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Run, Walk or Donate to the 2019 #6DotDashCO to Support Braille Literacy #ComeRunwithUs

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Bring the whole family and #comerunwithus #6dotdashco. You can Read more about this year’s 6 Dot Dash 5K, or Go Straight to the Registration Page.

The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and the Colorado Center for the Blind are partnering again for our 2nd 6 Dot Dash 5k, June 29! Our first year was a big success with 191 runners (and/or walkers) and netting more than $5000 for our Braille literacy and scholarship programs. Not bad for the first lap! Besides, it was a lot of fun.

This year is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with more kid activities, local food vendors, live music and more beer, just to name a few of this year’s additions. It’s a great way to spend a mid-summer Saturday morning!

The “6 Dot” refers to the six dots that make up each Braille cell. And it’s the combination of these dots that make the letters of the alphabet and punctuation that blind people read by touch.

This summer we will hold three Confidence/BELL Camps ;in Colorado for blind kids ages 5 to 11, where blind kids can learn that learning Braille is fun. Your participation in the 6 Dot Dash 5K will help bring the lifelong gift of literacy to kids from Littleton to Grand Junction.

It’s summer fun for the future of blind Colorado kids – you can’t go wrong!

Register Now! You can sign up as an individual, build a team or just make a donation!

Some more of this year’s highlights:

Collectable Race Medal with Braille and Print
The medal is part of a three year series that, when combined, makes up a beautiful mountain range. YEAR ONE SAYS Live The Life you Want in both Print and Braille, Year Two says Nobody Can Stop You, and Year Three says Shoot for the Sun. You’ll want to collect all three, which means you need to Register Now to get the 2019 medal!
Awesome tank style race tee!
This year we will have a great new design and color for our race shirts, which of course are part of each racer’s great swag!
More Activities for the Kids
We’re really excited about our kids activities this year, including face painting, a bouncy house, cotton candy, and popcorn all for FREE! We will also have Harley’s hot Dogs and Kona Ice in the house for more treats for the whole family.
FREE BEER
Blind Faith Brewery and St. Patrick’s Day Brewery will be returning to pour up their brews for tasting by everyone over 21. We’re excited to report that Littleton’s Jackass Hill Brewery will join them this year. So, you’ll definitely want to wet your post-5K whistle, but don’t forget to bring your ID.
Bigger and Better Event Expo
We will have great exhibitors including 5 Wellbeing Spa (they are bring a sound resonance chair for everyone to enjoy), chair massage, essential oils, Tupperware, paparazzi jewelry, 31, Dot Dot Smile, Oroweat Organics, Ameritech Windows, Lula Roe, and much more. Many of our vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds so come ready to shop!
Live Music
We claim this band as our own, and you’ll love them too! Stray Dog will begin their live performance at 10:30. You’ll want to stick around to hear this great local group, and maybe you’ll become a Dog-Head too!
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Making Connections 2019 Agenda – Take an Early Look!

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AGENDA

MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU

3rd Annual Career and College Seminar

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

9:00 am: Registration
9:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks: Julie Deden, Executive Director, Colorado Center for the Blind; Diane McGeorge, Board Chair and Founder of the Colorado Center for the Blind; Kathleen Conti, Arapahoe County Commissioner

10:00 am: “A Blind Accountant? Crunching the Numbers”. Cody Bair, Certified Public Accountant, KPMG LLC

10:30 am: “From Ukraine to Colorado: Working in the Communications Industry”. Petr Kucheryavyy, Senior Accessibility Manager, Charter Communications

11:00 am: We will divide into two groups. One group will enjoy lunch while the other group meets our dynamic exhibitors.
12:00 pm: We will switch groups.

List of Exhibitors

Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Center
Blind Institute of Technology
Charter Communications
City of Littleton
College Information Table
Colorado Association of Blind Students
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (Business Enterprise Program)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Littleton Adventist Hospital
Team EEI
Visa Card Services
Yoga Body LLC

Breakout Sessions 1:00 to 2:00 pm

1. There is a job for you with the federal government: what you need to know to get started. Patricia McMahon, Outreach and Educational Coordinator, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Large conference room, upstairs)
2. Take time to relax: don’t let stress and anxiety limit your potential. Julie Hill, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Body LLC. (Small conference room, upstairs)
3. Essential interviewing techniques: practice your skills with several managers from various companies. (Gym, downstairs)
4. Rehabilitation Services: a vital resource. Josie Shea, Rehabilitation Counselor, Blind and Low Vision Services, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. (Tech room 1, downstairs)
5. The Business Enterprise Program: not just a job, a career. Ellie Karre, Program Manager, Business Enterprise Program, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. (Tech room 2, downstairs)
6. Get started in high-school to ensure your success. Martin Becerra, Director of Youth Services, Colorado Center for the Blind and Michelle Reed, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. (Braille room, downstairs)

Breakout Sessions 2:00 to 3:00 pm

1. What you need to know to get a job in the technology industry. Cala Estes, Director of Candidate Services, Blind Institute of Technology and Adam Campfield, Engineering Architect, Charter Communications. (Large conference room, upstairs)
2. Take time to relax: don’t let stress and anxiety limit your potential. Julie Hill, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Body LLC. (Small conference room, upstairs)
3. Essential interviewing techniques: practice your skills with several managers from various companies. (Gym, downstairs)
4. Mapping your future: how to choose a vocational goal. Josie Shea, Rehabilitation Counselor, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. (Tech room 1, downstairs)
5. Competing in college on a level playing field. Dan Burke, College Preparation Skills Instructor, Colorado Center for the Blind. (Tech room 2, downstairs)
6. Get started in high school to ensure your success. Martin Becerra, Director of Youth Programs, Colorado Center for the Blind and Michelle Reed, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Colorado Division of Rehabilitation. (Braille room, downstairs)

Thank You Sponsors!

