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Cupcakes and Support Drops

Rebecca beams as she holds up a box of her Birthday cupcakes

Rebecca’s birthday was Tuesday and she received a special birthday delivery from her mom. It was surely especially welcome since Rebecca has been at CCB for about a month. But really, what mom could forget her daughter’s birthday? The entire center was excited about Rebecca’s birthday. Naturally we sang “Happy Birthday” at announcements, along with “The Dirge”, which only insiders will recognize, but the delivery included mini-cupcakes enough for almost everyone!

On Tuesday both Melissa and J.D. learned at announcements that they were going on their support drops. And happily they made it back in time to get cupcakes!.

J.D signs in after returning from his drop
Lia signs in after returning from her drop


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Kirsten & Her Cane: Sleepshade Training for New Marketing Director for @NFB_Voice

Kirsten with David working on cane travel in the front lobby

We’re delighted this week to have Kirsten Mau here under sleepshades, taking all the usual classes. Kirsten is the new Marketing Director for the National Federation of the Blind, headquartered in Baltimore, but she lives in the Denver area. Typically a telecommuter, she’s been using offices at CCb off and on during home remodeling. This week, however, she commutes to the Center – drives herself – and then dons her sleepshades and grabs her cane.

The purpose of sleepshade training for sighted staff is to give them the sense of how blind people successfully travel, manage information and live the lives we want every day. Kirsten has taken to her training like a champ. She knows our message and believes in blind people.

she’s worked with the NFB in consulting capacities going back several years. A marketing and social media pro, she couldn’t resist a little jab.

“You missed it yesterday,” she said this morning. “I thought you’d come to the shop and take a picture of me cutting a two-by-four on the saw.”


David does a little Structured Discovery with Kirsten in the travel lobby exploring antique Braille writers on a display
Kirsten makes her way up the west stairway with her cane and sleepshades