World-Renowned Training Center

Founded in 1988, the Colorado Center for the Blind is a world-renowned training center located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Littleton, Colorado, about 13 miles south of Denver.

Grounded in the National Federation of the Blind’s positive philosophy of blindness, the Colorado Center for the Blind provides innovative teaching techniques, daily challenges and self-confidence that are the building blocks of independence, opportunity and success. Day after day, year after year, blind students leave the Colorado Center for the Blind’s training program as living examples of the NFB’s motto: “With effective training and opportunity, blind people can compete on terms of equality with their sighted peers.”

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Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 10!

Colorado Gives Day Logo 12.10.19

Like holiday shopping, you can get your giving done early. Schedule your Colorado Gives contribution now, and check it off your list!

Only 17 days until Colorado Gives Day!

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Turkeys and Ten Years of Colorado Gives Day #CoGivesDay

Emily stands next to the stove with a golden-brown Turkey she just took out of the oven

Colorado Gives Day 2019 is December 10, and it’s the tenth year of this highly successful program to encourage online giving to Colorado nonprofits like the Colorado Center for the Blind. And were proud that we’ve been a part of Colorado Gives Day from the very first!

Sure, we’ll gratefully accept donations any day, any time, but Colorado Gives Day on December 10 gives all of us some distinct advantages. Let’s mention, um, 10 of them!

  1. This is the giving season, and Colorado Gives Day comes at the time of year many of us are already thinking about giving.
  2. Your gift goes further! Giving on December 10 qualifies your gift to be part of Community First Foundation and First Bank’s $1 Million Incentive Fund. In other words, our percentage of the total Colorado Gives Day contributions will qualify us for the same percentage of the $1 Million Incentive Fund, thus boosting your contribution even further!
  3. Credit card fees are only 2 percent! Can you believe that? Community First Foundation has the lowest fees around for giving, and that means more of your gift comes to us!
  4. Give Where You Live! Your gift helps our blind students from age 5 to 105 right here in Colorado through programs like Seniors in Charge and Confidence Camp/BELL Academy. And when you make your gift, you can direct it toward the program that is most important to you!
  5. Give Back! Four our alumni and their families and friends, it’s a great chance to give back for the confidence and independence they have gained from CCB.
  6. Give Early! You can go to Colorado Gives right now and schedule a gift for December 10 to gain all the other benefits. that way you can move on to other important things on your holiday checklist!
  7. Make a Recurring Donation! If $100 seems like a stretch, especially during the holidays (even though that’s how much you’d like to give), try the recurring donation option. You can give $9 per month, for example, and your total of $108 won’t feel like such a big bite out of your budget when it’s spread out that way!
  8. Support Self-reliance and Independence! Your gift supports the programs we’ve developed that are still revolutionizing training for blind people around the world! We teach skills, but with high expectations and challenges, we instill confidence in our students that they can live the lives they want.
  9. Be a Part of Our Story! “I learned I don’t have to stay in my room anymore!” That was Alice’s story after attending our intensive five-day Seniors in Charge program. “(When I lost my vision) I was just going to stay in my room and never leave unless someone came to take me somewhere. Now I’m not going to stay in there anymore!” and in the years since Alice said that, she’s been true to those words. She is still living an active, independent life as a blind senior.
  10. Be a Part of Our Positive Philosophy about Blindness! Eleven-year-old Chloe is. “They will help provide me with the confidence and resources I need to successfully get through Middle School, High School, and hopefully College and Medical School,” she says. “I like to talk with people who get it.“

“Wait! Where do the turkeys come in?”

Oh yeah, The turkeys are the four that our students prepared this week for today’s annual Thanksgiving feast, scheduled for 12:30. They’re all cooked and carved, along with two hams. this is our time to share in this tradition together over a meal made entirely by students. It also includes a hotel pan each of sausage sage and pineapple stuffing, two of mashed potatoes with cream cheese herb, two kinds of sweet potatoes, one with apple and the other with marshmallows, green bean casserole, wild rice, homemade cranberry sauce, homemade gravy, and a dozen dozen homemade dinner rolls. Dessert will be four pumpkin and four pecan pies, all made by our students!

That’s a lot of food, but there will be about 60 of us today, and all of us have plenty to be thankful for, not least of which is that we are lucky enough to be part of the Colorado Center for the Blind, as students, seniors, teachers, or doing other jobs. And we are thankful for all of the support we receive all year from volunteers, donors, friends and neighbors here in Littleton!

Please support our students on Colorado Gives Day!

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Our Programs

Independence Training Program for Adults

Our Independence Training Program (ITP) is designed for blind adults (18 years of age and older).  Typically students complete the program in six to nine months while residing in nearby McGeorge Mountain Terrace apartments, which are owned by the Center.  Participants not only build the skills that they need to be independent, but also focus on gaining confidence and belief in themselves as blind people

Program Areas

Additional Rotating Classes

  • Art
  • College Prep
  • Career Exploration
  • Gardening
  • Resume Writing
  • Martial Arts
  • Sewing
  • Yoga

Youth Programs

Year-round Youth Programs

FAST stands for Fun Activities and Skills Training. This program will meet the second Saturday of each month throughout the school year. Some Saturdays we will simply focus on having fun as we develop skills. Other Saturdays we will participate in a variety of challenge recreation activities.

Summer Programs

Senior Programs

The Colorado Center for the Blind works to change the experience of older blind and visually impaired persons from frustration to independence. With education and training seniors can and do obtain the skills and confidence necessary to stay in their own homes and continue be contributing members of their communities.

Training for Professionals on Blindness

A woman in sleepshades slides a batch of cookies into the oven

Our Professional Training Seminars include information about causes of blindness, alternative techniques used successfully by blind people, an introduction to sleepshades and their use with a white cane or in preparing lunch, and we spend time talking about the myths of blindness as well.