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Help Us Celebrate Thirty Years of the Colorado Center for the Blind at #NFB18 in Orlando!

Four people nicely dressed at the podium
Have 10 years really gone by? This photo from our 20th Anniversary Gala in Colorado shows the mood of celebration. From left to right, Executive Director Julie Deden, Founder and Chair of the CCB Board Diane McGeorge, and then NFB President and now President Emeritus Marc Maurer listen to a laughing James Gashel, Secretary of the NFB Board of Directors and CCB Board Treasurer at the podium.

Did you attend the Colorado Center for the Blind, as an adult or in a summer youth program, or were a staff member at one time? We invite former students and staff, as well as prospective students to join us in celebration of 30 years of providing the training and tools that blind people need to live the lives we want!

On Friday, July 6 at the 2018 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, we’ll celebrate our 30th Anniversary! We’ll hear from staff and students, past and present. Diane McGeorge will describe what it was like in 1988 when she opened the center, Tom Anderson will reminisce about his adventures, and you will hear from many others about how the center has changed their lives. Following the program, we will hold a reception so we can all catch up with one another.

Want to tell us how training changed your life, of all your accomplishments since graduating from CCB? We’ll give you the chance to tell it on video. Come to our celebration and ask about it. We’ll have a video booth Where you can give us your one-minute message on what CCB has done for your life!

We’ll be on hand at 6:30 and start the program promptly at 7:00 p.m. Check the Convention Agenda when it comes out for the location.

For other questions contact Robert Dyson at 303-778-1130 [email protected].

Can’t wait to see everyone in Orlando!

Julie Deden, Executive Director

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General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Another Sign of Spring: Master Gardeners & the Legacy Garden #ShareLittleton

Tyler holds up a weed with a foot-long root

It’s yet another sign of spring when the Arapahoe County Master Gardeners first arrive to work with our students in the Legacy Garden. Of course, everything starts with getting the soil ready for planting and, after our spring rains, that means pulling out the eager weeds already leaping up. Tyler, Annette, Abdi, Tucker and Brad took first crack at it on Tuesday. Next week planting begins!

Brad fills a large container with old dead growth and weeds
Abdi uses a hand cultivator to loosen the soil around smaller weeds so he can get the roots

 

Annette uses a spade to dig out some weeds between the irrigation tubing
Tucker uses a weed digger to get right up next to a large rock

 

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General Colorado Center Information

Shout out to @DirtCoffee #ShareLittleton

After delivering Braille menus to Dirt Coffee, Rebecca was the first to put one to use.

Here are a couple of pics taken this morning at the Dirt Coffee Bar in downtown Littleton. Dirt is a nonprofit operation dedicated to employment for people with Autism and we knew we had a lot of values in common when they called us to ask about Braille menus and board games for the shop a month before it opened. There’s nothing like a Braille menu!

This morning we delivered two copies of the menu in Braille … and of course we had to try out their coffee and hot chocolate!

Here’s a short clip from dirtcoffee.org

Dirt is on a mission to bring you quality crafted coffee, food & drink while employing & empowering individuals with autism.  … From the ground up, our shop will go further to cultivate a culture of acceptance, inclusion, and opportunity

Dirt Coffee managers wanted both inclusivity and a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, so provide Braille board games and playing cards. Steve and Dan learned never to bet against Rebecca in Crazy Eights.
Some games we can adapt for ourselves. Rebecca tosses her bean bag toward the sound of Dan’s cane tapping behind the hole.
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Youth Services

Celebrate Spring with FAST Friday Fun & Games May 11!

CCB Summer students Mary and Cheyene get on the tandem bikes with EyeCycle Volunteers while Christina waits her turnThe entire family is welcome to come and enjoy FAST Friday Fun and Games on May 11 at 5:30 with staff and students at the Colorado Center for the Blind.

This will be an active FAST Friday. We will be getting out and enjoying the beautiful spring weather, playing some kickball, string ball, learning to tandem cycle and doing some guide running to prepare for the NFB of Colorado’s 6 Dot Dash on June 24. We will also be doing some grilling and enjoying some great food.

If you want a burger or a dog, you gotta RSVP here.

Here’s the info on the 6 Dot Dash 5K!

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Computer and Adaptive Technology General Colorado Center Information Youth Services

Technology Giveaway in Memory of Former Summer Student, Staffer Megan Bening

Grinning, Megan shows the Apple watch on her wrist to the camera
Megan Models the first generation Apple Watch just before it was available to purchase. (Photo courtesy of Jean Bening)

We want to tell people about the Megan Bening Memorial Fund Technology Giveaway by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) because it will put over $10,000 of technology into the hands of blind and low vision students. But we also want to tell you about it because Megan Bening was one of our own.

Megan Bening was a summer student at the Colorado Center for the Blind in 2009.

“She had such a spark,” said Director Julie Deden. “That’s why we were so excited to have her back as a summer staff member.”

Megan came back to teach technology to our summer students in 2015. As a staff member she was thoughtful and committed to teamwork, says our Summer Programs Coordinator Martin Becerra-Miranda, passionate about teaching tech to her students, and the young blind women with whom she lived and mentored for two months adored her. There was only one Megan in this world, and we were deeply saddened at her passing last year – so young, so suddenly.

Megan loved technology. Does that really need to be said? Yes, but only for those who were not lucky enough to meet Megan. and that’s why this memorial fund to put vital assistive technology in the hands of blind kids is the perfect tribute to her. She would be drooling over the list of tech items to be given away. The Giveaway will occur at the National Federation of the Blind Convention in Orlando during the NOPBC’s hospitality night on July 3. Children up to 18 yearrs of age who register for the NOPBC conference are eligible.

Learn More About the Megan Bening Memorial Fund Technology Giveaway