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Blowing off Steam After Competing in the Braille Challenge CSDBBulldogs

A student in sleepshades prepares to make a throw iwht the goal ball

After spending much of the day in their chairs, giving their best in various Braille skills as part of the 2018 Braille Challenge, participants in the Metro area competition found goal ball the perfect way to unwind.

It’s the third year we’ve hosted the event for Metro-area kids, which is organized in Colorado by the colorado school for the deaf and the blind. Students scores on reading, writing and more are collected regionally and given rankings, then compared to scores across the country. Eventually, the Braille Institute in Los Angeles will bring the most competitive students there for a final competition. In the meantime, there’s a little goal ball, some local and regional prizes and pizza for lunch!

Congrats to all the participants- you’re all winners with Braille!

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Recent Newspaper Articles Highlight CCB Partnerships

We wanted to bring your attention to a couple of newspaper articles that appeared in November and brought attention to the Center. Both reflect great partnerships that help us ensure that our students can, as our tag line says, learn to “Take Charge with Confidence and Self-reliance!”

The first, from November 5, appeared in the Denver Post’s YourHub. It’s about our neighbor and partner, Angel Concept in downtown Littleton. The article isn’t about the Center, but it features one of our students who has been learning job skills there. For a number of years, we’ve counted on Angel Concept to also mentor one of our summer youth in the “Earn & Learn Program”, helping them gain valuable work experience.

Here’s the article by YourHubs Holly Graham:

Disadvantaged women get a chance to build confidence, learn retail skills at this Littleton boutique

The second article, written by Alex DeWind, appeared in the Colorado Community Media newspapers on November 17. CCM includes such south Metro newspapers as the Centennial Citizen and the Littleton Independent

The article covers our indoor skydiving excursion at iFLY in Lone Tree

Read the iFLY article at:

Learning to Fly: Colorado Center for the Blind students take a field trip to indoor skydiving facility

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Eagle Scout Project Enhances Art Room

Alex LaBarre stands next to one of the newly completed work benches showing how a rolling art supply cart fits underneath

With many students and the results of their projects, supplies ranging from clay to wax to stone and of course the tools to work with each, an art room can quickly succumb to forces best summed up in the statement:

“All things tend toward disorder.”

This may be a paraphrase and we certainly don’t recall who might have made it, unless it was Spock or Data on their respective iterations of Star Trek. But that statement sums up the state of things when Alex laBarre, a candidate for Eagle Scout and a member of Troop 457, asked if we had a project he could do as part of his final requirements.

We checked and there’s no corollary to any law of thermodynamics that factors in the probability or effect of “The Right Man at the Right Time.” We knew what we needed and wanted, and Alex took that information, worked out the plans, raised the funds for the materials and recruited other members of Troop 457 to complete the work. The results are several benches under which rolling carts of various species of art supplies and tools can be stored, with storage on top as well, and a set of 25 spacious cubby holes for student projects to be safely stored. It all came together in a day’s work on November 18, and the photos shown are of that day. Thanks to Alex’s scoutmasters and others for sharing them with us.

And yes, LaBarre is a familiar name here at CCB. Alex’s dad is Scott LaBarre, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and Vice Chair of the CCB Board of Directors, and his mom is Anahit LaBarre, who works in our Senior Services program.

Thanks Alex – it’s a thing of beauty!

Alex LaBarre center with Lucas, Stephen, Scott, Kevin and Devin all hammering nails to secure two bench tops pictured side by side
Devin, Bobby and Kevin use large pipe clamps to hold the pieces together and square one set of legs for a workbench they are building

 

Scott, Stephan, Lucas and Jonathan work together on the floor to attach a leg to the top of one of the new benches
Jonathan uses a drill to secure the bench top while Stephen and Lucas hold everything in place

Alex LaBarre stands next to the new cubby shelves that he helped assemble for the art room
Group photo with Alex LaBarre center, Left to right - Devin, Ryan, Jonathan, Scott, Alex, Lucas, Stephen and Kevin

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Watch CCB Indoor Skydiving @iFLYDenver featured last night on @CBSDenver!

