Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico

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Welcome to the NFB of New Mexico

Our vision is to bring about security, equality, and opportunity for all blind New Mexicans. Come join us! The blind of New Mexico are going places!

Our Mission:

Photo: Business man using a cane to travel.

Our mission is to empower the blind and visually-impaired people of New Mexico to achieve their highest potential.

We believe that with proper training and encouragement, a blind person can be gainfully employed in the career of their choice, raise a family, participate in community clubs and other organizations, and in all ways enjoy life to the fullest. We accomplish our mission by:
  • Educating the public about blindness and the abilities of blind people.
  • Providing support and resources to blind individuals and their families.
  • Advocating on behalf of blind individuals in a variety of areas, including special education, vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and assistive technology.
  • Providing assistance to parents to obtain appropriate special education services and instruction for blind children, including instruction in Braille.
  • Advocating with local and state government to promote the rights of blind people.
  • Advocating on behalf of blind seniors who are losing vision due to conditions such as macular degeneration.
  • Addressing issues of concern to persons who are blind or visually impaired who have conditions such as Retinopathy of prematurity, septo-optic dysplasia, Cortical visual Impairment, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Bringing blind people together to work toward a common purpose.
  • Collaborating with other organizations to achieve our common goals.

State and National Scholarships Available

Each year, the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico (NFBNM) offers scholarships to legally blind students attending any college, university, or vocational school. Any legally blind student from New Mexico, regardless of field of study, is eligible. Priority will be given to individuals that will be attending school in New Mexico, but consideration will be given to individuals that plan to attend school outside of New Mexico as well. Past scholarship applicants are also encouraged to apply.

Applications are now being accepted for our 2015 Scholarship Program. The 2015 scholarship award letters will be presented during the annual NFBNM convention, which will be held April 9 through 12, 2015 at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel, 2600 Louisiana N.E., Albuquerque, NM, 87110, Phone 505-881-0000. The funds will be mailed to winners after verification of enrollment or participation in the educational institution for the fall of 2015 is sent to the committee.

Scholarship applicants must be registered and present at the state convention in order to receive a scholarship. Winners will be notified no later than two weeks prior to the NFBNM convention.

To review our scholarship guidelines or to apply for our 2015 scholarship, refer to our Guidelines and Application document, available as a Microsoft Word document. Applications must be received no later than February 28, 2015. Send applications via email to Peggy Chong, Scholarship Chairman, peggychong@earthlink.net or via mail to Peggy Chong, Scholarship Chairman, 400 Central Avenue SE, Unit 201, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

If you have any questions concerning the scholarship program, you can reach Mrs. Chong via email or by telephone at 505-508-1978.

While you are thinking about the NFB of New Mexico Scholarship, do not forget that the 2015 Scholarship Program of the National Federation of the Blind is also under way. You can read about and apply for our national scholarship at http://www.nfb.org/scholarships.

Tips and Tricks With Low Vision

The National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, Albuquerque Chapter is pleased to announce its first Tips and Tricks With Low Vision Seminar. This seminar will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015. You can read (or right-click to download) The seminar announcement letter and the seminar registration form, available as MS/Word documents.

Albuquerque Chapter Fundraiser:

NM Braille Runners Contest

The National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico Albuquerque Chapter is pleased to offer the NM Braille Runners Contest for Braille readers in New Mexico. This is a great opportunity for Braille skills to be addressed in a fun and exciting way while raising funds for our organization.

When: Registration starts on January 4, 2015. Participants record Braille pages read between January 4, 2015, and March 7, 2015.

Members of chapters and divisions compete against one another to read the most Braille pages during the nine weeks of the contest. The contest encourages Braille readers of varying proficiencies to be proud of their ability to read Braille and to continually work to improve their skills while winning and raising funds in the process.

Contest participants receive donations or pledges from friends, family members, and colleagues; donations can be based on the number of Braille pages read (for example, $.10 per page) or a fixed amount, regardless of the number of Braille pages read.

The following contest materials are available as Microsoft Word documents:

For additional information, or if you have questions, contact:
Daphne Mitchell
E-mail: nmbraillerunnerscontest@gmail.com
Phone number: 505-890-8537

Chapter At Large Monthly Meetings

You can join our Chapter At Large if there is no Chapter in Your local Area or if you are unable to attend local chapter meetings.
Chapter meetings are held via conference call on the third Monday of each month, except for the months of July and December. To join the meeting, call 712-432-1212, enter code 679-810-926, then press pound.

Contact Information:

Adelmo Vigil, President
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
Alamogordo, NM
(575) 921-5422
E-Mail: avigil74@gmail.com

Live The Life You Want:

The National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.