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

Committee Members Needed

Let’s continue the momentum from the Forum!

We are seeking volunteers to join new committees.

Do you enjoy planning get togethers?
Join the Events Committee and start organizing the next gathering.

Interested in shaping the future of our organization?
Join the Bylaws Committee.

Please email Bryen hello@bryen.com and Jason mrjsin@gmail.com with the committee you are interested in.

Thank You!

#ChicagoDeafBlindRocks

The DeafBlind Forum was AMAZING!

The first ever Chicago DeafBlind Forum was well attended! There were 77 participants in the DeafBlind session and 97 participants in the Ally session. Here is a recap of all the discussion topics.

DeafBlind Needs and Concerns:
Change name of LeCOBDA
Peer/Support Group
Family/Parent/Children Support Group
Family of DeafBlind Outreach
Communication: access; sign language classes; ProTactile workshops
SSP (Support Service Provider) volunteer programs
DeafBlind member workshops
Education accessibility
Transportation: needs drastic improvement; discount card; communication card
DeafBlind Committee volunteers needed

Ally Session Discussion Topics:
“LeCOBDA” establishing independence from Chicago Lighthouse by forming non-profit 501(c)3 organization (under new name)
We become point of contact for DeafBlind issues
Create peer support groups of DeafBlind in different locations
Create mental health advocacy group
Train Interpreters to work with DeafBlind
Establish state standards for DeafBlind Interpreting
Create SSP Registry
Develop SSP as recognized profession
Create sign language classes accessible to blind
Transportation- need text capabilities; send paratransit complaints to  passenger.services@pacebus.com
Collaborate with organizations for improved access
Advisory Committees need DeafBlind representation
Upcoming legislation on certified DeafBlind Intervenors for children at school
Develop identification card for DeafBlind

Our discussions will continue. We want to know your opinions.
Please contact a board member to join a committee!

The LeCOBDA Officers

#ChicagoDeafBlindRocks