State of Illinois
Department of Human Services
Specialized Services for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (IDHS/DRS) is the state's lead agency serving persons with disabilities. Our staff work one-on-one with individuals who have disabilities and their families to empower them to reach their employment, education and independent living goals.
BBS services are available to Illinois residents who have a vision impairment.
IDHS/DRS' Bureau of Blind Services Central Office: 217-785-3887 (V/TTY) 217-524-1235 (FAX)
The IDHS/DRS' Bureau of Blind Services (BBS) operates four programs for adults who have vision impairments. These programs are designed to help individuals participate more independently in their family and community life.
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
BBS staff work in partnership with our customers to help them find employment, maintain employment, and achieve education
and training goals.
Community-Based Instructional Program
Rehabilitation Instructors and Orientation & Mobility Instructors teach independent living skills at the person's home, school,
workplace or other community site. Our Older Blind Program also serves individuals who are over age 55.
Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education - Wood (ICRE-W)
ICRE-W is a commuter and residential center providing pre-vocational and independent skills training located in Chicago. Programs include computer training, activities of daily living, orientation & mobility, keyboarding and Braille instruction.
Business Enterprise Program for the Blind (BEPB)
The BEPB is located at ICRE-Wood and offers business ownership opportunities in the vending, retail and food service industries. The training course spans eight months and prepares individuals who are legally blind to operate vending facilities in public buildings, correctional facilities, gift shops and highway rest areas statewide.
For more information:
Call or visit your Illinois Department of Human Services office. If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) program, call or visit your local IDHS office. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your local office is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:
You may speak to a representative between: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (except state holidays)
For answers to your questions, you may also write:
Illinois Department of Human Services
Office of Customer Support and Services
100 South Grand Avenue East, 2nd floor
Springfield, Illinois 62762
Visit our website at: www.dhs.state.il.us
Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.
DHS 4678 (R-07-16) DRS' Bureau of Blind Services Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois. 4,000 copies P.O.#16-1981