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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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Be a Part of Our Positive Philosophy about Blindness!

“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.

Alice

Senior Programs

“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.“

Ty and Chloe ride the Light Rail

Chloe

Youth Programs

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Happy 80th NFB! @nfb_voice @nfbco

NFB Plaque Birthplace of the National Federation of the Blind, November 1940
NFB President Mark Riccobono, Dan Burke, CCB Director Julie Deden, Dutch tenBroek and NFB First Vice-president Pam Allen are shown in 2015 standing in front of a plaque commemorating the founding of the NFB at the hotel where the first NFB meeting was held in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. TenBroek is the son of the NFB’s first long-term President, Jacobus tenBroek. The bronze plaque reads:
“Birthplace of the National Federation of the Blind, November 1940.”
The National Federation of the Blind is 80 Today! The NFB is the largest organization of blind people in the United States (indeed, the world), and its positive impact on the lives of blind Americans is unequaled. In fact, the Colorado Center for the Blind wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the NFB, for it was the insight, foresight and gritty determination of then-NFB of Colorado President Diane McGeorge to create a training program that truly believed in the nonvisual skills used by the blind and in the capacity and right of blind people to self-determination that caused our doors to first be opened more than three decades ago. So, here’s to the self-determination  and independence of the blind to live the lives we want! And here’s to the power of collective action by a committed, undaunted community of blind Americans to ensure that independence is realized for all blind Americans! And finally, here’s to the National Federation of the Blind!
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Our Programs

Independence Training Program for Adults

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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

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Youth Programs

Youth Programs Video

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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.

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Senior Programs

Senior Programs Video

Watch this video to see our Summer Senior Program in Action!

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.

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Training for Professionals on Blindness

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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.

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