Winter Adaptive Judo Program

Winter Adaptive Judo Program

For Individuals with all types of Hearing Loss and/or Visual Impairment 

Horner Park

2741 W. Montrose Ave



7:00pm – 8:30pm

Banquet Hall 

 $5.00 for the Session

Begins January 10th – March 14th 

Ages 15 & up 

This program helps to develop flexibility, coordination and strength. Come learn and develop the skills of this Japanese martial art. 

For more information about the Judo Program, please contact:

Timothy W. Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.273.6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice, 

Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.796.3525 Direct Video Phone & Voice,

Adult Art & Crafts

 Winter 2019

Adult Art & Crafts

for Adults with all types of hearing loss,

visual & intellectual disabilities 

Horner Park

2741 W. Montrose Ave

(773) 478-3499

Thursday Evenings

January 10th – March 14th 

$14.00 class fee

(ages 60+ – 50% discount) 

7:00pm – 8:30pm 

Online Registration Available 

For more information about the Arts & Crafts classes, please contact:

Timothy Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.273.6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice, 

Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

773.796.3525 Direct Video Phone & Voice,

Bowling Cancelled

We regret that we must cancel our bowling event this coming Saturday, July 12, 2019 for a couple of reasons.  The Primary one is that we have ONLY five DeafBlind people who have signed up to be bowling this Saturday.  Remember that it was stated in the last announcement that we needed at least ten DeafBlind individuals to bowl to make this happen so if there were any of you, we were planning to just show up at the bowling alley this Saturday without prior signing up, you realize how important it is for you to sign up in advance to ensure the event would happen.  The second reason is that it is calling for light snow showers which in my opinion, would not accumulate much but for safety reasons, it would be safe to cancel the event.  I wish to particularly thank these wonderful SEVEN SSPs and Shelley’s class at MVCC who signed up to come out and assist our fabulous team of bowlers to bowl to their winning stakes.  Thank you so much again and sure do hope to see you around in the coming months.

Our next event will be our annual Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  This promises to be a fun event which all of you will enjoy very much. 

Stay WARM and SAFE!

Bowling Day Is Upon Us!

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

Boy, did we all have such wonderful CDBA Holiday party last month with a great crowd and it was a great pleasure for Mr Santa Clause to see everyone, including SSPs, having had such a grand time. Mr. Claus wishes to thank so many wonderful of elves who assisted him to make this day a huge success. In addition, many thanks for your generosities’ donation as we raised well over $700, are cord breaking amount raised at an CDBA event.

AS per our discussion at the December 2018 CDBA event, we have looked into the possibility of having a bowling event this coming Saturday, January 12, 2019. Before I go on, I must most sincerely apologize for the lateness of sending this email; however, with the holiday season and so many of us were busy with our personal affairs, it was not until just now we are starting to work on this. We have selected the site of Haberle Bowl located at 5250 Northwestern Highway, Chicago, IL 60630, This location is in the northwestern part of Chicago and can be very readily and easily to be there by using I-90 as this place is right off this interstate highway. CDBA will pay for your bowling fees and the only thing you need to bring is money for your lunch or snack at the food court on the site or you can brown bag. For those who are not interested in bowling, but would like the opportunity to socialize with other DeafBlind attendees, we would wholeheartedly welcome you with us.

In order to make this really happen, we need at least 10-15 bowlers to make this happen – for the record, just the bowlers only but everyone who wants to go this MUST place your reservations by Thursday, January 10 at NOON so we can announce again whether the event is still on or not. Please try to let us know and please tell your other DeafBlind friends who may not look at the website or use the Internet to give Joann or Mindy Joy. Pease send your RSVP to Mindy Joy Mayer at:

Come on out and forget all the winter blues you may be feeling nowadays for warm fellowship, cheering or your friends and have just plain old grand time!

Goodman Threatre Interpreters

ASL interpreters are located near the stage for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, seated in an area of the theater that gives the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. Join us for the remaining ASL performances of the 2018/2019 Season!

The Santaland Diaries | Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30pm

St. Nicholas | Friday, January 25 at 8:00pm

How to Catch Creation | Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30pm

Twilight Bowl | Saturday, March 9 at 2:00pm Sweat | Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30pm Lottery Day | Saturday, April 27 at 2:00pm

The Winter’s Tale | Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30pm

The Music Man | Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30pm

To access reserved seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

Beautiful and Joyous Holidays Are Upon Us!

