HumanWare comes to CDBA!

Hello Everyone!

The Labor Day Weekend has completed and the 2017 Summer Season is now over.  Our first-ever Chicagoland DeafBlind Beach Outing was a success, even with a bit of sunburn.   But, that’s okay, because the fall season is going to be an excitin time for CDBA.

On September 23rd, CDBA will host a Technology Exhibition, sponsored by HumanWare.   One of the exciting things you will experience is a brand new DeafBlind VideoPhone!   Yes, this videophone is awesome, and you’ll get to try it out for yourelf.  You’ll also be able to check out the first-ever Google-certified Braille Tablet.   And there’s many other good technology you can try out.   We know you’ll enjoy the experience and will want something for yourself.

If you would like to try the Videophone, be sure to bring a phone number so you can make a call to your favorite person.

We will also have people present to discuss your technology needs and advise you on how to obtain technology products that will benefit and empower your life.    It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.  We will demonstrate products for braille, low-vision and audio needs.

HumanWare will provide lunch for all who attend.  And we deeply appreciate their sponsorship.  So, please RSVP if you can by sending an email to info@chicagodeafblind.org.   If you are interested in volunteering as an SSP, please also send us an email so we can add you to the list.

This event is not limited to DeafBlind members.  We encourage others such as VR counselors, purchasing agents,  and DeafBlind individuals who have not visited CDBA to come check out the cool toys.

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017

WHERE:  Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind – 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

TIME:  10:30 – 3 p.m.

Free parking is available at the Chicago Lighthouse.  If you will use paratransit services, you must inform your driver to pick you up no later than 3 p.m.  If you require transportation from Metra stations in the Chicago downtown area, you must inform us no later than September 20 so we can ensure that you will be picked up and droped off at your station.

See you all on September 23rd!

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen!

Only a few more days until the CDBA Beach Party.   If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to send in your RSVP by August 10 (Thursday) so we can make sure we have enough for you.

To remind you all, the beach party will begin at 11 a.m., but you can come earlier if you wish.   It will be held at Montrose Beach.  Please tell your driver to go to 350 Montrose Harbor Drive and we will meet you there.

Everyone who is DB or SSP will receive $10 toward meals at the eateries on the beach.   For family and friends, we ask that you pay for yourself, because we are not a rich organization yet.

Don’t forget, bring your favorite beach towel or chair.   Bring pails if you want to make sand castles!   Bring sunscreen so you don’t become red like a lobster when you go home.

Closing time is up to you. You can leave whenever you want.   It is your responsibility to make travel arrangements.

See you all on Saturday, August 12th at Montrose Beach!

More info about Beach Party

Good news, everyone!   We have more information about the upcomng CDBA Beach Party on August 12.   We did some careful research and visited locations to make sure we found a place that would be ideal for CDBA.   Here is the information now:

The CDBA 2017 Beach Party will be held at Montrose Beach in Chicago. The address is 350 W Montrose Harbor Drive.  Everyone is invited to the Beach Party.  We welcome family, friends, younggsters…. Everyone!

Each DeafBlind person and SSP will receive $10 toward their lunch meals.   Everyone who uses Paratransit will receive a voucher for the cost of their paratransit ride.

Please continue to read for all the important details:

WHAT TO BRING:

Bring your favorite beach towel, chair, swimsuit, and sunscreen.  And whatever else you feel you need, including your favorite beach pail and shovel to create your own sand castle.

FOOD:

Everyone who is DeafBlind or SSP will receive $10 cash to purchase your own meals.   Friends and family, we regret we are not able to afford to cover your expenses for food.

There are two restaurants on the beach.  One restaurant has good food at cheap prices, like hot dogs, polish sausages, and italian beef and you can easilya fford with drinks. If you prefer more fancy foods, you can go next door to another restaurant.  Anything above $10, you will need to pay out of your own pocket.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Parking is available and free at Montrose Beach.    If you are taking paratransit, please tell your driver to go to 350 Montrose Harbor Drive at Montrose Beach.   Someone will be there to meet you and guide you to the beach area.   If you are takingMetra to Chicago, and you wish SSP to meet you at the station, please notify us right away so we can make sure to send an SSP to meet you.

If you want your SSP to ride with you from Metra to Beach via Paratransit, be sure to tell Paratransit you are bringing a guest rider with you.   You will be reimbursed with vouchers for your ride.

WHAT TIME?:

The party starts at 11 a.m.   However, you can arrive earlier if you wish.  We will be done around 3 p.m.   Please make your arrangements with drivers according to this schedule.

SSP VOLUNTEERS:

As always, we welcome and deeply appreciate the support of SSPs and invite you to join in and volunteer to ensure our DeafBlind participants have a fun and safe experience.  And we promise you, SSPs, you will have fun too!

RSVP:

You are not required to RSVP.   However, if you need an SSP and if you want to reeieve $10 for your meals, you must RSVP by August 10 so we can make sure you have everything ready.

For volunteers and DeafBlind, please send questions and RSVP to info@chicagodeafblind.org

 

Thank you,

Chicagoland DeafBlind Alliance

Let’s Go To The Beach!

Hello all!

I hope everyone is having a very awesome and great summer so far in 2017.   The weather is nice and beautiful for many days here in Chicago.

Unfortunately, we have some news to share.   Due to a scheduling mishap, we are unable to enter the Disability Pride Parade this weekend as there are no slots available.   Therefore, we will not be partcipating in this weekend’s parade.   However, we still plan great things for this summer.

On August 12, 2017, we will have our first CDBA Beach Party!   Yep, many of you have told us that you would love to have CDBA for beach party on the Lake Michigan shores.   We will be providing picnic with sandwiches and chips and fun activities for everyone.    All you have to bring is your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and your favorite drinks.

