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Cane Travel Independence Training Program

Congratulate Courtney, she completed her drop this morning!

A young woman standing at the counter, her fingers on the keys of a Braille typewriter
Courtney signs herself in on the Perkins Brailler as Robert announced her return on the PA.

She had great weather, and more than a little New Jersey attitude when Steve told us at announcements she was going on her drop this morning. She still had that attitude when she got back after only an hour.

“I think I spent more time waiting for the light rail than anything …,” she commented.

The drop is the final travel requirement – a big test. Students are “dropped” off somewhere in the Metro area and they must find their way back to the Center asking no more than one question. Of course, our travel instructors know when they are ready, know when they have the experience with RTD and various kinds of street crossings and, especially important on the drop, understand and make use of cardinal directions.

Well, congrats Courtney!

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Youth Services

Beeping Easter Eggs with @TelecomPioneers & Warm Weather Youth Plans

Editor’s Note: An update from our Youth Services Director Brent Batron about what’s coming tomorrow and through the summer for blind youth.

Usually the second Saturday of each month is the FAST program at the Center, however this month we will be participate in the Pioneers Easter Egg Hunt! Information is below.

Other upcoming events include:

April 21-23
Winter Outdoor Adventures at Estes ParkThis is a great time for kids to spend time with friends that they do not get to see all the time as well as make new ones. There will also be lots of good blind adult role models as well as teachers of blind students. This will be a lot of FUN!
May 13
FAST Program will be all about cane travel. 10 – 2 and lunch is included.
June 5 – 23
Confidence Camp
June 9- August 4
Earn & Learn High School Program
June 9 – August 4
Summer for Success College Prep Program
June 12 – June 30
Initiation to Independence Middle School Program

Pioneers Beeping Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Location
The Elks Lodge
Address
3850 W 69th Pl
Westminster, CO 80030
Phone
(303) 429-2227

The Day

  • Kids & parents arrive: 10:00a-10:30a
    Trains, Clowns, Projects, Games
  • Egg Hunt: 11:00a
  • Lunch: 11:30a – Noon -Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Drinks
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Cane Travel General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Last week was a big one for drops

Ryan signs in on the Brailler with a sense of accomplishment after completing his Independent Drop
Trevor traveling with his cane and sleepshades

Last week was busy with drops and support drops.

The “Drop”, or independent drop is one of the two final requirements of our cane travel instruction. Ryan and Trevor both completed theirs last week, having been dropped somewhere in the Denver Metro area and permitted one question on their trip back to the Center.

The “support drop” is more or less a dress rehearsal for the independent drop. Everything is the same except that the student’s travel instructor goes along. The instructor, by the way, doesn’t know where they are either and also wears sleepshades. Both Julie and Suzie completed support drops last week.

The drop is the culmination of many months of instruction and daily practice of those travel skills, including how to orient, problem-solve, analyze and cross many kinds of intersections and how to find a bus stop. The confidence students gain from completing this requirement is obvious the minute they walk in the front door of the Center, having succeeded, and the announcement goes over the public address system congratulating them!

Julie M. traveling with her cane and sleepshades
Suzi signing in on the Brailler after returning from her Support Drop
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General Colorado Center Information Home Management

Quinoa and Kale? CCB and BLVS Partner Under Shades to Make it Tasty!

We were pleased to have three professionals from Blind Low Vision Services, part of Colorado’s Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Center for training this week. We spent four days together exploring every topic we could think of, including cane travel and cooking under sleepshades. We’ll let them introduce themselves and the meal they cooked on Tuesday for themselves and our staff involved with the training. For the record, it was top shelf, and so are they!

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Cane Travel Independence Training Program

It’s Starting to Feel a Lot Like a Deep Freeze

We had a little bit of snow this morning, but not enough to keep us at home. Snow is just a part of everyday life and for our students, learning to travel in all weather means feeling confident about traveling to their jobs someday.

But it was cold, and will be colder tomorrow!

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Cane Travel Independence Training Program Senior Programs Youth Services

We’re on the Move! Support Us on #COGivesDay!

Vika and Martin walk along a shaded sidewalk toward Littleton Downtown Station

Like Martin and Vika, blind people from five to ninety-five are on the move every day at the Colorado Center for the Blind!

Please support us tomorrow on #COGivesDay December 6!

A young boy walking along the sidewalk using his white cane

Wayne leads a hike along a river trail with a group of 9 CCB seniors

Jimmi, Trevor and Warren help carry a large raft from the lake up to the shore using their canes

Natalia, Celia, and Steve walking along a snowy icy sidewalk

Richie, Chandler and a group of CCB students start up the escalator at Union Station

Daniel centered in a group hiking up the trail of Mount Falcon

Alie with a CCB group walking across the park during Birding Class

Thomas about to board the RTD Bus

 

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Cane Travel Independence Training Program

Jackson Can Cross the Street, Can Get the Girl – #HowEyeSeeIt

Okay, this is really not about finding a girlfriend, but it is about Jackson developing the skills and confidence to be an independent blind person. And what’s not attractive about that? He gives his thoughts on the #HowEyeSeeIt challenge as well.

