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What is the Colorado Center for the Blind All About? #COGivesDay17

We put this video together especially to link from our Colorado Gives Day page this year for those who might not have heard of us or know exactly what we’re about.

Colorado Gives Day is December 5, and donations received that day online receive a share of an incentive fund, as well as being subject to lower credit card fees. But as we get into the Thanksgiving weekend and all that entails, be assured that you can go toColorado Gives Day and schedule a donation as well!

Meantime, enjoy the video!

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Plenty to be thankful for: Our 2017 #Thanksgiving Feast!

Lia, Ravi, Mason S. and Masson M. prepare four large turkeys to go into the ovens

There was plenty on Thursday, November 16 – plenty to eat and to be thankful for at our 100-percent student-prepared Thanksgiving Feast!

It’s tradition at the Colorado Center for the Blind to hold our own Thanksgiving feast before we break for visits to family and friends on the official holiday. Our students cook it all with the guidance of our unparalleled Home Management staff, and there are always a lot of “firsts”.

For example, every year there are students who have never seen what a turkey looks like just out of the refrigerator. So on Tuesday, with serving gloves on, students examined and explored the four turkeys that eventually became our dinner.

And on Thursday in the buffet line Casey was happily talking about the gravy he had made.

“I’ve never made gravy before,” he said. “I’m going home and make gravy all the time now!”

Or words to that effect.

After the meal, Director Julie Deden asked everyone to share one thing that they are thankful for this year. Forced to make that choice, the great food fell back in the top ten. Instead, the top items were family and friends, improving health, the gift of being at the Center at all – both for students and staff. More than one mentioned that they were thankful for Diane McGeorge who founded the Center in 1988. There is no question about it, something special exists at the Colorado Center for the Blind that is shared by the teachers with their students and by the students with other students, and it is something that inspires wonder and gratitude.

Like this meal, which is indisputedly part of the learning process. Preparations started a month ago, beginning with the pies (pumpkin and pecan), which were frozen. In fact, everything but the turkeys (four of them), hams (two) and 30 pounds of spuds to make the mashed potatoes and Casey’s gravy were made in advance and frozen.

We had two hotel pans of sausage stuffing, two hotel pans of pineapple stuffing, a pan of creamed corn and one of green bean casserole, two kinds of sweet potato dishes, dozens of homemade dinner rolls and of course lots of cranberry sauce, also homemade. The dessert table had the pies and cheesecake bites made by the CCB Student Association. The only things not homemade were the sodas and apple juice.

It was a wonderful meal that we shared, that every student had a part in creating and working toward on the team. Yes, plenty to be thankful for …

By the way, the gravy was awesome!

Having removed the upper rack, Lia puts this large turkey into the oven
Chris H. and Vicki wearing oven mitts arrange large hotel trays of food on L shaped tables

David K, Anthony, Nick, Robert, Christina and others enjoy a huge variety of appetizers

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CCB Alum @vi_poonam Guest on @bbcworldservice “The Conversation” w/ @KimChakanetsa

Smiling Poonam rining her bell
Poonam Vaidya rings her Freedom Bell at her CCB graduatin in 2016.

In this part of the world, the BBC’s World Service can be heard during normal sleeping hours on one of our public radio stations. This week our volunteer photographer/videographer Mike Thompson had the BBC World Service on while falling back to sleep in the wee hours when he heard a familiar voice and a familiar name – Poonam Vaidya.

Poonam is from Bangalore, India and was one of our international students. (We always try to have one international student at any given time.), She graduated in 2016. Poonam was one of two blind women interviewed for the BBC program, “The Conversation.” The 30-minute radio podcast gives interesting insights into how blindness is viewed in other cultures.

And thanks for the great plug Poonam!

https://player.fm/series/the-conversation-1301459/being-blind

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Watch CCB Indoor Skydiving @iFLYDenver featured last night on @CBSDenver!

Leon Free Flying the I Fly Denver Wind Tunnel
I-Fly Denver invited us over on Monday to take flight and learn about the science around wind tunnels and things like force and resistance. There was math involved, just saying.

then we got to experience push and pull full-body, so to speak. Here’s a story from CBS Denver Channel 4 last night:

Skydiving Business Helps Students At Center For The Blind

Thanks to everyone at I-Fly Denver – we had a great time!

