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

General Information

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1900 North White Sands Boulevard
Alamogordo, NM 88310
(505) 437-3505 (Local)
(505) 439-4411 (Fax)
(800) 437-3505 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Residential facility staffed 24 of 30 days per month. Students travel home on weekends and remain on campus 3 weekends per school year. Summer camps run throughout summer.
Clients served on average per year: Excess of 400
Number of staff: 61 certified; 124 non- certified
Staff description: Uses volunteers in addition to staff.
Geographic area served: New Mexico.


Kenalea Johnson, Director of Outreach/Media Services, (505) 437-3505 193,
Linda Lyle, Superintendent,
Carolyn Vick, Student Services Coordinator, (505) 437-3505 114,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Conducts functional low vision evaluation and learning media assessment to determine necessary instructional accommodations of all students enrolled at the school.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Participates in community/business partnerships in order to better prepare the students to enter the world of work.

      Provides statewide outreach services, including assessment, parental counseling, counsultation to teachers, therapists, administrators.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides individualized assessment and instruction for the development of technological skills to be used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of blind and visually impaired students.

      Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Counseling services provided for students. Offers social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation; individual, group, family, and parent counseling. Refers for other services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • The Independent Living Skills (ILS) Program focuses on developing independent skills for the older students at NMSBVI. Provides training in personal management, handwriting, listening, typing, and home management skills and remedial education, sensory training. Refers for other rehabilitation services.
  • Education Services
    • Provides play/nursery school, college preparatory, general academic (grades K-12) programs. Offers vocational/skill development, and remedial education services. Provides instructional materials for students who are blind or visually impaired in New Mexico.

      Provides an individualized educational program for each student based upon current and measurable objectives that are reviewed annually. The curriculum includes specific support and ancillary services that will provide developmental and educational reinforcement for students who have significant learning impairments in addition to visual impairments.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • School-to-Work Program provides grant funding for curriculum, equipment, training, etc. to enhance the student awareness, skills, and experience in work.

      Works very closely with the New Mexico Commission for the Blind once a student reaches 14 years of age for a smooth transition into adult services. The Students In Transition to Employment Program (STEP) provides a paid work and educational experience for high school age students in either Albuquerque or Alamogordo.
  • Health
    • Offers general medical services, physical therapy, speech therapy. Contracts for other health services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about school's programs for children who are blind or visually impaired. Refers to other agencies where appropriate.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision examination and training in the use of low vision devices provided.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers after-school programs, arts and crafts, hobby groups, swimming, track, wrestling, skiing, gymnastics. Refers for other recreational services.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers after-school programs.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides information and support to parents of public school students who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and Mobility services provided.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation and technical support to public schools, teachers, therapists and administrators working with blind/visually impaired students.
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