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Home Management Independence Training Program

18 Onions & What do You Get? Ryan’s Mini-meal & the Inside of Your Sleepshades Are Wet

Ryan admits he was pretty happy to be wearing sleepshades as he chopped the 18 onions it took to make his French onion soup. He is also now excited about cooking something other than “meat” since he came to the Center.

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General Colorado Center Information Youth Services

Dates & Applications for 2017 Residential Summer Youth Programs Available

Smiling young man prepares to board the RTD bus
Thomas boards a bus druing travel class last summer.

Sure, it was an unlucky 13 degrees this morning and one-third of our ITP students are on the slopes today, so why not start thinking about Summer 2017?

Here are the dates of all three residential programs.

Summer for Success College Prep Program
Ages: completed junior year in high school with focus on college
Program dates: June 9 – August 4
8-week residential program

Earn and Learn High School Program
Ages: 14 years or older and completed freshman year of high school
Program dates: June 9 – August 4
8-week residential program

Initiation to Independence Middle School Program
Ages: 11-14
Program dates: June 12 – June 30
3 week residential program

At the Colorado Center for the Blind we offer three summer residential programs for students in middle school, high school and college prep. The students live with counselors in 2 bedroom, 1½ bath apartments located near the Center and will work on all aspects of managing an apartment. Students are well supervised by their counselors at a ratio of 3 to 1. They will also use public transportation to travel to and from the Center each day. There are usually 2-3 students per apartment and they work together on such things as cleaning, cooking, food storage, grocery shopping, using shopper assistants, budgeting money, and sharing common household chores.

We place a big emphasis on challenge recreation activities such as white water rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, martial arts, science and a variety of other events. The students always have a great time tackling these challenges that are generally perceived as inaccessible to blind kids.

All students participate in discussion groups where they talk about what it’s like to be a blind teenager. Topics of discussion may include dating, dealing with parents and teachers, ways to integrate effectively into all school activities, and various social situations. Students learn how to problem solve, self-advocate and take charge of their lives.

All programs share the core classes of Braille, cane travel, daily living skills, technology and philosophy of blindness. As an integral part of our programs, students with residual vision are required to wear sleep shades during the day and during other Center activities. This provides for all students to focus their attention on learning the non-visual techniques that we teach at the Colorado Center for the Blind. Self-confidence and belief in one’s capacity takes root most firmly when the student realizes that their sel-fworth need not be based upon how much vision they have, but instead on their effectiveness using either nonvisual or visual techniques.

One of the high points of the high school and college prep summer programs is traveling to the National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention. This is the largest gathering of blind people in the world and the students get the chance to meet many successful blind adults and other kids from all around the country. At the convention, they learn about the newest in assistive technology and other adaptive devices, while experiencing some of the details of staying in a world-class hotel. Students will have an the opportunity to pack for the trip, check luggage and travel through the airport with other blind people using new travel skills. On the last night of the convention, they will attend a formal banquet and will be expected to dress appropriately.

Summer for Success College Prep Program
The College Prep class seeks to instill a sense in each student that they can and should take charge of their education in college and beyond. The program introduces students to the student-initiated world of the college Disability Services office and “reasonable accommodations”, as well as the increasingly virtual learning environment. We impart concepts and develop skills to assist the student in finding success in their studies. They will learn about their civil rights in college, as well as multi-tool strategies for obtaining their own accessible formats of textbooks and other instructional materials. Here, the emphasis will be on assistive technologies and textbook resources. We’ll also cover access to science and math, research databases and use travel skills to visit several campuses in the Denver Metro area.

Earn and Learn High School Program
This eight-week residential program serves students aged 14 and older. Not only do these students take the core classes, but they have the opportunity to participate in exciting, paid work experiences. We work to match students with jobs they find both interesting and challenging, and they travel to and from their jobs with an assigned Summer Counselor. It is exhilarating for the students to get their first paycheck.

Initiation to Independence Middle School Program
This is a three-week residential program for students aged 11-14. In addition to the core classes, this is an opportunity for this age group to live in apartments with other students and a counselor, getting real world experiences in their home away from home. Students will meet successful, working adults in order to learn about various professions. These students are excited to have so many new experiences in just three short weeks!

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For more information please contact:
Brent Batron, Director of Youth Programs
[email protected]

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Home Management Independence Training Program

It’s all ready: Brittany’s Mini-meal

Shrimp and French bread … Britanny is cool and in charge of her mini-meal for 15!

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Youth Services

Announcing Dates for the 2017 CONFIDENCE CAMP FOR KIDS

Come join us for our Elementary Summer day Program!

June 5 through June 23
 

9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday
 

For ages 5-11
Once again, The Colorado Center for the Blind is sponsoring our interactive, three week program for blind and visually impaired children ages five through eleven.

The highly qualified staff, including two certified TVIs, will work with students in a variety of age appropriate areas such as cane skills, daily living skills, Braille and beginning technology. Students will prepare lunch each day and focus on household activities like making beds, vacuuming, washing dishes, sweeping, etc.

Several experienced and energetic blind role models will be paired with students as we believe that positive blind role modeling teaches success.

