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 11 through 18.
  • Five 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 client's weight loss group to help with weight issues that are affecting their health and wellbeing.
  • Computer User's Network, a membership club, where blind and visually impaired users receive an array of technical and computer support through seminars, tutoring and newsletters.
  • A Scholarship program where $20,000 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.

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.