Month: November 2018

  • Thankful for the Colorado Center for the Blind!

    Thankful for the Colorado Center for the Blind!

    This year, Susan says she’s thankful for her husband as always, but also for the Colorado Center for the Blind.  She’s been attending Senior support groups at the Center twice a week for only a month.

    “My rock” is how she describes her husband and his support for her.  “When I get home, he’s going to ask me about all that happened at the Center today.”

    Susan began to lose vision to Macular Degeneration in early 2016, and was declared legally blind last June.  She is right in the middle of learning to live with her vision loss, and knows that process is not all smiles and triumphs. … Read the rest “Thankful for the Colorado Center for the Blind!”

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  • Our students really dig in! #COGives18

    Our students really dig in! #COGives18

    Amber using a shovel in the garden for the 1st time with Annette and Barb

    Our students really dig in at the Colorado Center for the Blind. We don’t simply teach rote skills, but nurture the confidence and curiosity in our students to continue to problem-solve and learn new skills. That’s how they learn to “Take charge with confidence” so they can live their lives in pursuit of their dreams instead of always following a pre-planned, memorized route. If you only follow memorized routes, you’ll only go to where you’ve already been.

    Please support our students and our programs on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, Dec.… Read the rest “Our students really dig in! #COGives18”

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  • Fifth Shared Visions Tactile Art Exhibit May Be Best Yet! #TactileAccess @ArapahoeCC (@artdesignatacc

    Fifth Shared Visions Tactile Art Exhibit May Be Best Yet! #TactileAccess @ArapahoeCC (@artdesignatacc

    It may be the best yet! This year’s “Shared Visions” tactile art exhibit at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arrapahoe Community College (ACC) featured even more tactile painting pieces, a series of “boxes” from another class that were in every instance surprising, as well as an installation of an idyllic natural setting,complete with a trickling spring.

    It’s the fifth year that we’ve collaborated with Arapahoe Community College’s Art & Design Center, and the fourth year our students had some of their own work on display.

    The best news is that it’s open till Monday, December 3! In fact, this Friday our Senior Program will be making a pilgrimage to see it.… Read the rest “Fifth Shared Visions Tactile Art Exhibit May Be Best Yet! #TactileAccess @ArapahoeCC (@artdesignatacc”

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  • Support Us on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4 #COGives18

    Support Us on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4 #COGives18

    A year-and-a-half ago in Kansas City, Loren was on his family’s front porch after church when he was struck in the face by a bullet. He’d been caught in the crossfire of a shooting that had nothing to do with him, but his life changed forever.  About to graduate from high school, Loren had been talking with a recruiter and was eager to join the marines.  After extensive medical care, managing to finish high school and some initial blindness rehabilitation, Loren arrived at the center in late January for nine months of our intensive, comprehensive training.

    Loren in front of the Littleton Downtown Station Mural

    When Loren graduated from our program in October, his life had changed once again. … Read the rest “Support Us on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4 #COGives18”

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  • Scholarship Available for blind High School Students: Attend the NFB Washington Seminar Jan. 27-30

    Scholarship Available for blind High School Students: Attend the NFB Washington Seminar Jan. 27-30

    Are you interested in learning about advocacy and legislation?

    Would you like to meet Colorado’s U.S. Senators and Representatives?

    Wouldn’t it be fun to travel to our nation’s Capital with dynamic blind leaders?

    Drawing of the US Capitol with the NFB Logo and Whosits in front of the steps

    Take advantage of this great opportunity!  Apply for a scholarship offered by the Colorado Center for the blind youth program.

