PRESS RELEASE - March 3, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

IDEA State Advisory Panel to Meet in Albuquerque

(Santa Fe, NM)--The New Mexico Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Advisory Panel will meet on Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center, located at 4000 Edith Blvd., NE, in Albuquerque. The panel advises the Public Education Department (PED) on its efforts to assure the provision of free appropriate public education to children with disabilities.

On March 4 the panel will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on March 5 the panel will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This month’s agenda includes an update on March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, on the New Mexico Deaf and Hard of Hearing Task Force by Ronald Stern, superintendent of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, and Sam Howarth, director of the PED’s Special Education Office. From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., a presentation will be made on incarcerated youth and special education.

Advisory panel members are appointed by the governor or his designee, are representative of the state’s population and include individuals involved in, or concerned with, the education of children with disabilities.

Individuals with disabilities who need any form of auxiliary aid to attend or participate in this meeting should contact the Special Education Office at 505-827-6541 no later than ten (10) days prior to scheduled event. Upon request, public documents will be provided in an accessible form necessary to the individual requesting the particular auxiliary aid.