February 2014 Le COBDA Newsletter

February 2014 Newsletter


We, Le COBDA, will be hosting not only Valentine’s Day Party, but also CHILI COOK-OFF PARTY.


Why not host a chili “throwdown” to see who among your friends has the best recipe? Seems like every cook has a favorite (and thinks theirs is the best), so competition will be hot!


A chili cook-off is an unique way to get together with friends and have a fun, food-filled party that everyone will love.


Members and non-members/guests each bring a pot of their favorite homemade chili recipe and everyone samples them all and chooses their favorites.


Don’t get too stressed out about the rules and the scoring. Remember that it’s all in fun and that you are just getting together with friends to have a good time.


Saturday, February 8, 2014


The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

TIME: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please get to The Chicago Lighthouse by 10:45 AM


Anyone who has transportation arrangements, PLEASE have your ride ready by 3:00 PM, no later than 3:00 PM. Please be aware that we will be not assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 3:00 PM. Thank you.



Choice of ham, turkey, tuna, chicken salad, OR egg salad sandwich





Members: $6.00


Non-members/Guests: $8.00




Please have your money ready on the day of our event. We will collect money to pay The Chicago Lighthouse for Valentine meals.


If you will be attending, please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP by February 1st.

Looking Forward to seeing you all!



Le COBDA President


December 2013 Le COBDA Newsletter

A letter from Sara Chung, Le COBDA President:

Hello all,

How was your Thanksgiving meal? Mine was so good. I definitely would want the Chicago Lighthouse Cafeteria to serve again for next year.  Agree with me?  Hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving luncheon though.

Now that Thanksgiving is almost over, the Chicago Club of the Deaf (CCD) will be hosting the HOLIDAY PARTY at the Chicago Lighthouse.  That is going to be fun.  Come join us in celebrating the upcoming Holiday Season.

CCD will be providing ham, mashed potatoes with gravy on the side, green beans, rolls, and pumpkin and apple pies. These sound yummy, right?


Saturday, December 14, 2013

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


Time:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm


Please be at the Chicago Lighthouse by 10:45 am.

Anyone who has transportation arrangements, PLEASE have your ride ready by 3:00pm, no later than 3:00 pm. Please be aware we’ll not be assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 3:00pm.  Thank you.

If you will be attending, please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP by December 6th.

On a bright note we, Le COBDA collected $1,922.29 and $285 was donated for a total of $2,207.29 was raised for the candy & nut sale.  That’s great news!

Many thanks to those who sold the candy & nuts, and especially to the winners of the candy & nuts sale.

1st place – Lisa Ainscough

2nd place – Josephine D’Amico

3rd place – Mindy Joy Mayer

Let’s congratulate the winners who sold the most!!


Looking forward to seeing you all in December!

Sara Chung

Le COBDA President


DeaFest at Harper College on 11/1 and 11/2

DeaFest at Harper College Events 

Friday, 11/01/2013, 7:00 – 10:00 pm,

(Need an interpreter or tactile interpreter? Contact Elke Weinbrenner at eweinbre@harpercollege.edu)

Presenter: Christine “Coco” Roschaert
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)
Summary: Christine “Coco” Roschaert is an active DeafBlind advocate and lecturer who travels around the world and works with various DeafBlind communities, and tonight she will share with you the stories of triumph, success and oppression of the DeafBlind from all corners of the world.

Biography: Born in Canada, Christine “Coco” Roschaert is Deaf and has Usher Syndrome. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and now works as an international advocate for DeafBlind rights, and is also a motivational speaker DeafBlind rights, and is also a motivational speaker about DeafBlind issues and her personal life stories and has done over 200 presentations around the world.
Admission: Free
Refreshments will be provided.


Saturday, 11/02/13

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building M – Gym (park in lot 1)
Description: This Expo is the foremost touring trade show for, by, and about deaf people. They provide exhibitions and entertainment around the United States at no charge to the public. Their philosophy is that free admission brings a diversity of attendees who can share their culture, needs, language, and information.
Admission: Free

LeCOBDA November 2013

November 2013

Le COBDA (Chicago Club of Blind-Deaf Adults)

Le COBDA is sponsored by

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608


A letter from President Sara:

“Fellow members,

First of all, I truly want to apologize for cancelling the Farmers Market Outing at the very last minute due to the thunderstorm/rain. I knew you all were looking forward to it, so was I. Blame Mother Nature for the lousy weather 🙂 Those who did not receive a notice from us, I also apologize. In case any member does not receive a notice directly from us, I strongly encourage you all to sign up for chicagodeafblind.org. That way everyone can get email updates for any meeting or outing cancellation in the future. Please subscribe to chicagodeafblind.org for email updates as soon as possible. Thank you.”


