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FAST November: Kicking off the Holiday Season with CCB!

FAST - (Fun Activities & Skills Training) logo

The date of our annual FAST Thanksgiving activity has been changed from earlier dates you may have seen.

Who?
Blind students of all ages, families and teachers
Where?
Colorado Center for the Blind, 2233 W. Shepperd Ave. Littleton CO, 80120
When?
Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM

If we are expected to eat the meal, we should be expected to help cook it as well.

It’s becoming a bit of a tradition around here. November’s FAST Program is all about the meal we eat, the games we play, and most importantly, the people we share this time with. This year, on November 23, we will hold our own Thanksgiving get together, FAST style that is. Join us for an afternoon full of cooking, eating, sharing each other’s company, and games! We promise to keep the competition to a minimum during dinnertime.

For many of our students this will be the first time they’ve been expected to help prepare such a meal; this is the type of teaching/learning we love to implement at the Colorado Center for the Blind. We will have plenty of volunteers to work with students as well as other participants. Although our focus is working with students, we love working with parents, siblings, and teachers to encourage them to have expectations that their blind child/sibling/student actively participate in all aspects of life.

We will:

  • Prepare/bake chicken and ham
  • Make mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed corn, stuffing, dinner rolls, and pie
  • Play games, such as Pin the Feather on the Turkey, Pumpkin Roll, and Thankful Alphabet Game

Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, November 20th.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at
[email protected] or (303)778-1130 Ext: 223.

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Youth Services

FAST Scavenger Hunt: It’ll be a spooky good time… Or will it? Bwahahaha, come and find out for yourselves Oct. 10

FAST - (Fun Activities & Skills Training) logo

2019 – 2020 FAST Program

(Fun Activities & Skills Training)

A Haunted Scavenger Hunt

Can’t wait for Halloween to get here? Want something to do on a Friday night? Never been on a scavenger hunt? Well, come and join CCB for a Friday night of fun! We’ll have plenty of activities to test your problem solving skills, mental mapping techniques, spatial awareness, and most of all, your Cane Travel abilities.

We hear tails of what lies beneath the poolroom, or where that screeching down the north hallway comes from, but don’t let those minor obstacles stand in your way. After all, you have goals to achieve, places to be and treats to find.

We’ll have:

  • A fun and spooky scavenger hunt.
  • Bobbing for apples, a fun twist on a good old classic.
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Mummy Wrapping, not a rapping mummy.
  • A presentation for parents on the ins and outs of independent travel techniques.

And we’ll have pizza, too!

For questions or to RSVP please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at [email protected] or at (303)778-1130 Ext: 223

Who?
Blind students of all ages and their families.
What?
CCB’s FAST Program.
Where?
Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave
Littleton CO, 80120<
When?
Friday October 11, 2019
from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
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Youth Services

Kicking Off the 2019-2020 FAST Program This Friday!

“FAST” stands for Fun Activities & Skills Training, which is our monthly school-year program directed at blind youth and their families. FAST activities wil occur on either the second Friday evening or second Saturday of each month.

Back to School: Setting goals, seeing progress, and finding success!

Who?
Blind students of all ages and their families.
What?
CCB’s FAST Program.
Where?
Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton CO, 80120
When?
Friday September 13, 2019 from 5- 7:30 PM.

Join us for a fun and informative Friday night of pizza and an array of talking points that will focus on your success both inside and outside of the classroom. We will share tips and tricks for navigating the challenges that come with being a student in today’s academic landscape. We will also discuss resources and programs that are available to you as a Blind student. All ages are welcome. We will have age-focused breakout sessions. Here are some of the topics we can cover on Friday:

  • Getting the most out of your I E P
  • Self-advocacy in the classroom
  • Socializing at school
  • Braille, it’s never too early to start learning
  • Tips & tricks for staying organized
  • Outdated or underutilized? Learn about the abacus and its many uses
  • Smartphone Apps & other resources
  • Scholarships
  • Our schedule for the year

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at [email protected] or at (303)778-1130 Ext: 223

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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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How to get full, really and thankfully full on FAST Saturday!

Brittany not only volunteered on FAST Saturday, she also volunteered her best-ever mashed potato recipe. Here she has three high school students slicing the spuds.

Saturday, November 10 was a full day – full of learning and, by about 1:30, we were all just full. Twenty-four came for our FAST (Fun Activities and Skills Training) Thanksgiving meal. A mix of blind youth, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers (and one little brother) made an early Thanksgiving meal, substituting chickens for a turkey. Everybody got a hand in the preparations and the feast that followed! Four parents also took the opportunity to practice skills under sleepshades, doing everything from slicing carrots to taking pies from the oven.

Yes, we’re full of thanks for all who came, for the teenagers hanging out by the piano after it was all put away, and for the leftovers, naturally!

Parents got in on the learning Saturday, too. Julie explains and then demonstrates how to safely remove a pumpkin pie from a hot oven to a dad in sleepshades.