We are working now to identify the easiest beach for everyone to meet at and we will post the details of that no later than July 25th, so mark your calendars.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Again, we regret the scheduling mishap due to a miscommunication that we are unable to participate in this year’s parade.  We will definitely be in the parade next year and we’ll have our awesome float then.     Please continue to enjoy your great summer and see you all on the beach in a few weeks!

CDBA-Get Your Pride On!

Hello everyone!

 

Last month was such a great time at the Cicno de Mayo celebration hosted by Roge Ramos and his family, including his parents and his grandmother.  What an awesome event with great foods, pinata, and decorations everywhere.   CDBA thanks Roge and his family for making it so memorable.

Next month we will be returning to the Disability Pride Parade in downtown Chicago.   As requested by members last year, we will be including a float.   Today, we are seeking volunteers to join the decoration committee to create an awesome float to represent the DeafBlind community in Chicago.   If you are interested, please send an email to info@chicagodeafblind.org.

We will begin decorating the float during the week before July 22nd.   Your creative ideas will be valuable.   We know there are many creative people in our organization and we want you to come out and show your amazing skills.

After the parade, we will s the area.  There will be an awesome exhibit area for many booths that you will want to visit.   We will eat lunch at a local restaurant in the immeidate area.   More details on the location whwere we will have our luncheon will follow soon.

SSPs are especially welcome and we request that SSP volunteers contact us soon to work with us both during the decoration week and at the Parade and luncheon.

See you all soon and stay cool in this very warm weather we are having now.

 

Cinco de Mayo on May 13th!

Oh boy, we have an exciting luncheon for Cinco de Mayo this year!   Roge and his family have worked together to create an awesome meal.    What is the menu?

  • Steak or Chicken Fajitas
  • Rice and beans
  • Pickled Carrots
  • Salad
  • tortillas
  • -Red and green chips

MMM  Yummy!   From the best Mexican restaurant in the Chicago   Top quality food.   And guess what?

 

There will be a pinaa for the kids too!

When:  May 13, 2015 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:  Chicago Lighthouse – 1850 Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

RSVP:  If youc an RSVP and let us know, by May 10, send email to info@chicagodeafblind.org.

COST:  Free, but if you can help us keep our costs down, please feel free to donate $5 if you can.   If you cannot afford, that is fine.

See you all on Saturday, May 13th.  Bring empty bellies, lots of food and fun to enjoy!

REMINDER: DeafBlind Retreat Deposit Due

If you want to attend the 2018 Illinois DeafBlind Training & Retreat, a $50 non-refundable deposit is due BEFORE April 25, 2017 to secure your spot.

Julie Somers will attend the CDBA Earth Day Event this Saturday if you want to hand her your deposit.

For more information, please contact:

Mindy Joy Mayer, Director – mindy.j.mayer@gmail.com

Kim Mokris, Registration –  mokrisk@yahoo.com

CDBA: Earth Day Celebration

Our next gathering will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Chicago Lighthouse. It’s Earth Day, Be prepared to work with dirt!

What: We will decorate flower pots and plant herbs to take home.

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: The Chicago Lighthouse

IMPORTANT: There is no van service to and from the train stations and the Lighthouse. Email info@chicagodeafblind.org if you need a volunteer to travel with you from the train station.

Lunch will be provided: Pizza and Garden Salad.

Please bring a beverage or dessert to share.

RSVPs are always appreciated but not required. Email info@chicagodeafblind.org

 

DeafBlind Retreat: DEADLINE APRIL 25, 2017

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SAVE THE DATE!

Illinois DeafBlind Training & Retreat

DATE: Tuesday, July 24 to Friday July 27, 2018

Where: Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center

513 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL

ILDBTR is a biennial event lasting about 4 days during early summer.  DeafBlind people who attend will have an experience of a full inclusive environment with learning activities, mentoring, modeling, peer support, recreation and FUN!   Interpreters, SSPs, service providers, families and friends who attend will have an immersion experience working with a variety of DeafBlind folks as SSPs.

Deposit of $50 non-refundable is required BEFORE April 25, 2017 to secure your spot for the retreat.

Total cost for 3 nights and 4-day retreat is $305. A deposit of $50 non-refundable will be applied to your total cost. 

Total cost for 4-day local commuter is $218. A deposit of $50 non-refundable will be applied to your total cost.

Payment plan is available and will be included in your application packet. Application packet will be e-mailed to you once we receive your $50.00 deposit.

For more information, please contact:

Mindy Joy Mayer, Director – mindy.j.mayer@gmail.com

Kim Mokris, Registration –  mokrisk@yahoo.com

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Illinois DeafBlind Training & Retreat Deposit Form

DEADLINE IS APRIL 25, 2017

NAME: ___________________________________________

ADDRESS: ___________________________________________

___________________________________________

CITY: ___________________STATE: _____  ZIP:_______

EMAIL: __________________________________________

PHONE: ___________________________                                 VOICE or VIDEOPHONE  (circle one)

 Please check one:  ______ Local Commuter  ______ Overnight Stay 

Are you (please check one)  ________ DEAFBLIND  _______ SSP

Check payable to The Chicago Lighthouse

Please mail this form with deposit of $50.00 to:

Kim Mokris

Registration Chair

2131 Pembridge Lane

Joliet, IL 60431

DEADLINE IS APRIL 25, 2017

CBDA March Meeting Update: More parking available at Chicago Lighthouse

Good Evening,

If you need to find more parking space while attending CBDA March Meeting at ICRE. Joann Rushing and Chicago Lighthouse has graciously offered more space at Chicago Lighthouse if you are unable to find parking anywhere else.

Look forward seeing you all!

Vice President

Jason Salerno