Le COBDA May 14th Outing

We, Le COBDA, will be having an outing to Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant for lunch

Saturday, May 14, 2016

TIME: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Be aware we will not meet at The Chicago Lighthouse. Please MEET at Uncle’s Julio’s.

Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant
855 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642


Please have your driver drop off at 11:00 AM or a little after 11:00 AM and pick up at 2:00 PM at Uncle Julio’s.

Have your ride ready by 2:00 PM, no later than 2:00 PM. Please be aware that we will be not assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 2:00 PM. Thank you.

Uncle Julio has $4.00 valet parking for people who want to drive to the restaurant.

Members: $15.00. You can order up to a limit of an amount and what you need to pay.

Those who want to order alcoholic beverages pay on their own money.

Guests: Full price

SSPs: Free

SSP: Be sure to show up on time or a bit early; we appreciate your assistance.

RSVP: Thursday, May 12th to reserve your seat at Uncle Julio’s.

Another note, late RSVPs are not accepted. If you show up at Uncle Julio’s and do not RSVP, you would have to find your own table.

Please have your money ready on the day of our event. We will collect money to pay for lunch.

Contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP.

Panera Bread Fundraising Night

Join us in support of ASL N Tactile for DeafBlind Escape Cruise

When: May 4, 2016

Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Panera Bread at

501 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Purpose: We have a lot of DeafBlind and SSPs who signed up. We ask your help to sponsor ASL interpreters who can help to work with DeafBlind group, onboard activities and shore excursion. We are looking for sponsors and to raise funds to cover expenses for ASL interpreters.

Print this flyer below or show it on your mobile phone when ordering your meal.


Invite any DeafBlind and SSP people you know, or bring your families and friends and help fundraising for DeafBlind Escape Cruise.

If you can’t attend, please support gofundme DeafBlind Escape to help make this be a great success by donating (Click on GoFundMe on right.) https://www.gofundme.com/fkfs4q2s?utm_medium=wdgt

For more information contact Kelly Monahan at deafblindescape15@gmail.com

-Kelly Monahan

DeafBlind Escape Cruise

DeafBlind Escape Cruise 

Come Join 7 Nights Cruise to 3 fabulous Islands!

November 12 – 19, 2016

Spend a week on our newest ship, Norwegian Escape, as you sail through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Depart from sunny Miami to make your way to the U.S. Virgin Islands for vividly colorful snorkeling in St. Thomas. Sip tropical drinks on a pristine beach to the beat of Caribbean music on the British Virgin Island of Tortola. Or go exploring in a 4X4 vehicle when you arrive in Nassau. Whatever the you choose, there is no wrong way to relax and let loose on this vacation. 

We have over 200 guests including DeafBlind, SSP, and their families & friends. How exciting! 

Registration is open. Remember, there is no free SSP due to the limited number. For more details go to http://m.mydeafcruise.com/site/deafblindescape/?smallView=1

Contact Deaf Cruise Travel Agent Roger at 801-331-5235 (VP) to reserve your stateroom or fill out the Form Here


We will help make a great vacation for all of you!

-Kelly Monahan

Nominatees’ Speeches

The election deadline is May 11, 2016. Send to Mindy Joy Mayer at mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org.

The Nominatees’ speeches:

I admit it, I don’t want to be president.   But I’m angry. I’m tired and angry. You deserve more, you deserve to be respected human beings. You deserve to expect more and demand more in life. And LeCOBDA should be the club that works for you, with you.   But that hasn’t happened yet.

In the last few years, those who live on fixed incomes could no longer afford to come here. SHAME! LeCOBDA belongs to every DeafBlind person, and we must say “Come back everyone!”

LeCOBDA must be the club of progress, activism, self-reliance and empowerment. So how do we do this?

I’ve traveled to many corners of this country and participated in many DeafBlind events and activities.   And then I come home, and I’m disappointed that we aren’t doing the same here.   Why is this so?

Well that changes now.

