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About Us

Our Mission: New Vistas partners with and supports people with disabilities and families of children with special needs to enrich their quality of life in New Mexico.

We are a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, providing an array of independent living services for nine northern New Mexico Counties. 51% of staff are persons with disabilities; 51% of Board of Directors are persons with disabilities; and providing five core services of advocacy, independent living skills training, peer support, information and referral, and transition.

Our History

December 6, 1971: New Vistas was incorporated as a non-profit organization to support children with disabilities in Santa Fe through the leadership of its founding Executive Director, Mary K. Russell.

1972 to 1975: New Vistas relied upon a staff of volunteers to provide education and therapeutic services for six preschool children with special needs in Santa Fe.

1975: New Vistas had received many requests to serve adults with disabilities. This resulted in an expansion of services in vocational training, employment programs, residential aid, independent living services and rural coverage in northeastern New Mexico.

Late 70s: Early Childhood Program expands into rural communities of northeastern New Mexico.

Today: Over the course of New Vistas 40+ years of existence, we have been a leader in the development and implementation of innovative and “state of the art” programs. We are committed to hiring people with disabilities and having people with disabilities serve on the Board of Directors and in management positions.