New Mexico
This bill requires the Higher Education Department to review certain conditions of eligibility for public postsecondary educational institution tuition scholarships and adjust them for students with disabilities who require accommodations. It further waives scholarship residency requirements for students who had to leave the state to receive an education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
This memorial requests the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability to convene a task force to assess and report on ways to improve the system of school-to-work transition for students with disabilities, including increasing the knowledge of students with disabilities and their family members on transition from school-to-work options.
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Office of New Mexico State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides advocacy services on an individual level and a systems level for individuals who are deaf and who face communication barriers in employment, government, legal, and business settings.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps people with diverse disabilities build and refine their leadership abilities, through a series of learning opportunities, resources, and hands-on experiences. Topics include disability awareness, disability advocacy, policy and legislation, and coalition building. The program is implemented through three Regional Resource Networks in the state.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Center for Self Advocacy
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Governor's Commission on Disability, New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps promote employment and self-sufficiency among people with by disabilities by helping them understand how work will affect their social security disability and/or social security income.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Public Education Department, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides paid work experiences for youth ages 15-22 whom have barriers to employment, such as disability or health conditions. Leadership Crew members train service dogs and serve as Camp Counselors at Camp L.E.A.D., a leadership, empowerment, and abuse prevention day camp in Taos for younger children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights New Mexico
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) Project
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals find employment opportunities in the community at minimum wage or higher. Services are designed to help individuals identify skills and interests, develop relationships with community businesses, and ultimately carve out a long-term career path.
Operating Entity: Mandy's Farm
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides guidance and counseling, transition services, job search and placement, assistive technology and equipment, as well as other services tailored to the specific needs of individuals with disabilities. It also provides various resources to help people attend state community colleges and career/technical schools, including tuition, fees, books, tools, uniforms, and supplies.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Public Education Department, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides financial support for students with disabilities who seek to maximize their education and career opportunities through Special Services or Occupational Training programs in New Mexico.
Operating Entity: The Arc of New Mexico
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) secure jobs, focusing beyond the typical jobs in which a person with IDD might be placed and working to find jobs that match a job seeker's interests and talents.
Operating Entity: Best Buddies in New Mexico
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program serves clients with high levels of social, mental, or behavioral health needs following discharge from juvenile justice facilities. Transition Coordinators work with clients to develop transition plans, which cover areas like housing, behavioral and mental health, education, employment or vocational training, and life skills.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department, Juvenile Justice Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program trains and places individuals with disabilities into jobs, on behalf of the New Mexico Council for Purchasing from Persons With Disabilities.
Operating Entity: Horizons of New Mexico
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program educates and empowers people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to become leaders, public speakers, and advocates, and to build a more inclusive world for people with IDD. It includes an Ambassadors program to teach public speaking, self-esteem, and confidence skills.
Operating Entity: Best Buddies in New Mexico
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides vocational rehabilitation services leading to employment for the American Indian adults with disabilities in the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. It is run through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and administered by New Vistas of Santa Fe.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program facilitates coordination between various entities (including 15 states agencies and the Governor's office) involved in behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery. It funds comprehensive and vocational services to individuals with significant disabling mental illness, including long-term supported employment services and extended services.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This residential program is designed to equip blind persons (especially those who are newly blinded) with the skills needed to become employed. It includes six to nine months of intensive training in Braille, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, personal management, home management, and industrial arts.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Parents Reaching Out (PRO)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers workshops and daily activities on a farm, as well as community activities, to help clients build life skills and form meaningful relationships in the community. Clients take part in service learning, farmer's market sales, and extensive recreational activities.
Operating Entity: Mandy's Farm
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities who live in the Pueblos of Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, Sandia, Santo Domingo, and Cochiti, as well as students from Jemez Valley Walatowa Charter and Bernalillo school district. The work-based learning component provides opportunities for students to integrate with their communities to learn work skills. It is run by Jemez Vocational Rehabilitation in coordination with the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides technical assistance to families, service providers, and educators to ensure that all children who are deaf-blind receive the supports to achieve full inclusion in their schools and communities, academic achievement, and successful graduation to college, career and independent or supportive living.
Operating Entity: University of New Mexico
Entity Type: College / University
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights New Mexico
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Ten regional cooperatives serving 89 school districts across the state provide support services in a variety of special education areas, including Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and technology assistance.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Public Education Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides paid internships for people with disabilities, who work to train therapy animals and assist with therapy dog visitations in a variety of settings. Participants are also provided with Pre-Employment Services and will identify interests, abilities, talents, needs, learning style preferences, and goals towards employment. It is a collaboration between the Taos School District, New Mexico School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Assisted Dogs of the West, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program facilitates School-to-Work Transition Teams (SWT) in twelve communities throughout New Mexico, supporting local efforts to improve employment outcomes for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and increase school-to-work interagency collaboration.
Operating Entity: University of New Mexico, Center for Development & Disability, Partners for Employment
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides blind and visually impaired students ages 14-21 with employment training experiences. Activities are designed to reinforce blindness skills and to build self-confidence, and students also participate in seminars and presentations from successful blind adult role models.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program coordinates Supported Employment Local Leaders meetings in each region of the state to provide a forum for employment support professionals to network, learn, and collaborate.
Operating Entity: University of New Mexico, Center for Development & Disability, Partners for Employment
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides expertise, training, and coordination to Division of Vocational Rehabilitation staff, other state agencies, and supported employment vendors to facilitate best practices in Supported Employment services.
Operating Entity: University of New Mexico, Center for Development & Disability, Partners for Employment
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides transition assistance services to Native American youth in the state.
Operating Entity: Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) Project
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides the full range of vocational rehabilitation services to blind children and young adults, to improve their employment outcomes. MOUs exist with the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Public Education Department, and the Department of Health, to collectively enhance transition services.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides transition planning, beginning at age 14, and transition services, beginning at age 16, to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing move from school to adult life. Services focus on students' needs or interests in areas such as higher education or training, employment, adult services, independent living, and taking part in the community.
Operating Entity: New Mexico School for the Deaf
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This intensive, eight-week job training program helps individuals with developmental disabilities (14+ years of age) navigate the transition into adult life. Students participate in life-skills based courses, job fairs, job site tours, benefits counseling, mentoring with employed peers, and complete 40 hours of paid work in customized internships within local nonprofits and businesses
Operating Entity: Mandy's Farm
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program is designed to connect individuals with developmental disabilities to experience working in public or private sector jobs that are non-stereotypic for people with disabilities. The program covers wages, worker’s compensation, and taxes for individuals who participate, and it includes a microenterprise (or self-employment) option for individuals who want to operate their own businesses.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These 23 "one-stop" centers provide employment services and supports to job seekers, including those with disabilities. The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Commission for the Blind both provide intensive technical assistance and training to promote disability awareness and ensure ADA compliance of the WCCs.
Operating Entity: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This is a document that contains questions and answers regarding special education programs during the pandemic. It explains changes to disability assessment procedures to accomodate students' virtual needs, and it notes that qualifying students may apply for compensatory education services.
Operating Entity: State of New Mexico Public Education Department
This is a document with questions and answers regarding students with disabilities during school closures. Specifically, it notes schools' requirement to adjust their education methdology to best serve students with IEPs, requriements for special education teachers and instruction online, and requirements for virtual IEP meetings and adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operating Entity: State of New Mexico Public Education Department