewide technical assistance and training network for families.

National Centers for Disease Control
CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASDs, search for risk factors and causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASDs as early as possible.

Autism Resource Center

LCPS Head Start Building, 821 E. Lohman Ave.
575.527.5918 (behavioral technical assistance) or
527.6053 (Autism Resource Center)
-Resources available

National Organizations for ASD

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

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