Category: Woodshop and Home Maintenance

  • Turning the Tables: CCB Role Reversal Day 2022

    A standing woman gestures to the room of seated fellow students as she talks

    Students from every continent and every epoch imagine, even if only idly, of someday, somehow turning the tables on their teachers. Likely they don’t realize until they have done it, that their teachers also may see such a reversal as an opportunity to return the torment.

    That’s partly the story of Role Reversal Day 2022, held on Friday, February 4. Hand it to the leadership of the CCB Student Association for organizing carefully and thoroughly, putting staff into groups and planning the schedule, even reviewing lesson plans from each ”teacher of the day.” This is the group, remember, that collected necessary items for the NICU babies when Avista Adventist Hospital was forced to evacuate during the December, 30 Marshall Fire in Boulder County.… Read the rest “Turning the Tables: CCB Role Reversal Day 2022”

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  • Seniors Are in Charge and In-person This Week at CCB!

    a blind instructor talks with his student, a senior woman as they walk with white canes along a residential street

    a blind instructor talks with his student, a senior woman as they walk with white canes along a residential street
    Dishon and Olive on the return leg of a travel lesson near the center. Seniors in Charge this year was blessed with lovely fall days.

    For the first time in two years, our week-long Seniors in Charge is live and in-person at the Colorado Center for the Blind! These four dynamic and intrepid older blind folks have been waiting since spring of 2020 to get five full days of blindness training in Braille, technology, cane travel and kitchen skills, and they are determined to get the most out of this opportunity to spend quality time with our Senior staff! Duncan, Chris, Stephanie and Dishon are not disappointing them with long, and at times, intensive training every day.… Read the rest “Seniors Are in Charge and In-person This Week at CCB!”

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  • Blindness training goals delayed by social distancing? Check out the new Breaking Blind Podcast

    Corey and David talk about traffic sounds before making a street crossing

    Corey and David talk about traffic sounds before making a street crossing
    You know, this pandemic shutdown has been going on for a minute. Especially if you are a student at the Colorado Center for the Blind, or someone waiting to come, or someone newly blind and trying to figure out how to do the simplest things you used to do now that you’re blind, let alone how you can live the life you want. Our students’ had their programs interrupted, some only a week or two from graduating. Prospective students who’ve been talking with Executive Director Julie Deden for months found their start dates paused indefinitely.

    That’s what makes the Breaking Blind Podcast so timely and, for many, so essential.… Read the rest “Blindness training goals delayed by social distancing? Check out the new Breaking Blind Podcast”

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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

    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!… Read the rest “Happy Holidays! Thanks to All of You, Lives Change at the Colorado Center for the Blind”

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  • Learning from Blind/VI Role Models: Martin Featured in @CSDBBulldogs Video Series

    The Colorado Schoool for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) recently launched a great video series focusing on role models for their blind and deaf students. Our own Martin Becerra-Miranda, Director of Youth Services, is featured in this one:

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  • What You Carry in Your Soul & a Trip to the Wood Shop: A Visit from Alum Cathy @Kudlick

    Cathy, Julie and Anahit smiling across the table at a local restaurant

    It has been nearly 18 years since Catherine Kudlick first arrived in Littleton as a student at CCB, but the lessons of her training have endured, as she told staff and students in Philosophy Class last Thursday.

    Cathy’s blindness is due to Nystagmus and she had never used a cane before she came for training. Still, she counted her travel training as one of the most important classes for her. She told students in frank terms about her internal struggles in that class under sleepshades.

    “You ask yourself why you have to do this travel assignment. You hate it while you’re doing the travel, maybe getting turned around.… Read the rest “What You Carry in Your Soul & a Trip to the Wood Shop: A Visit from Alum Cathy @Kudlick”

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