[Colorado-talk] The Blind Coloradan Newsletter- Spring (revised with minor changes to "From the Desk of the President" and his letter to the Editor: Boulder Daily Camera)

Lisa Bonderson lbonderson at cocenter.org
Wed Apr 11 16:19:10 UTC 2012


             Newsletter of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado


Vol.2, No.2                                                                     Spring, 2012                                                              


Scott C. LaBarre 

NFB of Colorado President

2233 W. Shepperd Avenue

Littleton, CO 80120

Phone: (303) 778-1130

slabarre at nfbco.org



Kevan Worley


1837 S. Nevada Avenue

PMB 243

Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Phone: (1-866) 543-6808

kevanworley at blindmerchants.org



A Letter From the Editor


Hiking, biking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting and even some late skiing; it is spring in the Rockies! The blind are right out there. Athletics at altitude will be only one focus of this issue of The Blind Coloradan. 


It has truly been a thrill to read the articles which have been submitted for this issue. The blind of the Centennial State are on the move. We are on the move at the State Capitol, at Chapter activities across the state, acquiring new residential space to expand important programs, meeting decision makers in D.C., defending and enhancing programs with best practices and building partnerships to better educate blind kids.   We are moving in the mountains to enjoy our great outdoors. Some in our state are 'Dining in the Dark'. Yes, you will read about 'Dining in the Dark.' "Bah, Humbug," I say! But, I guess that would be a comment for the Christmas issue.

Furthermore, others may have some different perspectives. So, read on.


Yes, it is spring in Colorado. No better time to celebrate accomplishment. In this issue we celebrate the purchase of an apartment building; This purchase will bring even greater opportunity to serve.


We provide readers a comprehensive list of resources which encourage, instruct and support blind and visually impaired people to get outside, enjoy our great state and get healthy.


We welcome a new energetic staff member and tell you a bit about her. 


Whether we like it or not, Blind Buzz is back with some tidbits. Oh, the anticipation! The Buzz has been called, "pithy, observant, witty, barbed, vacuous, spiteful, informative, enlightening, mocking, muckraking, extraneous, insensitive, provocative, quotable, questionable and dubious, but always worth reading." We are not even sure about the accuracy of those quotes. They were conveyed to us from the Buzz, go figure!


All of that and more in this issue; so, read on and thank you from your Blind Coloradan team.


At Your Service,

Kevan Worley

Aggregator & Contributor


>From the Desk of the President




Spring has sprung and like the trees and flowers, the Federation is blooming with new growth and activity.  I should first tell you that our next State Convention will take place October 25 - 28 in Boulder, Colorado at the Millennium Harvest House, which hosted our 2010 convention.  Stay tuned to the next Blind Coloradan for reservation and registration details and an in depth exploration of convention activities.


I am pleased to announce that we have hired Jessica Beecham who hails from Tennessee to serve as our Community Development Coordinator.  After Jessica receives some training, we will be sending her throughout the state to help grow our Federation.  Jessica graduated with highest honors from Middle Tennessee State University, receiving her Master's Degree in Recreational Science. Jessica was selected as one of the NFB's 2010 national scholarship winners.  She is a very bright and effervescent individual who will carry our Federation message far and wide.


Don't forget that our NFB National Convention runs from June 30 through July 5 and Colorado plans to be a large force at Convention once again.  Financial assistance will be offered to NFBCO members. Please contact Lisa Bonderson by emailing her at lbonderson at labarrelaw.com or calling 303 504-5979 to acquire the application for assistance.  All such requests must be received by May 1. 


On Saturday, April 7th, we conducted an in person meeting of the NFB of Colorado Board of Directors at the Colorado Center for the Blind.  We had 45 individuals in attendance with large contingents from our Colorado Springs and Pueblo Chapters.  The Board heard a multitude of reports on topics ranging from legislation to fundraising.  We discussed our Chapter development plan and engaged in a spirited philosophical discussion about 'Dining in the Dark' events (a topic covered more in depth later in this issue).  


In closing, I want to express my deepest appreciation for your support of me as your President and your commitment to the Federation. I wish all a terrific spring.


Yours in Federationism,


Scott C. LaBarre, Esq.

NFB of Colorado President



If You Believe, You Have to Build

By: Rachel Gallow


>From the Editor: Rachel Gallow is the Director of Special Projects for Worley Enterprises and volunteers much time to community causes including the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado.


On January 13, 2012 the organized blind of Colorado realized a dream. Papers were signed on that day to complete the purchase of a new 24 unit apartment complex at 5871 South Lowell Boulevard in Littleton. The new complex will be officially named McGeorge Mountain Terrace during a ribbon cutting ceremony on the afternoon of May 11. We now have our own residential complex! The property was purchased for a little over 2.4 million dollars. Staff and students celebrated this landmark acquisition. Members of the Federation from throughout our state and from across the country sent their congratulations. Diane McGeorge, Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Center for the Blind, said, "This is a dream come true. But, it did not just happen by itself. We have worked so hard for this day," she continued, "really it was Ray's dream. He was the visionary. I, well. all of us.we all pitched in and did the work we knew we could do and today we celebrate."


In 2000 the organizations acquired the Littleton YMCA which now houses Colorado Center for the Blind programs. It has required much TLC; but, it has been the purchase of that facility which has allowed the Center to offer more programs in a more dynamic way than we were ever able to do before owning our own building. Since the purchase of the Y, the Center staff and Board of Directors have been working toward a day when they would not be subject to the quirks and eccentricities when leasing residential space. The Center now has greater flexibility by adding space which truly meets the individual needs of students.


After the papers were signed and pictures were snapped, toasts were lifted. Julie Deden, Executive Director of CCB, said, "Ok, what's next?" Someone said, "Well, we have to notify the current tenants, work with the outgoing management, deal with snow removal, etc." Chairman McGeorge interrupted, "No, what Julie means is, 'What's next?' What will the blind of Colorado do for our next challenge?" It is clear that the NFB and all of the affiliates and programs will constantly work for change. That is who we are. There will be room for expansion: Programs for seniors, youth, parents and teachers, technology developers, and employers. This new property will help us bring even more programs to life.


Congratulations Federation! A new chapter has begun. This purchase stands as yet another testament to the vision of our founders and the action that believers take to make it come true.



