March 2014 Le COBDA Newsletter

March 2014 Newsletter

We, Le COBDA, will be hosting St. Patrick’s Party on Saturday, March 8th

We also will add some fun to our meeting. What fun we will add? BINGO Game! Bingo is a fun, easy-to-play game that is enjoyed by people at home and parties. Bingo can be played simply for fun or for cash or prizes.

Come join us to play a bingo game!


Saturday, March 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





Vegetable- onion, mushroom, peppers, olives, fresh basil

****It would be great if you bring Soda and Dessert to share with everyone. We will bring them as well****




$6.00 in advance (RSVP by March 3rd)

$8.00 at the door (Late RSVP / Show up at the meeting without RSVP)



$8.00 in advance and at the door




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


A message from the president:


I know some of you might have wondered or complained about why you paid for lunch every meeting. Please remember we have created a budget starting in September 2013. Most of us knew in the past it used to be free lunch for all members, non-members and guests, and SSPs whenever our meetings were taken at The Chicago Lighthouse.

Unfortunately, we need to budget our money. We do have money, yes, but our finances seem not in a good shape as of right now. That’s one of reasons why we started creating a budget. If we can budget our money so that we are spending less than we pay for all members, non-members, guests, and SSPs, we WILL be able to save money and build wealth.


I as the president, am kindly asking you to help pay a little or half for our meals. Thanks for being a loyal member and for all your support.


Don’t delay – come join us to play a Bingo game! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 8th.


If you will be attending, please contact Sara at to RSVP by March 3rd.


Looking Forward to seeing you all!



Le COBDA President



A message from Renee Ingalsbe and her co-directors:


Hi! Friend,

It’s that time again! 🙂

You’re invited to our 3rd DB camp at Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland on the dates of Saturday, July 19 through Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Party Theme – STAR WARS

Information –!info/cjg9

We are looking forward to have a great time and hope you can join us!

Sincerely yours,

Mike Walton, founder/retreat co-director
Renee Ingalsbe, retreat co-director
Sue Morgan, retreat co-director


If you have any questions about this information, contact Renee at


2014 International Deaf-Blind Expo in Las Vegas


July 30, 2014 10:00pm to August 3, 2014 10:00pm

You are invited to take part in this first of its kind event.

Greetings all,

Happy New Year to you all! Bapin Group is excited to open 2014 with an announcement. We will be hosting the first-ever International Deaf-Blind Expo, scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 30, to Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Riviera Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas! Please read below for full details.


For more information, please go to Stay tuned for more details!


Illinois DeafBlind Retreat will be hosted from June 10, 2014 through June 14, 2014 at Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville, IL.  Application packets will be mailed out shortly.


For more information, you can contact Mindy Joy Mayer at

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 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 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

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 That way everyone can get email updates for any meeting or outing cancellation in the future. Please subscribe to 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 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-


Vice President: Catherine Klein-


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!

DeafBlind Representation on CTA

Chicagoland’s DeafBlind community will now have representation!   Bryen Yunashko has been appointed as a member of the Chicago Transit Authority’s ADA Advisory Board with a term beginning in October.

So what is this board about?   Well, there are several ADA advisory boards for transit authorities in the Chicagoland area, including for PACE and CTA.  The CTA advisory board focuses on fixed route buses and trains.  Paratransit issues are usually handled by the PACE advisory board.

At present, there are blind and Deaf  people representing their communities.  But there has been no DeafBlind representation.  The CTA recognized that it is important to include DeafBlind people in advocating accessibility on public transit routes.

My Goals:

I won’t be joining the board to represent myself.  I’m here to represent YOU!  Plese, always feel free to submit your suggestions, ideas, concerns, and issues and I will make sure they are recognized.  And I will focus on ways we can innovate Chicago’s public transit system to make it more accessible to all of us.

As an example of some of the ideas I have, I will propose or work on several ideas.  Paratransit is a great option for many of us.  But for those of us who want to continue to use fixed routes for as long as possible, I believe there are some ways we can make it better:

Making Bus Stops more discoverable:  I will propose that current bus stop poles be phased out and replaced with a pole that is distinctive.  It can be frustrating to stand on the street waiting for a bus and you find out you were standing at the wrong pole.  Making tactile poles will help us to identify exactly where to wait for a bus.

Transmitting Information:  Did you know that when a bus makes a stop and opens iits doors, a loudspeaker on the bus announces the bus number and Route name?  It’s a great way to make it accessible for Blind people who cannot see the bus display.  But, it leaves out DeafBlind people.   Maybe you can see the bus but cannot tell if that is the correct bus to get on.  How do you know if it is Bus #12, or Bus #36?  However, buses are equipped with a GPS display that announces the stops on the route.

Wouldn’t it be great if technology could be changed so that when you are standing at a bus route, your phone or other device would vibrate when the right bus comes by?  Wouldn’t it also be great when you are riding the bus, and you cannot see the GPS display, you can have it sent to your device and you can customize the readability including font size and color?  I believe that this can be done and will make proposals to seek ways to develop such innovative technology.

Communication Card Development and Driver Training:  We need to develop and distribute effective cards to help DeafBlind people communicate to drivers where they want to go.  And we need to educate drivers how to recognize a DeafBlind person and provide appropriate assistance.

Comparing Nationally:  There are several regions across the United States where transit authorities have developed effective programs for working with DeafBlind travelers.  I will work to gather data and strive to make our transit authority equally as accessible or better than other regions.

Communicating Locally:  I will work to gather up information from all of you about what you want to see changed within the CTA to make it more accessible for you.

Those are my goals, let’s work together to make Chicago ACCESSIBLE!!!



Equip for Equality events

Last week, we informed you that Equip for Equality will host a general forum on Friday, June 21 to gather input from the general disability community on prioritizing their resources for the next three years to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.

There is now an additional meeting scheduled for June 28 which is focused on Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing issues.  If you want to attend either or both meetings, you need to send an email to Cecille Escartin at

Both meetings will provide a sign language interpreter.  However, you need to notify Cecille if you require your own interpreter..

Here are the two meeting dates and locations:

General Forum

Friday, June 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
James R Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street,  Room 9-031
Chicago, IL  60601

Getting here is very easy.  Simply take any of the Downtown Loop trains and exit at Clark/Lake.  The Thompson Center is connected to the train station.  When you enter the building lobby, ask for assistance to guide you to Room 9-031.

If you are taking the Red Line train, you will need to exit at State/Lake and walk one block west to Clark Street.

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Forum

Friday, June 28, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL  60602

Take any Loop train to State/Lake.  Walk east two blocks to Michigan Avenue.  Then walk tww blocks south to Washington.  Continue for about half block and the building will be on your right (West side) of the street.

Can’t Make it?

You can still provide valuable input to EFE even if you cannot attend either meetings.  Simply go to EFE’s website and either fill out the online survey or download a printable version and mail/fax to them.  Here is the link to their website, which has lots of interesting information for you to browse: