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July 2020

Superintendents Welcome Back Letter Fall 2020 (UPDATED)


July 18, 2020

Dear NMSBVI Families,

I know that you are concerned about the upcoming school year and have been waiting for news on how NMSBVI will provide educational and therapeutic services. I thank you for your patience during this time! NMSBVI will take a cautious approach and postpone opening in person instruction until at least September 8th. We will provide full remote class instruction at the start of the school year. For the students who do not have access to technology, we will work individually with those families and will provide technology or work to find a solution. We will assess the state of the pandemic nearing Sept. 7 and we will make a decision about next steps at that time. For More Information please click the word document below....

MS Word Version Welcome Back Letter Fall 2020 (Updated)


Superintendents Welcome Back Letter Fall 2020 (Spanish) (Versión actualizada)


18 de Julio 2020

Estimadas familias de NMSBVI,

Conocemos muy bien su preocupación por el inicio del próximo año escolar y seguramente ha estado esperando noticias sobre cómo NMSBVI proporcionará servicios educativos y terapéuticos. ¡Les agradezco su paciencia durante este tiempo! Quiero hacerles saber que tendrán opciones para el Otoño de 2020. NMSBVI adoptará un enfoque cauteloso y pospondrá la instrucción de apertura en persona hasta al menos el 8 de septiembre. Proporcionaremos instrucción de clase remota completa al comienzo del año escolar. Para los estudiantes que no tienen acceso a la tecnología, trabajaremos individualmente con esas familias y brindaremos tecnología o trabajo para encontrar una solución. Evaluaremos el estado de la pandemia cerca del 7 de Septiembre y tomaremos una decisión sobre los próximos pasos en ese momento. Para obtener más información, haga clic en el documento de Word a continuación....

MS Word Version Welcome Back Letter Fall 2020 (Spanish) (Versión actualizada)


May 2020

Superintendents Letter to Families


May 20, 2020

Dear NMSBVI Students and Families,

I am hoping that you are all safe and healthy. As we come to the close of this extraordinary school year, I wanted to thank you for adapting to the new way of learning and to congratulate you on a job well done during the 2019-2020 school year! NMSBVI misses seeing you in person and we look forward to next year, hoping we can be together.

I know that as summer approaches, there is concern about next year. At this time, the goal of the state of New Mexico is to allow staff and students to safely re-enter schools at the start of the next school year and to plan for a quick and safe response to any resurgence of COVID19. That being said, NMSBVI has been planning for re-opening by creating a variety of plans so that we are prepared. We have been in close contact with New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor’s Office, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), Higher Education (HED) and the Special Education Division of NMPED. We will follow all of their guidelines in order to ensure a safe, healthy education for our students and staff. Because we have two separate campuses in two different communities AND we serve students from around the state, the plan for each school and each student will be driven by the health of the surrounding community(ies).

For our youngest students and families, our Birth to 3 Department continues with distance learning through telehealth models and will continue with this model through the summer at this time. After the summer, telehealth will continue to be an option for our young students. We will determine phase-in scenarios for face to face services similar to the ones mentioned below, but in keeping with recommendations from the NMDOH and the Family Infant Toddler Coordinator.

We have created the attached plans for the following scenarios: (These scenarios may change)
• Continuous Learning from Home (School Buildings Closed)
• Partial Building Opening with Full Precautions (to exclude those in High Risk categories or in High Risk areas of the state)
• Full Building opening with Full Precautions
• Full Building Opening with Standard Precautions

Please know that NMSBVI may need to move among the different scenarios during the next school year, so we are making plans to make those moves as easy as possible. Above all, we will be led by our mission statement:

NMSBVI, an innovative leader and unifying entity in the field of educating students birth-high school who are blind or visually impaired, will identify and ensure quality education through collaborative relationships with students, families, and local/ state/national partners to provide outstanding advocacy, training, resources, and support services, thus ensuring that all students who are blind or visually impaired will become independent, productive members of their communities.

NMSBVI also has a comprehensive plan and decision tree that will guide us in the event of a COVID19 positive case in any of our programs. We have updated our cleaning and sanitizing protocols as recommended. These will be available on our website.

Please take time to enjoy your summer with your families (and hopefully friends). Please stay vigilant in this fight against COVID19. The more we do now, the better our future will be!