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.


What a way CDBA opened the holiday season with a very festive Thanksgiving lunch on November10th. Thank you all who brought many delicious side dishes to share with us all and I know we all ate to our heart’s content. And then we had lots of fun playing Bingo afterwards. Congratulations to all the winners. OH, one thing I want to mention something special about food being brought in, Elizabeth Klein, one of our long time SSP and beloved sister of Catherine (DeafBlind), baked Jeri Lawhorn (may she rest in peace) favorite pie, which was a sweet potato, in her honor. We all sure do miss her charm and warmth to us all. Thank you, Elizabeth, and the pie was all gone in no time!


Now we are going to celebrate Hanukah and Christmas as well as New Year with a wonderful holiday party being planned for all of you out there. Oh Yes! Santa is coming down the chimney right outside the cafeteria entrance to bring gifts to all of the DeafBlind attendees. So you must RSBP to Mindy Joy Mayer no later than Wednesday, December 6th to ensure you’re getting the gift as there will be no gifts for those DeafBlind who did not RSVP and just came in expecting to have delicious lunch which will of course be offered but will not get to meet the Santa and get the gift. See below for further details….


When:   Saturday, December 8th

Time:   11 AM to 3 PM

Where: Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

1850 Roosevelt Toad

Chicago, IL

If there are any of you coming into the city by train and need a ride to the Lighthouse, please let Mindy Joy know and we will be very happy to pick you up and bring to the Lighthouse and also back to the station after the event. Delicious lunch will be served -the good news is that we are not serving pizza or even Jimmy Johns so come hungry and ready to eat. As always in the past, we encourage you to bring dessert to share with us all. While we are not charging you for the lunch, we do ask, however, to consider to make a donation to CDBA to help defray the costs of lunch particularly for the SSPs who are volunteering their time to help us all year around at our meetings. Thank you SSPs and we LOVE you all. WE can always use more SSPs at each meeting.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Mindy Joy. OH yes, please do send your RSVP to Mindy Joy at:

or text message at 773-831-0067

Joann Rushing at 312-666.1331 Ext 3415 or cell phone at 815-922-5938

Please send your RSVPs to Mindy Joy by Wednesday, December 6th at 3 PM. This is important if you want Santa to bring you a gift.

WE may sing some Christmas carols if time permits – both signing and voices will be seen and heard which is always a beautiful sight! Such wonderful holiday spirit you all will be shown on December 8th. Please come one and all!

CDBA’s Annual Thanksgiving Lunch – Part Two

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

Aren’t all of you getting really hungry for our annual sumptuous Thanksgiving lunch with lots of good food, fun, fellowship and make new friends for your social networking. To date, unfortunately, I have received only two RSVP’s with deadline being on Monday, November 5, 2019. I would imagine that most of you are fabulous cooks or even know where to purchase yummy dishes to share with us all. I absolutely need to get your RSVP’s by Wednesday, November 7th at 5 PM so I can order sufficient catered thanksgiving dishes if you guys wish not to bring anything to share with everyone. We need sweet potatoes, white potato dishes, veggies, stuffing, condiments like molds or the likes plus desserts. CDBA is out for all of you to come on out and join in the fun with everyone else. No one is forced to pay for the food but we would most sincerely appreciate your donations to help us pay for the delicious catered food. Again, NO ONE is turned away just because you cannot afford to pay at least five dollars and the doors are always wide open. To continue these catered lunches, we will need to raise funds. WE want to see more and more SSPs come to our events and help us out. The DeafBlind folks get so much pleasure of associating with other DeafBlind peers with the help from you SSPs as well as having you for company. The more people come, the merrier, the event will be PLEASE, PLEASE do come on out, DBG folks and SSPs but don’t forget to RSVP, please. Those who have RSVP’d by November 7th will be served first and we do not desire to sees many of you there with no RSVP’s, please. Here are the details plus a few more things…

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time: 11 AM to 3 PM (For those of you who are using paratransit, please arrange your rides to arrive by 2:30 PM to assure not being locked out of the building and standing outside all by yourself.

What to bring: Your culinary skills with a covered dish to share with us all. We will definitely have turkey and ham from our end but we need other dishes and desserts, pretty please. Also, please do help to defray the costs of the food through the catering services with your generous donation.

