Month: June 2017

  • Celebrating Our Senior Programs in New Video!

    Celebrating Our Senior Programs in New Video!

    We’re proud of our senior programs and how they have changed the lives of seniors who have lost vision and the people who love them. We’re excited about how those programs continue to grow – from the residential Seniors in Charge (twice a year), to four support groups (one in Spanish), to ever-expanding opportunities to provide outreach services.

    And so we’re proud of our new Senior Program video, made with filmmaker and long-time collaborator Djuna “DJ” Zupancic. The video doesn’t talk about all the program details as much as it endeavors to tell what those programs and services have meant to five seniors in particular.… Read the rest “Celebrating Our Senior Programs in New Video!”

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  • NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017

    NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017

    There wasn’t time to sit still till lunch was served, but none were inclined to do so at Saturday’s #NFChallenge Olympic Day 2017. There were just too many things to try out – beep baseball demonstration with the Colorado Storm, judo and power-lifting, goal ball and tandem bicycling with Eye-Cycle! Everybody got to take a turn at three or four of these activities, and a few even took a second bike ride or got into a couple of actual goal ball matches!

    But participants were able to sit still long enough to listen to Paralympic runner Chaz Davis talk about how he went from “overweight and out-of-shape” to being the current record-holder in the marathon for blind and visually impaired runners.… Read the rest “NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017”

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  • Fitness & Sports Tomorrow for #NFChallenge #OlympicDay2017! @WEFitwellness @USABA

    Fitness & Sports Tomorrow for #NFChallenge #OlympicDay2017! @WEFitwellness @USABA

    It’s happening here tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. Thanks to our partners at WE Fit Wellness and United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). Contributing will be Eye-Cycle, Achilles Denver and members of the Colorad Storm Beep Baseball team.

    And at lunch there wil be a keynote address from current CCB studentChaz Davis, a member of the 2016 US Paralympic team! Checkout the agenda below.

    #NFChallenge Olympic Day Agenda

    10:00-10:10 – Welcome
    Meeting Room

    10:10-10:55 – Breakout Session 1

    Running – lobby sitting area

    Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

    Beep baseball – side yard

    Power Lifting – art room

    Goalball – gym

    11:10-11:55 Breakout Session 2

    Judo – Travel Lobby

    Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

    Beep baseball – side yard

    Power Lifting – art room

    Goalball – gym

    11:55-1:00 Lunch
    Meeting Room
    Keynote Address Chaz Davis, 2016 Paralympian

    1:15- 2:00 Breakout Session 3

    Running – lobby sitting area

    Judo – Travel Lobby

    Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

    Power Lifting – art room

    Goalball Scrimmage Matches: gym

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  • Oh, the sweet summer scent of sunscreen wafting through the lobby! #ConfidenceCamp17

    Oh, the sweet summer scent of sunscreen wafting through the lobby! #ConfidenceCamp17

    Swimming, paddling, rock climbing – every afternoon there’s something fun going on at Confidence Camp. In the morning – the learning looks just as fun! Learning to use the microwave, making lunch … and always traveling with white canes and taking the light rail and the bus somewhere fun … like horseback riding today!

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  • Shout out to our five skydiving students!

    Shout out to our five skydiving students!

    That’s right, five of our students stepped out into the atmosphere last Saturday with Mile High Skydiving in Longmont. Bill, a long-time CCB volunteer and driver for the expedition, made a jump as well.

    The students organized this themselves made the plans and recruited the volunteers. So, here’s to Shane, Zack and Zach, Ashley, Lindsey – and Bill! You got to love the confidence and their willingness to challenge themselves. Sure, they were strapped to experienced jump-masters, but by comparison, crossing Santa Fe Drive is cake!

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  • CCB gets perfect score, Students & Board get to know one another

    CCB gets perfect score, Students & Board get to know one another

    Collage of photos showing board members talking to students in various classrooms

    The Colorado Center for the Blind received word in May that we had been recertified by the National Blindness Certification Board for another three years, and that we received the first-ever score of 100 percent following the onsite review. That news was reported last week to the CCB Board of Directors!

    Our distinguished Board of Directors met here at the Center on June 2 and 3 to hear how things are going, to discuss both the immediate and the more distant future of programs and growth at the Center.

    Board members made a quick tour of the McGeorge Mountain Terrace apartments to see some of the improvements we’ve made in the five years since we moved in.… Read the rest “CCB gets perfect score, Students & Board get to know one another”

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  • They’re coming today, the #CCBSummer17 students! 2016tells what’s ins store:

    They’re coming today, the #CCBSummer17 students! 2016tells what’s ins store:

    Summer staff with canes crossed in the air

    That’s right, Summer 2017 students are all arriving today by planes, … well automobiles at least. Their counselors have been here for nearly two weeks, getting classrooms and apartments ready, creating lesson plans and getting in touch with the students – even finding out what them might like for dinner tonight! It’s the start of eight dynamic weeksof challenge and growth because, as we always say, this isn’t a camp, it’s a PROGRAM!

    Last summer, after eight weeks, after the final meal cooked by the summer students for family and the etire Center, after the talent show and passing out of certificates, and as the packing and apartment cleaning started, Summer 2016 students and staff took a few moments to reflect on what the summer meant to them.… Read the rest “They’re coming today, the #CCBSummer17 students! 2016tells what’s ins store:”

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  • There’s a Commotion in the Lobby, and It’s #ConfidenceCamp17!

    There’s a Commotion in the Lobby, and It’s #ConfidenceCamp17!

    By 9 Monday morning the commotion in the lobby was reaching a crescendo. Fifteen Confidence Campers were arriving for the first of three weeks of learning blindness skills, having fun and yes – becoming more confident as small blind people! The commotion arose from parents dropping the campers off, connecting or reconnecting with their teachers and the other kids.

    Tryna Boyd Pratt has been the director of Confidence Camp for 16 years running, and it wasn’t long before she was assigning three of the older kids to do the grocery shopping. Of course, for kids between the ages of 5 and 11, a teacher goes with them to the supermarket, but their job was to get a shoppers’ assistant and get all the items on the list themselves – a real grown-up skill!… Read the rest “There’s a Commotion in the Lobby, and It’s #ConfidenceCamp17!”

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  • Congrats to David D – he made it back from his support drop!

    Congrats to David D – he made it back from his support drop!

    David id it – he completed his Support Drop today with his Travel Instructor Daniel! Congrats David!

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