Nominates

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.

Menu:
Pizza

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

SSPs:
Free

Guests:
$10.00

RSVP:
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.

Project REACH – Free online DB Intervener training

Project REACH – Philip Rock Center –

FREE ONLINE TRAINING IN DEAF-BLINDNESS & DEAF-BLIND INTERVENTION

WHAT IS A DEAF-BLIND INTERVENER?

Interveners…provide access to information and communication. They facilitate the development of social and emotional well-being for children who are deaf-blind. In educational environments, intervener services are provided by an individual, typically a paraeducator, who has received specialized training in deaf-blindness and the process of intervention. An intervener provides consistent one-to-one support to a student who is deaf-blind (age 3—21) throughout the instructional day. (taken from INTERVENER SERVICES AND INTERVENERS IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS definition found on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website at https://nationaldb.org/)

WHY IS LEARNING ABOUT DEAF-BLINDNESS AND INTERVENERS IMPORTANT?

The Cogswell Macy Act was introduced in congress September 17, 2015. In addition to other important changes, this act would make deaf-blind intervention a related service option for students with deaf-blindness in the United States.

CAN FREE ONLINE TRAINING BE GOOD?

The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules were created by a diverse group of experts in the field of deaf-blindness including state and national deaf-blind project staff, parents of children who are deaf-blind, higher education faculty, teachers, educational interpreters, and interveners. Each module includes a variety of accessible videos, photographs, slide presentations, and learning activities.

***As with any educational resource, the modules themselves do not constitute a formal training program, nor does completion of the modules independently and in isolation from a training program result in one becoming an intervener.

Project Reach: Illinois Deaf-Blind Services is offering the modules for professional development hours for licensed Illinois Teachers. The modules have been aligned with the new ISBE professional development requirements. Each cluster for four modules take about 29-32 hours to complete (varies per person) and is worth about 30 PD hours for Illinois teachers.

WHAT HAVE PEOPLE TAKING THE MODULE SAID?

“I liked learning about my particular student. I thought that was a useful activity”.

“I loved the videos that showed parents/teachers talking and providing examples. The resources will be helpful with my students- deaf-blind or not”.

“Enjoyed being able to work from home and at my own pace”.

“Terrific support from the OHOA host”.

“Loved the activities!”

“Explaining, what it means to be deaf-blind really gave me an understanding of my daughter. It gave me a better understanding of the disability”.

WHEN DO THE MODULES START?

The Illinois cohorts will begin February 1, 2016 and end May 31, 2016. While you may work on the days and times of your own choice, it is strongly recommended that you complete some work each week, and that you complete one module each month in order to complete all four modules within four months. Each module includes slides shows and videos to view, readings, assignments (some physical activities and most written) and other requirements to complete in order to receive 6-11 hours of credit per module. Once all four modules are completed (, you will receive a certificate of completion/ISBE evidence of completion for all four modules.

WHEN CAN I REGISTER?
Registration runs November 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016. Join now!

STRICT DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2016

QUESTIONS?

Contact:
Project Reach: Illinois Deaf-Blind Services
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Web philiprockcenter.org

Michelle Clyne

Email mclyne@philiprockcenter.org
630-790-2474 voice 630-790-4893 fax

Winter 2016 Adult Arts & Crafts –

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.

Holiday Party

December 2015

Hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving Luncheon.

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

Saturday, December 5, 2015

TIME: 11:00 AM to 2:45 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.

Members/SSPs:

We limit to 50 people. DeafBlind individuals and SSPs ONLY!

SSP:

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

RSVP:

Wednesday, December 2nd.

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

Sara Chung,

Le COBDA President

 

Le COBDA Thanksgiving Luncheon

November 2015 Newsletter

We, Le COBDA, will be having Thanksgiving Luncheon at The Chicago Lighthouse.

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday, especially in the busy lives of Americans. It is about spending time together, catching up, and enjoying one another’s companionship. The Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder to give thanks for the good things, people, and providential events in our lives.

Come join and help us celebrate Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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 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:

A special Holiday Premium Buffet from Boston Market will include premium roasted turkey buffet, premium boneless honey glazed ham buffet, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetable stuffing, sweet corn, apple pie, pumpkin pie, cornbread, gravy, cranberry walnut relish, and other desserts brought by LeCOBDA members and volunteers.

Members/SSPs:

We are limited to 60 people. Deaf-Blind individuals and SSPs ONLY!

REMEMBER: there will be IRID Fall Conference on the same weekend. We are afraid that we may not have enough SSPs for anyone who needs assistance. Bring your own SSP if needed.

SSP:

We, Le COBDA, are aware that there will be IRID Fall 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 here.

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

RSVP:

Wednesday, November 11th.
It is important to know how much food to order. Please RSVP by November 11th.