As President, I will work in collaboration with the team of officers here to develop new strategies and inclusion.   We’re not going to just sit here once a month, get a free lunch and go home. NO! We’re going to make our experience at LeCOBDA meaningful!   We’re going to fight for self-reliance, and allyship. We’re going to expand our services. We’re going to do serious fundraising to bring in real dollars that establishes active programs that empower everyone and excites everyone.

We’re going to grow our relationships with other organizations throughout the Chicagoland area. Foster relationships and build political alliances with governments so that we can get the laws and accesibility we need. changed to benefit us.   We must no longer be the forgotten community.

We’re going to set up forum meetings where YOU are involved and YOU get to talk and say what you feel is most important to you. We’re going to have fun outing that celebrate the life of a DeafBlidn person and we’re going to have support group meetings to help all of us to build the courage and strength to face each day as proud DeafBLind citizens.

This campaign is about you, for you and because of you. This campaign is yours.

Bryen Yunashko


Hello, my name is Jason Salerno, and I am DeafBlind with ushers. I work for a company named Jellyvision as one of Lead Engineers. I am running for vice-president for LeCOBDA. You are probably wondering why you should vote me. So, here it is… I want to bring LeCOBDA to be front-line of Chicagoland DeafBlind and bring the community closer. I feel that there is huge value of community when we includes our spouses, children, family, and friends. In order to accomplish this, I would want to open the membership not only limited to DeafBlind adults, but to those with spouses, children, family, and friends. It will flourish in our community where we can become be proud of. I want to push and encourage more projects as non-profit organization where we can grow as a DeafBlind community for Chicagoland, such as actual workshops how to improve our quality of living as or with DeafBlinds. Learn more about awesome resources we can at the same time that we can also offer and provide that. And that means, when you vote for me, I will have my best ability of having agendas within at least two months ahead with meaningful presentations that can be enjoyable. I also can see the LeCOBDA to become a better known archival of our valuable histories of those who are DeafBlind where we can use to pass down of our wonderful stories to many generations. We can become a documenter also have it be fully accessible by anyone, be it displayed in braille, video recorded also can be copied-signed, or text mode.

With those, we can become a front-line of Chicagoland DeafBlind!

Thank you for listening, I look forward working with you guys!

Jason Salerno


Several years ago our good friend and current LECOBDA vice president, Catherine Klein, told us about LECOBDA and encouraged us to join. I became a member and my wife, Lorraine, an SSP. We attend every meeting we can because we like being there.  The members and supporters are interesting people and have remarkable lives. The relationships formed within LECOBDA are not superficial, our commonality allows us to really get to know and understand each other. This group is necessary for the members just as other organization with common interest such as unions, trade groups, Political parties, etc.

It would be an honor to be LECOBDA’s vice president and to work with the LOCOBDA staff.

Jay Popek


Hello, my name is Meghan McGovern. I am full deaf and blind in one eye. I would like to be secretary for Lecobda club. During my four years in high school, I joined a club after school to help other deaf members and the president with newsletters. The president collected positive good articles from all of other deaf students who were not part of an after school club. The president made sure that the students’ own grammar was right. The president gave me some of the rough draft articles. I typed some new articles on computer and printed out new articles. I gave new articles to the president. The president made all of the new articles into newsletters on computer and printed them and stapled newsletters together. Now all of deaf students who were not part of the club got their own newsletters and enjoyed reading and talking about positive events, sports, awards, trophies, and clubs that they were doing and getting during their high school years for their own good memories. Thank you for listening to my speech and I appreciated it and also please vote for me, thank you.