    Event:  Washington Seminar an event of the National Federation of the blind 

    Dates:   Sunday January 27 to Wednesday January 30, 2019

    Scholarship includes:  airfare to Washington DC, lodging at the Capitol Holiday Inn and a food allowance. Chaperones from the Colorado Center for the Blind will be with each student.… Read the rest “Scholarship Available for blind High School Students: Attend the NFB Washington Seminar Jan. 27-30”

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  • #FAST Programs for Blind Youth: NFB of Denver’s Holiday Party for Youth Dec. 15

    #FAST Programs for Blind Youth:  NFB of Denver’s Holiday Party for Youth Dec. 15

    Ho! Ho! Ho! Don’t miss our Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colorado Center for the Blind!  CCB’s FAST program is teaming up once again with the NFB of Denver Chapter for this event, which will include gift-wrapping for the kids, holiday arts and crafts, and a visit from our blind Santa.  He may have gifts for the kids, too!

    We’ll serve lunch and cider and perhaps sing a few rounds of carols before the day is done! So, make sure it’s on your Holiday Calendar!


    CCB Tree decorated with hand made ornaments and strings of popcorn and cranberries

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  • A Harvest Celebration with our Master Gardeners

    A Harvest Celebration with our Master Gardeners

    MasterGardeners attend a Get-Together at CCB

    Thanksgiving is of course very much a harvest celebration. So it is appropriate that we invited our Master Gardeners to the center for a little thank-you celebration Tuesday morning. After all, our collaboration with them in our Legacy Garden each summer results in a wonderful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, herbs and squashes, to name a few, but also in a harvest of opportunity and confidence for our students.

    While many of the students who worked in the garden as recently as September have graduated, there were many individual thank-yous and some great comments for the gardeners.

    Faye said that she plans to resume gardening when she graduates and returns home to Georgia.… Read the rest “A Harvest Celebration with our Master Gardeners”

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  • How to get full, really and thankfully full on FAST Saturday!

    How to get full, really and thankfully full on FAST Saturday!

    Saturday, November 10 was a full day – full of learning and, by about 1:30, we were all just full. Twenty-four came for our FAST (Fun Activities and Skills Training) Thanksgiving meal. A mix of blind youth, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers (and one little brother) made an early Thanksgiving meal, substituting chickens for a turkey. Everybody got a hand in the preparations and the feast that followed! Four parents also took the opportunity to practice skills under sleepshades, doing everything from slicing carrots to taking pies from the oven.

    Yes, we’re full of thanks for all who came, for the teenagers hanging out by the piano after it was all put away, and for the leftovers, naturally!

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  • We’re all in for Colorado Gives Day December 4, and you can schedule your gift now! #cogives18

    We’re all in for Colorado Gives Day December 4, and you can schedule your gift now! #cogives18

    Julie and Lexi Reading Braille

    Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 4, and we’re in for the mega-million-dollar statewide day of giving, sponsored by First Bank and the Community First Foundation! Your gift to us on CoGivesDay2018 ensures that we can continue to offer programs to youth, seniors and working-age adults that challenge, impart skills and infuse the confidence in themselves our students can draw on throughout the rest of their lives!

    Sure, we’ll take your gifts any time, but there are some advantages to both of us if you contribute on December 4:

    1. It’s an easy online giving platform just for Colorado!
    2. First Bank & Community First waive all but 2 percent of the credit card fees, meaning more of your contribution goes to the Colorado Center for the Blind and our programs, and
    3. Your gift addds to our total and thus is eligible for a portion of the $1 million Incentive Fund.
    Read the rest “We’re all in for Colorado Gives Day December 4, and you can schedule your gift now! #cogives18”

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  • Celebrating Our Volunteers

    Celebrating Our Volunteers

    Group shot CCB Volunteers 2018

    Thirteen is our lucky number when you look at the Rogue’s Gallery in this photo. These are thirteen volunteers who contribute so muchto the Colorado Center for the Blind and to our students. Yet they humbly protest that they get back more than they give. We suppose that’s their call, but we’re telling you they give a lot. They teach Braille to seniors and drive vans, sort through the truckloads of Bed, Bath and beyond donations we received last year, teach students how to write a resume and several read a section or two of the ACT to one of our students.… Read the rest “Celebrating Our Volunteers”

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