Reading and Recording for the Blind


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


17 N. State Street Suite 1050Chicago, IL 60602


Our volunteers read one on one to blind and visually impaired adults or they record requested reading materials that have not been previously recorded.

During a one-on-one reading appointment, a volunteer will read any printed material needed by blind or visually impaired clients--textbooks, novels, academic journals, legal briefs, correspondence, manuals, mail, etc.

Most reading appointments occur in our main office in the Chicago Loop. However, some appointments are scheduled at satellite locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Requirments: All Volunteers go through an hour and a half orientation at our downtown office and provide us with . They must also have a clear speaking voice and the ability to read for the entire length of a two hour session. Potential volunteers must also provide Blind Service Association with the contact information, mailing address required, for three references (professional or personal, but not family members) at the date of their orientation. Volunteer Orientations are generally given the third Thursday of each month in the day and the evening.

Blind Service Association office hours at our loop location are Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and the third Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Volunteering at BSA is flexible and can work with YOUR schedule! Generally, we ask volunteers to commit to one 2-hour appointment once a week.

If you would like to set up an orientation please contact Karine Roettgers at or call the office at 312-236-0808.


  • People Skills
  • Reading skills

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per session
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