Search for Vision “A Toast For A Cure”

Chicago Alliance to Fund Retinal Research


Lagunitas Tap Room

 All the proceeds spent on beer goes to SEARCH FOR VISION and  Benefit the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago  Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

When –  Tuesday – August  14, 2018  5:30 – 8:30

Where – Lagunitas Taproom  2607 W. 17th Street  Chicago

Accessible from 290 & 90/94

Admission and  food – $25  CASH BAR (MUST BE OVER 21 to attend)

Special Italian food from Lucia’s Deli

The full line of great Lagunitas beers will be available for $6 each.

Make your checks payable to Search For Vision and mail to;


1011 South Waiola  Avenue

La Grange, IL 60525

 Or Call  708 354 4620 for credit card payment and further information.

Ann Rasch  —  arasch 1761 @











Add the announcement


This is added for the CDBA, June 9th.

By Jeffrey Bohrman


The R.S.V.P.’s are flowing in fast and we are getting excited about the upcoming cookout this Saturday, June 9th at the Chicago Lighthouse. See the previous announcement for details and be sure to send your R.S.V.P. to Mindy Mayer by Wednesday, June 6th which is just two days away.

There are a couple of things I wish to add to my original announcement.

We are asking all members to donate at least $5 for your delicious lunch to help defray the cost of food. If you cannot afford to donate, we will certainly understand and we want to start fundraising projects to raise funds.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

The other announcement that I failed to mention is if any of you need transportation from/to the train station, please be sure to let Mindy know so that she can arrange for this as it will be The Chicago Lighthouse van.

Again, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the cookout. Yummy, yummy!!

Something New and Fun For June 9th CDBA Gathering Event!

By Jeffrey Bohrman

Greetings everyone! What a wonderful Mexican celebration we all had at the Lighthouse on May 19th.  Roge, our Vice-President, and his most devoted family brought wonderful dishes from their friends’ restaurant along with most delicious desserts as well.  For those of you, including myself, did you have fun trying to break the Piñata get all the candy for yourselves?  Being on the patio for the piñata game, I got the idea as to what we might do for the June 9th CDBA event.  I thought it would be great to have a cookout.   The Ramos most once again generously agreed to help us with the event.  Roge Claims his father is a very experienced chef at the grill! We will have hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie patties along with the traditional side dishes for all of us to enjoy.  Thank you, the Ramos family.  When:         Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time:     11 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Where:  The Chicago Lighthouse for Visually Impaired and Blind

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

R.S.V.P. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Noon for BOTH DeafBlind and SSPs. Email at to RSVP, please. We really, really need the count so we can be sure we have enough food for all of you.

IF anyone of wanting to bring desserts, you are more than welcome to bring them which we will appreciate R.S.V.P. so that we know if we have enough desserts or not.   We are looking forward to having you at the cookout.  Also, please come armed with ideas as to what we can do for our future CDBA events.  Remember that CDBA is not just for the Board but it is for EVERYONE of you out there – DeafBlind, SSPs, and friends!

Happy World Accessibility Awareness Day

Did you know today is World Accessibility Awareness Day?   Yes, today is the day  we celebrate all the great things tht tehnology has done for us to make our world more accessible and to help spread the word for MORE accessibility everywhere for all of us.  We have the right to access our world!  Happy Accessibility Day to you!

As a reminder, we need your RSVP for this weekend’s Mexican fiesta luncheon.   Pleas send your RSVP to  We already have many but we don’t want you to miss out.  So send to us no later than Wednesday evening!

At this luncheon, we will also be introducing our new officers to you all.  Please welcome our new President, Jeffrey Bohrman who will then introduce you to all the new officers on Saturday!   It is a time of great celebration as we continue to move forward as a great DeafBlind community for the Chicagoland DeafBlind Alliance!

Saturday’s event will be at the Chicago Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.   Don’t forget to RSVP to!

Thanks— The CDBA Team!

May is Here for CDBA!

Hello folks!

May is finally here and more improtantly, the warm weather is also FINALLY here.  Today, on Tuesday, May 8, it is expected to be 81 degrees in Chicago.  THat’s VEYY warm!    Did you know tht April 2018 was the coldest April in Chicago history?  Brr!

First, important foryou to know.  We are having trouble with our organization email account.  Please do not send email to until further notice.   Please make all replies directly to

As always, each year we do not host CDBA luncheon during Mother’s Day weekend.  Therefore, our next event will be on May 19th, 2018.

