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Prepare for the Assessment

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You can prepare for this assessment by making sure you have what you need to communicate (such as, communication devices, or assistive technology devices). You can also view the video "Getting Ready for the SIS Interview" created by AAIDD.

Who Should Attend the SIS Interview?

You are strongly encouraged to attend the interview or at least meet the SIS Assessor. Besides you, at least two people who know you well must attend your SIS interview. These people are called "primary respondents" and must:

  • Have known you for at least three months
  • Have recently observed you for several hours in one or more settings
  • Be able to describe your support needs

An example of a primary respondent may be your primary caregiver, or a direct support professional in your residential or day program.

Your guardian and/or family member are welcome to attend, but depending on your circumstances may or may not be a primary respondent.

Others who also know you well, but may not spend a lot of direct time with you have the option to attend the SIS interview. Typically these are people such as medical, behavioral or therapy professionals who might provide helpful clinical information if you have complex support needs.

Everyone must be on time. Latecomers prolong the interview. If you are a primary respondent, be sure you meet the qualifications and stay for the entire interview. Primary respondents should not leave early.

View the New Mexico SIS Interview Process Slideshow (English)
View the New Mexico SIS Interview Process Slideshow (Spanish)

Learn More:
What to Expect After Your SIS Assessment

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