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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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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.

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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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Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden

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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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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!