Category: General Colorado Center Information

  • Colorado Center for the Blind 2022 Summer Youth Programs

    A raft of summer youth lets out a yell as they dive into a churning hole of white water on Clear Creek.

    A raft of summer youth lets out a yell as they dive into a churning hole of white water on Clear Creek.

    Build skills and gain confidence!

    Program Description 

    This 3-week residential  program will provide each student with the tools that they need to move forward in high school, college or on a job.

    You will:

    • Live in an apartment with a counselor and a roommate.
    • Learn from competent blind adults who use blindness skills daily.
    • Plan, shop and prepare delicious meals.
    • Organize your apartment – find everything!
    • Develop effective methods for handling all aspects of living independently.
    • Meet peers who are also blind.
    • Attend classes Monday through Friday in Technology, Braille, Independent Travel and Home Management.
    • Build interviewing skills, learn about careers, find job leads, write a resume and more.
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  • Charity From Ashes: Colorado Center for the Blind Students Organize Donation Drive for Avista Hospital NICU Babies

    Taylor and Amanda hold up donated knitted preemie caps and a onesie

    Taylor and Amanda hold up donated knitted preemie caps and a onesie
    The CCB Student Association has already collected many items, as well as Amazon gift cards to help out Avista’s NICU babies. Amanda Juetten (President) and Taylor Oesch (Parliamentarian) show off some of the donations, which include blankets, caps, t-shirts and more.

    With the start of any new year, hopes are high that the trials and tribulations faced by us all can be left behind, and a fresh year can come; 2022 was no different. However, for us living here in Colorado, the new year was signaled with a devastating beacon glowing upon the evening skyline. Starting on December 30, 2021 through January 1, 2022, the Marshall fire raged across the Boulder county area, resulting in 1 death and burning of 1,084 structures and damage to 149 others, with damages estimated around 513 million dollars.… Read the rest “Charity From Ashes: Colorado Center for the Blind Students Organize Donation Drive for Avista Hospital NICU Babies”

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  • Thank You for Our Best Colorado Gives Day, EVER! #Gratitude

    Give Where You Live - Colorado Gives Day December 7 2021

    Give Where You Live - Colorado Gives Day December 7 2021

    This December 7 you surpassed previous years with your support for the Colorado Center for the Blind and our programs for blind people of all ages, making 2021 one of the best we’ve been lucky enough to experience on Colorado Gives Day. And we’ve been part of it from the very beginning.

    So, we are more grateful than ever for the incredible support of our community in one of the more difficult years any of us may have experienced.

    Every year except 2020, we’ve held a big Thanksgiving meal in November. Students prepare for weeks in advance in their Home Management class, baking pumpkin and pecan pies, yeast rolls, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing and cranberries, plus some other dishes.… Read the rest “Thank You for Our Best Colorado Gives Day, EVER! #Gratitude”

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  • Our Blindness Training Is Just the Beginning – Donate on Colorado Gives Day!

    Leilani under the locust tree reaches arms to the sky during yoga on the lawn

    The blindness training we offer, and the confidence it builds in our blind students, is not an end, but a means. Ryan is an IT project manager. Erin is an insurance underwriter. Garrett is finishing law school, Charis is pursuing her degree in chemistry. Just this year, Evan’s internship at the Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) turned into a permanent job. Carolina realized that she loves working with children and has an internship at a preschool. Cragar returned to work on his degree in Atmospheric Science with new technology and Braille skills that brought in the grades he has always known he is capable of.… Read the rest “Our Blindness Training Is Just the Beginning – Donate on Colorado Gives Day!”

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  • Our Staff Make the Difference: Donate on Tuesday, Colorado Gives Day!

    Amanda W. working on the computer with Tech Instructor Brett Boyer

    It’s our job at the Colorado Center for the Blind to believe in our students, often well-before they begin to believe in themselves.

    “We see you struggle when you first come for training, ” Assistive Technology Instructor Brett Boyer often says, “but we also have the privilege of watching you grow … and it’s always amazing.”

    It is a privilege, and a joy. But it’s not a passive observation, because all of our instructors teach, challenge, push a little, pull a little, and encourage all along the way  to give our students the opportunity to learn the things that make them increasingly independent and to develop the resilience and ingenuity to continue to learn and grow after the student moves on.… Read the rest “Our Staff Make the Difference: Donate on Tuesday, Colorado Gives Day!”

