Statewide Training Opportunities.

Trainings available to the public across New Mexico

2016 National Certification in Unified English Braille Testing -- Registration Now Open!

The New Mexico Commission for the Blind (Commission) is pleased to announce that registration for the National Certification in Unified English Braille Test (NCUEBT) is now open to Commission employees; and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI)s, Educational Assistants (EA)s, and Braille transcribers who work with and to the benefit of students who are blind or visually impaired throughout New Mexico, so that these professionals may achieve National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPC).

Select this link to download Contact and Registration Information Form

Family Weekend on Campus:

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 the NMSBVI Residential Campus. Also, we will be accepting 20 families from around the state that do not have their school-age students enrolled at NMSBVI to come visit us! Would you like a chance to receive some vision specific training that might help you teach your child better? Have you wondered what NMSBVI Residential Campus might have to offer your child? Come spend the weekend with us November 4-6th. We 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.

2017 Western Regional Early Intervention Conference (WREIC)

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 click on the links below:

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Vision Bees

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. There are no Vision Bees scheduled for 2017-2017. Please consider attending the NMAER conference to be held February 8th-10th, 2017 instead.

Low Vision Clinics:

offer a special 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 children with visual impairments will measure how well the student sees things that are close and things that are distant, and will determine whether any low vision devices will help the student. If a near or distance low vision device is recommended, the student will have additional opportunity to explore using the device(s) with the guidance of members of the Low Vision Clinic Team. More information...

Annual Parents of Blind Children of NM Seminar

Parents, mark your calendars for this event. This free seminar will take place on Friday, April 8th, 2016, at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque. This event will offer hands-on learning for both parents and children to learn how to use braille and non-visual skills to focus on everyday independence and living skills such as: cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, traveling, and other activities. This will also give you the opportunity to meet other parents of blind children and blind adults living in New Mexico. Free childcare is available, as well as dinner, and travel stipends are available for families that live outside of the Albuquerque area. For more information, please click on the links below:

Select this link for Flyer and Contact Information
Select this link for Registration Information

Getting In Touch With Literacy:

GITWL 2105 (November 18-21, 2015) 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.

Select this link for to be directed to the Getting in Touch With Literacy website

Babies Count: Launching Spring 2016

The face of blindness is changing...ARE WE READY?

A reliable, confidential, national registry for infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months who are blind or visually impaired is currently in development. Data from this registry will be used to inform the field about the prevalence of visual impairment, identify the leading causes of visual impairment in young children; pin point areas in our states where young children with visual impairment are clustered; and provide data for medical researchers, ophthalmologists, educational research, program development, and university preparation programs.

This database will only work if, together, we commit to creating systems in our states that will help us collect this essential data. The collaboration that made this database possible includes: the American Printing House for the Blind Foundation, the International Preschool Symposium, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Perkins’ School for the Blind, The Seeing Eye, Junior Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Foundation and the New Mexico School for the Blind (NMSBVI).

Will you join us? For more information, contact Linda Lyle, NMSBVI Superintendent via e-mail.


Other Resources

New Mexico Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Officers:

Kelly Parsons, Past-Chair
Email Kelly Parsons

Sheila Thorton, Chair
Email Sheila Thorton

Linda Lyle, Chair-Elect
Email Linda Lyle

Luanne Stordahl, Secretary/Treasurer
Email Luanne Stordahl

AER Web Site
Disclaimer: The above link may take you to a site that may not be easily accessible for blind or visually impaired users.



NMSBVI - Brain Gym Video

In the video above, NMSBVI Alamogordo Preschool Instructor, Ms. Mary Vaughn demonstrates and explains the benefits of an exercise called "Brain Gym". She performs these exercises with her students before having them do developmental tasks and activities. The results have shown an increased attention span, increased memory skills and ability to predict or expect certain outcomes, and an increased overall ability to learn and develop important motor skills. Since implementing "Brain Gym" into her daily routine students have exhibited great progress all around.

Other NMSBVI Instructors have also noticed the benefits of Brain Gym in teaching students who are blind or visually impaired. By making contact with parts of the body such as an arm or a leg, we increase the student's perioperception (sense of limbs in space) and give them an awareness of themselves and their abilities to touch and explore the world around them using those limbs.