THE STRENGTH OF COLLABORATION New Mexico is a state ripe for collaboration. The 2003 Task Force is an example of the resolve of New Mexicans to voice their concerns and move toward appropriate and equitable education for deaf and hard of hearing students. The 2014 Task Force continues this resolve to achieve equity, so that no deaf or hard of hearing student is left isolated and uneducated because their educational environment creates language and communication segregation. Members shared perspectives and information to collectively understand the need in the state and to create goals that will favorably alter the educational status and life course of deaf and hard of hearing students. The Task Force held values of inclusivity, high expectations, forward thought and child/student centeredness. Moving forward, New Mexicoâ€™s State Agencies, the Public Education Department, New Mexico School for the Deaf, the Department of Health, Department of Dine Education, and Higher Education Institutions will be working together to concretely address the recommendations and goals established by the Task Force. May the contents of this report, and the initiatives it stimulates, lead to the education and whole person development that all deaf and hard of hearing children deserve.
New Mexico Task Force for Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children & Youth