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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 (New)

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 2018-2019 School Year:

Albuquerque- Sept. 18, 2018
Albuquerque- October 10, 2018
Roswell- October 15-16 2018
Albuquerque-November, 13 2018
Alamogordo- November 29, 2018
Las Cruces-January 24-25, 2019
Santa Fe- February 13, 2019
Gallup- February 19, 2019
Rio Rancho- March 19, 2019
Albuquerque- March 27, 2019


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.
rlater@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us
(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

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


NMSBVI Annual Report

Fall 2016

NMSBVI Annual Report

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

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


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

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

Spring InFocus 2016 Adobe PDF Version (requires Adobe Reader)
Spring InFocus 2016 Word Document Version


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.