Ribbon Cutting

By: Stacey Johnson


>From the Editor: Stacey Johnson is the highly energetic, imaginative Community Development Director for the Colorado Center for the Blind.


The Colorado Center for the Blind will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on May 11th from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at its new student housing complex, McGeorge Mountain Terrace at 5871 W. Lowell Blvd., Littleton.   The 3 p.m. ribbon cutting will be presented by the City of Littleton's Mayor, Debbie Brinkman.  Friends of the Center, the community, and the media are invited to attend.  


The Center moved its Independence Training Program students from leased apartments to the two story, 24 unit apartment complex purchased by the Center in January, 2012.  Executive Director Julie Deden says she is eager to show off the new student housing complex.  "Guests will have an opportunity to tour the complex and meet our Board of Directors, staff and students.  Light refreshments will be served and attendees will learn more about the Center's programs and services. It's going to be a fun and informative afternoon," says Deden.


Blind Students, Others to Benefit from Crosswalk
By: Jennifer Smith

>From the Editor: The following article appeared in the Littleton Independent online on March 22, 2012.

When Julie Deden, Director of the Colorado Center for the Blind, approached the city about putting in a new crosswalk near the students' new apartment building on Lowell Boulevard just west of Donut Hut, she offered to pay the entire $14,000 cost.

Charlie Blosten, Littleton's Director of Public Services, did her one better.

"We thought the city should pony up half," he told city council on March 20, noting that the crosswalk would serve other residents, including students at Goddard Middle School and Centennial Academy of Fine Arts Education.

"Even sighted people have a difficult time crossing this street," said Blosten.

Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Stahlman saw Blosten's $7,000 and raised him another $7,000.

"This is a public safety issue, and public safety is our responsibility," he said.

"The school has made an enormous commitment to Littleton," added Mayor Debbie Brinkman. "Talk about being handed lemons and making lemonade."

The Center purchased the building after RTD canceled a key bus route by the students' former home, an apartment complex at Platte Canyon Road and Mineral Avenue. They had been leasing units there.

Stahlman asked Blosten about adding signs warning drivers to watch out for blind students. But Brent Batron, the Center's Youth-Services Coordinator, declined the offer.

"It's very uncommon for us to call and ask for something special," he said.

The Center focuses heavily on teaching the blind to be independent and fully integrated into society. In fact, said Batron, they'd rather not even have the chirping crosswalk indicators downtown, partly because most students will go home to places that don't have them and so shouldn't become reliant on them.

"And they tend to interfere with the audio clues we're listening to," he said.

Batron invited council and the public to a ribbon-cutting for the new building, to be held on May 11. Visit cocenter.org for more information.

Meet the Chapter and Community Development Coordinator

By: Jessica Beecham


>From the Editor: As we celebrate spring time and the purchase of a new apartment building, we also want you to meet a new recruit. People of imagination, spunk and vigor seem to want to come to Colorado. After you read this introduction you will agree that we are happy to have people like Jessica Beecham.


"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work, but yet teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery


          After reading the job description for Chapter and Community Development Coordinator I was floored!  I remember thinking to myself, "Is this really a job? Will someone actually pay me to spread the philosophy and vision of the National Federation of the Blind?"  Now in Colorado, all the way from Tennessee, I am fully assured that the answer to my questions was 'YES'.  My name is Jessica Beecham and I am honored to be on board with the NFB of Colorado to help move your already amazing affiliate to new heights.  As a recreational therapist, I have always enjoyed helping people enhance their overall quality of life and it is a sincere belief that the National Federation of the Blind does this on a larger scale than I can conceptualize.  This is truly a dream job opportunity.

          In order to create a stronger and more effective affiliate, we will work together to build and grow Chapters throughout the state as well as increase community awareness of the positive philosophy and mission of the NFB of Colorado.  My plan is to reach out and form reciprocal relationships with individuals, professionals and organizations throughout the state by getting people excited about the things we stand for and the amazing strides we are making toward changing what it means to be blind in the state of Colorado.

          I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts and ideas of how we can not only reach out to more people, but how we can spark their interests in such a way that they will be on fire for the NFB of Colorado.  This is not only true for people who are not involved in the NFB of Colorado, it may also hold true for people who have been involved in the past and are currently not as active.  We can all lose passion and focus from time to time and we have to find that thing that rekindles that passion in our hearts and minds.  

          As the Chapter and Community Development Coordinator, I am here to help you and your chapter in any way that I can.  Whether you need someone to support and revitalize what has been done in the past to build membership, or you need fresh ideas and concepts, it is my pleasure to help.  I may also call on many of you to help as we begin to develop new Chapters within the state and establish relationships throughout the community.  

          I look forward to meeting each of you over the upcoming weeks.  If you have thoughts or ideas for the growth and development of the Colorado affiliate feel free to e-mail me at either jbeecham at cocenter.org or jbeecham at nfbco.org.  You can reach me by phone at 720-440-2362.  Let's make sparks fly and set this affiliate on fire so that we grow to our fullest potential and truly change what it means to be blind in Colorado.



Ring the B.E.L.L for 2012

By: Diane McGeorge  


>From the Editor: Your editor always has trouble finding something new to say about Diane. What can you say about the dynamic role model, state and national leader and advocate friend which has not already been said? For this article, I will simply add that she is the Executive Director of our B.E.L.L education and experience program for blind kids. As usual, she does not sit on her laurels. Last summer she led our first B.E.L.L program. So, this year she and her team will expand the program. Here is what she says:


B.E.L.L is growing.  Again this summer  the NFBCO is sponsoring the B.E.L.L program. Last year our first (Braille Enrichment Learning and Literacy) B.E.L.L program

was held in Westminster, Colorado.  Our goal was to expand B.E.L.L to reach more children outside the Denver metro area; so this year we will be holding a program in Colorado Springs.  The Colorado Springs NFB Chapter Members are all anxious to help make the program successful.  We are also delighted to be partnering with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) in our Colorado Springs venture.  CSDB has generously invited us to use one of their classroom buildings which will be perfect for our kids.  We are recruiting in both the Denver and the Colorado Springs areas.  


B.E.L.L is designed to serve children between the ages of 4 to 12.  We can serve ten children in each program.  Michelle Chacon, member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and Treasurer of the affiliate, is a superb teacher of visually impaired students. Michelle and I are working as coordinators for the programs.  

