Happy World Accessibility Awareness Day

Did you know today is World Accessibility Awareness Day?   Yes, today is the day  we celebrate all the great things tht tehnology has done for us to make our world more accessible and to help spread the word for MORE accessibility everywhere for all of us.  We have the right to access our world!  Happy Accessibility Day to you!

As a reminder, we need your RSVP for this weekend’s Mexican fiesta luncheon.   Pleas send your RSVP to hello@bryen.com.  We already have many but we don’t want you to miss out.  So send to us no later than Wednesday evening!

At this luncheon, we will also be introducing our new officers to you all.  Please welcome our new President, Jeffrey Bohrman who will then introduce you to all the new officers on Saturday!   It is a time of great celebration as we continue to move forward as a great DeafBlind community for the Chicagoland DeafBlind Alliance!

Saturday’s event will be at the Chicago Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.   Don’t forget to RSVP to hello@bryen.com!

Thanks— The CDBA Team!

May is Here for CDBA!

Hello folks!

May is finally here and more improtantly, the warm weather is also FINALLY here.  Today, on Tuesday, May 8, it is expected to be 81 degrees in Chicago.  THat’s VEYY warm!    Did you know tht April 2018 was the coldest April in Chicago history?  Brr!

First, important foryou to know.  We are having trouble with our organization email account.  Please do not send email to info@chicagodeafblind.org until further notice.   Please make all replies directly to hello@bryen.com.

As always, each year we do not host CDBA luncheon during Mother’s Day weekend.  Therefore, our next event will be on May 19th, 2018.

Remember how much fun we had last year with Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the Chicago Lighthouse with tasty food brought by Roge’s family?   And we had fun decorations and a pinata.   Good news!  We will do that AGAIN this year!  This is based onpopular demand by our members.  So, get ready for some awesome fajitas and great Mexican food on that day!

But we need you to RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 16 to be sure we have enough food for everyone.   If you can afford it, please make a donation of $5 to help coer the cost of the food.  If you cannot afford it, that is fine too.

So, our event will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 19th, Saturday at the Chicago Lighthouse.  The address is 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL.

SSPs and volunteers are also welcome.  Again, don’t forget to send your RSVP to hello@bryen.com to make sure we include you in our guest list!

Thank you and enjoy this wonderful warm weather!


CDBA April Meeting

Hello Fellow CDBA members!

Brr… It’s April, and still very cold out there.   Where are you warm weather???   No worries, we can rely on the warmth of our community as we gather for a nice warm luncheon at the Chicago Lightouse on April 14th.

Our meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m.  We will provide lunch, so please bring your own beverages and let us know that you are coming by sending an email to info@chicagodeafblind.org.

Please also let us know if you will be an SSP volunteer or if you need transportation assistance from the train station.

Deadline to notify us is Wednesday, April 11th.

Reminder:   This is your time to consider if you are interested to run for CDBA Officer in 2018.   We will have general discussion and people nomination on April 14th.   We will then post your omination on CDBA’s website and hold a vote via email as well as in person at the May meeting.

CDBA needs you and your support.  This is a grea way to contribute to the organization and be a advocate for your fellow Chicago DeafBlind community!   We will have the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Don’t worry if you have never done this before.  This is a great learning opportunity with such a wonderful group.  We look forward to your participation!

The CDBA Team

CDBA March 10 Reminder

Hello all,

A friendly reminder that as mentioned in previous posting, our meetings are now on second Saturday of the month which means this coming Saturday, March 10th is our next event.   It will be at the Lighthouse.

Chicago Lighthouse

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL

Time:  11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Don’t forget, if you will have a driver, make sure pick up no later than 2:30 p.m.


Let us know if you are coming as member or as volunteer SSP.  Send us an email no later than Thursday, March 8 to info@chicagodeafblind.org

Looking forward to seeing you all on this last meeting before Spring finally arrives!  Yay!

The CDBA Team

CDBA February 10 Meeting Cancelled

Hello everyone,  we have some news to tell you.  We regret that due to much snow coming beginning tonight thhrough Sunday, have made a decision.   It is better for everyone to stay hoe and safe and make snowmen and snowwomen at home.

We will rejoin each other for our regular meeting on March 10.   More information will come soon about that event in the next week or so.

Please, everyone, stay safe, stay warm, and if you will go out in the snow, make sure you have lots of fun and throw snowballs and build beautiful snow forts!

On Friday, it is predicted that there will be 7.1 inches of snow.  On Saturday, it is predicted another 1.6 inches of snow.    There is a winter storm warning that begins tonight, Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday.    Wear your gloves and scarf!



Correction about upcoming events

Hello all,

Thanks to Doug and Jeff for pointing out a couple of corrections to yesterday’s announcement.  Please read the following:

On Saturday February 10, our event will end at 2 p.m.  This is due to a scheduling conflict and the building must be closed no later than 2:30 p.m.  Please arrange your transportation accordingly.