Yours truly,

Patricia Beecher, Superintendent

MS Word Version Letter to Families

PDF Version Letter to Families


Superintendents Letter to Families (Spanish)


20 de Mayo de 2020

Estimados estudiantes y familias de NMSBVI,

Espero que todos ustedes estén a salvo y saludables. A medida que llegamos al final de este año escolar extraordinario, ¡quería agradecerles por adaptarse a la nueva forma de aprender y felicitarlos por un trabajo bien hecho durante el año escolar 2019-2020! NMSBVI los extraña verlos en persona y esperamos con ansias el próximo año, esperando poder estar juntos.

Sé que a medida que se acerca el verano, hay preocupación sobre el próximo año. En este momento, el objetivo del estado de Nuevo México es permitir que el personal y los estudiantes vuelvan a ingresar a las escuelas de manera segura al comienzo del próximo año escolar y planificar una respuesta rápida y segura a cualquier resurgimiento de COVID19. Dicho esto, NMSBVI ha estado planeando la reapertura mediante la creación de una variedad de planes para que estemos preparados. Hemos estado en contacto cercano con el Departamento de Salud de Nuevo México (NMDOH), el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), la Oficina del Gobernador, el Departamento de Educación Pública de Nuevo México (NMPED), Educación Superior (HED) y la División de Educación Especial de NMPED. Seguiremos todas sus pautas para garantizar una educación segura y saludable para nuestros estudiantes y personal. Debido a que tenemos dos campus separados en dos comunidades diferentes Y servimos a estudiantes de todo el estado, el plan para cada escuela y cada estudiante será impulsado por la salud de la (s) comunidad (es) circundante (es).

Para nuestros estudiantes y familias más jóvenes, nuestro Departamento de Nacimiento a 3 años continúa con el aprendizaje a distancia a través de modelos de telesalud y continuará con este modelo durante el verano en este momento. Después del verano, la telesalud continuará siendo una opción para nuestros jóvenes estudiantes. Determinaremos los escenarios de introducción gradual para los servicios cara a cara similares a los mencionados a continuación, pero de acuerdo con las recomendaciones del NMDOH y el Coordinador familiar de bebés y niños pequeños.

Hemos creado los planes adjuntos para los siguientes escenarios: (Estos escenarios estarían sujetos a cambios)
• Aprendizaje continuo desde el hogar al estar nuestros (Edificios Escolares Cerrados)
• Apertura parcial del edificio con precauciones completas (para excluir a aquellos en categorías de alto riesgo o en áreas de alto riesgo del estado)
• Apertura total del edificio con precauciones completas
• Apertura total del edificio con precauciones estándar

Por favor tenga en cuenta que NMSBVI puede ser que necesite moverse entre los diferentes escenarios durante el próximo año escolar, por lo que estamos haciendo planes para hacer esos movimientos lo más fácil posible. Sobre todo, seremos guiados por nuestra declaración de misión:

NMSBVI, un líder innovador y una entidad unificadora en el campo de la educación de estudiantes no videntes o con impedimentos visuales, intensificara y garantizará una educación de calidad a través de relaciones de colaboración con estudiantes, familias y socios locales / estatales / nacionales para proporcionar un trabajo excepcional , capacitación, recursos y servicios de apoyo, asegurando así que todos los estudiantes no videntes o con discapacidad visual se conviertan en miembros independientes y productivos de sus comunidades.

NMSBVI también tiene un plan integral y un árbol de decisiones que nos guiarán en caso de un caso positivo de COVID19 en cualquiera de nuestros programas. Hemos actualizado nuestros protocolos de limpieza y desinfección según lo recomendado. Estos estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web.

Tómense el tiempo para disfrutar su verano con sus familias (y tal vez con amigos). Por favor, mantenganse alerta en esta lucha contra COVID19. ¡Cuanto más hagamos ahora, mejor será nuestro futuro!

Atentamente,

Patricia Beecher Superintendente

MS Word Version Letter to Families (Spanish)

PDF Version Letter to Families (Spanish)


Parents and Students

To All of Our Parents and Students,


A big Thank You to all of Parents and Students

Stay Home. Stay Safe.
We're all in this together.

MS Word Version Thank you letter to the Students and Parent


Thank you, NMSBVI staff!


"We can do no great things... only Small Things with Great Love." ~Mother Theresa

Thank you,
NMSBVI staff!