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  • It’s Colorado Giving Season – Schedule a Donation for Dec. 7!

    a senior woman navigates the hallway among other students with her instructor following

    Nothing tempers the desire of our students to find the tools and the belief in themselves that will sustain them in their quest to live lives of independence and success!

    And so, still cautious, still wearing masks indoors all day, the Colorado Center for the Blind carries on with the training and the programs that will give our blind students those tools – in the kitchen, at the (computer) keyboard, reading electronic Braille displays and traveling the Denver Metro area on RTD. Indeed, these are the tools upon which to build for a lifetime!

    From our Senior Staff working both in person and virtually with older Coloradans experiencing blindness for the first time, to our collaborations providing innovative educational support and just fun activities for blind youth, The Colorado Center for the Blind continues to make a difference in the lives of blind people!… Read the rest “It’s Colorado Giving Season – Schedule a Donation for Dec. 7!”

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  • Etiquette Day at CCB

    Dan H gives a tip of his brown felt hat on Etiquette Day, the height of good manners

    Dan H gives a tip of his brown felt hat on Etiquette Day, the height of good manners

    It’s Etiquette Day in Home Management, and one of our newest students decided to dress up for the occasion. Sure, his attire is not strictly “black-tie” but definitely a cut or two above our normal business casual.

    For Etiquette Day our Home Management teachers, Delfina and Stefanie walk students through everything from proper place settings to the techniques of maintaining polite manners when you can’t see your food.

    Dan H took this as an opportunity to set himself apart. Every item from the brown felt hat, to the suit coat from Korea, to the tiny tie and the rings and beads, have some significance related to important people in his life – his mother and father, his sisters and his fiancée.

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  • CCB graduate wins blind division in Boston Marathon! @blackkidrunning

    Chaz throwing elbow jabs at the pad in Martial Arts Class

    Chaz throwing elbow jabs at the pad in Martial Arts Class

    They love Chaz Davis in his hometown of Grafton, Mass. But we are just as proud of him here in Littleton, Colo. at the Colorado Center for the Blind!

    Chaz, a 2016 Paralympian in Rio and a 2017 graduate of CCB, won the Boston Marathon’s visually impaired division on October 11. It was the 125th Boston Marathon, but the first year that this division was available for blind runners to register in. Previous blind marathoners in Boston just … well, ran.

    Blind runners run with a guide to whom they are tethered, meaning that the guide and blind runner must be carefully matched as far as speed and endurance, and marathon runners may change guides during a race.… Read the rest “CCB graduate wins blind division in Boston Marathon! @blackkidrunning”

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  • 3, 2, 1! BLAST OFF for a Combined Learning Box and FAST Rocket Day!

    a high school student pumps air into a soda bottle rocket while the instructor kneels to steady the rocket for launch

    Join us in-person for a combined Learning Box and FAST rocket-building activity!

    When:
    October 16th, 2021
    1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    Where:
    Colorado Center for the Blind
    2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
    Littleton, CO 80120
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    October 12, 2021
    a high school student pumps air into a soda bottle rocket while the instructor kneels to steady the rocket for launch

    The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, the Colorado Center for the Blind, and the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults are pleased to sponsor a rocket-building activity this month! K-12 students who are blind/low vision are invited to learn about Building and launching rockets made from 2-liter soda bottles while focusing on physics concepts. We will begin the activity with a scavenger hunt to find all the materials we will need for the fun experiment.… Read the rest “3, 2, 1! BLAST OFF for a Combined Learning Box and FAST Rocket Day!”

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  • Happy 89th Birthday to Our Founder, Diane McGeorge!

    a small well-dressed woman in her 70s stands at a podium, microphone near her face

    a small well-dressed woman in her 70s stands at a podium, microphone near her face
    Diane mcGeorge stands at a podium, circa 2006. Not only did she found the Colorado Center for the Blind in 1988 and direct it for the next ten years, but she also served in numerous leadership roles in the National Federation of the Blind for nearly four decades.


    We send out a loving and hearty “Happy Birthday” to our founder, Diane McGeorge who is 89 today!

    Diane Served as the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado from 1977 to 2005 and, as such had been exploring the means to start a training center for blind people that would be based on high expectations and the belief that blind people have the capacity to achieve lives of value and independence.… Read the rest “Happy 89th Birthday to Our Founder, Diane McGeorge!”

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