this is the programs page of the blind service association website.

programs & services

about programs and services

Blind Service Association (BSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing an array of programs and services to people who are blind and visually impaired in the Chicagoland area.

Programs and Services at BSA include:

  • One-to-One Reading where trained volunteers are available to read any type of material presented to clients. This is the heart of what we do and are most well known for!
  • Recording of books or other reading matter that is unavailable from libraries or other agencies that maintain a library.
  • The Vision Connection, a membership club for people 50 years of age and over with age related eye conditions.
  • A Youth Program for blind and visually impaired children aged 10 through 18.
  • Four separate support groups for those seeking assistance and encouragement coping with their eye condition. While the groups are broken down by age and gender, a facilitator will work with you to determine which group is most suitable for your situation.
  • A Guide Dog User's Group which brings together Guide Dog Owner's to share information and advocate for their rights as guide dog owners.
  • A healthy living group to help with health and wellbeing.
  • Artistic Expression groups that provide understanding of music and the arts.
  • A Scholarship program where up to $30,000 in scholarships are awarded yearly to legally blind students looking to advance their education whether going to college, a university or technical school.
  • Information and Referral, a one-stop shop to get immediate answers for your particular needs.
  • A Speakers Bureau offering information for your group about programs at Blind Service Association.

Most services at BSA are provided free of charge.

BSA serves all members of the community regardless of age, race, color, religion, creed, citizenship status, maritial status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law.

Reading & Recording

youth programs

senior programs

support groups

educational and social programs

information & referral

Blind Service Association provides information to people needing answers to many aspects of visual impairment such as eye diseases, housing and transportation. Call BSA at 312-236-0808.