Your tireless work behind-the-scenes makes such a big difference for students all around the state!

Stay Home. Stay Safe.
We're all in this together.

MS Word Version Thnak you letter to the Staff of NMSBVI


Corona Virus Update

Letter of the Superintendent

Dear NMSBVI Families and Staff,

I hope that you are all staying healthy. As you may have already heard, the State Public Education Department made the decision to close schools through the end of the school year. While this is a very difficult decision, we understand the need to keep our students, families and staff safe. I want to let you know that while students will not be able to physically attend school, we will continue to educate our students. We have been working on a Continuous Education Model for each of our students. Educational teams are working on collaborative ways in which to provide educational services for each and every student. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you regarding the plan for your child and we look forward to partnering with you during this time. The schools throughout the state are working together to share resources and create programming. The Department of Education and Higher Education are posting resources for teachers, students and families so that we can continue to provide educational services to our students. Our staff is so creative, innovative and passionate that I know we can rise to this challenge. We have already laid the groundwork for this successful transition. Please know that we are all in this together. We will roll out this distance education program starting the week of April 6. Please check our website for more information. Thank you so much and stay safe and healthy!

Patricia Beecher,
Superintendent

Governor: K-12 school closings must continue to prevent potential spread of COVID-19

Letter of the Superintendent (En Espanol)

Things Families Can do to Prevent the Spread of COVID19 (Coronavirus):

• Teach and remind your children about these healthy habits:
  1. Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, especially after using the restroom and before meals.
  2. Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of the arm (not hands)
  3. Use tissues and throw them in the garbage, then wash hands again.
  4. Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils with your child and do not let them share with others.
  5. Clean and disinfect doorknobs, tables, counters, phones and all other regularly used surfaces and items in your house.

• Get a flu shot if recommended by your doctor and if your child’s doctor recommends one, get one for your child, too.
• Try to avoid activities and events with large numbers of people.
• “Social distancing” is a term that is being used lately. This means that it is recommended that people don’t shake hands or hug and stay 6 feet apart from one another.

COVID19 Symptoms:

• If you or your child have a fever, cough and shortness of breath, call you doctor and stay home from work or school. If you test positive for COVID19, please call the Department of Health hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC "About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)"

Please know that there is a strong recommendation from the state to stop traveling outside of New Mexico. If you do choose to travel outside of the state, please know that you and/or your child may be required to stay home for 14 days upon your return to New Mexico.

For more information:
Letter of the Superintendent
Letter of the Superintendent (Spanish)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance
Updated: Governor, Department of Health announce first positive COVID-19 cases in New Mexico
New Mexico announces fifth presumptive positive COVID-19 case

NMSBVI is receiving regular updates from the NMDOH and the CDC regarding this virus and we will take all recommended steps. More information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf as well as at New Mexico Department of Health Website


Corona Virus Information

Letter of the Superintendent

Dear NMSBVI Families and Staff, NMSBVI is aware of the current issues around COVID-19 (coronavirus). Here at NMSBVI, we take our students' health very seriously. It important to note that there are no known cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico. However, NMSBVI is in contact with the NM Department of Health (NMDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding this virus. One of the tricky things about this virus is that individuals carrying this virus can have symptoms that vary- anywhere from mild cold-like symptoms to more serious symptoms. The purpose of this letter is to let you know the steps that NMSBVI is taking in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Right now, the recommendations regarding this virus include many of the same precautions recommended for preventing the spread of the influenza (flu) virus.

Keeping Current:
NMSBVI is receiving regular updates from the NMDOH and the CDC regarding this virus and we will take all recommended steps. More information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf as well as at New Mexico Department of Health Website

For more information:
Letter of the Superintendent
Letter of the Superintendent (Spanish)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Center For Disease Control, Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)


FUTURES STAFF TRAINING

December 3 & 4, 2019

FUTURES STAFF TRAINING

WOWI is a career assessment that measures 17 career interests, 6 aptitudes and 12 work styles. WOWI is also specially designed to be accessible for students with visual impairments or blindness.

Location: New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Ditzler Auditorium, Alamogordo, NM Please reserve your spot by completing your reservation: Link to the Future Staff Training Sign Up Form.

FUTURES STAFF TRAINING MS word version

Details InFocus

COMING SOON!

