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General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Who has snow blowers on their roof? McGeorge Mountain terrace Apartments does!

Roofing crew on top of McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments with snow blowers

Okay, we haven’t been talking about this much, because it’s kind of stressful. But on January 11 the roof of the McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments began to leak. The leaks were massive, and the insurance adjuster traced them back to hail damage that would have occurred last summer. Water damaged the ceiling in all 12 of the 2nd story apartments. In most, the damage was minor, in a few others water was collected in buckets for several days while disaster mitigation crews worked to dry things out.

The stress of course was for Director Julie Deden, Residential Manager Vicki Sayler and the rest of us, worrying about the roof and further damage, when we can get it fixed, etc. But some of the stress has been borne by our students. Most second floor apartments are definitely livable, but others had to be abandoned for the time being. So some of our students had to move, a couple of in apartments with three students instead of the customary two. this occurred just as we had a whole new batch of students arrive after the first of the year. Let’s say this right here – our students have been great!

Okay, our insurance is covering the damage. We’re working with 5280 Disaster Restoration and R3NG/CP&M will replace the roof. And we are really thankful to be working with these folks – really thankful!

That January storm was more like a typcal Colorado spring storm – lots of wet, heavy snow. Lots of moisture content. For the past few storms, R3NG/CP&M crews have been shoveling snow from the roof in order to prevent more leakage. fortunately, we haven’t had a big snow storm in the past month, just smaller ones. Replacement of the roof was initially set for last week, but the temperatures need to be above 40 degrees. The bittercold of last week turned into a heavy snow last night – eight to ten inches. Today the sun came out and that snow started turning to water very fast.

And the roofing crew from R3NG/CP&M got right on it. Because various pieces of equipment have already been waiting in our apartment parking lot, they were able to put snow blowers on the roof this morning, ensuring they could get the snow off in time to avoid serious further damage.

What a sense of relief when we found out that they were up there, maybe even a few tears. And as the temps continue to rise, we’re still on track for the roof replacement to begin on Monday!

Yes, thankful!

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Youth Services

It’s slimy, it’s smelly, it’s SCIENCE! Shark Dissection coming March 15

Terry Harrison showing a student various organs inside a shark

The annual shark dissection at the Colorado Center for the Blind with Arapahoe Community College Biology/Anatomy Professor Terry Harrison will be held:

Friday, March 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120

Here’s a great accessible STEM activity for blind students Grades 6 and older. Parents and teachers are welcome as participants or observers.

Teachers/Parents, please RSVP, so we can plan for enough sharks and pizzas (no anchovies)!

Contact Brent Batron for further info at 303-778-1130, x222 or [email protected].

See you on March 15!

The annual shark dissection at the Colorado Center for the Blind with Arapahoe Community College Biology/Anatomy Professor Terry Harrison will be held:

Friday, March 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120

Here’s a great accessible STEM activity for blind students Grades 6 and older. Parents and teachers are welcome as participants or observers.

Teachers/Parents, please RSVP, so we can plan for enough sharks and pizzas (no anchovies)!

Contact Brent Batron for further info at 303-778-1130, x222 or [email protected]

See you on March 15!

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General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program Senior Programs

Our thanks to @RepJasonCrow for his visit & tour today!

Rep. Jason Crow visits with CCB Braille Class

We were honored to have freshman Congressman Jason Crow visit the Center this morning. Rep. Crow serves Colorado’s 6th District, which includes the Colorado Center for the Blind. Though he only had an hour, it was plenty of time to learn what we are about, and to meet our students and staff. He even got to say hello to our Tuesday morning Seniors support group!

Thanks for coming meeting and listening Congressman! It meant a lot to everyone!

Rep. Jason Crow visiting with CCB staff and students in the Travel Lobby

Rep. Jason Crow with Brent, Scott Julie and Dan in front of the mural

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General Colorado Center Information Youth Services

Thanks to @RepDianaDeGette for meeting with @nfbco during #NFBinDC, shown here with our 2 high school students!

2019 HS Students at NFBinDC, L-R Ian Lee, Rep Diana DeGette, Deyannira Villa Cazares

It was a busy time In Washington, DC that week of January 28.

Okay, that’s an understatement.

Congresswoman Diana DeGette was called down to the House floor for a vote just as we were getting off the elevator. (We know this because a bell rings in the House office buildings calling members to the floor, and it sounded just as we got off.). She made it back just as our meeting with her Legislative Aide was coming to a close. So she greeted each of us (about 15 people) and we got the photo above with our high school students, Ian Lee (Aurora) and Deyannira Villa Cazares (Denver).

Ian and Deya went with the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado thanks to a scholarship from the Colorado Center for the Blind Youth Services. The funding comes from generous grants for youth from local foundations. We were so impressed with Ian and Deya and their eagerness to engage in discussions advocating for greater access and opportunities for blind Americans, that we are really looking forward to offering the scholarship again next year.