If you have questions, you may reach me by e-mail at rmcgeorge at comcast.net or Michelle Chacon at mchacon at adams50.org, or call me at 303-321-4268.  You may also reach Michelle at 303-456-9000.  


The NFB Jernigan Institute would like for parents to register their student online.  The information will then be sent to us so that we can plan accordingly.  The web address where parents can register their children is below:   


www.nfb.org/bell  or http://www.nfb.org/bell-summer-program-form


The Denver program will be held at the Rocky Mountain MS Center in Westminster, Colorado from July 23 to August 4.  The Colorado Springs B.E.L.L program will begin July 16 and run until July 27.  


We are looking for volunteers for both programs.  If you are interested, contact either Michelle or me and we will be glad to talk to you about the various volunteer opportunities.


This is a great opportunity for young blind children not only to work on Braille, independent cane travel, art projects and more, but to see blind adults doing all the things their parents are doing.  Please help us make this B.E.L.L program successful.  Last year was terrific; this year will be even better.



2012 Day at the Capitol 

By: Chris Foster 


>From the Editor: Chris Foster has served in a number of leadership positions both in California and Colorado. Chris is a thoughtful advocate.


Each year the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado hosts the Day at the Capitol where we meet with our elected Senators, Assembly Members and their staffs  to bring issues of concern to blind Coloradoans to their attention.  This year, we met on a very cold and snowy Tuesday morning, January 17.  We first gathered in the Old Supreme Court Chambers to get to know each other, as there were nearly 60 members in the room.  Next, we reviewed the issues that we would be bringing to the General Assembly.  Following this, we broke up in to groups of 4 or 5 people and we elected group leaders.  I was a leader of one such group.  


After the groups were sorted, we received a singular honor; we walked down the rotunda and filled a good portion of the Assembly Chambers Gallery.  While we were in the gallery, several of our state board members actually had seats right on the assembly floor, mere feet from the Assembly Members.  After roll-call and pledge to the flag, Representative Pete Lee from Colorado Springs stood up and introduced the members of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and told the members that we would be walking around the Capitol and even visiting their offices to speak with them throughout the day. [Some readers may recall the profile of Representative Lee which ran in the fall.]  After we were announced, our various groups spread throughout the Capitol to deliver our message to our elected officials.


First, we were asking our representatives to allow the Colorado Commission for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired to sunset at the end of its predefined term as opposed to being renewed.  For numerous reasons, the Commission had not been able to meet its legislative mandate to study and make recommendations on services and programs affecting Colorado's blind population to the Governor and the Legislature.  [NOTE: Only days later the Committee of Jurisdiction voted overwhelmingly to sunset this ill-fated Commission.]


Secondly, we told our representatives and their staffs that we were not asking for additional funding for critical programs affecting Blind Coloradoans as much as we were asking that no programs be cut during another financially difficult year in our state.  These programs included the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Colorado Talking Book Library, the Colorado School for The Deaf and Blind, NFB- Newsline, and the Audio Information Network.


We highlighted the quickly deteriorating conditions in public transportation systems across the state.  Systems are shrinking in their effectiveness for numerous reasons both in rural areas as well as in Colorado's two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs.  We suggested that the Legislature consider forming some kind of task force to examine ways to increase funding and overall effectiveness of Colorado's Public Transit systems. Lastly, we took time to mention both our very lucrative scholarship programs for blind students and the Colorado Center for the Blind.  We encouraged Representatives and their staff to visit the Center.  


>From my experience throughout the day, we were very well received by the Representatives and the staffs we visited.  It was a great day at the Capitol.  Our conversations went well and our areas of concern were well received.


Dining In the Dark at Boulder's Blind Cafe

By: Scott LaBarre


>From The Editor: The following article ran in the Boulder Daily Camera on March 1, 2012. There are those who say that members of the NFB are always in lock-step. It is sometimes suggested that absolute conformity rules. In the following Boulder Daily Camera article you will see quotes from two members of our Boulder Chapter. Following this newspaper article, we are printing a letter to the Editor of the newsletter from our State President. Your editor believes that while Scott's letter most accurately reflects the majority view of Federationists, most issues are nuanced. We are proud to carry a variety of perspectives.


Dining in the dark at Boulder's Blind Café: Event Gives People a Taste of Life Without Sight 

By Mitchell Byars 

Camera Staff Writer

Boulder Daily Camera 


The Blind Café made its return to Boulder on Thursday. The event is a dining experience held in a pitch-black room to simulate the blind experience. Diners are led into an unlit room by a team of blind servers, where they eat, converse and listen to performances all without the benefit of seeing their own hands in front of their faces. 


"I want people to connect with themselves and with each other," said Brian "Rosh" Rocheleau, the founder and producer of The Blind Café. "There is a sort of bonding that takes place when you go through these challenges of not being able to see what you are doing." 


Rocheleau started up the Blind Café two years ago after experiencing a similar dining event while traveling in Iceland. Since his opening event in Boulder in February 2010, he has held Blind Cafés everywhere from Texas to Oregon. This go-around -- being held at the Integral Center -- will be his seventh in Boulder. 


"I have a crew of friends who are dedicated to being a part of it," he said. "And it's become sort of a movement." 


Gerry Leary, who was born blind, has been with the Blind Café since its inception. Leary owns the Unseen Bean roasting house in Boulder. 


"I think they always find it's easier than they thought, and they learn how to adapt," Leary said of the diners fumbling their way around in the dark. "They feel good about themselves because they worked through it." 


Leary also leads a question-and-answer session. 


"It's dark, so people aren't afraid to ask some personal questions," said Harlan Bryant, who was there with Puppy Raisers to help socialize some seeing-eye dogs at the event. "People can ask any question at all." 


As the question-and-answer session was taking place, people attempted to eat the food placed in front of them. While most of the diners came with friends, they were often seated with complete strangers who were also experiencing eating in the dark for the first time. 


"There is nothing quite like not knowing at all what you are putting in your mouth," said Stephan Van Der Mersch. 


"The senses are just so intense," said Alejandro de la Vega. "The flavors just seem to burst." 


Seated across from de la Vega, Ryan Wanger said that, without clocks or light, he was having trouble keeping track of time in the dark room. 


"It seems slower," he said. "Not just time, but I normally eat pretty fast, and I'm going pretty slow right now." 