Meghan McGovern


Hi, My name is Suzanne Salerno. I am running for LeCOBDA Secretary. I’ve been an interpreter for 13 years and have worked with DeafBlind individuals for over 5 years. I am also married to Jason Salerno, a DeafBlind man. My goal is to help develop a stronger DeafBlind community in the Chicago area. I believe that our community should involve all ages of DeafBlind individuals and their families. As LeCOBDA, we should develop committees, we should open up membership, and we should actively recruit volunteers. We all have experiences to share. Supporting each other will make a closer community. An important project will be to document the Founding Members History. Collecting their stories is a way to honor them and their contributions to our community. My other main project will be to recruit volunteers by collaborating with local organizations. For example, Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD), Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID), Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC), Columbia College, Harper College, Hersey High School, Whitney Young High School and more. Volunteers could be Deaf adults, hearing adults, high school students, college students, and professional interpreters both Deaf and hearing. I imagine LeCOBDA events where families attend together. All the adults can focus on the meeting agenda while at the same time all the children are engaged in activities with high school and college student volunteers. By organizing a large base of volunteers, we can provide communication access and enjoyment for everyone who attends. My goal as Secretary is to increase DeafBlind membership and increase Volunteer membership. Together we can develop a stronger DeafBlind community in Chicago! Thank you for your time.

Suzanne Salerno


Hello Le COBDA,

I am happy to announce that I accept the nomination to the office of Treasurer for this wonderful club. As I said at our last meeting, I have been a member of Le COBDA for more than twenty years, have worked hand-in-hand with a lot of dynamic people who have  introduced some good ideas to the club. Such as, Jerrie Lawhorn, Al Sugar, Barbara Carson, Diane O’neil, Elizabeth Klein, JoAnn Rushing, and of course Veramarie Baldoza just to named a few.

I received my education at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, then I attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. I served in Illinois’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC). I received my training in Deaf/Blindness at Chicago Lighthouse, ICRE-Wood (formerly known as IBHHC), Louisianna Center for the Blind in Ruston Louisianna; and Helen Keller National Center in New York.

I will make every effort to work with the new President, the  Board, and with Mindy Joy to make this organization  the best ever in all its history. I would like to see Deaf/Blind people more involve, and be active on various committees to cultivate the positive image of our culture. We need to become strong advocates to increase Deaf/Blind awareness throughout  the Chicagoland area, and hope to recruit more members; both active and supporting members. All the while, we will be having fun, making good friends fellowshipping with one another.

As Treasurer, I will work closely with our President to formulate and set up numerous committees to raise funds for Le COBDA, to increase funds to support our dedicated SSPs for their volunteered service which helps enrich important values within our Deaf/Blind community.

I strongly believe in increasing the enrichment of independence, and quality of life for Deaf/Blind individuals everywhere.

Thank You.

Darrell Washington

LeCOBDA Board Election 2016

Some of you already attended to LeCOBDA and had elected, please don’t elect again. Who HAVE NOT attended LeCOBDA last Saturday, please send Mindy Joy Mayer the election at mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org. The deadline is May 11, 2016.

Thank you.

LeCOBDA Board Election 2016


__ Bryen Yunashko



__ Jason Salerno

__ Jay Popek



__ Meghan McGovern

__ Suzanne Salerno



__ Darrell Washington

Le COBDA April Meeting

April Meeting 2016

The candidates will be given their speech to run for 2016-2018 Le COBDA Officers

  • President – Bryen Yunashko
  • Vice President – Jason Salerno and Jay Popek
  • Secretary – Meghan McGovern and Suzanne Salerno

The voting committee will review the biographies and prepare the ballots that will be sent out in April.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

TIME: 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Please get to The Chicago Lighthouse by 10:45 AM

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

Anyone who has transportation arrangements, PLEASE have your ride ready by 2:30 PM, no later than 2:30 PM. Please be aware that we will be not assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 2:30 PM. Thank you.


Jimmy John Sandwiches




Members: $5.00

Guests: $7.00

SSPs: Free

SSP: Be sure to show up on time or a bit early; we appreciate your assistance.

RSVP: Friday, April 8th

Late RSVPs are not accepted. If you show up at the meeting and do not RSVP, I would kindly ask you to pay the full price which would be 7 dollars.

Please have your money ready on the day of our meeting. We will collect money to pay for lunch.

Please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP.