We posted April 7th for our April event.  In fact, this is not the second Saturday of the month.  The actual date for April eill be held on April 14.

Thank you,

The CDBA Team

February and Beyond!

Hello Fellow CDBA Community!


This Saturday, we will have a simple gathering with lunch from Jimmy John’s.   Sandwiches will be provided for everyone.  Bring your own drinks or et from vending machine at Chicago Light House.

At this meeting, we will discuss preparations for the election of new officers to the organization.  This is your time to thnk about and discuss what you want the future of CDBA to be about.   Bryen M Yunashko will not be running for re-election, but will continue to support the organization as best as possible.

Meeting time:  11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Place:  Chicago Lighthouse, 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

Please prepare your transportation accordingly.

Upcoming Events Schedule:

We will have our regular monthly meetings on the following 2nd Saturday of the months ahead through June.   Those dares are:

March 10, 2018

Aprl 14, 2018

May 12, 2018 (New officers elected!)

Over the next few months, we will be moving to a new web system to make it simpler for future officers to manage and keep information updated.  The current system is not effective for modern times and has outlived its usefulness.  We thank you for your patience during this transition process.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  Please stay safe and warm in this snowy weather.

The CDBA Team

CDBA and CCD reunited again!

Hey folks,

It’s just one week before our annual Holiday Party and as noted in previous posts, we will be having our event on December 9th at the Chicago Lighthouse.  We’re very excited that the Chicago Club of the Deaf is reuniting with us to co-host the wonderful event.

Meanwhile, I just got a call from Santa.   He called me on the new DeafBlind videophone.  Way cool!   He asked me to find out how many of you will be there so he can make sure there’s enough gifts for everyone.   Gifts will be given to DeafBlind eople as well as children.  So, can you please send me a email at info@chicagodeafblind.org and I will pass along the word to Santa about who will be there.  Santa said he wants to make sure everyone goes home happy!

For lunch, we will have the same style as last year.  Pizza for everyone plus we ask everyone to bring some kind of favorite holiday dessert.  We will provide the beverages.

As always, family members and friends are welcome to join us.  We also welcome SSPs to join us and be our elves in the room!

Looking forward to seeing all of you next week.  Stay warm and safe for the holidays!


CDBA Thanksgiving Luncheon almost here!

Hi Folks!

Hard to believe how fast time moves.  We are just a few days away from our annual Thanksgiving luncheon at Chicago Lighthouse on Saturday, November 18.   It is a potluck luncheon and CDBA is providing the turkey.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please do send us an email at info@chicagodeafblind.org to let us know that you’re coming so we can make sure there is plenty of turkey for everyone.   Also let us know if you are bringing any side dishes or desserts.    All family and friends are welcome and we invite SSPs to join us in this wonderful meal as well.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  And don’t forget, we wil also have our December Holiday Party with gifts for everyone brought to you by Santa himself!

This Saturday will be at Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago on the corner of Roosevelt Road and Wood Avenue.

See you all on Saturday.

The CDBA Team

CDBA, Are you getting hungry?

Hello DeafBlind community!

First, we apologize for the delay in this message.  Our website was down, but we are now up and running again.   We hope it will be stable this time.  So, let’s get started with upcoming news.

Last month was an amazing success with Humanware coming to our event and we were able to play with the new DeafBlind videophone.   Lots of people were excited and are interested in getting for themselves.  If you haven’t tried it yet, send us an email and we’ll try to arrange a demonstration for you.

Our next big event will be on November 18th.  It will be time for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  We are going to do the same thing as last year…  Potluck Turkey dinner.  CDBA will be providing the turkey and beverages.  We ask you all to bring something delicious.  We had so much amazing delicious foods to try out last year!  We want to do the same again.    Please send us an email with your planned potluck contribution.

After the luncheon, we will have our Paratransit Public Forum.  As some of you know, CDBA has been working with PACE and legal representatives to resolve issues about accessbility for DeafBlind riders of paratransit.   In our next step, we need for you all to voice your concerns about your experiences so we can properly document it and help to make improvements in the PACE paratransit system for all of you!

For December, we will have our annual December Holiday Party.  Yes, the rumors are true…  The DeaefBlind Santa has already promised he will come by and bring gifts for everyone.   That event will be on December 9th.  More details about this event will come soon.

Remember, CDBA events are open to everyone.  That means you can bring your family, your kids, your parents, your friends.  And we welcome newcomer DeafBlind people too!

For our November 18 event, it will be held at the Chicago Lighthouse at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL     From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   If you will have a driver, be sure to tell the driver to pick you up no later than 3 p.m.

Please do let us know if you are coming, if possible.   Send an email to info@chicagodeafblind.org

We also welcome volunteer SSPs and interpreters.  If you would like to be a volunteer SSP or would like to learn more about how to become an SSP, please send us an email!

See you all on Novemer 18th with empty bellies!