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A Peek at Hands-on with the “Shared Visions” 2017 Exhibit @ArapahoeCC #TactileAccess

Adia, Mason M. and Cezar look at the Old Man Wincing while Ravi reads the description provided in Braille

Here are a few photos from the Shared Visions reception at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College on Thursday night. Everyone got hands on with pieces from Nathan Abels’ painting and drawing classes. CCB students also had laser-cuts of drawings they made in Ann Cunningham’s art class with accompanying Haiku, and CCB alum Jenny Callahan had a number of stone carvings and a bronze in the show. The Seniors art class had bowls thrown on the wheel in Katie Caron’s ceramics studio. Katie brought her daughter, who insisted on wearing sleepshades so she could try to identify the art tactilely.

“This is the best thing we do all year,” said one CCB staff member. While some may argue in favor of another activity associated with the center, the Shared Visions art exhibit, now in its fourth year, is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone.

The show remains open at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts until November 22.

Ravi adds color to her drawing which will be laser-cut for the show
Ravi shows Julie her laser cut image with Haiku -

 

Laura looks at a piece made with various screws
Katy holds up her daughter who is wearing sleepshades so she can touch a tactile piece of the mountains

Phillis shows Chris P. and Julie the bowls she threw on the wheel at ACC

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A group of CCB Seniors out on a walk bird watching

A group of CCB Seniours out on a walk bird watching

The Friday Seniors took a walk around Sterne Park’s pond to do a little birding by ear with Ali Mayes from Bird Conversancy of the Rockies. It was a good day for for various ducks and the ever-present Canada Geese!

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A Stroll through the Corn Maze

Students and staff took a Friday afternoon to visit the Chatfield Farms Corn Maze. Martin took his GoPro along and brought back this footage. It was “Structured Discovery” at its most fun!

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Mark your calendars or schedule a gift now -Dec. 5 is Colorado Gives Day! #cogivesday

Colorado Gives Day Logo 12.05.17That’s right – it’s here again! Colorado Gives Day is December 5, just a month away! So, if you’re considering a holiday gift to the Colorado Center for the Blind to help us offer training and programs so that blind people can “Take Charge with Confidence”, why not on Colorado Gives Day?

CGD is Colorado’s annual massive statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org

Colorado Gives Day has become a significant part of our fund-raising each year, bringing in more than $20,000 in 2016. What’s more, online gifts are eligible for an incentive fund from First Bank that is split between all the participating nonprofits. First Bank also absorbs all but 2 percent of the online transaction fees, so more of your online gift goes into the Colorado Center for the Blind’s bank account!

But no need to wait, you can schedule your CGD donation right now and it will post on December 5 – and therefore qualify for the Incentive Fund! Who really needs another calendar reminder on their phone, right?

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A little about CCB at #NFBCO17 – @nfbco

Blanca at the Podium at NFBCO17
Tabea at the podium at NFBCO17
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. Left to right: Blanca was part of the CCB presentation talking about her training and her new job; Tabel was one of the scholarship winners, but here is
shown as part of the “My Blindness, My Self” panel; and Ryan also talked about his new job, and how he was quickly moved to a new position that challenged him even more. He had met many challenges as a stdent and that confidence helped him push forward.

Below are two current students during Sunday morning sessions – Dougan and Adia. Dougan completed his Monster Route on Monday. At Tuesday morning’s announcements, he learned he was going out on his support drop. He made it back with hours to spare before Game Six of the World Series Tuesday night.

Dugan at the NFBCO17 convention
Adia at the NFBCO17 convention

 

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Shared Visions #TactileArt Exhibit Opens Nov. 9: @ArapahoeCC @ArtACunningham

CCB students take turns exploring numerous tactile art pieces on the walls

Editor’s Note: Here’s the announcement from ACC for this year’s “Shared Visions” tactile art exhibit. It’s the fourth year we collaborated on this event, and a highlight of the fall for our students and staff. The show will include work by CCB students and perhaps from one or two staff members as well. Worth checking out!(Photos by Mike Thompson.)

Arapahoe Community College to host Shared Visions tactile art exhibit

LITTLETON, Colo. (Oct. 24, 2017) – Students from Arapahoe Community College and the Colorado Center for the Blind will present a collaborative and fully-accessible exhibit of multi-sensory and tactile art entitled “Shared Visions” from Nov. 9-22 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC.  Festivities include an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5pm-8pm.

Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm (open Tuesdays until 7pm; closed on weekends).

For more information, or to inquire about accommodations, please contact ACC Art Faculty / Drawing, Painting & Design Area Coordinator Nathan Abels at [email protected] or 303.797.5862.

— www.arapahoe.edu —
contact: Jeff Duggan
ACC Communications Coordinator
[email protected]

Chris P. explores the details of a hot air balloon