Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)
The poignant coming-of-age story of four teens who navigate the growing pains of high school, but, unlike most teens, face another challenge—they are blind. Through their personal stories, we learn of the experience of being blind and how these fearless teenagers navigate through it.
Short: Beyond Blind (3 min.)- Chicago dramatist Todd Bauer, who is blind, talks about how he writes his plays. (3m)
Panel discussion — 8:00pm
Tommy Carroll is a Chicago-based drummer, composer, and producer. Hisrecently-released album “Not Amazing” confronts social issues he experiences as a blind person. Tommy plays drums for a number of local rappers and songwriters in addition to being active in the local jazz scene. As a solo artist, Tommy has also released experimental electronic music with his Elementary Foreign Languages series. He isan avid writer and skateboarder.
Todd Bauer is a blind playwright, whose work has been performed in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and at the Kennedy Center. Recent productions include: Downsizing Camus at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, July 2015 and The Bird Feeder Doesn’t Know, Raven Theatre, Chicago, April, 2015. He was a finalist for the 2016/17 Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, was awarded an NEA Grant, received a fellowship from the Ragdale foundation, and was nominated for a 3Arts Artist Award. Todd has taught British and American drama at the Newberry Library in Chicago for over ten years, and is an ensemble member of Apothetae Company in New York.
Doug Anzlovar is the Chief Learning Officer and Vice President at the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired where he serves as a member of the administrative team, supervises a 30-member faculty as well as the Student Services department, is involved in curriculum decisions and policy development and oversees all educational programs. Prior to joining Hadley, Doug worked as a teacher of the visually impaired in the Chicago Public Schools for nearly ten years. He is a certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and Teacher of the Visually Impaired, serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (AVRT) and is currently the President of the Illinois Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER).
Denise R. Avant, Esq. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Denise was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1984. She has held her current position with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender for over 25 years. In 2010, Denise argued a case before the Illinois Supreme Court. She is active in the American Bar Association, being recently appointed to the ABA Commission on Disability Rights. She has, also, been an active member of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI) since 2005. In October 2012, Denis was elected as the first Vice President of the Illinois affiliate. Since 2010, she has served as the first vice president of the Chicago chapter of the NFBI. As an NFBI member, Denise has served on the governor’s task force for the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and the Illinois School for the Deaf. Denise is a mentor to blind teenagers for the NFBI’s Freedom Link program. She is one of the founding members and treasurer of a private group known as the Visionaries. Her group raises funds for donation to blind people and/or organizations. Denise’s hobbies include reading, cross country skiing and running. She is an active member of Christian Tabernacle church.
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