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NMSBVI Programs - Family-Infant-Toddler Program

List of Developmental Vision Specialists for Birth-3 Program


New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Early Childhood Programs for children birth to 3 years old provides services to young children who have a diagnosed visual impairment or who are considered to be “at risk” for receiving a visual impairment diagnosis.  Partnering with New Mexico’s Family, Infant, Toddler Program (FIT), and the Navajo Nation, NMSBVI provides an array of vision support services to children, families, agencies, and hospitals.  New Mexico families are not charged for vision services.

    Who should be referred to NMSBVI?
Any child between the ages of birth and three years old:

  • Who has been diagnosed with a vision impairment;

  • Who has an established condition that places them at risk for vision impairment.  Established conditions can include but are not limited to:  prematurity, many different syndromes, a family history of visual impairment, or traumatic events such as oxygen deprivation, meningitis, or shaken baby syndrome;

  • Whose family or team is concerned about some aspect of the child’s vision; or

  • Whose results on the New Mexico Vision Screening Tool indicate need for a referral.

Who can make a referral to NMSBVI?
Anyone with knowledge about a child who may need vision support services can, with the family’s permission, make a referral.  Referrals can be made by calling 1-800-437-3505, extension 4407 or by calling the Developmental Vision Specialist responsible for an agency’s referrals.  (Please see attached list of contacts by area of the state).

What happens after a referral is made?
Within 48 hours of receiving a referral, a developmental vision specialist from NMSBVI will contact the family.  An initial functional vision evaluation will be completed; eligibility will be determined and, in conjunction with the family and the child’s team, services will be outlined if recommended.

What services are available from NMSBVI for infants and toddlers?

  • Consultation to the family and/or community service providers, therapists, etc.

  • Direct services to the child and family.

  • Functional Vision Evaluations.

  • Developmental intervention strategies to support the development of visual/compensatory visual skills.

  • Information about blindness/visual impairment.

  • Referral and resource information for families.

  • Consultation/participation in agency assessments.

  • Participation in IFSP and other team meetings.

  • Orientation and Mobility Evaluations.

  • Orientation and Mobility Services for children and families.

  • Orientation and Mobility Consultation and Training for Teams and Agencies.

  • Transition support from birth to three to preschool programs.

  • Parent support.

  • Training for child-specific teams as well as for organizations seeking additional knowledge about vision and its impact on development.

NMSBVI is committed to providing a comprehensive program of developmental, educational, training and support services to infants and toddlers who are blind or visually impaired or those who are at risk for visual impairment.  NMSBVI’s developmental vision specialists are trained as teachers of the visually impaired and/or as orientation and mobility specialists.  They have specialized skills in the field of early childhood that encompass the developmental domains of young children.  NMSBVI’s services do not replace, but supplement other specialized services in the community.  Services are available state-wide; each child is served in his/her natural environment.

Family-Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator:
Cindy Faris
Phone 505-859-0427

NMSBVI Early Childhood Programs
801 Stephen Moody St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
(800) 437-3505, extension 4407
ax:  (505) 291-5456



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Last Updated: 9/16/2011