As people felt their way around their plates, the servers bustled about helping out diners where they could as well as guiding them around the room. It literally was the blind leading the blind. 


"Even volunteers who have been flying around the room all day when it was lit, when the lights go out, they need help," said server Maryann Migliorelli, who also is the president of the Boulder chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. "It sort of tilts the playing field. One element changes, and we are the ones with the most functional skills." 


Migliorelli said she hopes eating a meal in her shoes will help give people a better understanding of the blind. 


"If people are willing to see it, they can learn how capable we really are, and all of us work and are successful," she said. "Hopefully it gives them a different perspective." 


The Blind Café will hold two more events tonight and Saturday.


>From the Editor: That is what the Boulder Daily Camera published. Below is the President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott LaBarre, response to the article.


Dear Editor,


I am Scott LaBarre and I serve as President of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, the oldest and largest organization of blind people in our state.  I write in response to an article entitled "Event Gives People a Taste of Life Without Sight" written by Mitchell Byars on March 1, 2012.  My main message is that events like this do not give people a real taste of living with blindness and low vision and in fact, the general effect of such events is much more damaging than helpful because they underscore the fear and tragedy generally associated with blindness.  


I am 43, a successful trial attorney, a husband to a wonderful and beautiful woman, a parent of two bright and healthy children, owner of two houses, and a leader in several civic and community organizations and I am totally blind.  I do not live my life "in the dark" and I do not wake up each morning feeling sorry for myself or even think about the fact that I have no sight.  To me, life with blindness is 100 percent normal.


I lost my sight due to a childhood virus at age ten and remember feeling extremely scared and lost, thinking that my life from that point forward would be a tragedy.  Thank God, it hasn't been.  Of course, the initial few months of adjustment were difficult and incredibly challenging.  Losing a major perceptual sense is not at all trivial, but the adjustment can be made successfully, as long as an individual receives good training in the alternative skills of blindness, possesses a positive attitude, and is given a fair shake by society.  These are the core principals espoused by the Federation.


The key problem with experiences like those highlighted in your article is that the exposure to blindness is extremely short lived and only leave a person with the impressions found at the beginning of one's encounter with losing sight, not to mention the fact that the experience occurs in a large crowd without benefit of individualized attention to the feelings being felt by those suddenly blind.  Your readers need to understand that my life, and that of countless other blind Americans, is nothing like that experienced by the attendees of the event.  I know what I am eating; I am aware of exactly what time of day it is; time is not slower for me; and my senses are not otherwise hyper stimulated; and I do not bumble and fumble around rooms.  Most of all, I am not fearful of life because I live it without sight.  At the very least, if members of the public attend these events, they should digest the tastes/impressions about blindness they receive very carefully, understanding that the initial fears and misconceptions, if not challenged, lead to the discrimination and great societal barriers the blind do in fact face, like a seventy percent unemployment rate for blind adults.




Scott C. LaBarre, President

National Federation of the Blind of Colorado


Attention Parents and Kids: Mark your calendars!

Here are some upcoming events brought to you by the Colorado Center for the Blind

By: Brent Batron


>From the Editor: Brent Batron is Coordinator of Youth Programs for the Colorado Center for the Blind.


April 14 - May 5: Swim Lessons with NSCD

Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 9:30 a.m.

Easter Seals Swimming Pool

5755 W Alameda Ave Lakewood


It doesn't matter if your child is new to the water. Swimming is a fun way to exercise.  Your child will love being in the water and become more comfortable as they learn to swim with the helpful instructors of the National Sports Center for the Disabled.


·        This is a 4 week program meeting the next four Saturdays

·        The fee is $40

·        Space is limited to five kids 

·         RSVP to Brent at 303-778-1130 x 222 or bbatron at cocenter.org


April 24: Success in School and Beyond 

(A seminar for middle and high school aged students, their families and their teachers)

Seminar begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

Colorado Center for the Blind

2233 W Shepperd Ave in Littleton


This will be an interactive seminar with some presentations and tables where you can learn about:

·        The latest technology

·        Meeting and greeting people

·        Planning for your future success


Lunch will be provided and there is NO cost for this event.  Please RSVP to Brent at 303-778-1130 x 222 or bbatron at cocenter.org


April 28 - May 19: Rock Climbing and Hiking

>From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day


The Colorado Center for the Blind is internationally known for its rock climbing and hiking.  We will work with NSCD, as we have for many years, to climb at El Dorado Canyon and Clear Creek Canyons.  The climbing in Colorado is second to none and is both fun and challenging.  Please join us as we climb the rocks in the morning and hike after we have had lunch by the relaxing creek.


·        This event is open to both kids and their families. 

·        Kids of any age are welcome(with a parents consent)

·        You can sign up for all 4 climbs or select the days that you want to participate

·        There is NO cost for this event

·        Space is limited to 16 participants each day

·        RSVP to Brent at 303-778-1130 x 222 or bbatron at cocenter.org


June 8 - August 3: Summer for Success College Prep and Earn & Learn High School Programs 


These are 8 week residential programs for students aged 14 - 21.

Visit our website at www.cocenter.org for an application or call 303-778-1130 if you have any questions


June 11 - 22: Confidence Camp for Kids


This program is designed to build confidence and skills for kids aged 5 -11.

Visit our website at www.cocenter.org for an application or call if you have any questions


July 16 - August 3: Initiation to Independence Middle School Program


This program is designed for kids aged 11 - 14 to introduce them to the skills of blindness and to help them develop confidence and independence.

Visit our website at www.cocenter.org for an application or call if you have any questions


United States Association of Blind Athletes: Operation Mission Vision (A return to normalcy for Veterans and active duty service members who are blind and visually impaired)

By: Lacey Markle


>From the Editor: Lacey Markle is a Military Sport Program Assistant living and working for the USABA in Colorado Springs, Colorado


In 1976, the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) was founded by Dr. Charles Buell for the purpose of improving the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. Since then, USABA, a Colorado Springs based 501(c) (3) organization, has evolved into a national organization that provides sports opportunities to thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities that are blind and visually impaired. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA enhances the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired through sports and physical activity by providing opportunities in various sports, including, but not limited to, track and field, Nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting, rowing, showdown, triathlon, archery and goalball. USABA recognizes that sports opportunities allow people who are blind and visually impaired to develop independence through competition, without unnecessary restrictions. Like sighted people, people who are blind and visually impaired must have the opportunity to experience the thrill of victory and the reality of defeat.


