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  • 2016 Super Heroes of AutismOn November 5th at the Hyatt in Downtown Albuquerque over 200 people gathered to honor individuals, organizations and companies who are "champions in the autism community!"  The night started with a silent auction and networking hour followed by a dinner and key note address by former Miss Montana and autism advocate Alexis Wineman. Just 6 days prior to Alexis presenting, she unexpectedly lost her biggest fan, her mother Kimberly Butterworth. Alexis amazed the audience with her story of perseverance and courage and inspired everyone with her message. Melissa Salazar Photography captured the evening and the memories can be found HERE. The photos can be downloaded at no charge! For the first time ever, the KHeaven Sent Award for Excellence in Secondary/post Secondary education was awarded to APS transition specialist, Mr. Robert Burnett. More information on the KHeaven Sent Scholarship can be found HERE! Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. The night ended with a dance with music provided by DJ Soiree! I think we can all agree that it was a wonderful evening! The New Mexico Autism Society expresses the utmost gratitude to everyone who made the night one to remember! Congratulations again to all of the 2016 honorees! [read more…]
  • We're Hiring Development SpecialistJob Title:       Development Specialist (Part-Time) Reports To:   Executive Director Location:        Albuquerque, NM ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW The New Mexico Autism Society (NMAS) has been improving the lives of those affected by autism across the state for 44 years. Through our social gatherings, support groups, public policy work, collaborations in the community, outreach and educational advocacy programs, educational scholarships, we are sharing the journey with thousands of New Mexicans each year. Now, we need your help too. Join us on this journey to sustain and grow these powerful programs and services to those who need us most.   POSITION SUMMARY The Development Specialist (DS) is a creative, passionate and innovative leader. The DS must be a motivated self –starter.  The DS will be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in fundraising operations, writing and submitting grant proposals, developing and implementing new fundraising ideas. The DS will maintain a donor database, send thank you letters and engage with donors on a regular basis. This position works with volunteers and manages relationships with donors. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are needed in this sales/fundraising position with departmental revenue goals to reach annually. The DS must be driven by NMAS’ mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism in New Mexico. The Development Specialist will be an experienced professional with the ability to ensure that NMAS’s Special Fundraising Events are run efficiently, volunteers are trained and events strategies are effectively implemented. This position is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in managing all aspects of events, volunteers, general administrative work and assisting with internal and external communications.   QUALIFICATIONS Familiarity or willingness to learn the intellectual/developmental disability landscape in New Mexico and the specific needs of the autism community. 1 to 3 years of related work experience in a sales and/or event fundraising position. 1 to 3 years of successful grant writing experience. Demonstrate successful fundraising experience and knowledge of best practices & current trends. Excellent verbal and written communications skills required. Confidently be able to warm/cold call, grow local support and build effective relationships to increase NMAS’s visibility, brand awareness, volunteer staff and revenue. Detail oriented, adaptable, and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks. This is a part time contracted position with the New Mexico Autism Society. The average weekly hours worked by the DS are not to exceed 10 without written permission by the Executive Director. Compensation shall be set as follows: Total professional fee will be based on an hourly rate of $15.00 plus 7% New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax. The DS will set his/her own schedule but must be present at all Board meetings and NMAS fundraising functions unless his/her absence from such events is approved in advance by the Executive Director. If you would like to join our team, please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to with the subject line as “Development Specialist”. No phone calls or staffing agencies please. Only those applicants who meet our qualifications will be contacted. NMAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. [read more…]
  • Jazz pianist with autism to appear at Albuquerque concert series at "Jazz Under the Stars" By JACK BOWERS There’s nothing really exceptional about jazz pianist Matt Savage. Nothing, that is, unless you consider the following: At age three, Matt was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), a form of autism, and was unable to tolerate loud noises or even music. After more than three years of therapy that tempered his sensitivity to sound, Matt quickly taught himself to read music and play piano. In 1999, at age seven, he recorded his first CD, One Is Not Fun, But 20 Is Plenty, and a mere five years later, having taken classes with master pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen at the New England Conservatory, was dazzling audiences at New York City’s famed Birdland and other venues. Once his story became widely known, Matt was interviewed and praised by everyone from David Letterman and Conan O’Brien to NBC’s Today, ABC’s 20/20, the Discovery Channel, NPR’s All Things Considered and the legendary Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz. He was profiled on news shows and documentaries and in newspapers and magazines around the world, and began performing with a who’s who of established jazz artists including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Josh Redman, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis and a host of others from the realms of jazz, folk and rock. He also started traveling around the world to perform at jazz festivals and other events and even played for the president of Singapore. Now twenty-four, with degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, almost a dozen well-received CDs under his belt and another one on the way, Matt is set to perform at the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday, July 23, as part of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Under the Stars series. The concert is co-sponsored by the Jazz Workshop and New Mexico Autism Society. Tickets may be purchased at  Matt Savage will also conduct a Jazz Improv Workshop on Sunday July 24 at 10:00 AM at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop studio at 5500 Lomas NE, ABQ. Why Albuquerque? “I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many countries,” Matt says, “but haven’t yet seen all of this one. I know a little about about the Southwest, what a lovely area it is, as I’ve played once in Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma, so I’m looking forward to adding New Mexico to the list. “Aside from that, it’s another chance to share my music with an audience that may not have heard it before. That’s always a pleasure for me, and, I hope, for them as well.” In Albuquerque, Matt will be leading a trio whose other members are bassist Micky Patten and drummer Fernando Garavito. He’ll be preceded onstage (at 7 p.m.) by another threesome, Right About Now (guitarist Lewis Winn, percussionist John Bartlit and bassist Jon McMillan). Earlier Saturday, he’ll be at the Guild Theatre to talk about the documentary Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, for which Matt composed, arranged and recorded the music. The film will be shown at the Guild at 1 p.m. “That was a labor of love for me,” Matt says, expressing his admiration for the late alto saxophonist who lived in New Mexico for a number of years and overcame substance abuse and incarceration to make an impressive comeback in his later years. An accomplished composer and arranger, Matt also wrote most of the songs on his eleven CDs, the most recent of which is A Live Celebration, recorded in 2012 in Kobe, Japan. In 2014, Matt premiered two of his classical works, Piano Sonata No. 1 and 24 Preludes, at Café Vivaldi in New York. A solo album, Piano Voyages, will be released in October. “I’ve studied classical music as well as jazz,” Matt says, “and there is some cross-over, even though jazz is of course more spontaneous, classical music more rigorous. In Albuquerque, the audience will be hearing pure jazz, played from the heart and with soul.” For information about the concert, or to purchase tickets, go online to Jack Bowers, a former newsman, reviews big-band and other albums at the multiple award-winning website, All About Jazz [read more…]

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