Not only will the students work on building their skills but, even more importantly, they will gain confidence in themselves by participating in a wide range of activities. Some of these activities will include a science fair, riding the light rail to parks and recreation centers, swimming, eating lunch at a restaurant and many more.

Students cap off this experience by participating in a unique and fun performance that friends and families can attend. The skills and confidence they gain from this experience will be exciting.

The fee of $100 covers all 3 weeks and all activities. We are grateful to our many grantors and donors who make Confidence Camp possible each year.

All students will use a long white cane during the program, and will also have a number of opportunities to test their skills using sleep shades.

Call early to reserve a spot or email/ fax your application soon. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

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For more information contact:
Brent Batron, Director of Youth Programs,
303-778-1130 ext 222,
[email protected]

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Home Management Independence Training Program

The Maker of Indian Cuisine: Trevor’s Mini-meal

Trevor has a degree in Physics, is a bit of an inventor, more than just a dabbler in the maker movement, and he takes his tinkerer’s inclinations to the kitchen. “How does?” and “What if?” are part of what makes us human, so they are naturally encouraged in our training program.

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Braille Events General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program Youth Services

Pleased to host #BrailleChallenge and the #SRC all today!

Yes, we’re pleased and excite to be the host site for the Braille Challenge for 2017! Fifteen Metro-area students ages 6 to 17 are here to demostrate their skils in reading, writing and more using Braille. It’s our third year to host the Metro Challenge, which is sponsored by the Braille Institute of America and coordinated in Colorado by the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. Last week, students in Colorado Springs met the Braille Challenge as well.

This afternoon the State Rehabilitation Council met at the Center. The SRC is required of each state’s Vocational Rehabilitation program, and includes members from across the state representing many disabilities.

Where were all our students, you may well ask. They were displaced today, working in all their classes from our McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments.

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General Colorado Center Information

Tactile Art Club to Hold First Meeting Jan. 17 at CCB

An alabaster sculpture with flowing and spiky elements
“Flames and Waves”, Stone carving by Yolanda Thompson

The first-ever meeting of a new Tactile Art Club will meet at CCB from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 17. It will be held monthly on the third Tuesday of each month.

Our long-time collaorator and art instructor, Ann Cunningham, CCB alum Jenny Callahan and CCB Tech Instructor Yolanda Thompson hatched the idea, inspired in part by the first-ever NFB Tactile art and Tactile Graphics Symposium held at the National Center for the Blind in Baltimore last December.

“The idea is to grow a community around the idea of access to tactile art and tactile graphics,” Says Ann.

Meetings will be divided into two parts. The first hour or so will be for artists to bring in new works and discuss technical issues with their colleagues. The second part will be a presentation on a specific technique or aspect of making art in the form of presentations by club memters or guests.

Ann will be the first presenter, demonstrating the steps required to make a bronze sculpture. she will show how her process evolves from getting an idea, to gathering reference materials, creating paper models, making an armature and sculpting the clay. Then she will demonstrate how she makes a mold and pours the wax.

If you are interested in multi-sensory approaches to art, please join us!

For more information contact Ann Cunningham at:

[email protected]

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Independence Training Program

Kimberley’s Retirement Party Brings Surprise Guests

Left to right, Kimberley, Tom and Linda.
Kimberley, Tom and Linda this afternoon following today’s Philosophy class. Kimberley will retire at the end of the month.

Kimberley was indeed surprised when Tom and Linda Anderson showed up at the Center today all the way from Kansas. They’re in town for her retirement party tonight. It was a little tricky keekping it a secret … Tom and Linda’s coming, not the party.

Many of Kimberley McCutcheon’s Face Book Friends will already know this news. Kimberley’s decided to retire and move to a little farm in the hills of North Carolina. She started at the Colorado Center for the Blind in November of 1989 – just before the Center celebrated its 2nd anniversary. She was the Residential Manager, taught what we then called “Daily Living Skilss” (now Home Management), and has been Director of Career & Student Services for many years. In short, she’s done just about everything in her more than 26 years here at the Center.

And though she won’t be leaving for a few more weeks, we kpicked tonight as the best time to celebrate her and all that she’s done for the Center and it’s students!

Tom and Linda moved to Denver in late 1987 to help open the Center. Tom taught Braille until his retirement in April, 2015, so it was a no-doubter that we’d want Tom and Linda here for Kimberley’s retirement celebration. It was just a little extra fun to make it a surprise.

Guests are arriving, the food is ready and smells wonderful, and Kimberley’s family and many friends are gathering to wish her the best and say “Thanks!”

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Home Management Independence Training Program

It’s Going on! Jackson’s Mini-meal for Fifteen

Planning, preparing and serving a three-recipe meal to 15 people is no small matter. Jackson admits at one point he was getting nervous, but he tried to treat the process as a “regular day in class”. He definitely had it going on with his mini-meal!

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Youth Services

Summer Students Spoof Their Summer Counselors

Unheard of, we know. But our 2016 summer students gained so much confidence they decided to spoof their summer counselors and Brent in an imagined staff meeting. Shockingly accurate …