New Mexico

Learn more about what New Mexico is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

FAQ Supporting Early Childhood Special Education Programs (619) during COVID-19 School Closures

Summary: This document contains questions and answers regarding special education programs during the pandemic. The FAQ explains changes to disability assessment procedures to accommodate students’ virtual needs, and it notes that qualifying students may apply for compensatory education services.

Operated by: State of New Mexico Public Education Department 

Topic: Distance Learning

Guidance for Remote Learning

Summary: This document contains a comprehensive list of distance learning resources for educators, including resources on the best practices for distance learning with students with disabilities. These resources include general tips, methods specific to students with cognitive disabilities, both distance and hybrid learning resources, and resources providing practices to ensure the continued safety of students with disabilities during distance learning.

Operated by: New Mexico Public Education Department

Topic: Distance Learning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through a Distance Learning Platform during a Closure to Normal School Operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 2020

Summary: This document provides questions and answers regarding students with disabilities during school closures. Specifically, it explains school requirements to adjust their education methodology to best serve students with IEPs, requirements for special education teachers and online instruction, and requirements for virtual IEP meetings and adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: State of New Mexico Public Education Department 

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Mathematics and ELA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manuel

Summary: This document discusses assistive technology programs helping New Mexico educators test students with disabilities during COVID-19. The document encourages the use of expanded testing technologies that provide assistance to disabled students seeking to adjust to online learning, such as voice-to-text software. It also lists additional accommodations that should be given to students with disabilities testing online, such as additional time and access to a calculator.

Operated by: New Mexico Public Education Department

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning

Family Engagement Guidance for Remote and Hybrid Learning

Summary: This document provides parents and guardians with best practices for engaging and assisting with their student’s remote education. It discusses creating the best at-home learning environment, and it lists additional resources for family engagement and informational web pages. 

Operated by: New Mexico Public Education Department

Topic: Family Engagement

Know Your Rights

Summary: This document discusses resources and best practices for families seeking to protect their child with disabilities’ legal rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes listing legal requirements for virtual disability service providers, and they discuss the extent to which parents are expected or encouraged to become involved with their child’s education. 

Operated by: New Mexico Public Education Department

Topic: Family Engagement 

Winter Wellness Family Resource Packet

Summary: This document informs parents of best practices for keeping their children healthy, active, and mentally stimulated during winter break during the COVID-19 pandemic. The packet provides information on mental health during a long break from school, as well as mental health during a pandemic. It also provides multiple at-home educational resources for families of students with disabilities. 

Operated by: New Mexico Public Education Department

Topic: Family Engagement, Mental Health