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.

October CDBA

OOPS – it is October 13, not the 12th.

Happy Fall Greetings!

With such beautiful autumn finally being here, it is indeed refreshing to
be outside and take nice walks in the crispy cool weather and see the
colors of the leaves on the trees changing their colors and falling down.
This is surely not like being in Vermont where they have most magnificent
colors of bright orange, bright yellow and cherry red, etc. – quite
breath taking there. When our son was in University of Vermont we always
made a point of visiting in the fall as not to miss the scenery. But that
was “years ago” now. But memories stay on and now it’s time to think
about our next CDBA event which is our annual Halloween party this coming
Saturday, October 812, 2018. Please do be creative and come on out in
your cool costumes – if you just want to do your face/head, that is just
fine. Prizes will be given out for the best Halloween dressed. If all
plans go as to what I want to be (not telling you just as yet, LOL), I
may be the winner. However, I will not be in the competition as I’m the
President of CDBA and want to see our DeafBlind folks be just as creative
as I am or even more so. Lunch will be served, naturally, as we never
see DeafBlind and SSPs go home hungry for food as we will be feeding you.
Come on out hungry! There will be a game or two. If any of you know of
a great Halloween game to be a part of the Halloween celebration,

PLEASE send me an email:

And we can work in a team. This is your club and not just mine and I
strongly believe that everyone should contribute or two to CDB
Afro our events. Speaking of ‘contribution”, I was not talk about
donations but now I am bringing the topic of “donations”. We would very
most sincerely appreciate if you, the DeafBlind, can donate AT LEAST five
dollars to help defray the costs of lunches for yourselves and for your
SSPs. This is not free food so we would really appreciate your help and
just be honest and fair with yourself to make a donation to Torrance, our
wonderful CDBA Treasurer. Thank you in advance. Details are below:

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 11 AM to 3 PM (For those of you using public transportation such
as PACE, please request your return trip to be no later than 2:30 PM as
there will be no one around to help you, should the driver be late)
Where: The Chicago Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
1850 West Roosevelt Blvd.
Chicago, IL

If any of you are coming in by train and need transportation, please let
Mindy Mayer, our fantastic CDBA Secretary, know.

And, RSVP is a “MUST” to help us figure out how many lunch packets to
order so no one will go hungry if there is not enough food! Please RSVP
no later than Thursday at noon, on October 10th. If you have any
questions, please contact me or Mindy Mayer at her email address below:

Come one and ALL out to the Lighthouse this Saturday and have fun looking
at others in their costumes and maybe play “Guessing Who” game with each

OHHH, one more thing, we would appreciate some of you to bring some
desserts to share with everyone or you may get many tricks instead of
treats! LOL!

Enjoy your week!


September 8

Mindy Joy here, we apologize for the last minute announcement as we were having an issue with the website and I was not in the office for the past few days. But here’s the announcement for this Saturday.

The Desk of CDBA President

By Jeffrey Bohrman

This past summer has been flying by truly too fast for many of us and I bet many of you have wonderful and pleasant memories of vacations, conferences and just being outside to enjoy the warm weather. One of the highlights was the fantastic DBTR (DeafBlind Training & Retreat) that was held here in Chicago last month. Our most efficient and AMAZING CDBA Secretary, Mindy Joy Mayer, and her most awesome committee did an awesome job of planning this retreat that was enjoyed by one and everyone. For me, I had a special treat as several of my old friends including one 82 year old lady traveled from Ohio to here for the retreat and it was great catching up all the news of my former stomping roots.

Speaking Of our summer activities as above, how about if we all share our experiences with one another on Saturday, September8, 2018 at our monthly CDBA event. WE will be meeting at the Lighthouse from 11 AM until 3 PM. For those of you who use PACE or get picked up by someone else not attending the event, may we ask that you get picked up at 2:30 PM. This will allow the flexibility should the driver be late but can be on site no later than 2:55 as the doors will get locked at 3 PM – Thanks!

Also, EVERYONE who plans to come, please RSVP to Mindy as above but Thursday noon, September 6, 2018 so we can be prepared to have enough food for everyone. Also, if any one of you who loves to bake, like I do! We’d love to have you bring in some dessert to share with others, please.   If you are doing this, will you also let Mindy know as well so there’d be enough dessert for all plus some to take home.

We will be planning to have a Halloween party in October, annual Thanksgiving lunch in November, and annual Holiday luncheon in December as well. So please mark your calendar for the second Saturday of each month.


I will be sending out some additional announcements with details in each of them for classes at the Chicago Park District and calling Social Security to their own VP’s. Be on the lookout for them.

We hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!


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!!