Category: Youth Services

  • Making Connections 2019 Agenda – Take an Early Look!

    Colorado Center for the Blind Logo

    Colorado Center for the Blind Logo

    AGENDA

    MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU

    3rd Annual Career and College Seminar

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    9:00 am: Registration
    9:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks: Julie Deden, Executive Director, Colorado Center for the Blind; Diane McGeorge, Board Chair and Founder of the Colorado Center for the Blind; Kathleen Conti, Arapahoe County Commissioner

    10:00 am: “A Blind Accountant? Crunching the Numbers”. Cody Bair, Certified Public Accountant, KPMG LLC

    10:30 am: “From Ukraine to Colorado: Working in the Communications Industry”. Petr Kucheryavyy, Senior Accessibility Manager, Charter Communications

    11:00 am: We will divide into two groups. One group will enjoy lunch while the other group meets our dynamic exhibitors.… Read the rest “Making Connections 2019 Agenda – Take an Early Look!”

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  • April’s FAST Saturday at @DenverArtMuseum #TactileTables

    Tactile art at the Denver Art Museum

    Join us for the April Fun Activities and Skills Training (FAST) on Saturday, April 13 at the Denver Art Museum. We’ll be exploring “Treasures of British Art” at DAM’s Tactile Tables. It’s art that is accessible to everyone, except that there is room for only fifteen in our group! Admission to the museum is free.

    We will take a van from CCB to DAM, or you can meet us there. Please RSVP and let us know if you will need a ride from CCB or meet us at the Hamilton Building. Here’s a quick schedule for the day:

    9:45 Meet at CCB
    10:00 Van leaves for the Denver Art Museum
    10:45 Gather at the Hamilton Building, which is the south building, between 12th and 13th Avenues (the north building is closed for construction)
    11:00 to 1:00 tour of the Tactile Tables with our docent
    1:15 depart for CCB
    1:45 – 2:00 Pick up students at CCB

    Don’t forget to RSVP!Read the rest “April’s FAST Saturday at @DenverArtMuseum #TactileTables”

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  • Meanwhile, down in the gym, a dozen blind students were dissecting dog sharks! @ArapahoeCC

    Deya and Alma with their Shark

    Deya and Alma examine their Shark

    These Denver high school students, Deya and Alma were two of the dozen middle school to college prep students who experienced all the sensory data of a spiny dog shark when they opened one up today at the Center.

    Well, except for taste.

    Thanks again to Arapahoe Community College’s Biology Professor Terry Harrison for leading these blind students through a meaningful lesson about anatomy – a lesson with the side benefit of learning that vision isn’t the only sense with which to do real science!

    Terry Harrison with the 2019 Shark Dissection Group

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  • We’re open today, and sharks are on for tomorrow! The #BombCyclone has blown on by!

    Two sets of blue gloved hands exploring a shark from either side of the table

    It was a relatively calm morning after yesterday’s Bomb Cyclone, with 8 to 12 inches of snow and extreme winds blowing the flakes sideways and into drifts. Admittedly we had to skate our way into the Center before eight this morning, climbing over ice boulders thrown onto the sidewalk along Prince Street by snowplows, but we are here. We are grateful not to be among the nearly 80,000 customers in the Metro area without power this morning.

    And we are on for tomorrow’s shark dissection with Arapahoe Community College’s Terry Harrison. We’re plowing and digging and de-icing our way out in plenty of time for that!… Read the rest “We’re open today, and sharks are on for tomorrow! The #BombCyclone has blown on by!”

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  • Thanks to @RepDianaDeGette for meeting with @nfbco during #NFBinDC, shown here with our 2 high school students!

    2019 HS Students at NFBinDC, L-R Ian Lee, Rep Diana DeGette, Deyannira Villa Cazares

    2019 HS Students at NFBinDC, L-R Ian Lee, Rep Diana DeGette, Deyannira Villa Cazares

    It was a busy time In Washington, DC that week of January 28.

    Okay, that’s an understatement.

    Congresswoman Diana DeGette was called down to the House floor for a vote just as we were getting off the elevator. (We know this because a bell rings in the House office buildings calling members to the floor, and it sounded just as we got off.). She made it back just as our meeting with her Legislative Aide was coming to a close. So she greeted each of us (about 15 people) and we got the photo above with our high school students, Ian Lee (Aurora) and Deyannira Villa Cazares (Denver).… Read the rest “Thanks to @RepDianaDeGette for meeting with @nfbco during #NFBinDC, shown here with our 2 high school students!”

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  • Here’s news about the 2 high school students who submitted successful essays to attend #NFBinDC with @nfbco:

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

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

    Editor’s Note: In the fall we invited blind Colorado high school students to apply for our first-ever scholarship to attend the National Federation of the Blind‘s annual Washington Seminar. Students were asked to submit an essay telling us why they wanted to go, and we selected two students to come with us. In fact, that’s where some of us are right now, including three staff members and three ITP students along with the high school students. Tomorrow we’ll be on the Hill going to appointments at all nine offices of the Colorado Congressional delegation. Here’s a press release issued today by the National federation of the Blind of Colorado.

    Read the rest “Here’s news about the 2 high school students who submitted successful essays to attend #NFBinDC with @nfbco:”

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  • Announcing Our 2019 Summer Youth Programs

    Summer Students work with the LabQuest

    For 2019, we’ll offer our long-standing summer youth programs, including Confidence Camp/BELL and our 8-week residential program for high school and college-aged youth. But we’ll also offer shorter-term and more focused “modules”, describe below. For more information on our 2019 Summer Youth Programs, contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at 303-778-1130, ext. 2223, or mbecerra@cocenter.org.

    Confidence Camp/BELL Academy

    Dates: June 10 through June 21
    Ages: 5 to 10
    Location: Colorado Center for the Blind

    Program Description

    This two-week day program will be filled with learning, challenge and fun. Your child will meet competent blind role models who will work with the kids on cooking, cleaning, Braille, independent travel and technology.… Read the rest “Announcing Our 2019 Summer Youth Programs”

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  • The #Braille Blizzard Challenge in Littleton!

    Ty in the meeting room

    We hosted the Braille Challenge today, referred to as the “Braille Blizzard Challenge” by the seven Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) staff members who drove north  in the storm, sometimes at 25 MPH or slower.  It was also slow going for participants, teachers and parents who came from as far away as Dillon and Fairplay.  It even took as long as 90 minutes to get to Littleton from Aurora as wind and snow swirled across the Metro area this morning, beginning about 8 a.m.

    There were 14  participants in the Braille Challenge hosted here today, and there were 25 in Colorado Springs last Thursday at CSDB. … Read the rest “The #Braille Blizzard Challenge in Littleton!”

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

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

    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

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

    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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