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Assistive Technology Grant Provides Tangible Benefit

Consumer Sandy Bailey smiles for the camera

A retired professor at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), Sandy Bailey had full sight until about two years ago. She was diagnosed with a tumor on her pituitary gland and was operated on. Sandy BaileyHer surgeon predicted she would lose all of her sight but she considers herself blessed to have 25% remaining.

As Sandy grieved her sight loss, she sought assistance. With the diminishment of her vision, one of the biggest losses was her ability to read. “My thing has always been if I have personal issues, look for support groups. So when this happened to me, the first thing I thought was ‘I cannot just sit at home. I have got to find something [to help].’” Sandy found The Independence Center and began attending groups. One day at her low vision group she was told that a grant was coming for seniors over sixty years old to buy assistive equipment. She was invited to participate and requested an iPad. Her face lights up when she describes how her iPad has helped make books accessible again. She’s installed NFB Reader, Kindle, BARD Library, and utilizes the voice over function. “I love that iPad. I love it for the reading,” she states.

Sandy still remembers having a blind student in one of the classes she taught at PPCC (before her own sight loss). She recalls being impressed by the young woman’s positivity and artistic expression. “I like positivity,” she declares, “I just have this thing that positive people can do anything that they put their mind to. But if you’re negative, then you’re not going to do it, because you don’t want to. You have to want to do it.” Sandy’s philosophy motivates her to help others. Now she helps teach others what she has learned on the iPad. “I am still teaching,” she says with a smile. The iPad was provided through the Area Agency on Aging grant to The Independence Center’s Older Individuals with Blindness program. ~JT

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The IC’s 2015 Grants and Soonsorships as of Oct. 1, 2015


  • Sam’s Club granted $1,000 to buy equipment for consumers to improve health.
  • The Myron Stratton Home granted $7,500 for diabetes education for staff and consumers.
  • Corporate Sponsors collectively funded $11,330 and paid for our ADA Celebration.
  • National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is paying $20,000 for a Spinal Cord Injury Program which includes a peer support group, outreach, equipment, and field trips.
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) awarded $25,000 for equipment to enhance independence and the quality of life for seniors with reduced vision.
  • Daniels Fund awarded $45,000 for equipment to be given to Red Cross Shelters that will enhance the accessibility of emergency disaster shelters.
  • Regional Care Collaborative Organization Region 7 (RCCO 7) awarded two grants. One will test a reporting system by caregivers to see if collected information can prevent hospitalizations; the other grant provides ADA coordination for the RCCO7.

2015 ADA Celebration Sponsors

Central Bancorp Insurance
Network Insurance Services
Cascade Investment Group
Denver Management Advisors
Health South
Mellat, Pressman, Higbie
Kelley Vivian
US Bank
United Healthcare
Meeting the Challenge
The Arc
Yellow Cab
AT&T Relay
RMHC Services

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Beep Baseball

  • There are over 30 officially registered teams, according to the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA)
  • The beeping ball used to play the sport was created in 1964 by Charles Fairbanks.
  • The game is only 6 innings long, not 9 like the traditional game of baseball, but can go in to extra innings if need be.
  • There have been only 5 documented cases of a hit ball being caught in the air during a game.
  • Runs are scored by the player making it to the base before the ball is fielded.
  • The pitcher and catcher are both sighted individuals.
  • Rather than 9 men on the field, there are 6 players.
  • The World Series for Beep Baseball is in Rochester, Minnesota for 2014, but it’s been hosted in Houston, Indianapolis, Chicago and even Denver, Colorado.
  • There are over 20 players in the NBBA Hall of Fame, dating back to 1999.
  • A defensive player does not throw the ball to another player to record an out. Outs are earned by fielding the ball before the runner reaches the base.

America’s Past Time: Adapted

Adaptive Sports

Adaptive SportsAdaptive sports are full of many inspirational stories. While some may go unheard or unseen, The Independence Center wants to share as many stories that inspire and motivate individuals with disabilities as possible. We’ve highlighted the world of sled hockey, and now we are shining the light on beep baseball.

Beep baseball, named for the beeping sound the ball makes, is an adaptive sport specifically created with visually impaired individuals in mind. This adapted version on America’s pastime showcases the athleticism, drive and determination that players possess. The game was created in 1964 and has continued to evolve and grow tremendously.

In this version of the game, you score a run by reaching a base before the opposing team’s outfielders pick up the ball. The infielders, at first and third, guard bases that look like blue foam pillars, while the pitcher, who has vision, is on your own team.

While the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) has nearly 30 teams officially registered, the sport is still widely unknown in most communities. Michael Jackson, a client of The Independence Center, gave the sport a voice, along with the low-vision community, in The IC’s latest commercial. Through this commercial Michael’s story and the opportunities Beep Baseball offers will be shared and inspire visually impaired individually to follow their dreams and find their inner athlete.

Stay tuned to view The IC’s Beep Baseball commercial soon!

Learn more about Beep Baseball here.

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