Details InFocus

The NMSBVI Innovations Group is proud to announce the upcoming launch of its new e-newsletter, “Details InFocus,” covering a variety of topics and even including a Students’ Corner!

If NMSBVI doesn’t yet have your email address and you’d like to subscribe, please email us at NMSBVI News

Details InFocus MS word version

NMSBVI Annual Report

School Year 2018-2019

AnnualReport 2018-2019

Please select from the links below to download the latest issue:

Annual Report Adobe PDF Version (requires Adobe Reader)
NMSBVI Annual Report MS word version


Vision Bee 2020

January 29 and 31, 2020

Vision Bee 2020

Location and Time
UNM Continuing Education Building
1634 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Date:January 29, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location and Time
NMSBVI Ditzler Auditorium
1900 N White Sands Blvd
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Date:January 31, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

A Vision Bee is dedicated to imparting the latest information regarding teaching students who have visual impairments. A Vision Bee is appropriate for parents, families, teachers, service providers, social workers and anyone who is interested in increasing their skills in regards to serving students with visual impairments. Registration is free. CEUs are available. For more information click the link below.

Link for the Vision Bee webpage.

Vision Bee MS Word Flyer


4th Annual Event GLOWBALL Fundraising Tournament

Saturday, September 21, 2019

GLOWBALL 2019

The Fourth Annual GlowBall Tournament will be held on September 21, 2019 at Los Altos Golf Course.

We’re currently seeking sponsors to cover a variety of needs for our upcoming event. Multiple sponsorship and donation opportunities exist, including sponsorship of birdies, drink carts, the evening’s putting contest, and a need for multiple tee/hole sponsors. To register for this wonderful event, visit the foundation website at NMSBVI Foundation.
Address: New Mexico Roundhouse: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

4th Annual Event GLOWBALL Fundraising Tournament MS word version


Student Registration

Albuquerque ECP Campus:
Tuesday, July 30th from 8:15 – 11:00, by appointment only

Alamogordo Campus:
Thursday, August 1st from 8:00-3:30, Alamogordo
Friday, August 2nd from 8:00-Noon, Alamogordo, by appointment only Alamogordo Campus Jack Hall Building IEP Conference room

Science Curriculum Changes

Presentation to NMSBVI Stakeholders outlining the upcoming changes to the science curriculum. These changes result from NMPED’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This presentation shares the recommendations for new and updated instructional delivery models as well as the recommendations for new and accessible K-12 science curricular materials to support the NGSS.



2019 WREIC Conference

September 11-13, 2019

The Western Regional Early Intervention Conference (WREIC) is designed to support professionals working with, and families of, children birth to five years old who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. WREIC has been in place for over 30 years, making it one of the longest ongoing early intervention conferences in the country. For more information, please select the link below:
WREIC 2019 Conference Information (requires Adobe Reader)


Innovations Fair 2019

March 5, 2019 - Santa Fe Roundhouse

Innovations Fair 2019

The NMSBVI Innovations Fair is traveling to Santa Fe, and we hope you’ll join us there for an exciting day! We’ll be on-site at the New Mexico Legislative Roundhouse on Tuesday, March 5, from 8:00am to 2:00pm, with a variety of booths displaying some of our staff’s innovative ideas and programs... and a special performance by NMSBVI Students in the Rotunda from Noon to 1:00pm. We hope to see you there!
Address: New Mexico Roundhouse: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe

NMSBVI Innovations Fair 2019 MS word version


New Mexico Poetry Out Loud

March 10, 2019 at 1:00pm

New Mexico Poetry Out Loud

On Sunday, March 10, one of our students will be competing in the state level Poetry Out Loud competition in Santa Fe! We do not know which student yet, as we have not yet held our school level competition. However, please set aside the date to come support our student! For more information, please contact Donelle Bunch-Sydow at NMSBVI: Email: DonelleBunch-Sydow
Address: New Mexico Museum of Art St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe

NMSBVI New Mexico Poetry Out Loud 2019 MS word version


NMSBVI Annual Report

School Year 2017-2018

AnnualReport 2018-2019

Please select from the links below to download the latest issue:

Annual Report Adobe PDF Version (requires Adobe Reader)
NMSBVI Annual Report MS word version


2018 NM-AER CONFERENCE

JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 1, 2019

2018 NM-AER CONFERENCE 2018

NM-AER CONFERENCE, to be held at the Marriott Pyramid ~ Albuquerque

The NM AER conference is an opportunity for professionals to meet, network, visit with leaders in the field and to become re-energized in their work. The theme of the 2019 NM AER Conference is “Navigating the Future”. This theme was selected because it represents the practice of working collaboratively to help students acquire the skills needed to become successful adults. This year’s conference features Dr. Merabet & Dr. Lawrence.