Ready for Thanksgiving?! Let us be thankful for our family, friends, and especially God. Be thankful for what you have.


We will be celebrating our Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday, November 9th


Save the date!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

(Please be there by 10:45 AM)

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

Members and Guests: $10.00



A catered meal will be provided by The Chicago Lighthouse.  That would be great if you can bring your own dessert to share with us. We will do the same.


Please have your money ready on the day of our event. We will collect money to pay The Chicago Lighthouse for Thanksgiving meals.


If you will be attending, please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP by November 4th.


Looking forward to seeing you all!



Le COBDA President


Mindy Joy’s work schedule have changed from Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8-4 and Thursdays 8-12, it is changed to Mondays from 8-4, Thursdays from 8-4 and Fridays from 8-12. 


Ready for the November Bazaar?

All items sold will be to contribute money for LeCOBDA so that your club for the Deaf-Blind will be able to provide low-cost or free outings and lunches.  What will you buy at the Bazaar?  Bring your items to donate for sale and bring your money to buy wonderful items!


 President: Sara Chung- sara.w.chung@gmail.com


Vice President: Catherine Klein- cklein148@aol.com


LeCOBDA: NOTICE! October 5 Outing cancelled

An important message from the president of LeCOBDA, Sara Chung:

Happy October!  Hope all is well.

I hate to break the news to you, everyone.  We know we’re having the Farmers Market outing tomorrow.  I just learned there will be isolated thunderstorm in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon.  A few storms may be severe.  Chance of rain 80%.


Unfortunately, I’m afraid that we have to cancel the Farmers Market outing.  Whether it will rain or not, it would be better if we stay home.  It would be difficult for transportations to get to places on time during the thunderstorm/rain.

Please call your transportation immediately and cancel your ride arrangement.


I’m truly sorry that we have to miss the Farmers Market outing, but I have to do what’s best for everyone.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

See you all in November.


LeCOBDA President



Happy October, hope all is well!



LeCOBDA: Let’s Go Shopping!

Warmest greetings to all from Sara Chung, Le COBDA President!

Hope everyone enjoyed the BBQ party. I was so pleased with how well the meeting went, especially with new activities for the year 2013-2014. We definitely have a busy schedule which is good 🙂

The Farmers Market outing is around the corner. Please be aware that the Farmers Market outing is on October 5th, not the 12th. We changed the date due to Illinois RID State Conference which is held on October 11-13.

Farmers Market
When: October 5, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: Dearborn & Polk (Printers Row Park)
700 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
***Bring your cash only as the vendors selling do not accept credit cards.  Also bring your own bag for the vegetables you buy to take home***

After the Farmers Market, we’ll be having lunch at Hackney’s Printers’ Row which is close by walking.  Please bring your money to pay for your own lunch.

Hackney’s Printers’ Row
733 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Please have your transportation ready by 2:30 PM. Be aware that we’ll be not assisting anyone after 2:30. Be sure to get your ride ready no later than 2:30 PM.  For people who use a service car for transportation, the address is 700 S. Dearborn for drop off and pick up.

For people who drive, there is a parking lot at the corner of Dearborn and Polk.  Parking is $10.00 or little more for all day.

If you plan to use public transportation:

  • State Street CTA buses are one block east of Dearborn.  Take #29 or Southbound #62 and exit at State Street and Polk.  Then walk one block west to Dearborn Avenue.  Cross the street on Dearborn Avenue and then turn right..  700 S. DearBorn will be on the left (South) side of the street.
  • Northbound #62:  If you are coming from the south via Northbound #62 bus, get off at DearBorn and Polk and cross the street to 700 S. DearBorn.
  • Red Line:  Exit at Harrison Street station.  Walk North on State Street to Harrison Street corner.  Turn left and walk one block to Dearborn Avenue.  Then cross the street and turn left again and you will arrive at 700 S. Dearboarn Street on your right side.
  • Blue Line: Exit LaSalle Station.  Walk East on Congress Parkway to Clark Street.  Turn right on Dearborn.and walk two blocks to 700 S. Dearborn.  It will be on your right side.
  • All other CTA Trains:  Exit the Loop at Van Buren/Library Station.  Walk south on State Street to Harrison.  Turn right on Harrison Street.  Walk one block to Dearborn Avenue.  Cross the street and turn left at the corner.  Then cross the street again.  Walk south to 700 S. Dearborn which is on your right side.


