In 2016, Blind Service Association (BSA) volunteers helped over 250 clients, read more than 14,000 hours of material at six separate sites in the Chicago area.
BSA provides reading services to any visually impaired Chicago area resident who is either a 1) highschool senior or 2) an adult 18 years of age or older.
Clients bring in a broad range of materials to be read, including textbooks, novels, legal transcripts, recipes and mail. BSA sets no restrictions on the content of the materials clients choose to have read.
Volunteers receive an orientation at our downtown office. They learn how to read and describe various types of written materials. Please contact Sally Cooper(email) or call at 312-236-0808 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer reader.
Clients of BSA may take advantage of a variety of specialized equipment during their reading sessions. Braillers, slates and styluses, digital recorders, four-track tape recorders, computers with speech recognition and large print programs, internet connection, electric typewriters, and closed circuit televisions (CC-TV's) are available if needed during reading sessions.
Reading services are available during regular business hours at our downtown office. The hours of operation at BSA's five satellite locations vary. Please contact our downtown office at 312-236-0808 for more information.