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Planting a Memorial Rose

A middle-aged man and a young boy gently lower the peace rose into the freshly-dug hole

Delma Taylor and her husband Ed have been attending our Senior Program for longer than anyone. Delma was the one who’d lost her sight, and Ed came for support and to give it as well. A few years ago Ed’s sight failed too, and they kept coming.

Ed passed away in April and, the day after Memorial Day, Delma and her son Ron came with family to plant a Peace Rose in our Legacy Garden. Duncan and some of the seniors came out to the garden as son Ron and great-nephew Isaac (shown in the photo above) did the digging and the planting.

We send our sympathies to Delma and the taylor family for their loss, and thank them for the honor of having Ed’s memorial rose in our garden!

Family and friends gather as Isaac and Isaac plant the rose

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Zukes, Cukes, Pumpkins & Peas: 1st Garden Planting!

A large group working out in the garden

It’s still too chilly for tender basil and eggplant and jalepeños, not to mention tomatoes and tomatillosand thyme, but it was a great morning to plant seeds in our Legacy Garden with Arapahoe County’s Master Gardeners! So that’s what happened – Jen and Carina’s 1st hour Braille classes went out first, followed by Tech classes with Chip, Chris and Showe.

By next week, the night airs will be considerably warmer, and we’ll be able to put in our plants. For now, it’s exciting – the growing season is definitely underway!

Kyra planting peas under a metal trellis
Cezar and Joann planting cucumbers under a wooden trellis

 

Libby planting a pumpkin patch in the center of the garden
Lexi planting cucumbers under a trellis

 

Zach H. on one knee with one of the Master Gardeners planting zucchini in the center of the garden
Ceci poking a hole with one finger and a hand full of tiny seeds in the other hand

 

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

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 one coupon per Travel Instructor, please.

Ashley just back from her Support Drop
Julie M. Signing in after returning from her Independent Drop

 

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Independence Training Program

Students Fan Out over Metro Denver on Annual Scavenger Hunt

Libby and Chaz about to get on an RTD Bus

While Center staff hold an educational and planning day, students are excused from classes, though not from learning.

No, it’s the annual scavenger hunt that CCB alums will recall. Students are divided up into groups and given a list of 30 items they must find or produce today, and bring to the Center tomorrow. Items on the list involve a lot of Braille, traveling to various locations to get such things as menus or business cards or other unusual items. There’s also a baking item on the list, and some research on the Internet can help, but everything is required to be in Braille or have a Braille label. That way, there’s something that everyone can do. Thus, students work together and use the skills they’ve been practicing in class.

And yes, it’s a competition. The winning group will receive a gift card for a popular place to eat.

And the weather’s great this morning … hope everyone got an early start!

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Ring That Bell at the Top of the Climbing Wall! @NSCD @denverpal

Ascending on neighboring routes, Dugan and Charles both near the top of the wall

Spring rock climbing with NSCD is underway, and Group 2 made their way on Tuesday to Denver PAL’s indoor climbing wall for their introductory climb, and lessons in harnessing up, tying knots and belaying. NSCD fittingly hung a bell at the top of each route so climbers can ring it loud and proud when they reach the top! We’re good with ringing that bell with confidence!

In addition to the introductory indoor climb, each group does two outdoor climbs in Clear Creek Canyon as well, though Group 2’s scheduled outdoor climb on Friday has been rescheduled because … Well, it’s snowing again in Colorado in May!

Danielle rings the bell at the top of the climbing wall
Zach P. reaches the top of the climbing wall and reaches for the bell

 

Cezar reaching for a hold as he nears the top of the climing wall
Leon sports a huge grin as he reaches the top of the climbing wall

David D. reaches for a handhold as he progresses up the climbing wall

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Cane Travel Independence Training Program

“I cant’ believe I did it!” Congrats to Serena on Completing her Drop Today!

Serena signing in at the Brailler in the lobby, grinning at the camera

Confidence

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It’s Not Just a Button – Ashley Turns Sewing into #TactileArt!

Ashley took the practical desire to know how to sew on a button several steps further after signing up for the after-school sewing class, and turned her new sewing skills into tactile art!

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Our #Mother’sDay Tribute: The Moms of 3 Recent Grads Speak of Independence

Moms, along with Dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends and of course spouses and children, regularly attend the graduation ceremonies of our students. The clips that make up this video are from three 2017 graduations – those for Jackson, Trevor and Brittany, during which their respective moms ( and one grandma), shared their feelings and hopes for their now-grown children. There’s nothing we can really add and, since it’s Mother’s Day, we’ll let the Moms hold center stage as they should. Here’s our love and thanks to all those Moms who believe in the independence of their blind children. We especially want to thank Melissa, Paige and Julia for allowing us to share these personal moments. Happy Mother’s Day!

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CCB Legacy Garden: Kimberley & the Master Gardeners

Last year’s gardening season, with the Arapahoe County Master Gardeners from first to last spade, and Kimberley giving us historic background.

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A Farewell Wave to Our Alabama Friend

a woman wearing sleep shades uses her cane to maneuver in the Travel Lobby.
By Thursday, Jessica was challenging herself to travel independently between classes while wearing sleep shades.

We want to give a farewell wave to Jessica Edmiston, who spent Monday through Thursday here at the Center, not just observing, but working under sleep shades all week, going to classes with student mentors and working on the basics of Braille, Assistive Technology, cooking and travel. And as it happened, she was here to witness three graduations, including partaking of the meals prepared for 60 by the graduates, and the awarding of their Freedom Bells!

It’s no small deal for Jessica to take a week to do this, since she’s the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Birmingham Regional Center Director. That’s a long title, and it has a lot of responsibility to go with it, but her center contains a recently established Structured Discovery program, which is (the methodology and philosophy we employ here at CCB, called the Alabama Freedom Center for the Blind. Jessica clearly has a commitment to the deaf and blind Alabamans her program serves, and that includes the Freedom Center for the Blind. We were very glad to have her with us this week!

By the way, she was an excellent student!