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Public Recognition

Individuals and organizations at the national, state and local levels have recognized the accomplishments of New Vistas. Activities that were “firsts” for New Vistas include:

1975: One of the first agencies to place individuals into jobs in the community in fully integrated mainstream businesses.

1976: First home-based rural services program in NM to support families with children at risk.

1980: Established the first Center for Independent Living in New Mexico and also founded satellite centers and programs in Albuquerque (1983), Las Cruces (1987) and Las Vegas (1994).

1986: Established a unique partnership with local hospitals to serve premature children at risk for delays. New Vistas became one of four non-profits to partner with the State of New Mexico to develop and implement “Supported Employment” programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

1987: First community program to establish community living support services as an alternative to group home residential services.

1990, 1993, 1996, 1999 & 2002: Received accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Established the first regional TTY relay service program, which expanded to provide statewide services for the hearing impaired.

2000: New Vistas was awarded the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation contract to provide liaison services to the nineteen Pueblos and the two Apache Nations. New Vistas continues to perform that contract. New Vistas became one of two Centers for Independent Living to provide Benefits Advisement to individuals with disabilities receiving SSI of SSDI benefits to reenter the world of work in nine northeastern counties.

2004: New Vistas formally established its Legislative Action Team as part of its strategic planning process to actively advocate for legislative and executive priorities for people with disabilities throughout the year. The Action Team is comprised of staff, board members, consumers, and families of children who have developmental delays.