New Mexico

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - under autism spectrum disorder category, New Mexico further defines autistic disorder, Asperger disorder and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, New Mexico reported the following:

  • Autism - 1,980 students, 4.2 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
  • Intellectual disability - 1,902 students, 4.1 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 2,043 students, 4.4 percent of the total population of students with disabilities

Support service structure

New Mexico Public Education Department, Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

A number of state entities, including the New Mexico Autism Task Force, produced the Developing an Autism Service Plan for New Mexico report in 2012.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

New Mexico does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

New Mexico does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

New Mexico enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See New Mexico insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, New Mexico had 16 supervisors (direct service providers) and 54 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Parents Reaching Out is New Mexico's statewide parent training and information center. Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs supports families in New Mexico's American Indian communities.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in New Mexico are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

New Mexico is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

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