About the Program:
NMSBVI strives to adapt to the ever changing needs of students with visual impairments. A review of the service delivery model—which has revolved around placements on the NMSBVI campuses in Alamogordo and Albuquerque and through the state wide Outreach program—has revealed the need for an addition to the previous options. Some students with visual impairments have identified needs for VI specific skills that are difficult to meet in the itinerant based model employed by many New Mexico school districts. At the same time, those students are not in need of placement on an NMSBVI campus.
To assist the district Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Orientation & Mobility (O&M) staff meet the needs of their students, NMSBVI has developed a program for short-term stays in which students will focus intensively on one or two VI specific skills. The VI specific skill areas are those which can prove challenging for some district TVI/O&M personnel to teach due to factors beyond their control, such as lack of the ability to transport students to meaningful O&M lesson sites, difficulty in obtaining needed materials, or time pressures. District TVI/O&M personnel will now have another option when it comes to ensuring that students with visual impairments have the opportunity to master much needed VI specific skills.
The focal areas for the short-term stays are included in the links below. Selecting a link will open a page with more specific options, including the times needed for instruction (1 or 2 weeks) and descriptions of what will be taught. Students will bring work for the duration of their stays from the district to help minimize the disruption to their core curriculum classes. NMSBVI staff will send reports to the district TVI/O&M personnel recapping what the students learned so the skills can be reinforced and built upon.
Orientation & Mobility
Independent Living Skills
Request a VI-Specific Skill
Once district TVI/O&M staff have identified students who will benefit from a short term stay with an intense focus on one or two VI specific skills, there is an abbreviated process by which students are accepted. The link below includes contact information as well as the steps in the acceptance process.
Acceptance Process Information
The following steps describe the process to be followed for short-term placements:
The local TVI/O&M determines that a student (a) needs to develop a VI specific skill
and (b) is capable of learning that skill in the intensive format offered via the NMSBVI
short term program.
The local TVI/O&M contacts NMSBVI to get more information about the module that addresses the VI specific skill the student needs to learn as well as about the short term program generally.
The local TVI/O&M contacts the parents of the student and lets them know that the short term program at NMSBVI will help the student master the specific VI skill in question.
Assuming the parent, local TVI/O&M, district and NMSBVI agree that the short term program is appropriate for the student, a date is set for the student to attend.
The local TVI/O&M and parent complete the necessary forms.
The parent, local TVI/O&M, district and NMSBVI complete an IEP addendum.
The local core content teachers develop a packet of work for the student to complete while at NMSBVI. This will help prevent the student from falling behind in core content areas. Student who attend the short term program at NMSBVI will have at least two periods a day to work on core content assignments from the district plus the opportunity to access the resource room after school.
Students from outside of the Alamogordo area will come to NMSBVI on Sunday evening and return Friday afternoon/evening.
Please contact Julie Johnson for more information.
About the Programs:
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.
Forms will be made available in Spring 2018