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: 

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 | Website

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:

Winter Adaptive Judo Program

Winter Adaptive Judo Program

For Individuals with all types of Hearing Loss and/or Visual Impairment 

Horner Park

2741 W. Montrose Ave



7:00pm – 8:30pm

Banquet Hall 

 $5.00 for the Session

Begins January 10th – March 14th 

Ages 15 & up 

This program helps to develop flexibility, coordination and strength. Come learn and develop the skills of this Japanese martial art. 

For more information about the Judo Program, please contact:

Timothy W. Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.273.6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice, 

Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.796.3525 Direct Video Phone & Voice,

Adult Art & Crafts

 Winter 2019

Adult Art & Crafts

for Adults with all types of hearing loss,

visual & intellectual disabilities 

Horner Park

2741 W. Montrose Ave

(773) 478-3499

Thursday Evenings

January 10th – March 14th 

$14.00 class fee

(ages 60+ – 50% discount) 

7:00pm – 8:30pm 

Online Registration Available 

For more information about the Arts & Crafts classes, please contact:

Timothy Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.273.6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice, 

Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.796.3525 Direct Video Phone & Voice,

Bowling Cancelled

We regret that we must cancel our bowling event this coming Saturday, July 12, 2019 for a couple of reasons.  The Primary one is that we have ONLY five DeafBlind people who have signed up to be bowling this Saturday.  Remember that it was stated in the last announcement that we needed at least ten DeafBlind individuals to bowl to make this happen so if there were any of you, we were planning to just show up at the bowling alley this Saturday without prior signing up, you realize how important it is for you to sign up in advance to ensure the event would happen.  The second reason is that it is calling for light snow showers which in my opinion, would not accumulate much but for safety reasons, it would be safe to cancel the event.  I wish to particularly thank these wonderful SEVEN SSPs and Shelley’s class at MVCC who signed up to come out and assist our fabulous team of bowlers to bowl to their winning stakes.  Thank you so much again and sure do hope to see you around in the coming months.

Our next event will be our annual Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  This promises to be a fun event which all of you will enjoy very much. 

Stay WARM and SAFE!

Bowling Day Is Upon Us!

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

Boy, did we all have such wonderful CDBA Holiday party last month with a great crowd and it was a great pleasure for Mr Santa Clause to see everyone, including SSPs, having had such a grand time. Mr. Claus wishes to thank so many wonderful of elves who assisted him to make this day a huge success. In addition, many thanks for your generosities’ donation as we raised well over $700, are cord breaking amount raised at an CDBA event.

AS per our discussion at the December 2018 CDBA event, we have looked into the possibility of having a bowling event this coming Saturday, January 12, 2019. Before I go on, I must most sincerely apologize for the lateness of sending this email; however, with the holiday season and so many of us were busy with our personal affairs, it was not until just now we are starting to work on this. We have selected the site of Haberle Bowl located at 5250 Northwestern Highway, Chicago, IL 60630, This location is in the northwestern part of Chicago and can be very readily and easily to be there by using I-90 as this place is right off this interstate highway. CDBA will pay for your bowling fees and the only thing you need to bring is money for your lunch or snack at the food court on the site or you can brown bag. For those who are not interested in bowling, but would like the opportunity to socialize with other DeafBlind attendees, we would wholeheartedly welcome you with us.

In order to make this really happen, we need at least 10-15 bowlers to make this happen – for the record, just the bowlers only but everyone who wants to go this MUST place your reservations by Thursday, January 10 at NOON so we can announce again whether the event is still on or not. Please try to let us know and please tell your other DeafBlind friends who may not look at the website or use the Internet to give Joann or Mindy Joy. Pease send your RSVP to Mindy Joy Mayer at:

Come on out and forget all the winter blues you may be feeling nowadays for warm fellowship, cheering or your friends and have just plain old grand time!