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.
The National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico invites you to attend A Parent and Student Seminar
Together with Love, Hope, and Determination We Transform Dreams into Reality
- Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- MCM Elegante Hotel
- 2020 Menaul Blvd. NE
- Albuquerque, NM 87107
Childcare and lunch provided with registration fee
Education and Resources for Parents and Teachers
The loss of vision, blindness, and having to cope with multiple impairments can be stressful for any parent. As a parent you need to know how to best support your child and set them up for a lifetime of success. We will have presentations from the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually impaired, and parents, just like you, who are learning how to help their child be successful.
- What educational options are available for your blind, low vision, or multiply-impaired student?
- What technology is available for varying degrees of vision loss?
- How do I teach my child to cook, clean, and do other chores independently?
Join us to hear the answer to these questions and much more!
Registration Fee: $25 per adult, $10 for child- care; financial waivers available upon request
Independence and Preparedness for Student Success
Students will focus on appropriate tools and skills that will prepare them for transitioning from high school to either the employment sector or going to college. What social and blindness skills are required and why are they important? What types of computer and writing skills are necessary for working in the real world? What is the process to enroll as a college student, get financial aid, get text books, and more university and college resources? If you are not going to college, what do you need to know to find employment? Learn what kind of benefits the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, and NM TAP has for you. Also hear from a successful blind artist, Michael Naranjo, who will share some informative experiences. We hope to see you all there to share information about your future!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER GABRIEL CAZARES: Gabe serves as a Government Affairs Specialist at our National Federation of the Blind national office in Baltimore, Maryland where he primarily focuses on education and technology policy. Before joining our national center staff, Gabe was an active leader in his home affiliate in Texas and with the National Association of Blind Students. Gabe is passionate about the work of the Federation and feels very fortunate to be able to help blind students live the lives they want. Gabe earned a B.A. in political science with a Spanish minor from Texas State University in May of 2015.
Registration Fee: $30 per student; financial waivers available upon request