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Colorado Center for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Avenue
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 778-1130 (Local)
ccb@cocenter.org
http://www.cocenter.org

Brief Description

Since 1988, the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB) has been providing comprehensive training to blind persons so that they can lead independent lives as fully integrated, productive members of society. CCB offers an innovative teaching model founded on the philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind, emphasizing positive attitudes about blindness and role modeling by blind professionals. The Colorado Center for the Blind is committed to changing the experience of older blind and visually impaired persons from frustration to independence. With education and training these seniors can obtain the skills and confidence necessary to stay in their own homes and be contributing members of society.

Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday through Friday
Number of staff: 21
Geographic area served: U.S. & International

Staff

Tom Anderson, Braille Instructor, tanderson@cocenter.org
Julie Deden, Executive Director, jdeden@cocenter.org
Chip Johnson, Technology Instructor, cjohnson@cocenter.org
Petr Kucheryavyy, Employment Specialist, pkucheryavyy@cocenter.org
Kimberley Mccutcheon, Director of Career & Student Services, kmccutcheon@cocenter.org
Monique Melton, Cane Travel Instructor, mmelton@cocenter.org
David Nietfeld, Cane Travel Instructor, dnietfeld@cocenter.org
Steve Patten, Cane Travel Instructor, spatten@cocenter.org
Jennifer Spears, Braille Instructor, jspears@cocenter.org
Carol Sprague, Administrative Coordinator, csprague@cocenter.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • The Independence Training Program (ITP) serves adults of all ages locally, nationally and worldwide. Whether you have recently lost your vision or always have been blind our program will fit your needs. ITP provides training in orientation and mobility, braille, technology, home management, and other classes. This residential program has an average length of six to nine months.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Job class covers all aspects of vocational development including career exploration, resumes, interviewing, and work ethics. Students will also have the opportunities for situational assessments, job shadows, and internships.
  • Recreation Services
    • We want our students to know that being blind does not need to limit them. Blind people can live full, well-rounded lives. Students go rock climbing, hike in the mountains, ski, plant a garden, raft down the beautiful Colorado or Arkansas River and do much more. Being blind can be challenging in itself and, in order to be successful, we as blind people need to challenge ourselves.
  • Services for Seniors
    • The Colorado Center for the Blind is committed to changing the experience of older blind and visually impaired persons from frustration to independence. With education and training these seniors can obtain the skills and confidence necessary to stay in their own homes and be contributing members of society.
  • Support Groups
    • Many seniors who begin to lose their vision find that it is helpful to discuss this with others who have experienced the same loss. An independent and confident older blind individual facilitates support groups. Through this process visually impaired persons learn that they can continue to do many of the same things they did when fully sighted.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides braille instruction for all students.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Training in accessing all aspects of computer technology through the use of screen reading software with speech for all students in the Middle School, High School, and College programs
  • Counseling
    • Couseling in the area of defining, sharing and managing societal attitudes toward blindness offered in all programs. Career counseling, exploration and assessment of interests offered in High School and College Programs. Counseling in the use of college-sponsored disabled student services offered in the College Program.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • All students are enrolled in age-appropriate daily living skills training which includes such things as meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, home management, and industrial arts.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Career exploration and job shadowing successfully employed blind adults at the work site is offered in the Middle School, High School and College Programs. Paid part-time job experience/internship offered in the High School "Earn and Learn" Program. Exploring career options, developing a resume, practicing job interviewing skills offered in the College Program.
  • Information and Referral
    • Questions about blindness issues are welcomed and appropriate referral information is offered to anyone who calls.
  • Recreation Services
    • Students in our summer youth residential programs will participate in many recreational activities designed to build confidence. Such activities may include river rafting, camping, canoeing, technical rock climbing, swimming, or going to a Rockies baseball game. Students in all programs will have the opportunity to participate in art class.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Summer Day Camp is offered for the Elementary School children, ages 5-10 years old. During this two week program in June the children will enjoy many fun activities designed to build confidence and independence. The focus will be on daily living skills (including dressing, pouring, simple cooking, etc.), supervised independent travel with the long white cane, using braille, arts and crafts and outdoor fun.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Since safe, independent travel with the long white cane is the goal for all blind people, orientation and mobility training is part of every program and activity at the CCB. Students receive one on one training as well as group work. Care is taken to begin at the skill level of the individual and build confidence through practice.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Helps professionals work successfully with older blind and visually impaired individuals to live independently and to develop positive attitudes about blindness. Offers a wide variety of in-services and training workshops.
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