Sprint IP Relay

Many of us use Sprint IP Relay through our smartphones (iPhone and Android) and computers. Many of us cannot use VRS and so hence the best way to call when you are not at home is to use Sprint IP Relay.  We CANNOT afford to be without Sprint IP Relay and completely understand their concerns for reducing the costs of placing the calls.  Please read the message below and follow through to give your statement of support and the needs of your using Sprint IP Relay, etc.   

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the spring!

Thanks much, Jeff


Nation Deaf Expo – THIS SATURDAY

Hello everyone,

Here’s the correct website to register as we encourage everyone to register before the Deaf Expo to avoid a long line….

The place is at Harper College in Building M.. 1200 Algonquin Rd, Palatine, Illinois.

Here’s the website – https://deafnation.com/palatineil/

Hope to see you all there! Mindy Joy – text 773-831-0067 if you need to contact me for information.

April CDBA Event

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

Many thanks go to Mindy Joy Mayer for great job well done on Saturday, March 9th at the CDBA St. Patrick’s Day event. I understand that you all had fun and enjoyed being together with new and old friends. Thanks go out to Joann Rushing and others who pitched in with Mindy Joy during my absence as I was being honored back in “my old home” of OH for starting up the Ohio Association of the Deaf-Blind 25 years ago with my keynote address and received a magnificent plague. And CDBA raised a fantastic amount of $337 which we all truly appreciate your support for CDBA.

I have two announcements for April. First, I am sorry to report that there will be no CDBA event at the Chicago Lighthouse on Saturday, April 13th. The reason for this is, however, there will be a BIG event on Saturday, April 6th. Where and what???? There will be a large Deaf Nation Expo event at Harper College with many fantastic exhibits from

major Deaf companies and others from all over the country to visit and learn what’s new out there.   Please do check out the following website:



Speaking of the website, it is most urgently encouraged that you sign up in advance and get your admission pass from the website before you go as the lines to register on the site will be a long and it would be a terrible waste of your time to just stand in the line to await for your turn to register. Chicago Lighthouse/Deaf-Blind Booth will have a booth

so please do stop by and say hello to those whoever is manning the booth at that moment. You are totally responsible for getting your own SSP as well as your own transportation to go to the Expo. We will not plan to have SSPs on site to give to you so please go out and get one SSP to take you up there for a fun-filled day.

In May we are going to have our famous annual CDBA Mexican holiday celebration. As usual, delicious Mexican feast will be provided along with our super fun-fun-filled time with batting the pinata to break it open to get our treats! Let’s see what the treats are going to be this year which may be a surprise to us all. We will send out an announcement as soon as details are worked out.

Enjoy spring and hope to see all of you at the Deaf Nation Expo??

Chicago Park District Classes

By Jeffrey Bohrman

Hello all CDBA Members and Friends;

Below, you will see the announcements for two spring classes with  Chicago Park District, which I plan to attend personally myself.  It would be most critical that if you are interested in attending either the ceramics or gardening classes, you are to contact Timothy Owens to request for the attachment at your very earliest convince.  Please to assure that you have reasonable accommodations being made to these two classes more enjoyable and productive for you.  I would like to note the day of week and times for each class so you can quickly decide if you can attend either or even both to these two classes as I am.  The gardening classes will be just 5 weeks session this years and are on Wednesdays from 10Am to 11:30AM.  You would also learn how to do some cooking, which I have enjoyed in the past.  The ceramics classes will last ten weeks and are on Fridays from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.  Please note that these two classes are in two different locations.  If you have any questions, please contact me at Jeffrey.bohrman@gmail.com or Timothy Owens at timothy.owens@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Thank you, and ENJOY the spring – FINALLY!

March CDBA

March CDBA Event – Think GREEN

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

Did we all have super fun and memorable Valentine’s Day event last month?? We sure did despite the unexpected power outage in the area for several hours. We were busy entertaining each other and got started on the super fund old-fashioned game, Spin the Bottle, game? I could easily sense that you were all enjoying the game so let’s make this our CDBA Valentine’s Party game our annual plan!

Our next event is on Saturday, March 9, 2019 and the theme is to think GREEN! You folks better wear something green…. maybe an emerald ring or earrings with emeralds can do for the beautiful ladies out there while the guys may have to settle for just a piece of green ribbon if you have no tops showing green. You sure don’t want to get pinched! LOL!

WE will be providing lunch and with this wonderful meal in mind, we are asking, especially the DeafBlind people, to make a donation to help defray the costs of our providing lunch for everyone. Lunches do not grow on trees, unfortunately! WE will be playing a game or two afterwards with prizes for winners. The time of the event is from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. For those of you who use the paratransit (PACE, etc.), please have them come no later than 2:15 PM to assure that everyone is safely on way home before the doors can be locked. The location is at the Chicago Lighthouse on 1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago. PLEASE, PLEASE send your RSVP to Mindy Mayer at:


No later than Thursday noon, March 7th. WE need a head count in order to plan for lunch, please.

One last thing, I want to again express our very special thanks and appreciation to the Ramos family for most generously donating the super beautiful afghan with the design of flowers on it made by a family member to be used for the Door Prize. Congratulations to the lucky winner whose name I don’t have as yet.

One very last thing, I, as the President, will be unable to join all of you on Saturday as I will be back “home” to Columbus, OH as a keynote speaker for the 25th anniversary of Ohio Association of the Deaf-Blind that I had started in March of 1994. It will be nice to see my old friends once again but I will be seeing my “new” friends here in April!