Don’t forget Friday’s Tactile Nights!

We’re hearing a lot of buzz and it looks like quite a few people will come to this Friday’s Chicago Tactile Nights.  The second of our monthly gathering to celebrate and embrace the art of Tactile signing.  As always, you do not have to be DeafBlind to participate.  You just need to know at least some signing.

Everyone who is there will get a chance to practice reading tactile sign and explore ways to improve your ability to comprehend and deliver effective tactile signing.

It all happens this Friday, June 21 at:

Potbelly’s on State Street
190 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Start time is at 6:30 p.m. until closing.
Potbelly’s is located on the southwest corner of State Street and Lake Street, directly across the street from the famed Chicago Theatre.  Take any elevated train and exit at State/Lake and you are right there.  Don’t even have to cross streets!
Except Blue line.  You have to get off at Clark/Lake and walk one block east on Lake street to get to State Street.
You can also take bus numbers either 6, 29, 139, 62 or 36.   Or if you are driing into downtown, there are nearby parking lots available, and possibly also some street parking if you drive around enough to find something.  🙂
See you all tactually this Friday!

Busy Week Ahead

Road Sign - Busy Week AheadThe Chicago DeafBlind community has some pretty busy and exciting things going on for the next week including advocacy and social interaction.  Here’s a look at what happens next week.

PACE City ADA Advisory Committee

PACE Bus logo



On Monday, June 17, the PACE transit authority will have its regular meeting.  This is for topics related to use of PACE within the city of Chicago.  If you use PACE buses or use Paratransit, you’ll want to attend this meeting to offer your insights as a DeafBlind person.  They want to hear from you!

June 17, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)
Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency
233 S. Wacker Drive, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL  60606

If you wish to attend this meeting, you MUST contact PACE to request an interpreter.  Call Linda Swedlund at voice/relay:847-228-4254 or send an email to her at linda.swedlund@pacebus.com.

Equip For Equality

Equip for Equality Logo



Equip for Equality is a legal organization dedicated to “Advancing the Human and Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois.”   This month they are hosting two meetings to discuss the agenda for the coming year on legal advocacy.  This is where you, as Chicago DeafBlind community members can make an important contribution to raise awareness of any legal issues or legislative improvements you wish to see happening in Illinois.

Friday, June 21, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Room 9-031
Chicago, IL  60601

A sign language interpreter will be present for Deaf attendees.  However, if you need special accommodations, you must notify Equip for Equality to make arrangements.  That means if you need a dedicated interpreter for your DeafBlind needs, don’t assume the general interpreter to be your personal interpreter.

To reserve your place at this meeting, you must contact Cecile at voice: 1-800-537-2632 or tty:1-800-610-2779.

Chicago Tactile Nights

As recently mentioned, the next Chicago Tactile Nights will be held on June 21.  Here’s the details in case you missed it:

Friday, June 21, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Potbelly’s on State Street
109 N. State Street
Chicago, IL

No reservations required.  But if you can let us know, we can anticipate how many tables to hold when we get there on Friday.

See you all at these many exciting events next week!


Mystic Blue DeafBlind Cruise

Mystic Blue Cruises logo

Mystic Blue Boat

The wait is finally over, and here are the details for the DeafBlind cruise aboard the fabulous Mystic Blue boat.  Let’s get to the details:


Cost is only $25 per DeafBlind person.  This is a savings from the full price of $44.90.   This includes:

  • Free Buffet Lunch
  • Coffee, Tea, or Soda
  • Dancing/DJ Music
  • You must pay for alcoholic drinks
  • One free SSP
  • View the Chicago Skyline at no extra cost.  🙂
  • Pre-boarding photographs will be taken by Mystic Blue crew.  If you want a copy, you must pay $25.00

You must notify Joan Rushing no later than June 17 to reserve your ticket.  You must send your check or money order to arrive no later than June 21.  Send check or money order to:

Joann Rushing
c/o Chicago Lighthouse
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL  60608

When and where is the Cruise?