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

Sara Chung,

Le COBDA President 

 

REMINDER: Sunday, November 1st. Change your clocks back 1 hour for Daylight Savings Time Ends.

NOTICE: The LeCOBDA Holiday Party will be on Saturday, December 5th, and not the normal schedule for second Saturday. Look for more info in the newsletter after the Thanksgiving Party.

 

News for Chicagoans:

MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES FIRST CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY SUBWAY SECTION NOW OFFERS CHICAGOANS 4G WIRELESS SERVICE

CTA will be the Largest Public Transit System in the U.S. with 4G Coverage in all Subway Stations and Tunnels; Targeted to be Completed by the End of 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the completion of the first phase of a project to bring 4G wireless coverage to the Chicago Transit Authority subway system. Upon completion of the network upgrade, which is expected by the end of 2015, the City of Chicago will be the largest city in North America to have a subway system with full 4G wireless coverage across its entire system of subway stations and tunnels.

Starting this week, CTA Blue Line O’Hare Branch riders have full 4G wireless coverage in the Kimball Subway, a 1.2-mile section serving the Logan Square and Belmont stations. Activation of 4G coverage in the remaining portions of the Blue and Red Line subways will occur in phases, with the entire subway completed by year’s end.

“The addition of 4G coverage will ensure that CTA passengers can benefit from dependable data service while riding the subway,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Importantly, it will also improve communications for first responders working inside the tunnel system. This is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to invest in 21st century technology in Chicago’s world-class transit system, and expand economic opportunity for more Chicagoans throughout the city.”

LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS IN AND AROUND CHICAGO:

ADA25CHICAGO is offering Sign and Touch architectural tours:

OCTOBER 25, 2015
TOUCH TOUR AT THE FREDERICK C. ROBIE HOUSE

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to introduce American Sign Language tours and Touch Tours at its historic sites:

Touch Tour Sunday, October 25 at 4 pm – Frederick C. Robie House

NOVEMBER 6, 2015
TOUCH TOUR AT THE ROOKERY BUILDING LOBBY

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to introduce American Sign Language tours and Touch Tours at its historic sites”

Touch Tour Friday, November 6 at 12:30 pm – The Rookery Building Lobby

For more information about the architectural tours, go to http://ada25chicago.org/partners/frank-lloyd-wright-trust/

At Harper College, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine

ADS hosts free, public events throughout the year. Multiple events are planned during October for Disability Employment Awareness Month:
• Tuesday, October 27, 12:30 pm, Building D, Room D193x
Chronic Strength: Navigating the Pathway to Academic Success and Managing a Chronic Medical Condition

A presentation by Health and Psychological Services

• Tuesday, October 27, 2 pm, Building J Theatre
Disability and Employment: Speaker and Panel

Kevin Foster will speak about his career with Motorola Solutions working in Human Resources and his experience with Adaptive Sports. Kevin is the founder and co-leader of the Motorola Solutions People with Disabilities and Allies Business Council. Kevin also currently serves on the board of directors for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program and participated for two years as a member of the US Paralympics Alpine Ski Team.

FRIDAY: NOVEMBER 6, 2015

19TH ANNUAL DEAF HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC BOWL
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)
Description: Seven high schools will compete in the mental-sharpening competition covering art/literature, Deaf studies, entertainment, math and technology, science and social studies. The defending champion is John Hersey and the runner up is Hinsdale South.

Sponsor: The Midwest Gallaudet University Regional Center

Admission: Free and open to the public

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015

DEAFNATION EXPO:

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Building: M Gym
Admission is Free; Free Parking!
Website: www.deafnation.com (Register for free online)

DeafNation Expo is the foremost touring trade show for, by, and about deaf people. DeafNation provides exhibitions and entertainment around the United States at no charge to the public.

THE DEAF VAUDERVILLE SHOW:

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)

Summary: The Vauderville show is made up of variety shows. Previous acts have included comedy, improvisation, short stories, signing songs in ASL and various other outstanding acts by Deaf and hard of hearing female and male actors of various ethnicities. Directed and produced by Tom Adamo, who was voted by the Deaf community as the “Best Local Entertainer” in the state of Illinois in 2013.

Admission: $10 per ticket.

For more information or to order tickets, please contact Tom Adamo at tadamo61@yahoo.com. You can also purchase tickets at Harper’s box office, Harper’s booth at DeafNation Expo or door.

NEW ASL FILM: THE DEAF CLUB:

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)

Description: The Deaf Club is Rustic Lantern Film’s latest movie! Remember Lake Windfall from two years ago? This time, they created a comedy that’ll keep you laughing. Kevin Smith, local Chicagoan also stars in this movie as well as John Austin, born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Florida. Some material may not be appropriate for children under 13.