Lotfi B. Merabet, OD PhD MPH ~ Lotfi Merabet is an optometrist-scientist and a member of the research faculty in the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He is active in research relating to individuals’ adaptations to loss of sight and profound blindness. Dr. Merabet’s main research interests include the development of assistive technology and much of this work is done in local collaboration with the Carroll Center and Perkins School for the Blind as well as internationally with the Universities of Chile and Milan.

Linda Lawrence, MD ~ Linda Lawrence, MD established in 1986 a solo, private practice in comprehensive ophthalmology with pediatric emphasis in Salina, Kansas, USA. Since 1992, she has performed functional vision assessment in the early intervention, Part C program, at Salina Regional Health Center, Kansas, and has documented the high rate of undiagnosed ocular pathology in infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities, and advocated for earlier detection and interventions. She performs outreach services with the Kansas State School for the Blind and is a volunteer consultant for Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) in Lima, Peru.

To register for this upcoming event, please fill out the form below:
...or visit us online at nmaer.weebly.com.



2018 NM-AER CONFERENCE flyer MS word version


Vision Bee 2018

November 7 and 9, 2018

Location and Time
UNM Continuing Education Building
1634 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Date:November 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location and Time
NMSBVI Ditzler Auditorium
1900 N White Sands Blvd
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Date:November 9, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

A Vision Bee is dedicated to imparting the latest information regarding teaching students who have visual impairments. A Vision Bee is appropriate for parents, families, teachers, service providers, social workers and anyone who is interested in increasing their skills in regards to serving students with visual impairments. Registration is free. CEUs are available. For more information click the link below.

Link for the Vision Bee webpage.


Low Vision Clinic

The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers free low vision evaluations to infants, toddlers and students throughout New Mexico through its Access to Learning Low Vision Clinic. The mobile clinic travels throughout the state and offers a special medical examination to determine if a student's visual abilities can be improved. At the Low Vision Clinic, a doctor of optometry who has received specialized training in working with students with low vision will measure how well the student sees and will determine whether any low vision devices might improve visual functioning. More information...

Clinic Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year:

Santa Fe - October 18, 2019
Albuquerque- October 23, 2019
Roswell- November 13-14, 2019
Las Cruces - January 29-30, 2020
Albuquerque - February 12, 2020
Rio Rancho - February 19, 2020
Carlsbad - March 13, 2020
Albuquerque - April 1, 2020
Albuquerque - TBD


Building Dedication for the Linda Lyle Administration Building

August 10, 2018 2:30p.m.

Building Dedication Flyer

Please join us as we celebrate the dedication of the Linda Lyle Administration Building on the NMSBVI Alamogordo Campus! Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by light refreshments. We hope to see you here!

Click Here to view pdf version (requires Adobe Reader)


Building Dedication

May 25, 2018 - 1:00pm– 3:00pm

Building Dedication Flyer

Please join us on the NMSBVI Alamogordo Campus for a building dedication & open house of our newly renovated buildings: Linda Lyle Administration Building, Harry Ditzler Auditorium, Recreation Center, and Instructional Resource Center.

Building dedication ribbon cutting at 1:30 pm, followed by self-guided walk-throughs and light refreshments. We hope to see you here!

Click Here to view pdf version (requires Adobe Reader)


NMSBVI Summer Programs

Summer 2018 (New)

About the Program


The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) will again be running a series of summer camps around the state for academic students with visual impairments. Eligible students will have a diagnosed (educational) visual impairment, be enrolled in a participating New Mexico school district during the 2017-18 school year, be a minimum of 6 years of age but not yet graduated, be capable of managing their behaviors while at the camp, and not require medications during the hours of the camp with the exception of the Alamogordo camp. (We will have a nurse during the day for the Alamogordo camp.)

