Quick Facts

  • Second Sense treats each person’s needs individually – we realize no two people are the same so we adapt our training techniques and focus our training to meet individual needs.
  • All of our services are free-of-charge and are available to anyone with vision loss.
  • Each year Second Sense serves over 650 people with direct services and in excess of 3,000 people through resource and referral services.
  • The largest growing sector of individuals with new vision loss is seniors.  Second Sense’s programs specifically address their needs.
  • Second Sense works in partnership with more than 50 local organizations in communities throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to bring our services directly to the people who need them.
  • Over 34 volunteers assist, facilitate and complement the services offered at Second Sense.
  • Second Sense, located in Chicago, Illinois, serves the entire Chicago metropolitan and suburban areas.  Founded in 1947, Second Sense provides free services to people with vision loss.
  • There are 289,730 non-institutionalized individuals over the age of 18 living in Illinois who are blind or visually impaired (American Foundation for the Blind using data from the National Health Interview Survey-Disability Supplement).