NMSBVI Programs - Outreach
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The mission of our
Outreach Programs is to build capacity in every district that has a
child with the issues of blindness/low vision. We believe that,
together, we can meet the needs of your students and that together, we
can change the face of blindness in New Mexico.
Children who are blind or visually
impaired have many needs as they progress from infancy to adulthood. In
our efforts to meet the ever increasing societal demands to educate
children with their peers; to, through our educational process, provide
solid, competent members of the adult work force; to ensure that all
children have equal opportunities to discover themselves and their
world, NMSBVI continues to look at the way we serve students in New
What do NMSBVI Outreach Itinerant
Itinerant teachers from NMSBVI travel to school districts around the
state to work with blind and visually impaired students in their home
towns. This service is delivered through a joint service agreement
between the studentís district/agency and NMSBVI Outreach Services
What Services are Offered by NMSBVI Outreach?
NMSBVI offers direct services and consultation in three main areas.
Assessments in functional vision, learning media, orientation and
mobility, and other types of assessments related to visual
2. Specific skills development to support the disability-specific
needs of students with visual impairment such as developing
understanding of visual concepts, orientation and mobility, Braille
reading and writing, social interaction skills, recreation and leisure
skills, visual efficiency skills, and self determination.
3. Training and support of the local educational teams and the parents
Qualifies for Outreach Services?
Students with visual impairments that impact their education may be
eligible for services. A student can be referred by the agency or school
district that serves him/her, or by a physician, parent or guardian.
When the referral is by a physician, parent or guardian, the school
district is notified and asked to become part of the referral process. A
joint powers agreement is reached between the local district/agency and
NMSBVI, and an itinerate teacher is assigned to the student and does an
assessment. If it is determined the student has a visual impairment that
impacts his/her education, the local school district organizes a team to
make an individualized education plan for the student. That plan
determines what kind of and how much service the student should receive