Ann S. Rasch

Mindy Joy here; Ann S. Rasch has been very involved with the Fighting For Blindness as her son has Retintis Pigmentosa. I met her several times when I was in my teen and youth adult years.

Ann S. Rasch (nee Spina), of LaGrange, IL passed away on January 29, 2019 surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Andrew R.; loving mother of Andrew P. (Susan), Richard (Peggy), and Mariana (Bob) Tennyson; cherished grandmother of Robert, Allison, Andrew C., Casey, Elissa, Abby, and Eric; great-grandmother of Andrew E. and Carter, and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Born to Mariano and Lucia Spina on July 14, 1931 in Chicago, IL, her parents, brother Peter (Nancy), and sisters Carmela (late Walter) and Domenica, preceded her. Mass will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Francis Xavier in LaGrange, IL; family and friends are invited to gather together for visitation at 10:00am. Inurnment of her ashes will immediately follow at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum in Hillside, IL. Throughout her life, Ann worked tirelessly to support the search for a cure for retinitis pigmentosa. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Search for Vision, which supports research at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Please make checks out to Search for Vision, and gifts can be sent to:

Jenna Plakut

UIC Office of Medical Advancement

1747 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 312

Chicago, IL 60608

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 6, 2019



Upcoming Valine’s Day Party! – February 9, 2019

Upcoming Valine’s Day Party! – February 9, 2019 

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D. 

I’m writing this us before the historic bitter cold weather hits us tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 with record breaking low temps which will keep us well under the freezing point until Saturday or Sunday.  I most sincerely hope that all of you have taken measures to keep yourself warm and safe in the comfort of your home.   Do not try to venture out if you can’t help it – if you have any appointments, it is highly suggested that you reschedule to a later date which I have done personally myself.   

Now, let’s look into better side of life…we have exciting plans for our upcoming Valentine’s Part on Saturday, February 9, 2019  B sure to have something in red on you – perhaps a ribbon, a piece of red paper pinned to your top or even red stone ring, etc. so you won’t get pinched!  But for the low vision DeafBlind folks, it would be most appreciated if you do not wear all red top since the color red often hurt the eyes.  Thanks!  WE will have delicious hot lunch for all of you but in order to get ENOUGH food to feel all, please send your RSVP to Mindy J. Mayer no later than Thursday, February 7th at noon by email, phone call, VP or even fax.  Her email address is below:


We have a surprise and fun an old-time game planned for all of us to play after lunch WE know you will all enjoy playing this game and have many laughter’s going on. 

Here are all of the specific details for this event:

Date and Time:  Saturday, February 9, 2019 11 AM to 3 PM (please try to plan on leaving at 2:30 if you are using public transportation or paratransit system.  Also, if any of you are taking the train into the city, we would be more than happy to pick you up at the station and bring you back to the station – Please also let Mindy know that you are going to travel this way.  


                  Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired                             1850 west Roosevelt Road  Chicago, IL 

WHAT TO BRING:  Please bake or buy dessert to share with everyone.  There should be plenty of chocolate desserts ala galore which is the strong trading of Valentine’s Day.   

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the President, Jeff Bohrman, or the Secretary, Mindy Joy Mayer at the email addresses noted in this announcement. 

President Jeff Bohrman’s Email Address: Jeffrey.bohrman@gmail.com 

We are all so looking forward to seeing yu especially after such a bitter cold January which will be just a memory of the past.  In the meantime, do stay warm and safe in your home again!

Mizaru SSP and DB Form

Jason Corning asked me to post this to send out to the DeafBlind community. There will be a link for you to click to do the survey.

Three Monkeys Communications, LLC (3MC) is creating a platform that uses the same business model as Airbnb, but instead will connect Support Service Providers (SSPs) and DeafBlind consumers across the United States together.  This survey is to gather initial pilot members to test our platform and to assist us in developing our process. Some DeafBlind still have enough functional hearing or vision, and are able to provide SSP services for other DeafBlind consumers given certain limitations.  So we hope to empower DeafBlind and SSPs to work together.


Jason Corning CEO & Founder Three Monkeys Communication LLC Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)  Office (240) 241-7317 | Email info@jacorning.info | Website www.jacorning.info

CDBA Members

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

Hello Members of CDBA.  Here is something you can do to pass your time this winter and good excuse to get out of your house to do some fun and constructive.  It is absolutely NOT too late to sign up as I have signed in right in the middle of the term.  This course is open to those who are visually impaired, blind, deaf, hard-of-hearing, and of course DeafBlind!  I am taking a break from attending this class; however, I will definitely go back for the spring term starting around the first week in April is addition to Gardening class if they are offering this to us again.  What a beautiful way to come out of hibernation and start being outside more in the spring!   

If you are planning to attend this class or have any questions, please contact Tim Owens whose contact information is in the advertisement. And, if you are going to attend the class and need an SSP, please check with Tim as far in advance as possible to let him know that you need one. 

Enjoy the winter and wait for the ground hug to come out on February 2nd!



Every Friday
12:00PM – 2:00PM
January 11th – March 15th
Cost: $15 for Entire Session
Open to individuals that have visual impairment and all
types of hearing loss
Contact Timothy Owens for Registration Details
Athletic Field Park
3645 N. Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
For more information contact:
Timothy Owens: timothy.owens@chicagoparkdistrict.com