Leon Free Flying the I Fly Denver Wind Tunnel
I-Fly Denver invited us over on Monday to take flight and learn about the science around wind tunnels and things like force and resistance. There was math involved, just saying.

then we got to experience push and pull full-body, so to speak. Here’s a story from CBS Denver Channel 4 last night:

Skydiving Business Helps Students At Center For The Blind

Thanks to everyone at I-Fly Denver – we had a great time!

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A Peek at Hands-on with the “Shared Visions” 2017 Exhibit @ArapahoeCC #TactileAccess

Adia, Mason M. and Cezar look at the Old Man Wincing while Ravi reads the description provided in Braille

Here are a few photos from the Shared Visions reception at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College on Thursday night. Everyone got hands on with pieces from Nathan Abels’ painting and drawing classes. CCB students also had laser-cuts of drawings they made in Ann Cunningham’s art class with accompanying Haiku, and CCB alum Jenny Callahan had a number of stone carvings and a bronze in the show. The Seniors art class had bowls thrown on the wheel in Katie Caron’s ceramics studio. Katie brought her daughter, who insisted on wearing sleepshades so she could try to identify the art tactilely.

“This is the best thing we do all year,” said one CCB staff member. While some may argue in favor of another activity associated with the center, the Shared Visions art exhibit, now in its fourth year, is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone.

The show remains open at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts until November 22.

Ravi adds color to her drawing which will be laser-cut for the show
Ravi shows Julie her laser cut image with Haiku -

 

Laura looks at a piece made with various screws
Katy holds up her daughter who is wearing sleepshades so she can touch a tactile piece of the mountains

Phillis shows Chris P. and Julie the bowls she threw on the wheel at ACC

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A group of CCB Seniors out on a walk bird watching

A group of CCB Seniours out on a walk bird watching

The Friday Seniors took a walk around Sterne Park’s pond to do a little birding by ear with Ali Mayes from Bird Conversancy of the Rockies. It was a good day for for various ducks and the ever-present Canada Geese!

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Shared Visions #TactileArt Exhibit Opens Nov. 9: @ArapahoeCC @ArtACunningham

CCB students take turns exploring numerous tactile art pieces on the walls

Editor’s Note: Here’s the announcement from ACC for this year’s “Shared Visions” tactile art exhibit. It’s the fourth year we collaborated on this event, and a highlight of the fall for our students and staff. The show will include work by CCB students and perhaps from one or two staff members as well. Worth checking out!(Photos by Mike Thompson.)

Arapahoe Community College to host Shared Visions tactile art exhibit

LITTLETON, Colo. (Oct. 24, 2017) – Students from Arapahoe Community College and the Colorado Center for the Blind will present a collaborative and fully-accessible exhibit of multi-sensory and tactile art entitled “Shared Visions” from Nov. 9-22 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC.  Festivities include an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5pm-8pm.

Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm (open Tuesdays until 7pm; closed on weekends).

For more information, or to inquire about accommodations, please contact ACC Art Faculty / Drawing, Painting & Design Area Coordinator Nathan Abels at [email protected] or 303.797.5862.

— www.arapahoe.edu —
contact: Jeff Duggan
ACC Communications Coordinator
[email protected]

Chris P. explores the details of a hot air balloon

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2017 Garden Farewell

Tyler leads the way as he and Master Gardener Barb carry a tarp loaded with stems and leaves to the dumpster

Master Gardeners and students joined forces one last time in mid-October to put our Legacy Garden to rest for the 2017 growing season. There were still a few things to harvest, mostly walking onions and mint, but the rest was clean-up. Still, it was a bright fall day and great to be outside and enjoy a few laughs and good work.

Thanks again to our Master Gardeners. It was a great season!

