Month: August 2017

  • Soldering wires nonvisually is .. well, a BLAST! @BlackbyrdFly @COSpaceGrant

    Soldering wires nonvisually is .. well, a  BLAST! @BlackbyrdFly @COSpaceGrant

    Jamie talks to Maddie while she works with components on a breadboard

    Somebody had to do it. So Jamie Principato decided she would take the skills she’d learned and taught herself as a blind Physics student involved with a Colorado Space Grant rocket project and teach them to other blind students. That’s where the idea of BLAST came from – Blind Learning All Skills Too launched on August 10 with the express purpose of teaching other blind people the skill of soldering small electronic devices, the precursors of instruments like those Principato and other students at Arapahoe Community College (ACC) built earlier to send high into the Earth’s atmosphere.

    Naturally, we were excited to host the BLAST project’s first-ever soldering and circuitry workshop for blind participants.… Read the rest “Soldering wires nonvisually is .. well, a BLAST! @BlackbyrdFly @COSpaceGrant”

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  • How many ways can the blind enjoy #Eclipse2017? #ShareLittleton

    How many ways can the blind enjoy #Eclipse2017? #ShareLittleton

    A Large group of CCB staff and students outside observing the eclipse. Some are wearing eclipse glasses while they listen to a live audio description

    Quite a few, it turns out.

    Staff and students held an Eclipse Party to celebrate and enjoy the 92 percent coverage of the sun today. Students in Home Management prepared a black bean salsa and cookies to start things off about 10:30 this morning as we took time to learn a little more about the eclipse.

    Among our tools was the recently published Getting a Feel for Solar Eclipses, published by NASA. It featured tactile (and colorful) graphics of a solar eclipse and a tactile map of the United States depicting the path of totality.

    In addition to this, many downloaded the iOS app Eclipse Soundscapes, which featured rumble maps that vibrated to show the brightest spots of such features as Bailey’s Beads, as well as audio descriptions of the peak event timed to our locale.… Read the rest “How many ways can the blind enjoy #Eclipse2017? #ShareLittleton”

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  • Thanks for stopping by for our 2017 #WesternWelcomeWeek Tours!

    Thanks for stopping by for our 2017 #WesternWelcomeWeek Tours!

    More than 70 people stopped by the Colorado Center for the Blind on Monday for a tour, and we’d like to send out a big “Thank you!” to all of you!

    This is the third year we’ve opened our doors for tours as part of Littleton’s Western Welcome Week. We’re always excited to meet new neighbors who want to find out what we’re all about. This year, we even had some who returned for a second time!

    So, thanks to all who came and if you couldn’t make it, we’ll be part of WWW next year too – and we’ll see you in the parade on Saturday!

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  • Come one, come all! Tour CCB from 3-7 PM today for #WesternWelcomeWeek!

    Come one, come all! Tour CCB from 3-7 PM today for #WesternWelcomeWeek!

    We’re excited to open our doors to the Littleton community once again during Western Welcome Week. We will give tours to all comers between 3 and 7 p.m. today. Our students will be in their classes and staff will talk about what we teach in each area – Braille, Cane Travel, Home Management, Technology and Wood Shop. we’ll also show visitors our gym with exercise stations and goal ball court, and have stops to learn about our art and STEM programming.

    This is the third year we’ve held tours, and the turnout is always enthusiastic! We’re fortunate and proud to be a part of such a supportive community in Littleton!… Read the rest “Come one, come all! Tour CCB from 3-7 PM today for #WesternWelcomeWeek!”

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