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.

Project Highlight:

2013 NFB BELL Program
Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning

In June of 2013, the NFB of New Mexico held its first NFB BELL Program, which was very successful. This program is designed to provide intensive Braille instruction to blind and low vision children during the summer months. It is meant to serve students who are not currently receiving enough Braille instruction in school or who could benefit from Braille enrichment over the summer. The program is modeled after the successful 2008 BELL Program led by the NFB of Maryland.

To see a video with highlight from the 2013 BELL program in New Mexico, please click here.

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.

For more information, contact:
Adelmo Vigil, President
NFB of New Mexico
(575) 921-5422

Contact Information:

Adelmo Vigil, President
E-Mail: avigil74@gmail.com
Alamogordo, NM
(575) 921-5422