Tag: Braille

  • Announcing Homework Club!

    Anahit and Nate Making a Sandwitch

    After School Program

    Editor’s Note: This announcement went out via email this week, but constitutes months of dreaming, planning and recruitment and coordination. Suddenly, our familiarity with virtual platforms creates an opportunity to reach out to blind kids in new and innovative ways!

    Anahit and Nate Making a Sandwitch

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Thank you for being strong and supportive partners in your blind/low vision child’s educational journey! We know that homework, some new concepts and various skills can be overwhelming to tackle. Perhaps at times, your child might just need to check in to refresh their knowledge about a particular topic. Our new program, Homework Club, is here to assist!… Read the rest “Announcing Homework Club!”

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  • “How My Life Changed at the Colorado Center for the Blind” @CatchTheseWords

    Holly headed out from the Center with her cane

    Editor’s Note: We introduced you to holly some months ago, when the weather was warmer and she was a relatively new student at the center. She comes from the United Kingdom and her drive to attend the Colorado Center for the Blind stems in part from the fact that, as she says “there aren’t any training centers where I’m from.” And that means not even bad ones. Holly is a widely-read blogger on disability and blindness (Catch These Words), and we thought her thoughts on this video after completing our program – one of the more rigorous blindness training programs there is – offer us all an important perspective on what we do here, and why.

    Read the rest ““How My Life Changed at the Colorado Center for the Blind” @CatchTheseWords”

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  • Meet Adama, a Disability-rights Champion from Sierra Leone

    Adama sitting at the table in the travel lobby with her phone and her slate and stylus.

    For the past three weeks, we’ve been delighted to have Adama Conteh as a special student at the Colorado Center for the Blind. Adama is from Sierra Leone, a country of about 6 million in West Africa. She has been in the U.S. under the sponsorship of Hope International, which has provided Adama with training at their headquarters in Tennessee, and transportation to Colorado to attend the Center for these three weeks.

    You don’t have to talk to Adama more than a couple of minutes to understand that she is a disability rights and women’s rights advocate at her core.… Read the rest “Meet Adama, a Disability-rights Champion from Sierra Leone”

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  • Run, Walk or Donate to the 2019 #6DotDashCO to Support Braille Literacy #ComeRunwithUs

    6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

    6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

    Bring the whole family and #comerunwithus #6dotdashco. You can Read more about this year’s 6 Dot Dash 5K, or Go Straight to the Registration Page.

    The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and the Colorado Center for the Blind are partnering again for our 2nd 6 Dot Dash 5k, June 29! Our first year was a big success with 191 runners (and/or walkers) and netting more than $5000 for our Braille literacy and scholarship programs. Not bad for the first lap! Besides, it was a lot of fun.

    This year is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with more kid activities, local food vendors, live music and more beer, just to name a few of this year’s additions.… Read the rest “Run, Walk or Donate to the 2019 #6DotDashCO to Support Braille Literacy #ComeRunwithUs”

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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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  • Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden

    6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

    6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

    Editor’s Note: This letter has been widely distributed this week, but we decided to risk repeating ourselves by posting it here because we very much hope you will join us for the NFB of Colorado Comcast 6 Dot Dash on Sunday. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

    Dear Family and Friends,

    In recent months we have been planning our first National Federation of the Blind Comcast 6 Dot Dash 5K. Perhaps you have heard about it. It is this coming Sunday morning. Perhaps you have already made plans to attend. We hope so. Perhaps you have registered for the race.… Read the rest “Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden”

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  • Blind people need to know about colors too, & Other First-day-of-summer Lessons

    Cadence shows how to tell which one is her Backpack on the hooks

    Cadence knows which is her Backpack by reading the Braille label beneath  the hookThat was one of the first lessons of the first day of summer for Confidence Camp kids this morning.

    “If someone asks you what your backpack looks like, what are you going to tell them?” the lesson continued.

    Yes, Monday began with learning for the 10 5 to 12-year-olds. It went on from there, including making lunches, and there will be plenty more lessons in independence and fun over the next two weeks. Lots of fun too – their day ended with a trip to the pool for a swim. Now that’s summer!

    And then there were the 23 teenagers in our Earn & Learn and College Prep programs in their first day of classes.… Read the rest “Blind people need to know about colors too, & Other First-day-of-summer Lessons”

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  • Join us with @NFBCO & @ComcastColo for the First #6DotDashCO on June 24!

    Four runners with the NFBCO 6 Dot Dash Logo in the lower-right corner

    Four runners with the NFBCO 6 Dot Dash Logo in the lower-right cornerDear Friends –

    We want to bring your attention to an exciting event taking place here at the Colorado Center for the Blind on Sunday, June 24.

    At least, it will start and finish at the Center, because it is the national Federation of the Blind of Colorado’s first 6 Dot Dash 5K, and we invite you to register and walk, run or roll! Funds raised go to the NFB of Colorado, the organization that founded the Colorado Center for the Blind and whose fund-raising kept the doors of the CCB open for many years afterward. The practical application of the philosophy we teach here at the Center is the philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind, whose tag line is “Blindness is not what holds you back.… Read the rest “Join us with @NFBCO & @ComcastColo for the First #6DotDashCO on June 24!”

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  • Shout out to @DirtCoffee #ShareLittleton

    Here are a couple of pics taken this morning at the Dirt Coffee Bar in downtown Littleton. Dirt is a nonprofit operation dedicated to employment for people with Autism and we knew we had a lot of values in common when they called us to ask about Braille menus and board games for the shop a month before it opened. There’s nothing like a Braille menu!

    This morning we delivered two copies of the menu in Braille … and of course we had to try out their coffee and hot chocolate!

    Here’s a short clip from dirtcoffee.org

    Dirt is on a mission to bring you quality crafted coffee, food & drink while employing & empowering individuals with autism. 

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  • Blowing off Steam After Competing in the Braille Challenge CSDBBulldogs

    A student in sleepshades prepares to make a throw iwht the goal ball

    A student in sleepshades prepares to make a throw iwht the goal ball

    After spending much of the day in their chairs, giving their best in various Braille skills as part of the 2018 Braille Challenge, participants in the Metro area competition found goal ball the perfect way to unwind.

    It’s the third year we’ve hosted the event for Metro-area kids, which is organized in Colorado by the colorado school for the deaf and the blind. Students scores on reading, writing and more are collected regionally and given rankings, then compared to scores across the country. Eventually, the Braille Institute in Los Angeles will bring the most competitive students there for a final competition.… Read the rest “Blowing off Steam After Competing in the Braille Challenge CSDBBulldogs”

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