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New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Early Childhood Programs - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Early Childhood Programs
230 Truman, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 268-9506 (Local)
(505) 265-4866 (Fax)
(800) 437-3505 (Toll-Free)
http://nmsvh.k12.nm.us

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 450 Birth-3; 55-60 preschool age
Number of staff: 50
Staff description: Staff consists of developmental specialists (Birth-3) serving children in a home-based model and preschool staff including teachers of the visually impaired; teaching assistants; physical, occupational and speech therapists; nurses; audiologist; and O&M instructors.
Geographic area served: Albuquerque and surrounding areas.
Publications: Transportation is provided by LEAs who place students at the preschool.

Staff

Linda Lyle, Director, llyle@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides functional vision evaluations, psychological testing and evaluation.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Functional vision assessments, learning media assessments, orientation and mobility assessments.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Literacy skills are developed based on the results of learning media assessment. Services are provided in homes, public schools, special purpose school depending on IFSP/IEP.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Birth-3 services are home based, statewide. Outreach services to schools are available at the request of a school district and include direct instruction, mentorship of new TVI/O&M, training and consultation.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Short-term placement or residential placement options are available for technology training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluation, psychological testing/evaluation, counseling, parent counseling through public school system via a joint powers agreement.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Short-term placement or residential option.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Statewide direct service in natural environments for children from birth to age 3 with diagnosed visual impairment or at risk for diagnosis.
  • Education Services
    • Offers instruction in all developmental areas and consultant services to other programs.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision clinic sponsored by NMSBVI and New Mexico Legislature provides evaluation, goal setting, device lending, and training for professionals and students.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers center-based programs: parent, infant, and toddler program (birth through age 3), preschool program (age 3 through 6), home-based program for medically fragile children. Specialized preschool in Albuquerque serves children 2-6 with visual impairment with or without other disabilities. Students are placed by IEP decision at the request of LEA.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers parent counseling through public school system, parent center-based program.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Statewide O&M services available for children from birth to age 22.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers consultant services to other programs.
  • Professional Training
    • Provides training for early interventionists, public school teachers in the area of vision and deaf-blindness.
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