Please contact Ron Later for more information.
Ron Later
(575) 439-4478

click link for more information about the summer program


NMSBVI InFocus Newsletter

Winter-Spring 2017 (New)

InFocus Newsletter

Please select a version of the Newsletter to download:
Click Here to view pdf version (requires Adobe Reader)
Click Here to view Microsoft Word version


NASA picks Alamogordo for Space Station Downlink Video (New)

Local students are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Feb. 21.
To watch the full video please click on this link.

Disclaimer: The above link will take you to a site that is under construction and may not be easily accessible for blind or visually impaired users.


NMSBVI Annual Report

2017-2018

NMSBVI Annual Report 2017 PDF

Please select from the links below to download the latest issue:

Annual Report Adobe PDF Version (requires Adobe Reader)
Annual Report Word Document Version


Innovations Fair

February 7th & 9th, 2018 (New - Public Event)

Please join us at either NMSBVI campus for our second Annual Innovations Fair!

February 7th at NMSBVI Albuquerque ECP Campus, 1pm-3pm

February 9th at NMSBVI Alamogordo Residential Campus, 1pm-3pm

Please join us as we display and celebrate some of the school’s recent innovations in education! Our staff is involved with so many exciting things happening in NMSBVI classrooms and in various locations around the state... and they’re thrilled by this opportunity to share their innovations with you! Please stop by either event to visit with our staff and get a glimpse of some of the interesting creations currently under development. We hope to see you there!



Vision Bee 2018

January 27, 2018

A Vision Bee is dedicated to imparting the latest information regarding teaching students who have visual impairments. A Vision Bee is appropriate for parents, families, teachers, service providers, social workers and anyone who is interested in increasing their skills in regards to serving students with visual impairments. The Vision Bees take place during January of each year in Albuquerque and Alamogordo. Registration is free. CEUs are available. For more information click the link below.

Link for the Vision Bee webpage.


NMSBVI Summer Programs

Summer 2017

The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) will again be running a series of summer camps around the state for academic students with visual impairments. For more information, please select the document below.

Select here for more information


2017 WREIC Conference

Summer 2017

The Western Regional Early Intervention Conference (WREIC) is designed to support professionals working with, and families of, children birth to five years old who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deaf/blind. WREIC has been in place for over 30 years, making it one of the longest running, ongoing early intervention conferences in the country. For more information, please select the link below:
WREIC Summer 2017 Conference Information (requires Adobe Reader)


NMSBVI Awarded Community Foundation Support

Spring 2017

The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico has awarded NMSBVI funding to support our “Never Shake a Baby” program. The program was developed to increase the awareness and to prevent Non-Accidental Trauma (NAT). Every year we see children who are blind or visually impaired and have developmental disabilities as a result of NAT.

Read the Las Cruces Sun-News article.

Disclaimer: The above link will take you to a site that is under construction and may not be easily accessible for blind or visually impaired users.


Innovations Fair

April 26 & April 28, 2017

Please join us at either NMSBVI campus for our First Annual Innovations Fair!

April 26 at NMSBVI Albuquerque ECP Campus, 1pm-3pm

April 28 at NMSBVI Alamogordo Residential Campus, 1pm-3pm

Please join us as we display and celebrate some of the school’s recent innovations in education! Our staff is involved with so many exciting things happening in NMSBVI classrooms and in various locations around the state... and they’re thrilled by this opportunity to share their innovations with you! Please stop by either event to visit with our staff and get a glimpse of some of the interesting creations currently under development. We hope to see you there!

Click here to view the event flyer (requires Adobe Reader)


2017 NM-AER Conference

February 8th, 2017
NM-AER 2017 Conference Flyer (requires Adobe Reader)

The NM AER conference, February 8 - 10, 2017 is an opportunity for professionals to meet, network, visit with leaders in the field and to become re-energized in their work. This year's conference Better Together, reflects the logo of the organization and speaks to our collaborative efforts to integrate our work in the field of blindness into a seamless source of options for all students who need visual impairment support. The conference will begin with a preconference day, February 8, 2017. We will be hosting a conference welcome reception on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm with a keynote address from Agnes Vallejos.

