Tag: NFB

  • CCB’s Message of Support for Blind Ukrainians #BlindwithU

    staff and students at CCB recording our own audio contribution for the We're With You concert

    On Saturday, April 16, 2022 an international Internet radio concert of 110 mostly blind artists contributed to the World Blind Union’s Ukrainian Unity Fund. More than $85,000 was raised to provide aid to blind Ukrainians displaced or otherwise adversely affected by the current warfare in their homeland. The Colorado Center for the Blind, along with our sister NFB centers, the Louisiana Center for the Blind and BLIND, Inc, were asked by NFB President Riccobono to make our own recordings of support for the effort, as all of us in the NFB and President Riccobono have been deeply disturbed by the horrific conditions faced by all Ukrainians, and especially blind Ukrainians.… Read the rest “CCB’s Message of Support for Blind Ukrainians #BlindwithU”

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  • 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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  • CCB 2020: Resilience in a Year of Challenge @nfbco #nfbco20

    We put this video together to serve as our report to the NFB of Colorado’s 2020 Virtual Convention October 29-31. We wanted to show the creativity of our staff and determination of our blind students of all ages to obtain the blindness skills that mean independence, which are necessary despite this pandemic. In fact, the importance of independence and blindness skills is even more critical than ever. Since filming and first showing this video, we have again moved our Independence Training Program (ITP) to be virtual until after the first of the year, while also discontinuing in-person (and socially-distanced) training sessions with our blind seniors.… Read the rest “CCB 2020: Resilience in a Year of Challenge @nfbco #nfbco20”

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  • We’re in NFB Convention Mode, Virtually! #NFB20

    Bishoy and Mark listening to NFB2020 Convention

    Every summer we pack ourselves up, staff, ITP students and summer students, and head out to the National Federation of the Blind convention, wherever that may be – Orlando, Dallas, Las Vegas. This year it was going to be in Houston. It often proves to be one of the most important learning experiences for our blind students during their time in training.

    But this isn’t every summer. It isn’t just any summer. We don’t even have any summer youth this year. And the NFB convention for 2020 is a virtual one. For those of us who have gone to the NFB convention for years, it is bittersweet.… Read the rest “We’re in NFB Convention Mode, Virtually! #NFB20”

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  • Giving Back – A Tribute to Robert Dyson

    Robert is serving as a judge for the student “Chopped” contest

    By Julie Deden

    For the past 16 years when you called the Center, you would talk to Robert. His welcoming voice was the hallmark of the Center and our NFB office.  Shortly after the first of the year, Robert let us know that he’d decided to move to Canon City to be close to his family. He had planned to leave at the end of April, and we hadn’t even made a public announcement. And then the center had to close down daily operations due to COVID-19. As we all shifted to working from home and daily Zoom calls, Robert took to the phone and began calling our most recent alumni to see how they were faring under the new, extreme conditions.… Read the rest “Giving Back – A Tribute to Robert Dyson”

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  • A Fountain of Challenge and Success: Founders Honored in Baltimore McGeorge Living Room! #cogives

    A brown-haired woman stands beside the fountain, its reddish-brown mountain peak rises above her.

    A brown-haired woman stands beside the fountain, its reddish-brown mountain peak rises above her.
    Executive Director Julie Deden stands beside the fountain in the McGeorge Living Room at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, dedicated Dec. 5, 2019.
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    Wearing a black skirt and white blouse with black accents, a brown-haired woman stands beside the fountain. The broad base is white, about table-height, filled with round, black stones where water falls and splashes. Rising up from the rocks more than a foot above the woman’s head, is the rough-surfaced sharp mountain peak in reds, rusts and browns.

    On a recent visit to the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Center Director Julie Deden and I were able to preview the new McGeorge Living Room at the NFB’s headquarters.… Read the rest “A Fountain of Challenge and Success: Founders Honored in Baltimore McGeorge Living Room! #cogives”

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  • CCB Seeks Blind Colorado Youth to Go to DC in February

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

    Early each year, more than 500 blind Americans tap their canes across Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia to keep appointments at the offices of every member of Congress. It is the Washington Seminar of the National Federation of the Blind, and it is how we make our legislative concerns and priorities known to those who have been elected to serve us. It is how we, the blind, make our voices heard, and doing so is the foundation of our democracy.

    For the 2020 Washington Seminar, The Colorado Center for the Blind will assist up to 3 blind Colorado high school students to travel with the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado to the annual Washington Seminar February 10-13, 2019.… Read the rest “CCB Seeks Blind Colorado Youth to Go to DC in February”

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  • Catch These Words: Meet Current Student Holly Scott-Gardner & Words Worthy of Catching: @CatchTheseWords

    Holly Scott-Gardner Hiking along Clear Creek on her first day at CCB

    Holly Scott-Gardner Hiking along Clear Creek on her first day at CCB

    Holly Scott-Gardner is from the United Kingdom. By many measures, she is a very successful woman, yet she wanted to come to the Colorado Center for the Blind for training. On her first day at the Center, she accepted the challenge to go rock climbing. She attended the National Federation of the Blind Convention with us in Las Vegas last month, and a few weeks ago attended a conference on blindness in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    We thought the best introduction to Holly would be to send you to her recent blog post about being at the Center. On her blog site, you can learn much more about her.… Read the rest “Catch These Words: Meet Current Student Holly Scott-Gardner & Words Worthy of Catching: @CatchTheseWords”

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  • The Blind History Lady Talks to the Tuesday Seniors

    Peggy Chong talks to the Senior Group

    This morning, the Tuesday Seniors group hosted The Blind History Lady, a.k.a. Peggy Chong. Chong, a long-time member of the National Federation of the Blind, recently retired to Aurora from New Mexico with her husband, Curtis.

    For a number of years she has researched stories and records of blind Americans, some as far back as the 19th Century, in order to bring their more or less forgotten or never-known lives to light.

    Her “blind ancestors” as she considers them to be, become more fully rounded-out citizens, and not just Hollywood stereotypes as she tells their stories in person or in print.… Read the rest “The Blind History Lady Talks to the Tuesday Seniors”

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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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