Please RSVP to Jeffrey Bohrman at by Wednesday, November 7th at 5 PM with the name of dish you plan to bring, please and of course to place your reservations with a number of people in your party. Children, families, friends and all others are all heartily welcome to join us.


Chicago Lighthouse

1850West Roosevelt ST.

Chicago, IL

RSVP to:

Jeffrey Bohrman by email at:

Email Mindy Joy Mayer at: or call on VP at 312-957-4865

Joann Rushing at:

Cell: 815.922.5938

For those of you who are coming by train and you need to be picked up, please let any of the three people know as soon as possible so we can provide you with transportation from the station to the Lighthouse and back to the station.

Our famous Holiday CDBA event will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2018. Please mark the date on your calendars now. Further details will be passed to you all as the time nears. Of course, we can expect our beloved Santa to come down the chimney to see us and maybe bring gifts to the DeafBlind folks.

OH, one more thing, hopefully we can be talking about fund raising for CDBA at the Thanksgiving lunch. IN the meantime, if any of you have any ideas other than selling our famous chocolates and popcorn, please do not hesitate to contact the Present Bohrman at the above email address or call to either Mindy and Joann.

Gobble, Gobble, Please join the Pilgrims in our annual sumptuous Thanksgiving lunch this coming Saturday, the 10th of November 2018!

Chicago Park District

Great Opportunity for The DeafBlind at the Chicago Park District

By Jeffrey Bohrman, Ph.D.

This fall I have been enjoying a couple of classes in the Chicago Park District. One is Gardening which is held at Kilbourn Park on 3501 North Kilbourn on Wednesday mornings from 10 AM to 2PM. The other class is ceramics which is held on Fridays from noon to two PM at the Athletic Field located on 3645 North Central Park Avenue. Both are fully accessible to those of us who are DeafBlind provided that you have SSPs working with you. There are few classes left for this fall term but you are all most welcome to join us. There are three classes for gardening left – we will be making creamed spinach next week, then on Halloween Day we will be painting gourds and/or pumpkins and on the last Wednesday, we will be learning the basics of Jelly making and have an opportunity, hopefully, to taste homemade jelly from their garden. This has been a very enjoyable term where we made homemade herb tea bags which I loved and had several cups of tea with the same bag which made me feel a bit healthier; packed seeds from the sunflower, garlic and a few others to plant next spring,; and others. If you are interested and want to go for the last three classes for only five dollars (if you are a senior citizen, this would come to only $2.50), Please contact Tim below as soon as possible and try to bring your own SSPs because this is a bit late for us to recruit them:  Owens, Timothy

There are Deaf and Blind folks in these classes. I do interact with the blind folks in our Gardening class and it has been fun chatting with them with an SSP on my side. There are three Deaf people in the Ceramics but we are all too busy with our had to do much chatting with each other. I am currently making a planter and in the past, I’ve made a number of bowls, colanders, planter, heart shaped dishes, big dog “candy” dish, etc. It is fun to be creative with clay as well as painting. This winter term, there will be ceramics class again, and this will also continue through next spring along with maybe a gardening/cooking class (I hope!).

Get on out and get a break from your daily everyday life to discover and have fun!

November CBDA

CDBA’s Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

By Jeffrey Bohrman

Boy, did we all have so much fun at the Halloween party a few weeks ago with the two games we especially with the strings. Congrats to Roge Ramos for winning the “Pass Football Around the Circle” game. And while the actual date of Halloween is just a few days away, we need to start thinking about our Thanksgiving lunch that will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

We will offer turkey and ham for the lunch and we need potluck for the side dishes and desserts. Why don’t you show off your culinary skills, and create something to wreak to the lunch like stuffing, sweet and white potato dishes, veggie, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies and the list is interminable. If you don’t cook, that is OK and we would also appreciate you going to the grocery store to find something to get along or even to a place where they produce various side dishes to pick one up, etc.   We are truly hoping to take all the possible side dishes so that we don’t need to place the extra side dishes from the store or caterer which will cost CBA money. Please RSVP and let us know what side dish/dessert you will be bring by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019 at 3 PM so we will have sufficient time to order extra food. We will be sending out another announcement with more details and if you have any questions, please contact the President at:

As well, please send your RSVP’s to the President as well. Your friends and family members are more than welcome to join us. The more folks at the event, the merrier it will be with holiday spirit!

We are so very much looking forward to seeing all of you at one of the CDBA’s favorite events.