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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Sometimes spring arrives in Colorado in waves that feel like that bad bus driver, the one who alternately steps on the gas and then lets off, again and again, rocking you forward and back into half-nausea. That’s how it’s been this year – 80 degree days followed by an icy blast of wind and snow […]

The First Week of Summer Means Lots of Firsts

Amber using a shovel in the garden for the 1st time with Annette and Barb

No matter what the calendar says, it’s the first week of summer. The temps are in the 90s, the garden is being planted and summer staff are shadowing their ITP staff counterparts. Friday 25 teenagers (summer students) begin arriving and on Monday the elementary Confidence Camp kids start too. So here’s another first or two. […]

A little about CCB at #NFBCO17 – @nfbco

Ryan at the podium with Julie and Scott to the right at NFBCO17

Everyone – staff and students – were in Fort Collins last weekend for the 63rd Convention of National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. For some, it was their first convention, while others were very involved in a number of activities and divisions. Above these three recent alums were at the podium at different moments. […]

Steve Announces 2 for 1 on Drops: Julie & Ashley Successes!

Julie M. Signing in after returning from her Independent Drop

Who can resist a 2-for-1 deal? Steve called it out at morning announcements – Ashley for her support drop (meaning she spent the morning with Steve), and Julie M. on her solo drop! What a great deal – and they both made it back successfully, and with more confidence in their independent travel skills! Limit […]

Confidence Is the Cornerstone of Independence: Suzi’s Drop

Suzi with a huge grin signing in at the Brailler after getting back from her Independent Drop

“Is Suzie here this morning?” asked Daniel yesterday at morning announcements. “No!” protested Suzie This is how it goes sometimes near the end of a student’s program – things can get bunched up a bit. Suzie will graduate on May 10. On Tuesday this week, she completed her Monster Route – traveling to four places […]

Congratulate Courtney, she completed her drop this morning!

A young woman standing at the counter, her fingers on the keys of a Braille typewriter

She had great weather, and more than a little New Jersey attitude when Steve told us at announcements she was going on her drop this morning. She still had that attitude when she got back after only an hour. “I think I spent more time waiting for the light rail than anything …,” she commented. […]

Last week was a big one for drops

Ryan signing in after returning from his Independent Drop

Last week was busy with drops and support drops. The “Drop”, or independent drop is one of the two final requirements of our cane travel instruction. Ryan and Trevor both completed theirs last week, having been dropped somewhere in the Denver Metro area and permitted one question on their trip back to the Center. The […]