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Summer Programs

Who?

The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) will again be running a series of summer camps around the state for academic students with visual impairments. Eligible students will have a diagnosed (educational) visual impairment, be enrolled in a participating New Mexico school district during the 2019-20 school year, be capable of managing their behaviors while at the camp, and not require medications during the hours of the camp with the exception of the Alamogordo camp. (We will have a nurse during the day for the Alamogordo camp.)

What?

Over the past several summers, NMSBVI has run a series of four and five day long camps in Gallup, Farmington, Santa Fe, Clovis, Las Cruces, Artesia, Carlsbad, Roswell, and Albuquerque. NMSBVI collaborated with local districts and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and Orientation & Mobility Specialists (O&Ms) to secure a site in the local community, identify students and address VI specific skills that can be challenging to teach during the school year. NMSBVI will again collaborate with local districts, TVIs and O&Ms this summer to help meet the needs of New Mexico students with visual impairments. This year, NMSBVI and NFB are collaborating with concurrent camps/BELL Academy in both Albuquerque and Alamogordo.

The schedule for this summer is:

  • May 23rd – 27th: O&M camp (for 9th-12th grade students with good O&M skills)
  • Week of June 1st: Santa Fe (all ages)
  • Week of June 8th: no camps
  • Week of June 15th: Farmington (all ages)
  • Week of June 22nd: no camps
  • Week of June 29th: no camps
  • Week of July 6th: Albuquerque + BELL Academy (elementary age students for both programs)
  • Week of July 13th: no camps
  • July 21st – July 29th Alamogordo (for secondary age students) + BELL Academy (for elementary age students)

The O&M camp is going to be for 9th-12th grade students who have very good O&M skills and need to practice those skills in more challenging settings. The day camps will run Mondays-Fridays. The camp in Alamogordo is residential with students arriving on 7/20 and staying the dorms through 7/29. Instead of an end of camps trip to the beach, we are planning a series of day trips in New Mexico visiting interesting sites around the state.

Where?

Camps in local districts are typically run at one of the local school buildings. The Albuquerque camp will be held at the NMSBVI Preschool campus (801 Stephen Moody St SE) and NMSBVI may be able to help with daily transportation to/from the camp. A residential camp is being planned for Alamogordo, and we run transportation to/from Albuquerque for the Alamogordo camp.

Why?

Students with visual impairments need to master all of the standard core curriculum concepts as their peers but also have to master an extensive set of skills that comprise what is commonly referred to as the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). Many students with visual impairments require adaptations and VI specific skills to fully benefit from standard classes such as math and science. NMSBVI’s summer camps place an emphasis on math and science – two of the most difficult to modify academic classes – as well as VI specific technology, which enables students to better access all of the standard academic classes. NMSBVI also provides instruction in ECC areas such as Independent Living Skills (ILS), O&M, and braille. The camps supplement instruction that students with visual impairments receive from TVIs and O&Ms during the school year. Due to the competing demands, it can be difficult to fit all of the skills in during the school year. The NMSBVI summer camps can help.

For more information, please contact:
Ron Later, NMSBVI Summer Program Coordinator
Email: Ron Later
800-437-3505 extension 4478