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Jenny’s Bell: Of Brussels Sprouts and Self-determination

“Jenny is a woman who is very creative and unique, and you may find yourself experiencing things you’ve never experienced before when you spend time with Jenny.” That was Julie Deden’s remark on January 20 as she prepared to present Jenny with her Freedom Bell. It’s very true, because it […]

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I Came to My Future: Vicki

“Vicki’s coming out of this ready to go,” observed Robert at Vicki’s graduation on Januray 8, “and the rest of you are going to have to work to keep up.” He was right about that. Vicki came with the intention of squeezing out every last drop of opportunity and learning. […]

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Penny’s Bell: You Encouraged Me & Wouldn’t Give Up on Me

Penny received the first Freedom Bell awarded in 2016 on January 7. The first thing she did after ringing it loud and proud was to thank her husband Rick. “You encouraged me and you wouldn’t give up on me,” she said after serving her grad meal to 60 guests, which […]

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Salem: The Confidence to Succeed

Salem worked for two years to be able to come for training at the Center. She loves Braille, and more than once praised her Mom for insisting that her daughter be taught Braille when she became blind in middle school. After high school and a stint in college however, Salem […]

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Jerad Goes Paleo, Goes to College

It was “paleo man’s” turn on December 3. That refers to his diet and his grad meal, for the record. “was that a great meal?” exclaimed Kimberley, who presented Jerad with his Freedom Bell. “I want to thank you for kicking my behind every day of my program,” Jerad told […]

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The Gentleman from Missouri

Curtis was the perfect gentleman as always during the love session at his graduation. He simply said “Thank you” with a grin, and continued to soak up all the praise and affection heaped on him by his fellow students and instructors. The praise is easy to understand. He cooked a […]

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Ahimsa’s Celebration

It was definitely a day to celebrate when Ahimsa graduated on November 12, 2015, and she was more than ready! She came away from her training with a positive sense of herself as a blind person and the satisfaction of knowing that she pushed herself through many barriers to reach […]

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Zach Turns “I Can’ts” into “Can Dos!”

Zach’s day was Wednesday, October 28, a day to celebrate what he now “does” after nine months of training at the Center, and the confidence he has as a blind person for the things he will do in the future. The photo of him ringing his Freedom Bell above shows […]

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When you think of Haylee, think of yellow

Haylee might have been a little stressed out as she approached her graduation day, but to all outward appearances, she made it all look seamless, right down to her quick change of outfits prior to giving a polished and well-researched speech after cooking all day. Haylee first came to the […]

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Cynthia: Kindness and Concern for Others & Independence

Cynthia finished her final weeks in the Independence Training Program (ITP) while working her new part-time job. Thus she finished things out in a slightly unusual order, cooking a delightful grad meal on a Thursday, then finishing her woodshop project before her last requirement – giving a speech to the […]