This movie features both ASL and open-captions.
Co-Hosted by: Harper College Deaf Institute and Chicagoland Deaf Seniors.

Admission: $10 per ticket. For more information or to order tickets, please contact Jim Lomanto at jimactor@sbcglobal.net. You can also purchase tickets at Harper’s box office, Harper’s booth at DeafNation Expo or door.
Website:www.rusticlanternfilms.com

DeafBlind Awareness Day

CHS

DeafBlind Awareness Day-
Celebrating ADA 25 Years
“Equal Access – Equals Independence”

Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

At
Chicago Hearing Society
2001 N. Clybourn Ave, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60614

“Hosted by The Chicago Lighthouse DeafBlind Program”
Vendors, Exhibits, Refreshments, and Socializing

Parking is behind the Anixter Center Building (2032 N. Clybourn) at the corner of Clybourn and Magnolia where the sign states “Parking for Anixter Center”

For more information, contact:
Mindy Joy Mayer, mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org or 773.957.4865 VP, Veramarie Baldoza, veramarie.baldoza@chicagolighthouse.org, or 312.666.1331 ext. 3722, or Joann Rushing, joan.rushing@chicagolighthouse.org or 312.666.1331 ext. 3415

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DBC 2016 – DEAFBLIND CRUISE 2016 – DBC 2016

DBC 2016 – DEAFBLIND CRUISE 2016 – DBC 2016

THIRD ANNUAL DEAFBLIND CRUISE

WE’RE GOING TO ALASKA!!

7/10/2016 – 7/17/2016

www.dnatravels.org/2215.html

ALASKA CRUISE FOR DEAFBLIND, DEAF, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS FOR EIGHT DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS OF FUN, COMMUNITY, AND ADVENTURE!

SEATTLE, KETCHIKAN, TRACY ARM FJORD, JUNEAU, SKAGWAY, VICTORIA, B.C.

PRINCESS CRUISES – THE RUBY PRINCESS SHIP.
7/10 SUN – DEPART SEATTLE, WA 4:00PM
7/11 MON – AT SEA – ALL DAY
7/12 TUE – KETCHIKAN, AK 6:30AM-3:00PM
7/13 WED – TRACY ARM FJORD CRUISING 5:00AM-9:00AM
7/13 WED – JUNEAU, AK 12:30PM – 10:00PM
7/14 THU – SKAGWAY, AK 6:00AM-5:00PM
7/15 FRI – AT SEA – ALL DAY
7/16 SAT – VICTORIA, BC 7:00PM-MIDNIGHT
7/17 SUN – ARRIVE SEATTLE, WA 7:00AM

ALASKA – THE FINAL FRONTIER, WE WANT TO SHARE THE BEAUTY AND ADVENTURE WITH THE DEAFBLIND COMMUNITY, THEIR FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS.

PRICES INCLUDE STATEROOM, MOST MEALS AND BEVERAGES, ON BOARD ENTERTAINMENT, AND ONE DBC 2016 BRAILED T-SHIRT.

PRICES START AT $1,263.00 PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – TWO GUESTS PER ROOM.

PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON AVAILABILITY.

$350.00 CHECK DEPOSIT PER PERSON RESERVES YOUR STATEROOM.

CRUISE FARE MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2016. CANCELLATIONS WILL BE CHARGED A $75.00 PROCESSING FEE.

THIS VERY SPECIAL AND EXCITING CRUISE IS HOSTED BY DnA TRAVELS, LLC.

CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS AND TO REGISTER: DBC@DNATRAVELS.ORG.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

DnA TRAVELS, LLC
ANGELA ZIEBOL – CEO, NIC-M, CI, CT
DERRYN GREY – CFO, SC:L, NIC-M, CI, CT
JODY CHRISTIANSON – CO-HOST, NIC

DBC@DNATRAVELS.ORG

(916) 243-0936 VIDEO PHONE
(808) 557-1434 VOICE& TEXT

17761 69TH PLACE N. MAPLE GROVE, MN 55311

DeafBlind Awareness Day

CHS

DeafBlind Awareness Day-
Celebrating ADA 25 Years
“Equal Access – Equals Independence”

Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

At
Chicago Hearing Society
2001 N. Clybourn Ave, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60614

“Hosted by The Chicago Lighthouse DeafBlind Program”
Vendors, Exhibits, Refreshments, and Socializing

Parking is behind the Anixter Center Building (2032 N. Clybourn) at the corner of Clybourn and Magnolia where the sign states “Parking for Anixter Center”

For more information, contact:
Mindy Joy Mayer, mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org or 773.957.4865 VP, Veramarie Baldoza, veramarie.baldoza@chicagolighthouse.org, or 312.666.1331 ext. 3722, or Joann Rushing, joan.rushing@chicagolighthouse.org or 312.666.1331 ext. 3415

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