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Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden

6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

Editor’s Note: This letter has been widely distributed this week, but we decided to risk repeating ourselves by posting it here because we very much hope you will join us for the NFB of Colorado Comcast 6 Dot Dash on Sunday. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Dear Family and Friends,

In recent months we have been planning our first National Federation of the Blind Comcast 6 Dot Dash 5K. Perhaps you have heard about it. It is this coming Sunday morning. Perhaps you have already made plans to attend. We hope so. Perhaps you have registered for the race. If so, thank you. If you have not there is still time. www.6dotdashco.com. We at the Colorado Center for the Blind are proud to be hosting this event. The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines us or our dreams. The 6 Dot Dash 5K will raise awareness and funds for Braille literacy and blindness skills training. The 5K run/walk, expo, kids’ activities, and blind beer tasting kick off at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 24th at the Colorado Center for the Blind (2233 W. Shepperd Ave. Littleton, CO 80120). The name “6 Dot Dash” comes from the six dots which make up the Braille cell. A combination of these six dots makes up every letter in the Braille alphabet. For individuals who are blind or low vision, these 6 dots represent literacy, independence, and the opportunity to live the lives we want. We will be highlighting our Center, our grounds, and its idyllic setting in beautiful downtown Littleton, Colorado.

We are proud to announce that the Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of Colorado, and a running enthusiast, Mr. Steve Anton, will serve as Honorary Chair of this inaugural event. In addition to the 5K, runners can enjoy a 1-mile fun run, our race day expo, tours of the Colorado Center for the Blind, and our blind beer tasting in partnership with Blind Faith Brewing, De Steeg Brewing, and St. Patrick’s Brewing Company. (Blindfolds available for beer tasters who are not blind.) Registration is $40, and participants will receive an official chip time, technical t-shirt, free finisher photos, a finisher medal, and entry to the blind beer tasting (www.6dotdashco.com). This is an out and back course, starting at the Colorado Center for the Blind and proceeding along the beautiful Mary Carter Greenway. A special thanks to Comcast, our Title Sponsor.

The Colorado Center for the Blind is the principal program conducted by the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. CCB is in the midst of our Summer Youth Programs, along with all of the other training we provide to students of all ages. Students come from all over the Nation and the world. Please, come visit us this Sunday morning. Come walk or run with us. We promise a great experience.

For further information contact Dan Burke, [email protected], 303-778-1130 ext. 213 or cell 406-546-8546.

Warmly,

Julie Deden and Scott LaBarre

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Kansas Comings & Goings Today at CCB

Luther Fuller of Kansas reads Braille before leaving for the National Braille Challenge

The NFB of Kansas President dropped by for a quick visit and tour this afternoon. Tom Page and his friend Nicole are in the area with Tom’s string band, the Haymakers. They played in Colorado Springs last night and will be in Denver at Cervantes’ Other Side tonight. Though a number of Kansas students have come to CCB for training over the years, this was Tom’s first chance to see the Center.

“The energy is amazing,” he said.

Tom and Nicole bumped into another Kansan this afternoon while visiting. Luther Fuller is part of the Summer for Success (College Prep) Program this summer. He’s just graduated from high school and is off to college in the fall to major in Music and Computer Science on the side.

But Tom almost missed seeing Luther. the younger Kansan is flying to Los Angeles in the morning to compete in the National Braille Challenge at the Braille Institute, representing Kansas of course. It’s Luther’s 7th trip to the competition – and his last. He ages out of the competition this year.

So if you’ve read this far you’ll be delighted that we recognize our longest-standing connection to Kansas – Tom and Linda Anderson. Tom and Linda came to Colorado in 1987 to help open the doors of CCB in January, 1988 – 30 years ago! That’s back when CCB was an upstart start-up in the world of rehabilitation training for the blind. But our founding staffers knew where we were going with training blind people, and Tom Anderson was rock-steady as a teacher, mentor, role model and rock-climber. Tom retired in 2015 after 27 years as Braille Instructor, when he and Linda returned to Kansas. They are both active in the NFB of Kansas, and pretty darn busy for retired people!

So, here’s your shout out Dr. Dots! May the Kansas Connection Continue!

NFB of Kansas President Tom Page and Nicole with Julie Deden on their 1st Visit to the Center

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It’s not 30 years of the Ice Cream Social, but a Crowd of 106 Did Raise a Cone to 30 Years of the CCB! CCB30th #ShareLittleton

Ellie smiles with her Ice Cream Cone

Yesterday we gathered 106 people into the meeting room for an ice cream social. It’s an event we hold every June because of course it’s summer and it’s hot and so ice cream tastes great!. But we also do it to mark how exciting June can be with our usual Independence Training Students and staff in the building with our Seniors, who are joined by the Confidence Camp kids and the older summer students in the Middle School, High School and College Prep programs.

And since this is the yer that the Colorado Center for the Blind turns 30, it’s a moment to reflect on how far the Center has come, and how far our many students have gone since leaving.

As Julie Deden pointed out, Diane McGeorge started the Center in 1988 with just five initial students.

