Tag: Partnerships

  • Challenging the Rock with Denver Climbing Co. #ChallengeRec

    Challenging the Rock with Denver Climbing Co. #ChallengeRec

    Late this spring we determined to bring challenge recreation back for our students. We set it aside for over a year for reasons of social distancing, etc. First, We arranged to go whitewater rafting in Idaho Springs, where we’d gone for almost ten years, and it was great to be back on Clear Creek with some old friends!

    Meanwhile, martin Becerrra-Miranda was tasked with finding a new company to guide our Independence Training Program students on rock climbing excursions.

    “I think these guys might be the ones,” Martin said after talking with Dan Krug of Denver Climbing Co. “They just get it.”… Read the rest “Challenging the Rock with Denver Climbing Co. #ChallengeRec”

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  • It may be the flowering of a great new partnership!

    It may be the flowering of a great new partnership!

    three professional women smile while standing in front of a flowering crab apple tree

    We were excited to welcome Circuit Media leadership for a recent visit at the center. Rebecca, Lisa, Karen and Ellie sat down with Executive Director Julie Deden and members of the management team to discuss a possible partnership, including Circuit Media staff serving as volunteers and possible internships for students. (Rebecca, Karen and Ellie are shown in the photo above.)

    Circuit Media, a 20-year-old company headquartered in Denver, is a digital communications and design agency working in both the private and government sectors. Since its inception, it has also fostered socially-conscious service to the community. Indeed, Circuit Media has incorporated accessible digital design as a matter of conscience and compliance into its business products.… Read the rest “It may be the flowering of a great new partnership!”

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  • Learning from Blind/VI Role Models: Martin Featured in @CSDBBulldogs Video Series

    Learning from Blind/VI Role Models: Martin Featured in @CSDBBulldogs Video Series

    The Colorado Schoool for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) recently launched a great video series focusing on role models for their blind and deaf students. Our own Martin Becerra-Miranda, Director of Youth Services, is featured in this one:

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

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

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

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

    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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  • Thumbs Up for Scuba Divers!

    Thumbs Up for Scuba Divers!

    A group of seven Colorado Center for the blind students took a scuba lesson on August 31, thanks to the enthusiasm, organization and experience of one of their peers, Brian Bussard and A-1 Scuba and Aquatics Center in Littleton. In fact, A-1 donated the lesson, including gear and instructor time!

    Bussard, who came to CCB as a student six months ago, is already a certified diver. He has been for 10 years and loves the sport, but hadn’t been diving in the two years since he became blind, so it was as much his own motivation to get back to the sport as his desire to share it with his fellow students that resulted in his setting up the entire adventure.… Read the rest “Thumbs Up for Scuba Divers!”

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  • Another Sign of Spring: Master Gardeners & the Legacy Garden #ShareLittleton

    Another Sign of Spring: Master Gardeners & the Legacy Garden #ShareLittleton

    Tyler holds up a weed with a foot-long root

    It’s yet another sign of spring when the Arapahoe County Master Gardeners first arrive to work with our students in the Legacy Garden. Of course, everything starts with getting the soil ready for planting and, after our spring rains, that means pulling out the eager weeds already leaping up. Tyler, Annette, Abdi, Tucker and Brad took first crack at it on Tuesday. Next week planting begins!

    Brad fills a large container with old dead growth and weeds
    Abdi uses a hand cultivator to loosen the soil around smaller weeds so he can get the roots

     

    Annette uses a spade to dig out some weeds between the irrigation tubing
    Tucker uses a weed digger to get right up next to a large rock

     

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  • Shout out to @DirtCoffee #ShareLittleton

    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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  • Hard Work & Passion for What You Do Are Key to Making Connections

    Hard Work & Passion for What You Do Are Key to Making Connections

    Dianne Primavera and Judy Mares-Dixon at the podium

    More than 130 were in attendance on April 17 for our second annual “Making Connections That Work for You: A Career and College Seminar”. From the beginning in the morning with two phenomenal keynote speakers untl the last breakout ended at 3 p.m., it was a day to learn about the world of work and to feel inspired that blind people can and do any kind of job they wish.

    Former State Representative Dianne Primavera told her story with humility, but undoubtedly her story as a single mom and cancer survivor who became one of Colorado’s most effective legislators and now the CEO of Susan B.… Read the rest “Hard Work & Passion for What You Do Are Key to Making Connections”

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  • Agenda: MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU 2018

    Agenda:  MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU 2018

    2nd Annual Career and College Seminar

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Lunch is provided.

    Don’t miss these keynote addresses:

    Dianne Primavera

    Dianne Primavera is Chief Executive Officer for Susan G. Komen Colorado. She served in the state legislature for eight years as representative for Broomfield. During her tenure in the Colorado General Assembly, Dianne held terms as Chair and Vice Chair on several key committees. She was appointed to the Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Interim Study Committee. A cancer survivor, she founded and co-chaired the Cancer Caucus. The Statesman, the newspaper which covered the state capitol, named her the most effective member of the House for her final term.… Read the rest “Agenda: MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU 2018”

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