USABA is dedicated to providing physical activity for everyone who is blind and visually impaired, including veterans and military service members who are blind and visually impaired. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) resulted in the highest percentage of eye wounds of any major conflict since World War I, so it is particularly important that USABA provides opportunities to returning wounded warriors. Therefore, in 2008, USABA, in conjunction with the USOC Paralympic Military Division, took on an additional challenge-to assist the nearly 158,000 Veterans and active duty service members who are blind and visually impaired by providing sport, athletic and recreational opportunities in order to simply bring normalcy back into their lives. The mission of the USABA Military Sport Program, Operation Mission Vision, is to enhance the lives of all wounded active duty service members and Veterans who are blind and visually impaired and to accelerate their rehabilitation process through sports, recreation and physical activity and to assist in the reintegration of those individuals back into their home communities. 


There are 4 major sport, athletic and recreation components to Operation Mission Vision: Winter sports programs held in February and March, a summer sport program held in July and the California International Marathon held the first weekend of December. Additionally, USABA and Operation Mission Vision host several development camps throughout the year. The "learn to race" cycling camp (May 7-14 2012) and developmental rowing camp (May 20-25 2012) are designed to promote the sports of Paralympic cycling and rowing. Both camps are open to anyone with a physical disability; to include people who are blind and visually impaired. Both development camps are used in identifying potential candidates for participation in the Paralympic Games. USABA and Operation Mission Vision programming are also involved in regional goalball tournaments, sports education camps, summer sports festivals, and other annual winter sports festivals throughout the United States. 


With the help of Operation Mission Vision, all of USABA's athletes walk away from a camp or program with a success story. Whether that is to learn how to ski, make new friends or try be taken out of their comfort zone, each person gains confidence and independence. 


USABA believes that people of all ages and abilities should have access to sports and physical activity. Each day, USABA works to reach a long-term strategic goal of building an organization that is known as the nation's leading resource for providing sports opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.


For more information contact Lacey Markle at the United States Association of Blind Athletes at (719) 866-3222 or military_pgm_asst at usaba.org, or go to USABA's website at www.usaba.org 


Roundup of Activities & Happenings at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB)

By: Diane Covington


>From the Editor: Diane Covington serves as the Community Liaison for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. You will enjoy reading about all of the happenings as CSDB. Here is what she says:


Career Day for Middle School and High School Students Who Are Deaf/HH, Blind/VI or DeafBlind


CSDB will be hosting the fourth annual Career Day on Friday, April 20th   from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Our goal is to expose students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired or DeafBlind to professionals within a variety of career fields.


Students will be given an interest inventory representing the following pathways.  Each pathway could be represented by, but is not limited to, the following suggested occupations.


·        Science/Technology/Engineering/Math - statistician, biologist, chemist, engineer, meteorologist, astronomer

·        Arts - actor, photographer, sculptor, painter, video editor, cartoonist, journalist

·        Health Sciences - X-ray technician, Emergency Medical Technician, dietitian, nurse, occupational therapist

·        Construction - brick layer, carpet installer, cabinet maker, framer

·        Information Technology - PC technician, webmaster, computer programmer, computer repair, computer support

·        Manufacturing - pipe fitter, electrician, plumber, welder, machinist

·        Government - legal assistant, public servant, mailman

·        Hospitality - hotel employee, chef, sports referee

·        Human Services - daycare worker, hair stylist, drug abuse counselor

·        Education and Training - teacher, principal, librarian, para-professional

·        Agriculture - dog groomer, gardener, veterinary technician


The day will begin with a keynote speaker and end with a general session and skit.  


After the keynote speaker's presentation, students will have an opportunity to rotate through a minimum of three of the pathway presentations.  These will be based on the interest inventory.



Spring 2012 Sports Camps for Students Athletes, who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired, Grades 8-12

Camp Dates:

May 21-23: Goalball 

May 28-30: Boys' Football 

May 28-30: Girls' Volleyball 

June 10-12: Boys' Basketball

June 10-12: Girls' Basketball 

Maximum of 20 Campers


$40.00 CSDB Students/$80.00 Non-CSDB Students

Camp fee includes lodging, meals, activities and supervision


RSVP by April 27 at 719-578-2106, 719-358-2628 (VP)or vhernandez at csdb.org

Include the following information:

-Camper name

-Camp Choice

-Parents' names




Peter Pan

The Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind will be performing Peter Pan on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the CSDB Gymnasium. 


The Family Learning Retreat (FLR) will be returning to the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind June 22-23, 2012. The FLR is a two-day retreat focused on families with a child who is deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. This is an opportunity for families to meet other families while networking, learning and having fun together.  Parents /adults will attend training during the day, while children participate in supervised recreational activities within the youth program. 


The cost of the FLR is $10.00 per person over the age of one year. Spanish and sign language interpreters will be provided upon request. 


Parents will be responsible for providing any assisted feeding or medical procedure their child requires.  A nurse will not be available during the Family Learning Retreat.  

Come and relax. Make new friends. Experience a valuable learning opportunity.  

Questions or to register, contact Diane Covington at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind at (719) 578-2225. For Spanish speaking participants, contact Gloria Romero (719)-578-2288. 


The Home and Garden Tour

By: Stacey Johnson


>From the Editor: Stacey Johnson is the Community Development Director for the Colorado Center for the Blind. She has been with the organization for less than a year. She is developing quite a reputation in fundraising and event planning. She is the hostess with the most-est:


Save the Date:  Saturday, June 16th from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the first annual Littleton Home & Garden tour sponsored by the Colorado Center for the Blind.   This year we are doing something a little different from past years' fundraising galas.  In an effort to further our reach and strengthen our connection with the Littleton community we are asking our neighbors throughout the community to open their doors in support of the CCB's Summer Youth Program.  Littleton is home to a variety of unique residential architectural styles and periods, from early 20th century bungalows, Victorian cottages, mid-century modern to mega square footage mountain contemporaries.  Twenty dollars will secure you "inside access" into between eight to twelve remarkable homes and gardens within the Littleton city limits.  Also included on the tour map will be a stop at the CCB where beverages, snacks and boxed lunches can be purchased and enjoyed on our grounds. Tours of the Center will be conducted by students and staff, and a historical photo montage of Littleton's architectural history will be on display.   Tickets are on sale now at the Center, or on-line at www.cocenter.org.  Tickets will also be available at the Center on the day of the Home Tour for $25.  Transportation will be available for blind ticketholders. We will depart from the Center.  For more information please contact Stacey Johnson at 303.778.1130, extension 213.    



