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CCB & ACC Partner to Bring Acclaimed New Orleans Musician Henry Butler to Littleton

Henry Butler performance

Date and Time: Thursday, 02/18/2016 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Littleton Campus – Waring Theatre (M2900)

Arapahoe Community College and the Colorado Center for the Blind will welcome acclaimed musician Henry Butler to the ACC Littleton campus on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Waring Theatre.

Henry ButlerThe evening will begin with a “meet the artist” session from 6:30 – 7:10 p.m., followed by Butler’s performance from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Butler will tour the Colorado Center for the Blind earlier in the day.

Considered the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Butler is a ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee.  A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.

Blind as a result of glaucoma since birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing and performing professionally since he was 12.  For over 40 years, Butler has conducted workshops, clinics and master classes throughout the country.  He also developed a camp for blind and visually-impaired teen musicians.

Also an accomplished photographer, Butler’s work was featured in HBO’s documentary entitled “Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers”. A collection of Butler’s photos are scheduled to be on display in the Waring Theatre on Feb. 18.

This event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person (ACC students receive free admission).  Proceeds will benefit the ACC Student Emergency Fund and the Colorado Center for the Blind.

For more information, or to inquire about accommodations, please ACC Student Life Coordinator Stephanie Beecher at [email protected] or 303.797.5665.  You may also call Dan Burke at the Colorado Center for the Blind, 303-778-1130. PHOTO BY: TIM ELLIS

The Waring Theater is located in M2900, on the second floor of Main just down the hall from the Disability Services office. The ACC Littleton campus is at: 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120-1801

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Editor’s Note: Shirley graduated in August of 2014, and made this video before she left. While she was here, she obviously made a trip or two to Savory Spice on W. Main in Littleton.


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Gwendolyn Goes on to Her Next Adventure

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We all know what a wonderful cook Gwendolyn is.

Gwendolyn finished at the Center in December and returned to Arizona. With her she took new skills and confidence and a plan to investigate the Business Enterprise Program.

We all know what a wonderful cook she is – Braille, travel and tech were her training goals while she was with us. We wish her luck in her new ventures and … please let us know when “Gwendolyn’s Place” becomes a reality!

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Farewell to Lian

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Lian told us the story of a curious child from China. We knew who she was taling about. Here Julie presents her Certificate of Achievement.

We said farewell to Lian, who returned to Beijing in December. One of her last accomplishments was in the public speaking class when she told us of the child born in Shanghai with disabilities who was so curious that she often took things apart to find out about them.

That certainly rings true. Lian’s indomitable spirit carried her through the challenges of the Center’s training. She was only able to be with us for three months, but she was excited to return to China with new things to share.

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Salem: The Confidence to Succeed

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Salem spent two years just trying to get to training. No wonder she’s grinning as she prepares her grad meal for 60!

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 began to realize that she needed some other things as well if she were going to be able to live the life she wanted for herself.

So it was her bustling determination that propelled her through her program and over and around and through the many challenges she faced in her time in Colorado. And then she gave even more, often volunteering to work with our Youth Programs, such as mentoring blind youth at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and for other events at the Center.

Yes, Salem loves Braille, and she also loves people. She did an internship at the front desk and her positive, friendly efficiency there shone.

Brent presented her Freedom Bell to her at her request on December 7, 2015 – the bell she earned after almost three years of hard work and determination. That’s commitment! And as Salem carries her bell back to California, she’ll also carry many new skills and the confidence to achieve even more.

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Brent presented Salem with her Freedom Bell.
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Salem rings her Freedom Bell, in her case the culmination of years of work and determination.
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Jerad Goes Paleo, Goes to College

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Jerad prepared a paleo meal for 60 before receiving his Freedom Bell from Kimberley.

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 his instructors.

For their part, his teachers neither confirmed nor denied how necessary that was, praising him instead for his skills and accomplishments.

It was all true. Though he came from Tennessee just out of high school, jerad could always be counted on to lend an assist to any of his fellow students who needed it. And he worked hard to achieve his confidence and self-reliance, always remaining thoughtful and understanding.

Next for “paleo man”? College man!
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The Gentleman from Missouri

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Curtis never lost his determination to earn the Freedom Bell and now it’s his!

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 great meal – feeding the masses is one of his special skills. More than that, he is always ready to pitch in and help his fellow students or with any activity around the Center.

Curtis started the program in 2013, but had to leave because of a family emergency back in Missouri. His determination to complete his training and to earn his Freedom Bell remained firm, and he made it back last spring. Now that bell, representing confidence and self-reliance, is his!

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Feeding the masses is one of Curtis’s special skills, and he surpassed himself with his grad meal for 60.
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Ahimsa’s Celebration

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Ahimsa’s shop project reads “Live the life you want!”

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 this day. Her extraordinary laugh throughout gave testimony to that!

Already an accomplished baker, she was always comfortable in the kitchen. As she prepared her graduation meal for 60, she hummed and sang along with her favorite show tunes, knowing that she was now also an accomplished traveler as a blind person, able to read Braille and effectively use assistive technology.

All these things will serve her well as she returns to New Mexico and goes on to her next training in college!

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Ahimsa was ready to celebrate her accomplishments on her graduation day!
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Ahimsa mastered several tools for technology and travel classes. Here she puts her iPhone, laptop and Victor Stream together as she prepares for her Monster Route.