Autism Imagine: The Autism+ Program: An Overview


3:00 PM -Thursday, May 5, 2022


 The U.S. is facing a major health crisis as more than two thirds of youth report exposure to a highly stressful or traumatic event before the age of 16. Clustered exposure to multiple types of adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs) is associated with increased likelihood of suicide, drug addiction, criminal activity, serious mental health conditions, and a variety of other physical and mental health problems throughout a person’s lifetime. Children who are raised in poverty or low income settings, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with disabilities are at the greatest risk of exposure and negative outcomes. In New Mexico, children report a higher incidence of ACEs than children in other states. Therefore, as providers in the state, it is imperative that we understand the mechanisms that underlie problematic physical and mental health outcomes and intervene with a trauma-informed lens. This presentation will discuss the nature of trauma, the impacts of physiology and mental health, and ways to intervene from a trauma-informed approach particularly for those individuals with known or suspected disabilities. 








Registration open through 5/5/2022 1:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)



Autism Imagine: The Autism+ Program: An Overview



Jayme Swalby, MA, is a special education teacher and senior program therapist at the UNM Center for Development and Disability Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs. She has worked extensively with children and families in the field of autism in various settings including school, home and community for over twenty years. Jayme was inspired to work in the autism community by her remarkable young adult son who has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. In her personal and professional life, she is grounded in advocacy for individuals and families.

Mariah Montoya is a sibling of a brother with Autism, an Autism Advocate and the Program Coordinator for the Center for Development and Disability's Autism and other Disabilities Department. She has worked on the leadership team for Camp Rising Sun and is currently working in the Autism Programs on Autism +, a community outreach program to provide training on ASD, universal design and disability to businesses and community spaces, as well as the THRIVE team, to help build support for young adults with ASD during the transition between high school and their next steps in life.


This event will be brought to you via Zoom. A link will be emailed to you at the time of registration.

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