[Colorado-talk] Jessica Beecham to give commencement address at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the

Amy Sabo amieelsabo at gmail.com
Sat Jun 2 13:57:54 UTC 2018

hello dan,

firstof all congratulations to Jessica in giving the address for this
event for csdb! i'm sooo happy for her and, I hope to see a copy of
this speech that she is going to give to be posted on this list!
thanks for this wonderful news and, I will talk to you soon!


On 6/1/18, Dan Burke via Colorado-Talk <colorado-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Everybody knows Jessica. Jessica is nothing if not fun, right?  Well,
> today at 1 p.m. the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)
> commencement will take place, and the commencement address will be
> given by Jessica Beecham.
> "It'll be fun," says Jessica.  She also says that her address will be
> short, sweet and to the point.  "Eleven minutes," she says.
> Let's face it, it really is an honor to be asked to give such an
> address and a privilege to be asked to do so as a role model for the
> graduates and their families.  But it is a culmination of the
> determination by the NFB of Colorado and the CCB to develop a positive
> relationship with CSDB that took the form of mentoring for blind kids
> there. Shortly after coming to Colorado in 2012, Jessica and Brent
> Batron began regular trips to the Springs for that purpose.  Though
> Jessica's roles have changed since 2012, she still participates in
> mentoring activities when she can.
> "It's really special," she says of giving the address to this class of
> graduating blind seniors. "some of the kids graduating were in middle
> school when we started mentoring."
> And for these students, the deaf and the blind, they're lucky to have
> Jessica speaking to them today. She is an alum of the Tennessee School
> for the Blind who went on to both a bachelor's and then a master's
> degree. She's not just fun, but she's smart and committed and she
> believes in their capabilities.
> The love, hope and determination of the NFB of Colorado and ccB is
> truly in evidence at CSDB today - Brent is a member of its Board of
> Trustees and jessica is giving the commencement address.
> "I'm so glad that we've been able to develop such great relationships
> there," says Jessica.
> Though she says it will be a short address, it will be  one imbued
> with the positive philosophy that we in the Federation embrace, and it
> will come with a challenge and advice. We won't give it all away, but
> the advice is for today's graduates to surround themselves with others
> who will help keep them on a positive path in their lives.
> Kevan Worley said something like this yesterday in a Face Book post,
> but let us extend this sentiment from all of us in the National
> Federation of the Blind of Colorado to today's new graduates:
> Congratulations seniors! May your path be paved with possibilities and
> achievement. Blindness and deafness are not what hold you back. Go out
> and live the lives you want
> And we are here for you!
> --
> Dan Burke
> President, NFB of Denver
> "Blindness is not what holds you back.  You can live the life you want!"
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