New Mexico Commission for the Blind

General Information

New Mexico Commission for the Blind
2905 Rodeo Park Drive, East
Santa Fe New Mexico 1 87505
(505) 476 4479
greg.trapp@state.nm.us
http://www.cfb.state.nm.us/

Brief Description

The mission of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind is to enable persons who are blind to achieve vocational, economic and social equality by providing career preparation, training in the skills of blindness and above all, promoting and conveying the belief that blindness is not a barrier to successful employment, or to living an independent and meaningful life.

Staff

Lucy Alexander, Deputy Director, Adult Orientation Center , Lucy.Alexander@state.nm.us, 575 437 0401

Diana Martinez, Business Enterprise Manager, Dianaa.Martinez@state.nm.us, 505 841 8844 ext.32208

Krista Mireles, Manager, NEWSLINE Program, Krista.Mireles@state.nm.us

James Salas, Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation, James.Salas@state.nm.us, 505 841 8844 ext.251

Greg Trapp, Executive Director, Greg.Trapp@state.nm.us

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Offers vocational rehabilitation assessment and technical assessment.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides basic braille instruction with adult literacy when necessary.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Conducts general outreach activities.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Technical assistance available.

  • Counseling
    • As part of vocational rehabilitation activities the Commission may , when warranted, referrals for to psychological testing and evaluation. Counselors provide individual counseling to consumers, and may contract/refer for consultation to other agencies on counseling/social work services.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides independent living training and counseling for those who are legally blind and who request same.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention, job retraining, vocational placement, follow-up service, vending facility training and placement.

  • Health Services
    • Provides occupational therapy. Contracts, refers, and provides consultation to other agencies for other health services. Mental and physical health services may be provided in certain circumstances if no other source is available.

  • Information and Referral
    • Refers for counseling/social work services, other health services, and recreational services.

  • Reading Services
    • Newsline.

  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreational activities (hiking, rock climbing, and swimming) in conjunction with Orientation Center and student summer program. The student summer program and the VR program serves individuals 14 years of age and older.

  • Services for Seniors