Saying Goodbye to Levada 

By: Levada's Colleagues and Friends


>From the Editor: On February 8th Levada Kemp passed away. She was attending the National Federation of the Blind Washington Seminar, representing the South Dakota affiliate. Levada died from natural causes. Levada battled numerous health challenges. The immediate cause of death is not known. The following remembrance was printed in the February issue of the Colorado Center for the Blind newsletter.


Levada Kemp was a student at the Colorado Center for the Blind.  She had RP and worked very hard to deal positively with her blindness.  Levada worked for us in a summer program where she taught home management and volunteered in our senior program.  She had a very big heart and always reached out to others with a friendly spirit.  


Levada passed away doing what she believed in:  Making a difference for all blind people in Washington D.C.  She most recently was a leader in the NFB of South Dakota.  We will all miss Levada.


Ray McGeorge and the History of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado

By: Kevan Worley


If you believe, you have got to build. That sentence captures the ethos of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. It is one of the reasons that agencies, organizations and people want to work with us. It also captures the vision and vitality of Ray McGeorge. Indeed, it would be difficult to separate the spirit and achievements of this affiliate from the constancy and commitment of the man. Ray was founder, leader and friend. He passed away in June of 2010. On February 28th, 2012 Ray would have been 82 years old. He was our official/unofficial historian. Fortunately for the blind of Colorado, his legacy and that of the founding generations were captured by Ray on a series of recordings in September 2005. He took several hours to leave us an Oral History delivered as only Ray could; with humility, humor, pride and unwavering belief in us. At the time of the recording Ray had attended fifty one consecutive State Conventions  dating back to the time of the affiliate reformation.



In the second decade of the Twenty-first Century, the NFBCO is a fully developed, thriving outfit. We are used to significant achievement. It is not that we are cavalier about our successes, or that we take them for granted. But, as thrilling as the purchase of apartment buildings for the use of the blind of Colorado is, it is not mind-boggling or surprising. We know it is what dreams, good planning and hard work will bring. As I look over this issue highlighting the purchase of our new apartment buildings, I am reminded of the inspiring section of Ray's Oral History in which he detailed the purchase of the first NFBCO building at 901 east 17th Avenue at Emerson in early 1968. Ray tells us that the decision of the affiliate was in no way unanimous. Remember, these were the very formative days; only about twelve years into the development of what would become the dynamic organization we have today. As Ray recalls, they had no idea that something like purchasing a building would even be possible. You can hear the pride in his voice as he tells of the discovery, the facility itself, the leap of faith and the uses they planned for the building. It reads like the great story it is. It is our story. Ray gives us the flavor of the times. The personalities and the politics are there for the hearing. As well as the purpose for which we still stand today. I commend the entire 3-CD set to you. It can be found on our website soon for download. Happy listening; it will make you proud.


The Life and Legacy of Kay Haraway

By: Diane McGeorge


>From the Editor: It has been an honor to have worked with some extraordinary sighted members over the life of our affiliate. In the article below we mourn the loss of one of these extraordinary people and we celebrate a truly remarkable woman.


May I introduce you to a woman who played an important role in the lives of all of you. and you never even knew her.  Her name was Kay Haraway.  Kay celebrated her ninetieth birthday in January of this year and on April 5 many of her friends will gather to celebrate her life.


Ray and I first met Kay Haraway in the 1960's. Some of you are probably saying, "Why does that matter to us?"  It matters to you because she was a woman who was completely devoted to making sure that blind people got Braille into their hands.  She was a pioneer in Braille transcription in the days when folks used the Perkins Brailler to transcribe everything from textbooks to cookbooks.  I cannot imagine how many hours she spent or how much work that would have been.  


Ray and I came to know her not only as a Braille transcriber but as a very dear friend.  She came to many of our State Conventions and in those days we were known as the Colorado Federation of the Blind.  


She started a group called "Braille Teens" for young teenaged girls.  She gave them opportunities for activities that schools weren't willing to provide.  It was from that group of girls, most of whom have now moved away from Colorado, that I started a cooking class in the summer. The schools in those days absolutely refused to let any of them in their regular classes for sighted girls.  


Kay was warm, friendly, caring and whether you knew her or not, please remember her loving spirit and her pioneering in the production of Braille. She even received many awards for her work beginning in 1970 when she was awarded the "Outstanding Citizen of the Year" by the Colorado Federation for the Blind.


Next time you see me, ask me about Park Hill Methodist church and how Kay encouraged me to sing in that magnificent choir and transcribed the music for me.

Ask me about my job with University Medical Center. I would love to tell you about how Kay Brailled important lists of names of interns and residents that I needed, so that I could do my job just as well as everyone else did.  Ask me about Ray convincing the Denver chapter to buy a thermoform machine to help Kay with the huge Braille production that she did.  Most of you have never heard of a thermoform machine but in those days that's what we had.  No computers, no Braille printers, just a pioneering woman named Kay Haraway who believed blind people deserved the Braille they wanted and needed. 


I will miss her a great deal.  She was a dear friend to both Ray and me and a friend to all of you though you never knew her. 



ScripTalk & Walmart

By: David Bode


>From the Editor: David Bode is a Regional Sales Manager with En-Vision America Inc. En-Vision America, Inc. is a company providing high-tech products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments. Some of you know of En-Vision America Inc. through their products and their exhibits at the National Convention. Many Chapters and affiliates across the country have worked closely with them to bring greater access to prescription information for the blind.


Dear friends,


I want to thank you for your support of the ScripTalk program with the Walmart pharmacy.  If you have trouble reading your prescription labels, there is a solution. Walmart Pharmacy in Englewood is now providing talking prescription labels.

With just a press of a button, you can hear all the printed label information, using your free ScripTalk Station reader from En-Vision America. For more information, contact Walmart Pharmacy at 303-789-7209 or En-Vision America at 800-890-1180.


This program has been going on for a month now and we have had a few people take advantage of this opportunity in the Englewood area. It is the NFB and CCB leadership in Colorado which can help this program move forward. Unfortunately, the expectation by Walmart has not yet been met. In order to keep this a successful pilot program with Walmart and to continue to move forward, we need to increase the number of participants.


