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.
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.