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Chloe’s Party Nets $3000 for CCB

Sixth-grader Chloe stands between Julie and Brent with the tactile CCB logo behind them.
Chloe started as a Confidence Camp participant, then started giving back a Jr. Counselor and found another way of helping out with her party. She presents Julie and Brent with the $3000 she raised.

Chloe and her dad Scott stopped by the Center on Monday. Some might remember that Chloe was having a big party at Denver’s Washington Park on Sunday, August 4. The idea – Chloe’s idea – was to raise funds for the Colorado Center for the Blind.

Chloe knows a little about CCB. She has been a student in our Confidence/BELL Camp going back a number of years. Going into 6th grade this year, she helped out as a Junior Counselor at the camp in June, which works with 5 to 10-year-olds. So, she was helping out the younger kids with Braille, lunch, traveling on adventures (there were a lot of trips to the swimming pool), and more.

And then Chloe joined our Challenge and Adventure group, which involved plenty of sports, fitness and yes, adventure.

That’s the backdrop for her stop by the Center on Monday. This party, which invited friends and family to come, get a grilled burger or hot dog, and just hang in the park and have some fun, was a big success. She presented $3,000 to Director Julie Deden!

Wow! What can you say?

“Thank you so much,” is what Julie said, with an assurance that we’d be spending this money for more youth programs.

Look out, 6th grade, Chloe is coming!

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

6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

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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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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Challenge Recreation General Colorado Center Information Youth Services

NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017

Volunteers steady tandem bicycles as students get aboard
CCB Summer students Mary and Cheyenne get on the tandem bikes with EyeCycle Volunteers while Christina waits her turn

There wasn’t time to sit still till lunch was served, but none were inclined to do so at Saturday’s #NFChallenge Olympic Day 2017. There were just too many things to try out – beep baseball demonstration with the Colorado Storm, judo and power-lifting, goal ball and tandem bicycling with Eye-Cycle! Everybody got to take a turn at three or four of these activities, and a few even took a second bike ride or got into a couple of actual goal ball matches!

But participants were able to sit still long enough to listen to Paralympic runner Chaz Davis talk about how he went from “overweight and out-of-shape” to being the current record-holder in the marathon for blind and visually impaired runners.

And then it was back to another round of fun – and fitness – activities!

A woman swings the bat at the ball coming toward her
Julie Deden connected with her first swing at the Beep Baseball demonstration.

Thanks to the Denver Post for publishing a story on the #NFChallenge Olympic Day.

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Fitness & Sports Tomorrow for #NFChallenge #OlympicDay2017! @WEFitwellness @USABA

It’s happening here tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. Thanks to our partners at WE Fit Wellness and United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). Contributing will be Eye-Cycle, Achilles Denver and members of the Colorad Storm Beep Baseball team.

And at lunch there wil be a keynote address from current CCB studentChaz Davis, a member of the 2016 US Paralympic team! Checkout the agenda below.

#NFChallenge Olympic Day Agenda

10:00-10:10 – Welcome
Meeting Room

10:10-10:55 – Breakout Session 1

Running – lobby sitting area

Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

Beep baseball – side yard

Power Lifting – art room

Goalball – gym

11:10-11:55 Breakout Session 2

Judo – Travel Lobby

Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

Beep baseball – side yard

Power Lifting – art room

Goalball – gym

11:55-1:00 Lunch
Meeting Room
Keynote Address Chaz Davis, 2016 Paralympian

1:15- 2:00 Breakout Session 3

Running – lobby sitting area

Judo – Travel Lobby

Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

Power Lifting – art room

Goalball Scrimmage Matches: gym

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Congrats to Another Martial Arts Class!

six class members stand in a semi-circle wearing their new Orange belts and hold certificates, flanked by two Karate Denver instructors

Another Martial Arts group finished up on Tuesday, earning their orange belts from instructor Rachel. At the start of the ceremony, Rachel commented that each time she comes she is more aware of the spirit of independence and confidence that students and staff at the Center embody. From left to right are Travis, Ceci, Mike, Serena, David, Showe, Chaz and Rachael. Graham graduated from the Center in late April, but was part of this class. He received his orange belt before he left Colorado.

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Swolly-ness is Holiness: Ryan’s Pull Up Station

Everyone does a project in Wood Shop, and since Ryan is a fitness professional he built a pull-up station in our gym:

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A Bustling Day in the Gym

A group of Martial Arts Students to the left and a row of Archery Students to the right
Okay, Tuesdays can get a little wild anyway, what with Seniors coming and filling up our large conference room all morning. You gotta believe us – we love having them!

But meanwhile, down in the gym …

We had both Martial arts and Archery happening all at once. The wildest imaginations might hve the martial arts students blocking and catching flying arrows, but that’s not at all the scenario. That’s just imagination …
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Zach H. takes aim with his Bow in Archery Class
Sirena wards off an attacker in Martial Arts Class
Lyne takes aim with her bow in Archery Class
Suzi takes aim with her bow in Archery Class
David D. wards off anattacker in Martial Arts Class
Jesse takes aim with his bow in Archery Class
Charles takes aim with his bow in Archery Class
Graham in a fighting stance in Martial Arts Class
Chaz throwing elbow jabs at the pad in Martial Arts Class
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Challenge Recreation General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Bullseye with Blind Archery: #LivetheLifeYouWant @NSCD

Petr, Mike, Chaz and C.G. gripping their bows to take aim with guidance from NCSD Instructors
Zen and the Art of Archery was a popular book in the 1970s among a certain crowd in which martial arts practitioners became adept at hitting the bullseye while blindfolded. What does that mean? Who really knows, other than it was the era of the “Kung Fu” TV series.

Nonetheless, our partners at NSCD arranged an archery class for some of our students, and it took place in the gym last Tuesday

Dare we say it? It really hit the mark!.

Courtney in sleepshades holding bow gets tips from NSCD's Mike
An NSCD Instructor instructs Serena on how to draw back on the Bow
Joy works with Josh on aiming her Bow

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Challenge Recreation General Colorado Center Information Independence Training Program

Body Pads and Karate Punches: Tuesday’s Orange Belts

Rachael flies through the air as Steve flips her to the ground
Another round of testing for the Martial Arts class on Tuesday was followed by an awards ceremony. The entire Center turned out in the gym as five students and Travel Instructor Steve Patten all received orange belts from Karate Denver instructors Rachel and Travis. Steve is a bit of a ringer, of course, since he already has a black belt in Judo and competed internationally.

Brittany throws Travis flat on his back on the mats
Warren holds on to his cane while throwing elbow jabbs at the pads
Jimmi throws Rachael to the ground while keeping hold of his cane

Each class meets for eight sessions in our gym, learning any number of defensive strategies and moves, punches, kicks and holds. This class included Jay, Jimmy, Warren, Brittany, warren and Courtney C along with Steve.

“I feel a lot more confidence in myself,” said Brittany after the class. Wearing a warrior’s face during her belt testing, she giggles when asked about it. “It was fun too!”
Group shot with instructors standing with the students who are wearing their orange belts and holding their certificates