It is time to sound the trumpet and call in the troops!


I understand that traveling to this pharmacy site can be an inconvenience for some of you, and I appreciate your sacrifice. Your efforts here will help to pave the way for others across the country to also have accessible prescriptions. Now is the time in which we can make a difference for all visually impaired citizens across the country. Please help by sharing this information with others. If you know of an elderly person, a friend with vision issues, or anyone with trouble reading, please have them call to enroll in the ScripTalk program. My thoughts and gratitude go out to all of you. Together we can make a difference. 



Blind Buzz

By: Buzz


>From the Editor: Blind Buzz is a column which will have announcements, notes, vignettes, profiles, assertions, snap-shots, rumors, innuendo and observations. Blind Buzz is solely responsible for the content. What's happening? Blind Buzz wants to know.


Are you planning to attend the National Convention in Dallas the first week of July? How about a $50.00 food voucher good at any restaurant at the Anatole Hilton Hotel? You could be the lucky winner! Email your name and phone number along with any comment you would like to make to blindbuzz at nfbco.org. The winner will be drawn at random whenever the Buzz gets around to it. It will be prior to the Convention. Decision of the judge, me, is final. Good luck and bon appetit.  


Buzz from the Business Enterprise Program - We know that the NFBCO  has been working with sponsors of a Bill in the State Legislature which could significantly limit business opportunities for blind vendors in state parks and roadside rest areas. It has clearly been the credibility and expert guidance from the NFB which has provided sponsors of this bill information which made it possible for them to amend the Bill in a way which will not curtail these opportunities.  In a related manner, it was the work of the NFB which helped defeat an amendment in the US Senate known as the Portman amendment to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill in March. The blind of Colorado called Senator Bennet and Senator Udall. Both of our Senators voted to help defeat this harmful amendment saving business for the blind on our nation's highways. On March 17 licensed blind operators of Colorado held their annual business meeting and training. By all accounts this was one of the most vibrant and instructive days in the recent history of the program. The program is beset by challenges on the state and the national level. But, it still brings the potential of lucrative opportunities to those who are willing to start at the bottom, to learn and to work hard and long hours. The operator of the year was Nancy Hoover who operates vending machine routes on the Western Slope. One important program item was a presentation from LiveWell Colorado. They are a non-profit. Their mission is to dramatically lower the obesity rate of Colorado citizens. Their job is to instruct and encourage folks to live well by getting outdoors and making smarter food choices. This past January, LiveWell pushed for possible legislation which might have mandated pretty restrictive menu changes at the BEP's Capitol Complex facilities. The NFB and State Agency has worked effectively with LiveWell to bring about healthier approaches and options to the customers at the Capitol without onerous restrictions. The Buzz has high hopes for a real collaboration and for the health of those who work at or visit the golden dome. Let's live well Colorado, and let's include the blind.



So, the Colorado Commission for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired will sunset this year. On January 24th the Colorado House Committee on Health and Environment heard testimony which led them to vote 9 to 1 to allow the Sunset. An unaffiliated lobbyist told the Buzz, "It seemed as though the administrator was dissembling. The two Commission members who testified seemed to have little passion for the Commission. But, leaders of the NFB actually had a factual basis for their position that the Commission was dysfunctional and should be dissolved. The Federationists were passionate and articulate. The Buzz could not agree more. This does not mean that services for blind citizens should not improve. But, the Commission proved not to be the answer in spite of the best efforts of the Federation over five years. There ought to be a responsible, accountable, unit of state government that can provide specialized services. Currently, DVR has a one-size-fits-all approach. It is not cost effective, targeted or timely. Are services for vocational training and job development terrible? Are they good? Mostly no. We can do better in Colorado. We should do better!


The Buzz welcomes Susan Kern to Colorado. She has joined the NFB national legal team after a distinguished career in the Attorney General's office in the state of Hawaii.


Quinita Thomas who is a sophomore at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind recently won first place in the Colorado Braille Challenge, and first place in the Foresight Ski Race.  She also qualified for the state level Poetry Outloud competition where she was a strong competitor and received several poetry books as a result of her efforts.  Chandler Williams, also a sophomore at the School for the Deaf and Blind, won 2nd place in the Colorado Braille Challenge, and 3rd place in the Foresight Ski Race.  Both Quinita and Chandler were honored at the Optimist Club breakfast for winning the Oratorical Contest recently.  Congratulations ladies!


The Buzz has just heard from some excited young people. These CSDB students were in the mountains for a late winter skiing adventure. Congrats kids, enjoy the powder!


Join the talk! Be in the loop! Subscribe to Colorado Talk online. Go to www.nfbnet.org click subscribe Colorado Talk. It's that easy!


Gashel and McGeorge get it said for all disabled citizens of Colorado and the nation.  Is Senator Bennet really listening? In candid conversation with United States Senator Michel Bennet Thursday, February 9 during a coffee he regularly hosts at his office at the Capitol, Jim Gashel explained the importance of the fair wages for disabled American's proposal. Our Senator expressed great sympathy. Diane McGeorge then put a finer point on the matter, essentially telling the Senator in candid terms why he should take the lead on this matter for us. "Sympathy is not what is required," was essentially her point. She said, "We really need our Senator to lead on this." In typical Federation fashion she spoke decorum, respect, candor and resolve. She invited him to visit our world class Center. Later, Bennet's staff emailed the Buzz expressing their thanks for Diane's frank comments. Some NFB members in the room were surprised by the Senator's lack of awareness on this issue. It had been brought to his attention many times. The NFB conducted an information picket at his downtown Denver office last summer. The Buzz wonders, looks like we need even more frank talk with our Senator from Diane. Sympathy will not bring fair wages to Colorado's disabled citizens; action and leadership will.


The Pueblo Chapter meets at 1:30 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at the Wesleyan United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford Road.


Jeanette Fortin is the President of the Colorado Springs Chapter. She reports amazing growth. The Chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Adult Meeting Room of Penrose Library downtown.


Denver Chapter Meeting May 18 from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Colorado Center for the Blind, 2233 West Shepperd.

The Boulder Chapter has meetings scheduled for May 26 and June 23, beginning at 11 am, at the Boulder Egg and I restaurant.  

