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Blind Service Association

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors


17 N. State Street Suite 1050Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To empower the blind and low vision community through all phases of life with personalized services.


Blind Service Association (BSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to empower the blind and low vision community through all phases of life with personalized services.

Programs and Services at BSA include:
- One-to-one reading
- Recording of reading material (that is not previously recorded)
- Braille tutoring
- Employment program
- Programs and events specifically for senior members ages 50+
- Programs and events tailored for youth, including Summer Program Pathways
- Peer led support groups
- Weekly & monthly recurring programs that provide connection and information
- Monthly special events like presentations or field trips
- Scholarship program that provides up to $30,000
- Annual Vision Expo that presents the latest research, resources, and information related to blindness and low vision.


Would you recommend Blind Service Association?
6 reviews Write a review
by william k. (August 20, 2013)
In the final years of my father life he lost his sight and his will but after I found Blind services Association and had him join it gave him something to look forward to and made his last days a little less dark. For that I will allways be greatfull to them
by Lauren S. (April 3, 2013)
BSA is a great place. Both the staff and consumers are so friendly and accommodating and they are very appreciative. It is a nice atmosphere to be in and an enjoyable experience!
by Paul Q. (March 13, 2013)
A sense of helping people in need. The people are very grateful of the service.
by Elizabeth A. from Milwaukee, WI (March 9, 2013)
I really enjoy volunteering as a reader with BSA. Each experience reading with the consumers is unique because it is almost always something new that you are reading from novels, mail, to menus and more. The staff, volunteers, and consumers are all friendly and make me feel welcomed. The hours to volunteer are flexible and fit well within my schedule. The location, right off the red line Lake stop is also convenient. I definitely recommend volunteering with this wonderful organization.
by Ira W. (March 7, 2013)
The BSA is an amazing organization that will give you an opportunity to change lives every time you step in the building. I've volunteered at other organizations filing, stocking, setting up for events but at the BSA you will actually get to work with people (or consumers as they are called) and help them with everything from reading, helping with homework or just having a great conversation. Every time I leave here I walk out with a great feeling knowing I helped someone. The staff is also great! Each staff member is passionate, caring and are always willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. If you are looking for an awesome place to volunteer and help people look no further than the BSA.
by Brian O. (March 7, 2013)
Blind Service Association has a variety of volunteers who give a hand to those who are vision impaired. Volunteers come in to help before, during (lunch) or after work for a few hours a week to read or shop with their clients. BSA is conveniently located in the Loop and volunteer times are flexible so even if you are retired they’ll find a time for you to come and help out.

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