Leon laughs as he holds a worm in the palm of his hand
Cody pulls out a large stock with lots of roots
John leans way over the edge and uses a garden spade to turn the soil

Dan hands Lindsey a large bundle of mint

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Youth Programs Receive Anonymous $10,000 Donation

Garret works with 3 summer students in the Gym on holding their canes properly

Recently, we were elated to get notification that we had received an anonymous donation of $10,000 designated for our Youth Programs through our Colorado Gives portal. We often receive donations in this way and welcome every one of them. But such generous donations as this one are, not surprisingly, a little out of the norm. The anonymous donor left the following note, which meant a lot to our Youth Services staff as our summer youth programs were drawing to a close. We’ve edited the note slightly:

I am pleased to be able to make another large donation this year. (I know) one of your alumni and seeing the incredible impact you have made in her life makes me want to give as much as I can. God bless you all. True charity is anonymous, I do not need any recognition of accolades beyond being able to continue to see you do incredible work.

Maggie and Lauren experiment with chemically inflating balloonsSo let’s talk about Summer 2017. We’re including a few photographic highlights from this year. Along with these activities, many students had their first jobs this summer. Maggie, for example, is starting her sophomore year of high school in Arizona. She was matched with our perennial partner, “Arapahoe community College (ACC) to work in their e-learning Department. Her job was to check various pages on ACC’s web pages and learning management system for accessibility. ACC has a strong commitment to equal access to learning, and Maggie loved her job using her assistive technology skills.

“And they loved me, too!” she reported.

No doubt.

Dineigha is also a high school sophomore this year and loved her job doing childcare at the Auraria Early Learning Center – another perennial partner for our Earn and Learn summer students. Going to a job, having responsibility, doing something valuable and then getting paid for it is an important step in becoming an adult for any young person. but it is one in which blind youth face barriers of doubt on the part of prospective employers and often doubt about their own abilities to meet the challenge. Our Earn and Learn program makes that step as normal and as rewarding as those our students’ peers experience. And they come away with the confidence that they can be successful in the work force.

Mausam is a high school senior this year in Virginia and was part of the College Prep Program this summer.

“Growing up with Indian parents,” she said with understated humor at the summer graduation ceremony, “college is the Holy Grail.”

Mausam learned about the differences between high school and college. Blind students in college have to plan, investigate and initiate accommodations well in advance to ensure they will have equal access. In addition to learning more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), she and her felow College Prep students had the opportunity to visit two area campuses and learn about how accessibility services are administered at each, giving her more experience and perspective, and thus a better chance to make the successful transition into higher education next fall.

The only suitable expression of our gratitude for this generous donation is to continue to give the message through our unique training programs that blind Youth, seniors and our Independence Training Program students can live the lives they want. World-class blindness skills and confidence-building challenges are the recipe, and we’ll keep developing new ways to give our students the tools to change what blindness means in their lives!

To learn more about giving to the innovative programs of the Colorado Center for the Blind, visit our Donate page.

Roland locates a hand hold as he climbs up a steep rock outcrop
Four rafts navigate down Clear Creek toward some white water near some large rocks
Summer students Mary and Cheyenne each mount a tandem bike with EyeCycle Volunteers while Christina waits her turn

 

Roland picks Basil leaves while he takes a tour of the garden
A large group of CCB Summer Youth on Paddle Boards, Kayaks and Canoes
Masson learns how to put power in forward knee strikes while Rachael holds the pad. Maggie waits her turn to give it a try

 

Summer staff with canes crossed in the air

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Summer Youth Explore the Garden

Group of Summer Youth in the garden with bags of produce

Today we start up again after our annual trip to the National Fedeeration of the Blind Convention in Orlando, but the CCB summer students got back in the swing of things yesterday. Since it was our appointed gardening day with the Master Gardeners, summer students and staff got the privilege of bringing in the first zucchini of the season, as well as some other tasy surprises!