Search for Vision Taste for Research Luncheon Invitation

Search for Vision

Invites you to A TASTE FOR RESEARCH Lunch at the Wildwood Tavern, 6480 W. Touhy in Niles, IL on April 16, 12:00 noon. Parking is free. Food choices served with French fries, homemade cole slaw, and any nonalcoholic drink, the menu choices are listed below. The cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP before April 6.

The program includes:

  • Michael Grassi, MD, who will present the latest research. Search for Vision and Parent Petroleum have formed the Chicago Alliance to fund Retinal Research, supporting his excellent work for years first at the University of Chicago and now at the University of Illinois Foundation. 100% of our raised funds go directly to research. Dr. Grassi also has a private practice in Naperville, IL.
  • Woodlake Technologies will have assistive devices and low vision aids available to touch and try. If you would like to see a special item, please write the name of the item on your reservation below and we will try to have it there for you.
  • Andrew Rasch, Director of Sales at AT&T MOBILE TEL will provide a list of services accessible on your cellular phone and will be available to answer your questions.

Print, fill out, clip & return with payment of $20.00 per person:




Tel #_____________

Grilled chicken sandwich_______ Hamburger ______ Cheeseburger_____    Vegetarian Chopped Salad with roll___________ (served without chicken or bacon)

Ice cream for dessert _________________

List any additional names and meal choices below or on the back. Checks payable to Wildwood Tavern should be mailed to: Search for Vision, 1011 S. Waiola Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525 by April 6.  For questions call 708-354-4620.  Note this program is not a fund raiser. Space is limited, please make reservations early.

Jay and Lorraine Popek


Search for Vision


Hello Everyone,

I know many of you did not come to LeCOBDA last Saturday because of the St. Patrick’s weekend as some of you went and some of you wanted to keep away from the traffic.

At LeCOBDA, there were some nominates, but you can make nominates by sending me an email as the deadline is on March 31.

The nominators are:

For President – Bryen Yunashko

For Vice President – Jason Salerno and Jay Popek

For Secetary – Meghan McGovern and Suzanne Salerno

For Treasurer – Sara Chung

The election committee is Darrell Washington, Julie Somers, and Mindy Joy Mayer.

Once more, you can make a nomination by sending an email to mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org and the deadline is MARCH 31, 2016.

Le COBDA February Meeting

February 2016

We, Le COBDA, will be having special appreciation to our members and special recognition to our SSPs

Saturday, February 13, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Please get to The Chicago Lighthouse by 10:45 AM

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

Anyone who has transportation arrangements, PLEASE have your ride ready by 2:30 PM, no later than 2:30 PM. Please be aware that we will be not assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 2:30 PM. Thank you.


Bring something instead of money. Bring your choice of liter pop, chips, dessert, salad, etc.



Monday, February 8th.

It is important to know how much food to order. Please RSVP by February 8th.

Another note, late RSVPs are not accepted. If you show up at the meeting and do not RSVP, we would kindly ask you to pay $10.00

Please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP.

Important Note:

Contingency plans in the case of bad/severe weather. How can you find out if the event is going to get cancelled due to bad weather?

We will send everyone a notice via email or text message. Please let us know which way to update you for an event cancellation.

We will also post a notice on Chicago DeafBlind website. You should go to the following site to find out if the event is cancelled to adverse weather conditions http://chicagodeafblind.org


REMINDER- Art & Crafts starting tomorrow

This event is for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Adults with Visuall Disabilities.

Where: At Horner Park – 2741 W. Montrose Ave – 773-478-3499

When: Thrusday Evenings – 6:30pm-7:30pm

Dates: January 7th to March 17th. $20 class fee (ages 60+ get half-off)

After the Arts & Crafts –

Judo Program for Individuals with primary Diagnosis of Blindness or Visually Impairment

where: Same place where the Arts & Crafts are at

When: Thursday Night – 7:30pm-8:30pm

Dates: January 7th to March 17th FREE ages 8 & up

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

For more information – contact Amanda Keeton at 773-273-6617 or amanda.keeton@chicagoparkdistrict.com.