June 9, 2012 - Remember that date. That will be the day that new standards in gaming for the blind are set. The First Annual No Limits Poker Tournament will kick off at The Bar at 554 S. Broadway in Denver with the cards hitting the felt at noon. The tournament is limited to 100 players, and a $100 minimum donation is required to participate in the event.  All the cards are in Braille, as well as standard print, with community cards being called by dealers. The event is still looking for sponsors to participate in the event. For more information about the event, or to pre-register, call 720-722-EYES (3937). 



That's the Buzz this month.


Experiencing the Great Outdoors

By: The Editor


>From the Editor: There are those who believe that after blindness comes the rocking chair. We in the NFB have proven that this does not have to be the case, and there are a host of other organizations which also work hard with great heart to make the outdoors more accessible to people with disabilities. Some of these organizations may be more flexible in approach than others. Some may not meet your personal expectations of what independence means. But, you will not know unless you check them out for yourself. With a rising rate of obesity in this nation, the blind face our own challenges to better health through physical activity. This list of organizations dedicated to fitness and the outdoor experience can help you plan. You will no longer have an excuse not to get off the couch. We thank Mark Lucas and Brent Batron for their help compiling this resource list.


·        Adaptive Adventures

o   PO Box 2245 Evergreen, CO 80437

o   303-679-2770


·        C Different Foundation

o   2629 West Main Street, Suite 190

o   Littleton, CO 80120

o   http://cdifferent.org


·        EyeCycle Tandem Cycling

o   Denver/Metro Area

o   president at eyecyclecolorado.org


·        Foresight Ski Guides, Inc. (for visually impaired and blind skiers)

o   PO Box 18944 Denver, CO 80218

o   303-860-0972


·        Global Explorers

o   420 South Howes, Suite B300 Fort Collins, CO 80521

o   877-627-1425


·        National Sports Center for the Disabled

o   PO Box 1290 Winter Park, CO 80482

o   970-726-1540


·        North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc (equestrian)

o   PO Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233

o   303-452-1212


·        The United States Golf Association

o   1631 Mesa Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80906

o   719-471-4810 ext. 1


·        Challenge Aspen

o   PO Box 6639 Snowmass Village, CO 81615

o   970-923-0578


·        Adaptive Sports Association of Durango

o   Tim Kroes asa at frontier.net 

o   PO Box 1884 Durango, CO 81302

o   970-259-0374


·        Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte

o   Chris Hensley asc at rmi.coom

o   10 Crested Butte Way Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225

o   970-349-5733


·        Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD)

o   Patricia Paro

o   PO Box 11383 Aspen, CO 81612

o   970-963-1679


·        Boulder Parks and Recreation Expand Program

o   Jen Heilveil

o   3198 Broadway Boulder, CO 80304

o   303-413-7474


·        Colorado Challenge Center

o   Paula Schupbach

o   303-933-8788


·        Colorado Discover Ability Integrated Outdoor Adventure

o   Tyler Jones ski at powderhorn.com

o   PO Box 1924 Grand Junction, CO 81502

o   970-257-1222


·        Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation

o   Brent Baribeau  brentbaribeau at yahoo.com 

o   1241 S. Parker Rd, Suite 100 Denver, CO 80231

o   303-358-6322  


·        Cuchara Mountain Sports Center for the Disabled

o   Royce A. Miller RoycethePT at juno.com

o   25069 County Rd. BB La Junta, CO 81050

o   719-384-6580


·        Denver Parks and recreation Special Needs Program

o   Doty Erickson

o   1849 Emerson St. Denver, CO 80218

o   303-839-4800


·        Eldora Special Recreation Program (ESRP)

o   Bill Head wjhead at yahoo.com

o   PO Box 19106 Boulder, CO 80308

o   303-422-0606


·        Keystone Adaptive Center

o   800-383-2632


·        Rocky Mountain Handicapped Sportsmen's Association

o   Tom Reetz

o   Box 18036 Capitol Hill Station Denver, CO 80218

o   303-934-9540


·        Telluride Adaptive Sports Program

o   Colleen Trout tasp at telluridecolorado.net

o   697 Mtn. Village Blvd Telluride, CO 81435

o   970-728-7537


·        Vail Adaptive Ski Program

o   Ruth DeMuth

o   PO Box 7 Vail, CO 81658

o   970-479-3264


·        Visually Impaired & Blind Skiers (VIBeS)

o   Rick Palmer, President

o   5636 N. Union Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918

o   719-593-1982


·        Anchor Center for Blind Children

o   2550 Roslyn St. Denver, CO 80238

o   303-377-9732


·        Colorado Center for the Blind

o   Julie Deden, Director

§  2233 W. Shepperd Ave Littleton, CO 80120

§  303-778-1130 jdeden at cocenter.org


·        Colorado School for the Dead and the Blind


·        Colorado Talking Book Library

o   180 Sheridan Blvd Denver, CO 80226

o   303-727-9277


·        National Federation of the Blind of Colorado

o   Scott C. Labarre, President

§  1660 South Albion St, Suite 918 Denver, Colorado 80222

§  303-504-5979 slbarre at labarrelaw.com


·        Colorado Parents of Blind Children

o   Andrew Trunfio, President

§  303-778-1130, ext 305  copobc at gmail.com 


·        Preserve Sight - Colorado

·        Radio Reading Service of the Rockies 

·        Colorado Department of Human Services, DVR (rehabilitation services)

o   1575 Sherman St, 4th floor Denver, CO 80203

o   303-866-4150


·        Colorado Department of Education - Exceptional Student Services 

o   Ed Steinberg, Director

§  1560 Broadway, Suite 1175 Denver, CO 80202

§  303-866-6694 


·        Beyond Sight, Inc.

o   5650 S. Windamere St. Littleton, CO 80120

o   303-795-6455


·        Helen Keller National Center         

o   1990 S. Pierce St. #5 Lakewood, CO 80232

o   303-934-9037


·        Arkansas Valley Low Vision Center

o   PO Box 1071 Buena Vista, CO 81211

o   719-395-2854


>From the Editor


Special thanks to Lisa Bonderson, Julie Hunter, Lorinda Riddle, and Rachel Gallow for organization, support and proofreading. Errors, assumptions, or omissions should be brought to the attention of the editor who will likely blame Blind Buzz for any mistakes. Thanks for reading The Blind Coloradan, spring 2012.

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