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Home Management Independence Training Program

Serena’s homemade applesauce for a snowy spring Saturday

a smiling young woman holds a quart jar of amber appplesauce

Believe it or not, the forecasts were correct, snow came in Friday night and is still falling Saturday morning of the last weekend in April. So here’s a warm thought. Serena made applesauce from scratch on Thursday in Home Management – peeling, coring, chopping, cooking and putting the mixture through the food processor. She’s got her hands wrapped around the still-warm quart jar of the golden stuff in the photo above, and she’s probably enjoying some of it this morning!

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General Colorado Center Information

Just can’t stop makin’ those drops – Congrats C.G.!

C.G. signing in at the lobby Brailler with a smile

We have a lot of students nearing the completion of their training programs at the Center, and that always means a steady stream of drops and support drops each week. On Wednesday, C.G. did her final and independent drop, getting back to the Center in no time, even though she naturally had no idea where shhe was when she was “dropped.” Mike did his support drop the same morning, and Friday Chaz went on his support drop too. Both were successful.

Congrats all!

Mike at the lobby Brailler, checking himself in after a support drop

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Senior Programs

Seniors Attend Audio-described Production of “Mama Mia”

Seniors around a long table, laughing and talking with food

Here’s a pic of some of our seniors at Chili’s last Saturday, after attending the audio-described performance of “Mama Mia” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The Seniors used it as a fund-raiser, raising over $200. They keep a small donation fund going to help out with the expenses of various Senior activities for those who may come up short – things like bowling or movies. The money raised will go into that pot.

For the audio-described performances, blind and theater-goers check out a small FM receiver and headphones over which they receive the live audio description of action on the stage. DCPA offers at least one performance with this accessibility service, as well as sign-language interpreters, for each production.

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Computer and Adaptive Technology General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Graham’s Tech Project

Graham's hands turn dials on the audio mixing board, mic, headphones and guitar visible

It just so happens that Graham graduated today, but we’re posting a sample of his Tech Class project. He of course worked with screen readers and other tools in his Tech Class, but as a songwriter and musician with a fair bit of recording experience, he wanted to try his hand at recording and mixing a music track for his final Tech project. Tricky enough, but it takes some skill and patience with the computer and screen reader to make it work with audio editting software, and then only a few such applications are actually accessible for blind users. So, that’s what Graham did, selecting Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game,” recording vocals and guitar and multiple tracks for background vocals, then editting and ixing … Well, here’s asnippet, just to give you the flavor.

Graham in headphones before the mic and mixing board, laying down a guitar track
Graham wearing headphones at a PC editing tracks

 

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General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Getting the Garden Ready for 2017

Yes, it’s time to start getting the garden ready for the 2017 growing season! Tuesday morning some of our Colorado Master Gardeners from the Arapahoe County’Extension Office came by to start getting our Legacy Garden area ready for planting next month, clearing out and cutting down all manner of last year’s growth. Zach, our student from Montana, couldn’t pass up the chance to be outside on such a lovely morning. In the photos below, he takes the stalks of Russion Sage to task, making way for new growth this year. The Russion Sage has a great scent throughout the summer, and is just one plant of many that offer odors, from savory to sweet in our Legacy Garden. And we can’t forget about the great veggies and herbs that we’ll be planting soon!

Zach assesses a Russian Sage stalks above his head
On hands and knees Zach reaches a pair of long-handled branch cutters  deep into the stand of Russion Sage
Zach on one knnee cuts the last stalk, a pile of the cut sage behind him
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Cane Travel Independence Training Program

Congratulate Courtney, she completed her drop this morning!

A young woman standing at the counter, her fingers on the keys of a Braille typewriter
Courtney signs herself in on the Perkins Brailler as Robert announced her return on the PA.

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.

The drop is the final travel requirement – a big test. Students are “dropped” off somewhere in the Metro area and they must find their way back to the Center asking no more than one question. Of course, our travel instructors know when they are ready, know when they have the experience with RTD and various kinds of street crossings and, especially important on the drop, understand and make use of cardinal directions.

Well, congrats Courtney!

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General Colorado Center Information

Braille in the Great Outdoors

Five people around a picnic table, one reading Braille aloud to the others.
Jen took advantage of our recent great weather to take her Braille classes outside. Shown are C.G., Courtney, Jen, Serena and David.

The weather’s been great, so Jen took her Braille classes outside one day last week. They took turns reading aloud from a Braille book. Can’t think of a more relaxing way to learn the critical skills of literacy for the blind!

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General Colorado Center Information

Shout out to our visitors from Front Range Christian School!

Ceci in sleepshades answering questions from visitors
Ceci answered questions about blindness from the FRCS students, and took one of the tour groups around the Center.

We want to give a shout out to students and staff and parents from Front Range Christian School, who toured the Center on April 7. It’s become an annual event, with 26 students coming this year, and 8 adults. Robert talked and answered questions, along with the aid of Ceci and Suzie. Then the three each took a group around for a tour.

Thanks for coming – again! See you next year!

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General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Swolly-ness is Holiness: Ryan’s Pull Up Station

Everyone does a project in Wood Shop, and since Ryan is a fitness professional he built a pull-up station in our gym:

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General Colorado Center Information Home Management Independence Training Program

A Menu with Flair: Ceci’s Mini Meal

Tilapia and ratatouille were served to fifteen with flair for Ceci’s mini-meal, but that was no surprise!