“It’s amazing to think that we started with five students,” said Assistant Director Brent Batron, “and today we have six programs running in the building at the same time!”

Luisa with an Ice Cream Cone and a big smile
Duane got a Drumstick and is ready to go enjoy some Ice Cream

 

Fae enjoys an Ice Cream Sandwitch
Luke with a chocolate Ice Cream Cone

Master Gardeners enjoying Ice Cream

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Blind people need to know about colors too, & Other First-day-of-summer Lessons

Cadence knows which is her Backpack by reading the Braille label beneath  the hookThat was one of the first lessons of the first day of summer for Confidence Camp kids this morning.

“If someone asks you what your backpack looks like, what are you going to tell them?” the lesson continued.

Yes, Monday began with learning for the 10 5 to 12-year-olds. It went on from there, including making lunches, and there will be plenty more lessons in independence and fun over the next two weeks. Lots of fun too – their day ended with a trip to the pool for a swim. Now that’s summer!

And then there were the 23 teenagers in our Earn & Learn and College Prep programs in their first day of classes. they will be with us for 8 weeks, including a trip to the National Federation of the Blind 2018 Convention in Orlando!

The students arrived on Friday and spent the weekend settling in at their apartments with their counselors and roommates. Monday was their first day under sleepshades for those with any residual vision. That was Challenge One for many of the students. And the summer we have planned for them is full of the rewards that can only be reaped by facing even more new challenges.

The halls were full of new summer students from ages 5 to 19 exploring the Center on their first day.

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Join us with @NFBCO & @ComcastColo for the First #6DotDashCO on June 24!

Four runners with the NFBCO 6 Dot Dash Logo in the lower-right cornerDear Friends –

We want to bring your attention to an exciting event taking place here at the Colorado Center for the Blind on Sunday, June 24.

At least, it will start and finish at the Center, because it is the national Federation of the Blind of Colorado’s first 6 Dot Dash 5K, and we invite you to register and walk, run or roll! Funds raised go to the NFB of Colorado, the organization that founded the Colorado Center for the Blind and whose fund-raising kept the doors of the CCB open for many years afterward. The practical application of the philosophy we teach here at the Center is the philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind, whose tag line is “Blindness is not what holds you back. You can live the life you want.”

Comcast LogoWe also want to give special recognition to Comcast, Title Sponsor for our first-ever 6 Dot Dash in Colorado!

 

“6Dots” refers to the six dots that make up the Braille cell, and so are the fundamental elements of that revolutionary reading system for the blind. The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado advocates for blind children to learn to read and write in Braille with its annual Braille Enrichment in Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academies held across the state. In addition, college scholarships for blind students, advocacy for blind parents and other blind Coloradans are among the important work of the NFB of Colorado.

The Expo opens at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. There will be blind beer tasting at noon.

Read more about the NFBCO 6 Dot Dash!

We’ll be on hand on June 24, and we hope you will be too!

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The First Week of Summer Means Lots of Firsts

Amber turns dirt over in the garden with Annette and Master Gardener Barb

No matter what the calendar says, it’s the first week of summer. The temps are in the 90s, the garden is being planted and summer staff are shadowing their ITP staff counterparts. Friday 25 teenagers (summer students) begin arriving and on Monday the elementary Confidence Camp kids start too.

So here’s another first or two. Above, Amber uses a spade for the first time out in the garden. When asked if she’d dug with a shovel before she promptly answered, “I’m about to.” And then she proceeded to do it. In the process she and classmate Annette planted this years pumpkin and zucchini hills.

Tyler went on his solo drop this morning, returning in time for lunch. He traveled in the heat out to Aurora in order to make his way back to Littleton. “It’s a good thing the light rail was the last stop,” he admitted. “I fell asleep on the bus three times.” Nonetheless, Tyler’s completed the daunting final travel challenge we call “the drop”. That is, he was driven around for a while (sometimes in circles), and let out with no information about where he was. He successfully used his travel skills to make his way back to the Center asking no more than one question.

Danielle made a first when she used the hot glue gun. “I was always told I wouldn’t be able to do that because I was blind,” she said. In fact, blind people are often told such things simply because no one knows how or cares to figure out how a blind person can do a task. “There aren’t many of those things left now,” Danielle reflected. “and now I’ve done this one too!” She’s been working with fellow art classmates Brad and Annette on a tactile map of the area covering the Center and the Littleton Downtown Station, including the light rail tracks and the bus loop.

That’s really what the Colorado Center for the Blind is all about – the things we as blind people have figured out how to do for ourselves, with or without the assistance of sighted teachers. The trick is to question the warnings that a blind person can’t do a certain task because, it often turns out that a lot of blind people have already done it!
Mashup of Tyler before and after his solo Drop

 

Danielle uses a hot glue gun for the 1st time, Ann Cunningham gives direction and in the background Brad uses the paper cutter
Duane Plants cucumbers
Marqus plants pole beans under a trellis
Phillis walks to the Center for the Senior meeting and senior art class with her dog Tylee
Brad leads on travel with ITP instructor Charles Bennett, shadowed by Summer Instructor  Jackson Schwoebel