Description of Practice Report: Beyond the Borders: A Partnership Between U.S. and Mexican Schools for Students Who Are Visually Impaired
Since 2002 the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) in Alamogordo, New Mexico, has worked to create a partnership with the Centro de Capacitación para Invidentes in Durango, Mexico, and the Instituto de Asesoria y Apoyo para Ciegor in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The purpose of this association was to provide the opportunity for students who are visually impaired (that is, those who are blind or have low vision)
in both countries to increase their proficiency in orientation and mobility (O&M), improve their academic and self-help skills, develop relationships, and share experiences beyond the borders of their own countries. Specific goals of the program were to identify visually impaired students aged 12-21 and provide training and support in academic and compensatory skills, ancillary services and resources in the area of O&M, and a productive and nurturing environment for students that will help them in the transition from school to work. This article describes an international summer academic and recreational program for students who are visually impaired.