Our thanks to the 20/30 Foundation and to the Verizon Foundation for generously sponsoring this seminar.

About the Keynote Speakers

Cody Bair

Cody is a totally blind individual who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s of Taxation from the University of Denver. Following his graduation from the University of Denver, Cody began employment with KPMG LLP where he has worked for the past three and a half years in the Business Tax Services Department. Cody’s responsibilities at KPMG include reviewing business tax returns, tax consulting, corporate tax provision review and conducting research and development tax credit studies. In his free time Cody enjoys outdoor activities, blind hockey and traveling.

Petr Kucheryavyy

Petr was born in Ukraine, just two months prior to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion. He discovered that he was losing his vision at age nine, shortly after his family immigrated to the United States. By age 10, Petr was declared legally blind. Petr’s career journey began with his work in hospice care, after which he went on to teach “It’s Your Health”, an innovative approach to health and wellness at Emory University, his alma mater. He later went on to complete his Wellness Coaching Certification with Wellcoaches Corporation. Petr’s passion to ensure equal access for people with disabilities also became a great part of his life and led him to the work he did at the Colorado Center for the Blind in their adult and senior programs. Additionally, he was inspired to co-found Socially Accessible, a consulting agency that works with businesses to incorporate diversity and inclusion. His commitment to accessibility brought Petr to Charter Communications where he is currently building accessible employee and customer experiences as Senior Accessibility Manager. Petr’s true passion is to inspire transformational thinking that leads to positive health.

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April’s FAST Saturday at @DenverArtMuseum #TactileTables

Tactile art at the Denver Art Museum
Hands explore a tactile image at the Denver Art Museum. A sign reads: OK to Touch

Join us for the April Fun Activities and Skills Training (FAST) on Saturday, April 13 at the Denver Art Museum. We’ll be exploring “Treasures of British Art” at DAM’s Tactile Tables. It’s art that is accessible to everyone, except that there is room for only fifteen in our group! Admission to the museum is free.

We will take a van from CCB to DAM, or you can meet us there. Please RSVP and let us know if you will need a ride from CCB or meet us at the Hamilton Building. Here’s a quick schedule for the day:

9:45 Meet at CCB
10:00 Van leaves for the Denver Art Museum
10:45 Gather at the Hamilton Building, which is the south building, between 12th and 13th Avenues (the north building is closed for construction)
11:00 to 1:00 tour of the Tactile Tables with our docent
1:15 depart for CCB
1:45 – 2:00 Pick up students at CCB

Don’t forget to RSVP!

For more information on FAST Saturday, transportation, etc., contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at 303-778-1130, ext. 223 or [email protected]

See you on the 13th!

We borrowed the info below from DAM’s web site:

TACTILE TABLES: TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

Get hands on with art! Through verbal description and tactile graphics, immerse yourself in the places, personalities, and events that tell the story of Britain’s rich cultural history.

11:00am–1:00pm April 13, 2019
HAMILTON BUILDING – LEVEL 2 (between 12th and 13th Avenues)
Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents.

The museum is located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Street. Please note:
• The Hamilton Building is open 7 days a week.
• The North Building is currently closed for a renovation project.
• There is a lot of building construction happening in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Please allow extra time for traffic and parking.

For more info on location or maps, visit

DAM Hours and Location

Here’s the schedule of upcoming Tactile Tables at DAM.

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Here’s news about the 2 high school students who submitted successful essays to attend #NFBinDC with @nfbco:

Drawing of the US Capitol with the NFB Logo and Whosits in front of the steps

Editor’s Note: In the fall we invited blind Colorado high school students to apply for our first-ever scholarship to attend the National Federation of the Blind‘s annual Washington Seminar. Students were asked to submit an essay telling us why they wanted to go, and we selected two students to come with us. In fact, that’s where some of us are right now, including three staff members and three ITP students along with the high school students. Tomorrow we’ll be on the Hill going to appointments at all nine offices of the Colorado Congressional delegation. Here’s a press release issued today by the National federation of the Blind of Colorado.

Littleton, Colorado (January 28, 2019) -Deyannira Villa Cazares, 16, of Denver, and Ian Lee, 18, of Aurora, join other Coloradans participating in the National Federation of the Blind’s Washington Seminar, January 28-31. Villa Cazares and Lee were chosen in a statewide essay contest.

