World-Renowned Training Center

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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 Holidays! Thanks to All of You, Lives Change at the Colorado Center for the Blind

Three young students stand in front of a medical vehicle, all wearing Santa hats
Caption: Cristian, Shyanne and Kelly stand in front of the medical vehicle at South Suburban Fire and Rescue Station #12 on December 16. They had just delivered a box of holiday cookies and treats baked by students to on-duty fire fighters. In turn, fire fighters showed students one of the trucks and the medical vehicle. The three students assisted in delivering treats to Littleton Police, where they met Chief Doug Stephens, as well as other officials. It is an annual tradition, our way of thanking the community that is the home of the Colorado center for the Blind.

We’re celebrating the holidays, and we hope you are too!

Yes, our programs change lives, class by class, day by day, week by week. Thanks to all of you who donated to our programs this year, we continue to be able to provide our students with the essential tools they need to take charge of their lives as blind people, and to confidently go on to live the lives they want! And we specifically want to call out those who supported us again this year for another successful Colorado Gives Day on December 10! Thank you!

Every donation makes a difference in our programs for youth, seniors and working-aged adults. Here are some things your donations help us provide:

  • $25 for a white cane, and everyone gets one when they start in one of our programs. A white cane is the essential tool of freedom of movement, and thus independence as a blind person.
  • $40 covers the cost of a Braille instruction book as well s the essential tools for writing – a slate and stylus. These are the basics of literacy as a blind person.
  • $75 is what our students can spend on the ironically-named “mini-meal.” This is a meal for 15 guests, and each student finds the recipes, calculates the quantities to serve 15 people, budgets and shops for it all before they start cooking.
  • $100 is the average cost of a final wood shop project that each student makes. This includes the wood, hardware and any finishing materials they might use.

Challenge recreation activities such as skiing, rock climbing, martial arts and more are an essential part of our programs for both our youth and adult students – even blind seniors. Why? Because it’s important for our students to stretch beyond the limits of their “comfort zones.” Students come to realize that doing something a little scary with the right skills gives them real confidence. And if they can go skiing or rock climbing without their vision, there is very little that they can’t conquer in their lives. Blindness doesn’t have to hold them back.

But these activities, so essential to our training and our philosophy, depend on outside financial support. Here are some examples of challenge rec activities your donations make possible:

  • $85 for one student to go rock climbing for one day. We usually try to make sure students can go three times, because that’s when the confidence really kicks in.
  • $100 for one day of skiing, and also we want them to go three times. This covers the skis, lift ticket and lesson.
  • $100 for an 8-week class in martial arts, taught here at the Center. You can’t believe the confidence students gain from tossing each other (and their instructors) around on the mat for 8 weeks!

Yes, there are any number of important activities and experiences that your donations help fund.

  • Students use all kinds of power tools on their shop projects, and we need to have good tools in working order.
  • Our nonvisual art programs are on the cutting edge, teaching invaluable things like spatial relations and mental mapping, but we need to buy the materials, alabaster, clay and more.
  • Our two-week Confidence Camp for Kids (ages 5-11) costs $750 per student, and we have anywhere from 10 to 15 students each summer.
  • Our five-day Seniors in Charge program costs $1000 per participant. We typically have 5 to 8 participants, and offer this program twice a year. But demand is increasing. We’re almost entirely booked for 2020, so we feel the need to offer Seniors in Charge three times next year, maybe in another city outside the Denver Metro area.

Lives change for blind people of all ages when they come for programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind.

“I’m still me… But I am also not me, or not the me that arrived in June,” said Holly in a recent post.

“I feel more and more ready to take my skills back home,” Maura posted after completing her mini-meal. “Thanks to CCB for continuing to drive home the point that I can live the life I want, and that blindness does not hold me back.”

We give students the opportunity to change, to become the kind of people who live the lives they want to live! Thank you for helping us create those opportunities for our students!

And a Happy New Year to us all!

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Our Programs

Independence Training Program for Adults

Independence Training Program Video

Watch this video to see our Independence Training Program in Action!

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

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

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

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.