Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 August, 2015

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

The mission of The Arc of New Mexico is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages by advocating for equal opportunities and choices in where and how they learn, live, work, play and socialize.  The Arc of New Mexico will promote self-determination, healthy families, effective community support systems and partnerships.

The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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Randy Costales, Executive Director

Promoting and Protecting Human Rights Since 1955

The Story Continues: During the Early 90's:

-John Foley continued as Executive Director and individuals who served as Arc Board President included Laurina Matuska, Alan Greefeld and Dale Buss.

-In 1991 The Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States changed its name to The Arc.  The following year The Association for Retarded Citizens of New Mexico changed its name to The Arc of New Mexico.

-The Arc moved to a new location at 3500 Comanche NE.

-The Arc of New Mexico established People First program. 

-The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed by Congress.

-The Arc received a three year grant from the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Council to implement Partners in Policy Making Program and graduated two classes

-The Arc received funding to implement an AmeriCorps program that included members with and without disabilities.

-The Arc Guardianship Program continued to grow.  Sally Faubion, the current Program Director, is hired in 1992 and Randy Costales is hired in 1994.

-The Arc established a new Justice Advocacy and Training Program to advocate on behalf of individuals with I/DD who have been victims of crime or who have been charged with crimes.  Kathy Abeyta is hired to run the program.

-The Arc of New Mexico and Parents Reaching Out received one year of funding from the Social Security Association to implement a Social Security Income Outreach Program.

-The Jackson Lawsuit (filed in 1987) – In 1990 Judge James Parker ordered the state of New Mexico to provide community-based placements for those residents for whom placement is appropriate and to correct certain other deficiencies at the facilities.  In particular, the judge ordered the state to place approximately 85-100 residents from Fort Stanton and Los Lunas for whom recommendations for community placement have been made by the individual’s team. Additionally, the state was ordered to evaluate the remaining residents to determine appropriateness of community placement and make placement within 200 days of this review.   Actual transition of individuals from the institutions began in late 1992 and moved slowly as teams developed transition plans and community providers prepared and developed services.


Happenings in Silver City

Submitted by Vicki Galindo, Grant County Community Advocate


Tuesday, August 11th at 6:00 PM at the Disability Resource Center (DRC) 1012 N. Silver Street, was the next The Arc of NM Grant County meeting.  We had a guest from PRO - Erica Candelaria.  She is a family liaison that several local parents met at the NDSC in Phoenix.  Erica will be in Silver City for other workshops and presentations as well. In the future we may show a short mini movie entitled "Kelly's Hollywood".  If anyone would like to share information they received from conferences or workshops, feel free to do so.

Tuesday, August 25th, DAC (Disability Advisory Council) meeting, try to make this meeting, it is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm.  The purpose is to set schedules and to develop workshops/trainings for the DRC. 

Thursday, August 27th, at the DRC - 9:00 AM-11:00AM PRO Parents Reaching Out  "General IEP's" Lunch provided 11:00-12:00  DRNM Disabilities Rights New Mexico 12:00 PM-2:00PM Joan Curtiss and Lily Martinez.  Limited seating, please RSVP flyer will be developed soon. 


Wednesday, September 2nd, at the DRC.  Erica Candelaria will present "Recipes for IEP Success" (flyer above) Erica will give two presentations to accommodate families from 1-3pm and 6-9pm.  If you are transitioning to the public schools or have recently transitioned, this is the workshop for you.  No cost.

Thursday, September 3rd, Erica Candelaria PRO will present "Recipes for IEP Success" in DEMING.  Times and location TBA - most likely two presentations.

Thursday, September 17th.  "2015 Customized Employment Symposium"  presented by UNM Partner's for Employment and Anderson School of  Management.

Friday, September 18th, location TBA entitled "HOW AT - Hands On workshop for Assistive Technology"  9:00-3:00.   This is exciting, mark your calendar now. 


Tuesday, October 13, at the DRC "OPEN HOUSE" Luncheon The Arc of New Mexico!  Celebrating OCTOBER Disability History and Awareness month!  PRO will be there offering "Medicaid and DD Waivers"

For more information contact Vicki Galindo at vicgal3@msn.com.

Southern NM Book Club

Submitted by Sarah Holquin, Southern NM Community Advocate

The Arc of New Mexico's office in Anthony had a book-club meeting in July, in which every member participated in reading and in the discussion.  For some members we used the echo-reading method for inclusion and participation. 

The book's name, "Who moved my Cheese" written by Spencer Johnson was entirely read by the People First Group, with discussion of the concepts and new vocabulary to the group.

It provided insight onto self-discovery and emotions we all go through.  The book also provided scenarios in which most of us can identify with and have gone through moments of change in our lives. 

 The group also celebrated Alice Ramos' birthday.

Welcome New Arc Guardian

We would like to welcome Nathan Gabaldon to The Arc Team.  Nathan is a native of New Mexico having been born and raised in Albuquerque.  He is married and has a two year old daughter.  Nathan has worked with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 8 years.  Before coming to The Arc of NM, Nathan was a Service Coordinator for a Customized Community Supports program.  Nathan brings real-life experience with him to the role of Guardianship Coordinator.  Nathan has been a life- long advocate and strong source of support for two of his immediate family members, one of whom is on the DD Waiver.   When not working as a Guardianship Coordinator, Nathan enjoys fishing, spending time with his wife and daughter, doing yard-work, reading, staying fit and following the Paleo diet.  He is excited about being able to use his advocacy skills at The Arc of New Mexico and is eager to begin his new profession as Guardian Coordinator.      

$60,000 to Commemorate 60 Years

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organizations The Arc has received close to $45,000 - we are well on our way to meet our goal to raise $60,000 in celebration of our 60th Anniversary!

Since our last memo have received almost $25,000 in donations from the following individuals and organizations: Alan and Veronica Neuman, Bryan and Elizabeth  Vedder, The Loftis Group, Amber Salazar, Loretta and Dennis Silva, Susan Wilkinson, Randy Costales, Vicki Galindo, Van Nunley, Rosanna Solaperto, Roger Weinreich, Kathleen Rogers, Bank of the West, Menicucci Insurance, Ricci and Company and Terry Linton and Associates, LLC.. 

It is never too late to give - you can either mail us a check or make an on-line donation at https://www.arcnm.org/donate-now/.

 Please consider a gift of $6, $60, $120 or more.  Your gift will help The Arc continue to promote and protect the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout New Mexico


Dinah Padilla-Harvey, Director of Operations,  presents an appreciation plaque to Pamela "Diamond" Salas with the Albuquerque Ruff Ryders.

Erika Lanford from Bank of the West presents a check for $7,500 to Donene Seelbach, Coordinator, Representative Payee Program and Dinah Padilla-Harvey, Director of Operations.