Two Colorado High School students will travel with more than a dozen blind Coloradans to Washington, DC to advocate for legislation to improve the lives of the blind throughout the country.  The group will join more than 500 blind Americans at the 2019 Washington Seminar Jan. 28-31, held each year by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

Deyannira Villa Cazares, a 16-year-old sophomore at DSST: Conservatory Green High School, and Ian Lee, an 18-year-old senior at Aurora West College Prep, were the winners of an essay contest sponsored by the Colorado Center for the Blind in cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado for blind high school students to attend the annual event. Deyannira of Denver and Ian of Aurora will each receive an all-expenses paid trip to the seminar, where they will meet with Colorado’s congressional delegation and learn from leaders in the National Federation of the Blind.

“One of the biggest reasons visiting Washington would enrich my life is that I want to be able to advocate for people like me, blind or visually impaired, to have the same rights or opportunities as sighted people,” Deyannira wrote in her essay.

“I need to know what laws impact my life and what I can do to help influence changes in the future,” Ian wrote.

According to Julie Deden, Executive Director, Colorado Center for the Blind, “Beyond the legislative issues, these two bright, engaged students will be traveling the halls of our nation’s capital with blind adult role models. Our nation’s capital is big and complicated for anyone. But, they will learn that blind can go anywhere and engage members of congress just like everyone else.”

While in Washington, the students will join others in educating representatives and senators about three legislative priorities:

The Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA), which would provide a refundable tax credit for qualifying purchases of critically needed access technology. With this bill, Congress would stimulate individual procurement of this technology and promote affordability of these tools.

The Greater Accessibility and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act. The legislation would have Congress set minimum accessibility requirements for advanced digital interfaces which create barriers that prevent blind individuals from independently operating essential devices that enhance quality of life.

The Disability Employment Act (DEA) is intended to spur innovation that will increase and enhance modern employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Washington Seminar is an annual event of the National Federation of the Blind to introduce Congress to priority issues for blind Americans that require congressional attention over the coming year.

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The #Braille Blizzard Challenge in Littleton!

Ty in the meeting room
During the lunch break, Ty Gillespie talked about his experience going to the National Braille Challenge last summer, held at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. Were you nervous? “I was really nervous.” Would you go again? “Oh yeah, I’d go again!” Ty took 2nd Place in his age group in 2018.

We hosted the Braille Challenge today, referred to as the “Braille Blizzard Challenge” by the seven Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) staff members who drove north  in the storm, sometimes at 25 MPH or slower.  It was also slow going for participants, teachers and parents who came from as far away as Dillon and Fairplay.  It even took as long as 90 minutes to get to Littleton from Aurora as wind and snow swirled across the Metro area this morning, beginning about 8 a.m.

There were 14  participants in the Braille Challenge hosted here today, and there were 25 in Colorado Springs last Thursday at CSDB.  No doubt, Braille Rules!

Based on the last couple of posts, readers might get the impression that it’s doing nothing but snow in Colorado this month. The truth is that, between storms, skies have been sunny and teperatures as high as 55 degrees. Not so rough. And since this is Colorado, this morning’s wind had died and the sun was trying to burn through the clouds by early afternoon.

A deep snow covers the grounds of the Colorado Center for the Blind
By early afternoon, the view of the front of the Center showed only the fresh snow from the blizzard, and the sun was burning through.
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#FAST Programs for Blind Youth: NFB of Denver’s Holiday Party for Youth Dec. 15

Ho! Ho! Ho! Don’t miss our Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colorado Center for the Blind!  CCB’s FAST program is teaming up once again with the NFB of Denver Chapter for this event, which will include gift-wrapping for the kids, holiday arts and crafts, and a visit from our blind Santa.  He may have gifts for the kids, too!

We’ll serve lunch and cider and perhaps sing a few rounds of carols before the day is done! So, make sure it’s on your Holiday Calendar!


CCB Tree decorated with hand made ornaments and strings of popcorn and cranberries
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FAST (Fun Activities & Skills Training) Kicks Off the Year with Family Movie Night Friday #BlindYouth

Movie and Pizza for our first FAST Friday!
That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Even better is that we’ll be watching an audio-described version of the all-time favorite, “Toy Story.” It’s Martin’s favorite movie!

Audio description provides information to blind and visually impaired viewers that would otherwise be inaccessible to them – short descriptions of on-screen scenes, action, gestures and facial expressions slipped in during gaps in the dialogue.

What:

 

Toy Story and Pizza

 

When:

 

Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.
Where:

 

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

 

How:

 

Please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda so we’ll know how many pizzas to order:
303-778-1130, x223
email: [email protected]

Here are a couple of other things to keep a watch out for this school year:

  • October 13, a trip to the Makers Fair
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  • October 25 – 28, 2018 NFB of Colorado Convention 
  • December 15 NFB of Denver Christmas Party
  • January 24 Metro Area Braille Challenge

 

We’ll have more details on these and even more activities this year, including our annual shark Dissection with Arapahoe Community College Biology Professor Terry Harrison and the NFB of Colorado’s 2nd Annual 6 dot dash in June.

To infinity and beyond!

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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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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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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!