Remember how much fun we had last year with Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the Chicago Lighthouse with tasty food brought by Roge’s family?   And we had fun decorations and a pinata.   Good news!  We will do that AGAIN this year!  This is based onpopular demand by our members.  So, get ready for some awesome fajitas and great Mexican food on that day!

But we need you to RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 16 to be sure we have enough food for everyone.   If you can afford it, please make a donation of $5 to help coer the cost of the food.  If you cannot afford it, that is fine too.

So, our event will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 19th, Saturday at the Chicago Lighthouse.  The address is 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL.

SSPs and volunteers are also welcome.  Again, don’t forget to send your RSVP to to make sure we include you in our guest list!

Thank you and enjoy this wonderful warm weather!


CDBA April Meeting

Hello Fellow CDBA members!

Brr… It’s April, and still very cold out there.   Where are you warm weather???   No worries, we can rely on the warmth of our community as we gather for a nice warm luncheon at the Chicago Lightouse on April 14th.

Our meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m.  We will provide lunch, so please bring your own beverages and let us know that you are coming by sending an email to

Please also let us know if you will be an SSP volunteer or if you need transportation assistance from the train station.

Deadline to notify us is Wednesday, April 11th.

Reminder:   This is your time to consider if you are interested to run for CDBA Officer in 2018.   We will have general discussion and people nomination on April 14th.   We will then post your omination on CDBA’s website and hold a vote via email as well as in person at the May meeting.

CDBA needs you and your support.  This is a grea way to contribute to the organization and be a advocate for your fellow Chicago DeafBlind community!   We will have the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Don’t worry if you have never done this before.  This is a great learning opportunity with such a wonderful group.  We look forward to your participation!

The CDBA Team

CDBA March 10 Reminder

Hello all,

A friendly reminder that as mentioned in previous posting, our meetings are now on second Saturday of the month which means this coming Saturday, March 10th is our next event.   It will be at the Lighthouse.

Chicago Lighthouse

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL

Time:  11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Don’t forget, if you will have a driver, make sure pick up no later than 2:30 p.m.


Let us know if you are coming as member or as volunteer SSP.  Send us an email no later than Thursday, March 8 to

Looking forward to seeing you all on this last meeting before Spring finally arrives!  Yay!

The CDBA Team

CDBA February 10 Meeting Cancelled

Hello everyone,  we have some news to tell you.  We regret that due to much snow coming beginning tonight thhrough Sunday, have made a decision.   It is better for everyone to stay hoe and safe and make snowmen and snowwomen at home.

We will rejoin each other for our regular meeting on March 10.   More information will come soon about that event in the next week or so.

Please, everyone, stay safe, stay warm, and if you will go out in the snow, make sure you have lots of fun and throw snowballs and build beautiful snow forts!

On Friday, it is predicted that there will be 7.1 inches of snow.  On Saturday, it is predicted another 1.6 inches of snow.    There is a winter storm warning that begins tonight, Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday.    Wear your gloves and scarf!



Correction about upcoming events

Hello all,

Thanks to Doug and Jeff for pointing out a couple of corrections to yesterday’s announcement.  Please read the following:

On Saturday February 10, our event will end at 2 p.m.  This is due to a scheduling conflict and the building must be closed no later than 2:30 p.m.  Please arrange your transportation accordingly.

We posted April 7th for our April event.  In fact, this is not the second Saturday of the month.  The actual date for April eill be held on April 14.

Thank you,

The CDBA Team

February and Beyond!

Hello Fellow CDBA Community!


This Saturday, we will have a simple gathering with lunch from Jimmy John’s.   Sandwiches will be provided for everyone.  Bring your own drinks or et from vending machine at Chicago Light House.

At this meeting, we will discuss preparations for the election of new officers to the organization.  This is your time to thnk about and discuss what you want the future of CDBA to be about.   Bryen M Yunashko will not be running for re-election, but will continue to support the organization as best as possible.

Meeting time:  11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Place:  Chicago Lighthouse, 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

Please prepare your transportation accordingly.

Upcoming Events Schedule:

We will have our regular monthly meetings on the following 2nd Saturday of the months ahead through June.   Those dares are:

March 10, 2018

Aprl 14, 2018

May 12, 2018 (New officers elected!)

Over the next few months, we will be moving to a new web system to make it simpler for future officers to manage and keep information updated.  The current system is not effective for modern times and has outlived its usefulness.  We thank you for your patience during this transition process.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  Please stay safe and warm in this snowy weather.

The CDBA Team