DAR Donates Tactile Stars and Stripes
We were excited to welcome three members of the Mount Rosa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on Tuesday, September 13, who presented us with a tactile American flag. They accurately surmised that we might not have an actual flag that blind people could touch and make sense out of. Now we have one!”
Of course, we have the Stars and Stripes in our meeting room, but flags are made nowadays in such a way that you can’t feel any difference between the red and white stripes or the field of blue, let alone the 50 white stars there.
Big Thanks for Big Success of May 14 Vaccine Clinic
Last Friday’s vaccination clinic here at the center was a huge success, and we want to give a huge shout-out to our partners, Vive Family Wellness, St. Benedict’s Health and Healing Ministry, and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition for helping us make it possible for 29 people to get their first Moderna shot on May 14. The convenience was a big draw for staff, students and folks in the neighborhood to drop in, and that was the beauty of the event.
Sure the taco truck was outstanding, too. I mean, really outstanding!
The clinic for the second shot will be held on Friday, June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.… Read the rest “Big Thanks for Big Success of May 14 Vaccine Clinic”
Center Hosts Walk-in Vaccine Clinic Friday, May 14
Colorado Center for the Blind Walk-in Vaccine Clinic
- This Friday, May 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Colorado Center for the Blind (in the parking lot)
2233 West Shepperd Ave
Littleton, CO 80120
We are excited to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic with our partners for those 18 and older this Friday. It’s a walk-in clinic, meaning no registration. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
The Second Dose clinic will be scheduled for Friday, June 11, 2021 at the same time.
We can also provide second vaccines at the clinic this Friday, May 14th to those who have received their first Moderna vaccine at least 28 days before.… Read the rest “Center Hosts Walk-in Vaccine Clinic Friday, May 14”
FAST and Zoom, Zoom and FAST: Our FAST Program for Blind Youth goes virtual This Friday!
Editor’s Note: Here’s some news from Youth Director Martin Becerra-Miranda. He’s been busy hosting lots of Zoom meetings for our staff and ITP students for the past month. But he’s also had time to think about what he wants to do with our FAST (Fun Skills Activities and Training) for youth, and maybe, just maybe, he misses the real energy of working with kids. So we’re going virtual with FAST starting this Friday!
Blind students of all ages and their family members
This will be a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Observing “Social Distancing” guidelines doesn’t have to mean being socially disconnected.… Read the rest “FAST and Zoom, Zoom and FAST: Our FAST Program for Blind Youth goes virtual This Friday!”
Let the Blind Be Counted: Our How-to Video on Responding to the 2020 Census
Meanwhile, down in the gym, a dozen blind students were dissecting dog sharks! @ArapahoeCC
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!
Here’s news about the 2 high school students who submitted successful essays to attend #NFBinDC with @nfbco:
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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.
FAST (Fun Activities & Skills Training) Kicks Off the Year with Family Movie Night Friday #BlindYouth
Movie and Pizza for our first FAST Friday!
That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Even better is that we’ll be watching an audio-described version of the all-time favorite, “Toy Story.” It’s Martin’s favorite movie!
Audio description provides information to blind and visually impaired viewers that would otherwise be inaccessible to them – short descriptions of on-screen scenes, action, gestures and facial expressions slipped in during gaps in the dialogue.
- Toy Story and Pizza
- Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.
- Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
- Please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda so we’ll know how many pizzas to order:
Access & #TactileLiteracy: A Day in Our College Prep Class
Access to concepts and information presented in graphical form has long been a challenge for blind college students. In the past couple of decades the surge in digitally-displayed content has, well, gone supernova. Thus, blind college students need to develop basic tactile literacy with two- and thre-dimensional representations that their sighted peers may have learned much more informally through media such as picture books, television, film, or YouTube. Blind people learn how things look best by touch. Descriptions are a stop-gap, but only that. Thus, one aspect of our College Prep class’s goal of preparing our students to be savvy and nimble in gaining access to their studies involves taking a look at the kinds of things colleges may throw in front of them and expect them to be able to interpret.… Read the rest “Access & #TactileLiteracy: A Day in Our College Prep Class”
CCB Alum @vi_poonam Guest on @bbcworldservice “The Conversation” w/ @KimChakanetsa
In this part of the world, the BBC’s World Service can be heard during normal sleeping hours on one of our public radio stations. This week our volunteer photographer/videographer Mike Thompson had the BBC World Service on while falling back to sleep in the wee hours when he heard a familiar voice and a familiar name – Poonam Vaidya.
Poonam is from Bangalore, India and was one of our international students. (We always try to have one international student at any given time.), She graduated in 2016. Poonam was one of two blind women interviewed for the BBC program, “The Conversation.”… Read the rest “CCB Alum @vi_poonam Guest on @bbcworldservice “The Conversation” w/ @KimChakanetsa”