Autism Trainings & Courses

Learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder through one of several educational opportunities. We offer e-courses and webinars, school-based consultations and community trainings. We invite any member of the community interested in ASD to participate.

E-Courses & Webinars

The UNM Health Sciences Center and the CDD offer online courses through Moodle. Our courses are designed to help you gain more knowledge regarding topics on ASD. The courses are presented in an interactive module with instructor-led information, quizzes and resources. Once you finish a course, you will receive a certificate or completion.

If you have taken other trainings through the Moodle system, you can access the trainings using your existing Moodle account. Otherwise, you can sign-up for a Moodle account.

Browse our current listing of classes.

School-Based Consultations

Through funding from the NM Public Education Department, Special Education Bureau, the Autism Program at CDD provide a two-day summer institute for school team members throughout the state.

The goal of the institute is to promote the use of evidence-based practices—as identified by the National Professional Development Center on ASD—in classrooms. Related to the institute is intensive mentoring for selected classrooms demonstrating a commitment to the implementation of those practices.

School consultation and/or training may also be provided through negotiated contracts with individual school districts. For more information, call 505-272-1852.

Community & University Trainings

Each year, we offer community trainings on a variety of topics. In the past these have included:

  • Early Intervention Training. Project Specialized Early Teaching (Project SET) offers training to professionals working with children with ASD in early intervention programs throughout the state.
  • University/College Student Training. The Autism Program staff provide presentations to higher education classrooms on topics related to autism, as well as additional training to higher education faculty in educating and living with people who have ASD.
  • Imagine Conference. A statewide conference on autism is developed every other spring, on even years, by the Autism Programs. This conference offers breakout sessions and keynote speakers on autism-related topics of interest to the New Mexico autism community.
  • Calvin Horn Lecture Series. A statewide lecture presented every other spring, on uneven years, the series offers nationally recognized speakers on topics related to adults with ASD.
  • School Trainings for Educators. The Autism Program offers regional training for educators throughout the school year.

For more information or to request and/or to apply for any of the programs, please call 505-272-1852 or 1-800-270-1861.


A 12 week, online, life skills course for adults 18-30 who are:

  1. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  2. Their own guardian
  3. Not in High School

The goal of Thrive is to prepare young adults with ASD for meaningful participation in the workforce & community, and to support participants’ development of self-advocacy skills. Applicants who are accepted participate weekly via Zoom in two-hour courses emphasizing Self-Determination, Life Management (Finances, Nutrition, etc.), and Career Exploration. Half of the course content is taught by Autists with advanced degrees in Special Education. We have both a Fall and Spring cohort and accept application twice per year.

Please email for an application or more information.

Contact Us

Apply for a program or learn more about educational opportunities. Email or call 505-272-1852.