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

Support Service Provider (SSP) Training for working with DeafBlind Consumers

Support Service Provider (SSP) Training for working with DeafBlind Consumers

In this workshop, the participant will embark on a 3-hour journey learning the significance of the Support Service Provider (SSP) role and become an effective resource tool in empowering DeafBlind individuals to live successful and independent lives. Come, close your eyes, open your mind, and experience a world of awareness through touch as we go through multiple hands-on activities to make you an effective SSP and a valuable ally to DeafBlind individuals. This course will also include ProTactile strategies for enhancing the SSP experience for both the consumer and the provider.

September 28, 2016
Moraine Valley Community College,
Palos Hills, IL
6-9 pm
OR

September 29, 2016
Columbia College
Chicago, IL
6-9 pm

0.3 CMP/ACET CEUs
$15 OR Free with commitment to
volunteer at October 1 Forum and
future LeCOBDA events.

That’s .3 CEUs absolutely FREE!
Email Bryen M Yunashko
hello@bryen.com to register

Bryen M Yunashko, a national DeafBlind advocate from Chicago, was born Deaf. It was when he was 26 that he discovered that he also had Usher Syndrome. Now nearly completely blind, he happily relies on tactile ASL. Bryen has long advocated in many aspects of both the Deaf and DeafBlind communities on everything from captioning to accessibility. With a strong focus today on DeafBlind social issues and advocacy, he travels extensively providing trainings and workshops, particularly on vidism and ProTactile techniques. In addition to serving on numerous national and statewide legislative committees and task forces, Bryen owns Access256 Productions, LLC, providing consulting, presentations and workshops, advocacy and self-advocacy training, mentoring, and Braille printing services. He makes his home in Chicago.

 

Le COBDA October 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter
We, Le COBDA, will be having a Halloween party at The Chicago Lighthouse.

Sure, Halloween is fun for kids, but it also gives us a chance to act like kids! We deserve our chance at least once a year, too, right?

Halloween is a great time because people are already in a holiday party mood, just looking for excuses to dress up in a costume and have fun.

Come join and help us celebrating Halloween’s Day!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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.

Menu:
Pizza from Damenzo’s

Choices:
Pepperoni
Sausage
Cheese
Vegetarian

We, Le COBDA, are asking you to kindly bring two liter soda to share with everyone, or bring your own drink. Bring any chips, desserts, and/or pasta salads. That would be great. We definitely will bring ours as well.

Members/SSPs:

Members: $6.00

Non-members/Guests: $8.00

SSPs: Free

SSP:
Be sure to show up on time or a bit early that would be appreciated.

RSVP:
Wednesday, October 8th

It is important to know how much pizza to order. Please RSVP by October 8th.

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

Please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP by October 8th.

Sara Chung,
Le COBDA President
___________________________________________________

Friendly Reminder:

Do not forget to bring your orders and money for Terri Lynn candies and nuts need to be turned in at the October meeting.
September Attendees includes:
James K, Catherine K, Lorraine P, Jay P, Tasha T, Josephine D, Rita Z, Chuck S, Gwen H, Pat B, Darrell W, Carmel A, Jerrie L, Charita G, Elizabeth K, Barb C, Jasmine L, Vivian H, Rogelio R, Karen J, Jeanne H, Sara C, Torrance F, Karyn C, Bryen Y, Meagan Q, Leah G, Meghan M, Bertha R, Rogelio R Sr, Evie B, Jeff B, Kerry L, Janet B, Linda T, Ron E, Lori E, and from Anixter Center: Etta, Yvette, Dawn, Bill, DeDe, and Lighthouse staff/LeCOBDA

Supporters: Veramarie B, Joann R, Mindy M.

DeafNation Expo
November 1, 2014 – Chicago, IL
Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Harper College – Building M, Wellness and Sports Center
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

http://deafnation.com/dnexpo/chicago-il/
Daylight Saving Time Ends:

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00AM.

Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

 

LeCOBDA August Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

Le COBDA

We, Le COBDA, will be having a meeting at The Chicago Lighthouse.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

TIME: 11:00 AM to 3:00 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 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.

Menu:
Jimmy John’s sandwiches

Choices:
Ham
Roast Beef
Turkey
Tuna
Vegetarian

We, Le COBDA, are asking you to kindly bring two liter soda to share with everyone, or bring your own drink. Bring any chips, desserts, and/or pasta salads. That would be great. We definitely will bring ours as well.

Members/SSPs:

Members: $6.00

SSPs: Free

SSP:

We, Le COBDA, are aware that there will be the IDHHC annual statewide interpreter conference on the same weekend.

If you are not attending the conference, please come and help volunteer as SSP. We would love to see your pretty face.

Be sure to show up on time or a bit early that would be appreciated.

RSVP:
Monday, September 8th

Please have your money ready on the day of our meeting. We will collect money to pay for Jimmy John’s sandwiches.

Please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP by September 8th.

Sara Chung,
Le COBDA President
___________________________________________________

Jessica Carleton is one of our very own SSPs. She received two Emmy awards for her outstanding work in her TV program. You can read about it on jessicacarleton.com. She will bring her puppet to show everyone at the September meeting. She designs the costumes and makes the puppets.

Come out and see the puppets!!

Meghan McGovern is one of our DB individual members. She has attended Le COBDA a few times in the past. She received an Employee Appreciation Award from The Chicago Lighthouse. The certificate of appreciation was presented to her from Dr. Janet Szlyk, President and Executive Director, on July 16th. The certificate reads, “For Being Outstanding Customer Service Representation / Advocate Call Center.”

Congratulations, Meghan!

Le COBDA will start selling Terri Lynn candies and nuts in September. Packets will be handed out at the September meeting. Orders and money need to be turned in by October meeting date.

A message from Adrienne Brooks:

Adrienne asked if anybody is interested in joining the bowling league, here is the info.

CHICAGO SPARE CHASERS invite you all to come bowling with us every Saturday at 1:00 PM.

We will be pulling teams on August 23rd at 12:00 PM. Please join us. We will have the reading of leagues Rules and Bylaws plus we will get to bowl 3 free games that day. First day of bowling will begin September 6th 2014 at 1:30 PM. If you like to just sub, it will cost $10.00. You will have until December 6th to join. If you will like to join, it’s $20.00 a week.

Come out and join us.

WHEN:    AUGUST 23RD
TIME:      12:00 O’CLOCK
PLACE:   LAWN LANES, 6750 S. PULASKI, CHICAGO IL 60629  773-582-2525 OR
PHONE:  VANESSA PITTS 773-925-9205 SECRETARY.

DEAFBLIND INTERNATIONAL EXPO
The very first DeafBlind International Expo was held in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel from July 30 to August 3, 2014. The Expo was hosted by the Bapin Group, LLC. Over 400 people attended in which, 150 were DeafBlind.

There was a shortage of SSPs and interpreters to accommodate the 52 DeafBlind individuals using tactile communication. The show went on and everyone was able to receive communication.

Joann and Veramarie attended the Expo and were surprised to see six other individuals from Illinois attend the Expo. Two were SSPs and four were DeafBlind.