Chicago Navy Pier
July 13, 2013
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mystic Blue port (9th boat from the entrance) directly across from the Stained Glass Museum

The Mystic Blue boat is white with BLUE stripes.  (See picture above.)  There is a large sign in front of the boarding area.   As you walk along Navy Pier, the boats are on the right side.  Don’t fall in the water!

You must be in front of the boarding area no later than 11:30 a.m.

Need SSP?

Everyone can bring ONE SSP free of charge.  If you do not have an SSP, and would like one provided, please contact Mindy Joy Mayer at mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org.  Let her know what time you will arrive and she will send an SSP to meet you at the drop off area on 600 E. Grand Avenue Riva Bus Turnaround area.

If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer at Navy Pier to tour the area, it is YOUR responsibility to make personal arrangements for an SSP if you need one.  There are lots of fun things to see and do and shop at Navy Pier.  Maybe you want to ride the giant Ferris Wheel and see Chicago from high up in the sky!

Getting there

Getting there is easy.  If you are driving or taking Paratransit, go to the Riva Bus turnaround area to meet your SSP.   If you have SSP, proceed to the Mystic Blue port which is the NINTH boat from the entrance to Navy Pier.

If you are taking public transportation, take any of the elevated subway trains and exit along State Street in the Loop.  From there, take the Bus #29 Northbound, which will take you directly to Navy Pier.  It is the last stop for #29.  It is about 18 minute bus ride from the Loop.

Public parking is also available for a fee, but may cheaper to park elsewhere in Chicago and take public transportation.

Please arrange for pickup after the cruise in the Riva Bus Turnaround at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Fill Your Belly the Tactile Way!

Last week was the first ever Chicago Tactile Nights event, held at Chicago’s Dave & Buster’s restaurant.  What a great first night.  DeafBlind, interpreting students, families… they all came together with a desire to learn more, connect and be a part of something exciting.

We’re gonna do it AGAIN!  YUP!

New Location and new night, this time, on a Friday at Potbelly’s on State Street across from the Chicago Theatre.  It’s a very central location for most public transit going downtown and has an outdoor patio so we can really relax and socialize.

For those of you who missed, what is Chicago Tactile Nights?

Chicago Tactile Nights (or CTN) is a night that embraces and spreads the art of tactile communication.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re blind or sighted, everyone is welcome.  And everyone gets to practice tactile signing.  It’s a great opportunity to  learn tips and tricks from each other in a fun way.  Families, friends, ASL interpreters, students, EVERYONE benefits.   Know only a little sign?  Come on anyway!

And CTN is completely community-organized!  Everyone who participates gets to decide when and where the next CTN event will be held.  What a great way to try out new locations.  Who says learning can’t be a party?

BONUS:  Come to the next CTN and find out why the power of the I Love You sign can make you an even better tactile communicator!  We’re not going to tell you what that is here.  You’ll have to come find out for yourself.

When and Where?

PotBelly’s on State Street
190 N. State Street (Southwest corner of State Street and Lake Street)
Chicago, IL
Friday, June 21, 2013
6:30 p.m. – (Until they throw us out!)

Getting There Is Easy

  • Take either Red, Green, Brown, Purple, Pink or Orange Line to State/Lake
  • Take Blue Line to Clark/Lake and walk one block East to State Street.
  • Take CTA buses 6, 29, 139, 62 to State and Lake Streets
  • From Union Station, take CTA 60 bus to State and Washington, then walk 1 1/2 blocks north to PotBelly’s
  • Public parking garages are also very close by.
  • Street parking might be available too.

Potbelly’s is on  the southwest corner of State and Lake Streets, directly across the street from the famous Chicago Theatre, with the big tall Chicago sign lit up (very low-vision friendly!)  There is a patio in front.  You can’t miss it!

Both the underground and elevated subway stations are right there on the corner.  If you take the train, you won’t even have to cross the street to get to Potbelly’s.

See you all there, and let’s make the first day of Summer a Tactile HIT!