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Braille Cane Travel Computer and Adaptive Technology General Colorado Center Information Home Management Senior Programs

No let-up this week – not with Seniors in Charge!

A man and woman prepare food in the kitchen
Ralph fixes a plate of sliced cheese while Sheila slices tomatoes for the sanwitch bar

Littleton’s 2016 Western Welcome Week, including our tours and participation in the Saturday parade, was sure a lot of fun! This week has already seen Matt complete his support drop, our canoeing trip postponed due to thunder, our first rock climbing trip today for the (really?) fall!

seven people go out the front door with white canes
Senior students and staff head out to get some groceries. Left to right: Sheila, Anahit, Dianne H., Wayne, Ralph L., Marianne and Petr.

Even as the 10-day Western Welcome Week celebration was winding down on Sunday, Seniors in Charge students were arriving at the McGeorge Mountain Terrace apartments for a week of taking on new challenges in blindness skills. Offered by our Senior Services staff led by Duncan Larsen, Seniors in Charge gives a week’s worth of intensive training in Braille, cane travel, technology and home management skills.

“Last year I could see,” Ron said in the introductory meeting on Monday morning. This year his vision is significantly limited. Like his five fellow students, Ron wants to learn everything he can to ensure his continued independence.

And that’s the goal of the week – to assist blind seniors to maintain their independence. It includes plenty of opportunities for senior students to talk about their blindness and what they learn as the week progresses. Seniors in Charge is offered twice a year, and this group has four students staying at our apartments and two day students. For those staying at the apartments, Senior Services staff work with them on cooking and more in the evening, staying at the apartments with them.

As Duncan reminds us, the skills and discussions are all pointing to developing a positive, can-do attitude about blindness.

A Photo Collage: Top, Diane McGeorge works with Ron and Mickey using muffin tins and tennis balls. Below, Dianne H. types on a Perkins Brailler.
A Photo Collage: Top, Diane McGeorge works with Ron and Mickey using muffin tins and tennis balls. Below, Dianne H. types on a Perkins Brailler.

On Tuesday, along with other classes, the Seniors in Charge prepared a sandwich bar, then built their own sandwiches and ate together. The program will culminate on Friday morning with a “Friends and Family” session when Senior students can talk about what they’ve gained over the week. This is also a critical part of the program, because family and friends also have an opportunity to examine the fears and doubts they have about their loved ones’ ability to continue living the lives they want, and they can do so in light of all that those loved ones have learned during the week.

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Cane Travel Events General Colorado Center Information

Everybody loves the #WesternWelcomeWeek Parade!

a group of people carrying white canes walk down the middle of a street
CCB marchers in the 2012 parade.

Students and staff are getting ready for tomorrow’s Western Welcome Week Parade – the highlight of the 10-day celebration in Littleton. After opening our doors for tours and at the same time graduating two of our students, it’s a fun way to end the week. What could be better than walking down the middle of the street to spectator applause!

And the weather promises to be perfect!

So keep a lookout for us in the morning on Littleton Boulevard – we’ll be showing some cane!

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Braille Cane Travel Computer and Adaptive Technology Events Home Management Independence Training Program

Out of Chute Number 18, the Thursday CCB Tour for @WesternWelcomeWeek!

two women at the front of a group toss a hefty goal ball back and forth
Two of our Monday tour guests test the weight of a Goal Ball.

Thursday, August 18

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

a young man releases the ball waist-high at the end of his spin, his feet off the floor
Christian played Goal Ball in high school, and it shows as the crowd watches him leave the ground on a spinning throw.

That’s right, this rodeo isn’t over yet!

If you missed the fun on Monday evening, you still have another shot tomorrow. Nearly 70 of our Littleton neighbors (and some who happened to be visiting from out of town) stopped by the Colorado Center for the Blind to find out what we’re up to at 2233 W. Shepperd Avenue. They talked with staff and students in the kitchens, the technology labs, the Braille classrooms and the Woodshop. They discussed techniques of traveling with a white cane and checked out some live goal ball action. And they heard about our programs for youth and seniors.

 

a young woman holds a twenty dollar bill under her iPhone camera.
Suzie shows how she identifies currency with an app on her smart phone and its screen reader.

The best part for us was simply the chance to meet with so many folks – some who live only a block or two away and some who didn’t know that we were even in town. We appreciate all the appreciation our guests expressed as they left, but some of us at the Center were buzzing until bedtime with the fun of it all! So our thanks to all who came!

Okay, if you couldn’t make it Monday, join us tomorrow afternoon! Maybe this will be the best tour yet.

(Spoiler: There might be cookies and brownies at the end of the tour!)

 

a seated young man in sleepshades uses a Brailler as two children look over his shoulder
Kids especially enjoyed getting a card with their names written in Braille. Two watch as Jackson types one out on a Perkins Brailler.