Dr. Gordon Dutton, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr. Amanda Lueck, PhD and Dr. Linda Lawrence, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmologist will share their expertise on cerebral visual impairment. Other highlights of the conference include Vision and Autism, the Expanded Core Curriculum, assistive technology, orientation and mobility and a panel of graduates from New Mexico schools who will share what they learned from their TVIs and O&Ms that helped them in their careers. For more information about NM AER and our 2017 Conference please visit us at nmaer.weebly.com.
Disclaimer: The above link will take you to a site that may not be easily accessible for blind or visually impaired users.


School-Wide News Events 2015-2016


NMSBVI voted one of the Top Workplaces of 2015

Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque Journal has deemed NMSBVI to be one of the top workplaces in New Mexico of 2015. The Top Workplaces program was set-up to recognize companies that have a great workplace. We are proud to be considered as such!

NMSBVI voted Top Workplace 2015
Disclaimer: The above links will take you to a site that may not be easily accessible for blind or visually impaired users.


Governor's Ball Beneficiary

2015 Governor's Ball

This year NMSBVI was chosen as a beneficiary of the New Mexico Governor's Ball. proceeds are being donated towards the replacement of our playground surface on the ECP campus. The replacement of the tiles will once again make our campus safe and hazard free for our students.


NASA's SOFIA Project - Message from Nichelle Nichols and Mr. Killebrew

Reach for the Stars

NASA SOFIA Video - SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy Sept. 2015

NASA SOFIA Video - Flying with Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Sept. 2015

Click here to read the NASA SOFIA Observatory Article

More info on NASA SOFIA and Mr. K's Journey


NMSBVI InFocus Newsletter

Summer-Fall 2016

InFocus Newsletter

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NMSBVI Annual Report

Fall 2016

NMSBVI Annual Report

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Family Weekend on Campus

November 4th - 6th, 2016

Parents, mark your calendars for this weekend. This will be an on-campus learning event for you and your child to experience VI skills in fun and engaging ways. As has become our tradition, we will be hosting a Family Weekend on Campus November 4-6th! Family Weekend on Campus is designed to be a time for families to see your child's learning environment, meet staff face-to-face that you often only get to know by phone, and learn skills and information that may help you support your child more effectively. We also strive to incorporate fun and great food into the weekend!

ATTENTION FAMILIES AROUND THE STATE!! Family Weekend will take place November 4-6th, 2016 at NMSBVI Residential Campus. Also, we will be accepting 20 families from around the state that do not have their school-age students with blindness/visual impairment enrolled at NMSBVI to come visit us. We will provide transportation from Albuquerque, meals and lodging for Saturday night for those families that want to come to this informative and fun weekend. If you have questions or would like to be one of the 20 families coming to Family Weekend, please contact Brenda Holmes at 575-439-4433 or contact Brenda Holmes via e-mail. Deadline for reservations is October19th.


National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico (NFBNM)

November 18th - 19th, 2016

Save the Date! Parents and students, please attend two upcoming seminars sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico. These seminars will take place Friday, November 18th, and Saturday November 19th, 2016. These seminars will be held at the following location:

Location: MCM Elegante Hotel
Address: 2020 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Registration information will be available beginning the first week of October. Childcare will be provided for the seminars on Saturday. For question, please use the contact list below:

Adelmo Vigil, NFBNM President
Phone: 575-921-5422
E-mail: avigil74@gmail.com

Frances Hammond, Parents of Blind Children (POBC) Secretary
Phone: 505-400-2560
E-mail: Morning_star_18@hotmail.com

Emilio Martinez, New Mexico Association of Blind Students (NMABS) President
Phone: 505-321-8080
E-mail: Sags07@yahoo.com


Getting in Touch with Literacy

12th Biennial Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference

GITWL 2105 (November 18-21) brings together the most current thinking on all forms of literacy, including print, braille, auditory, tactile graphics comprehension and the use of assistive technology. Presentations will address the needs of a range of ages and all levels of ability, including conventional and functional literacy. Plus, more than 60 concurrent workshops and additional poster sessions will focus on more specific areas.

More info on Getting in Touch With Literacy

Getting in Touch with Literacy Video


NMSBVI InFocus Newsletter

Spring 2016

Current InFocus

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2016 AER Alfred Allen Award

Summer 2016

Linda Lyle

Congratulations to our amazing Superintendent, Linda Lyle. She was presented with the Alfred Allen Award at the 2016 AER Conference. This award honors professionals who have spent their career in direct service to people with visual impairments.