National Industries for the Blind

NIB’s mission is to enhance the personal and economic independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. NIB is the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, and through its network of associated nonprofit agencies, is the largest employer of people who are blind in the country. We create opportunities for people who are blind to become wage earners and taxpayers, reducing their reliance on government support and increasing engagement with their communities.

NIB connects its associated agencies with manufacturing and service delivery opportunities with the federal government and commercial companies. Our customers get the business solutions that they need, and people who are blind are employed—it’s a win-win. We offer career training, which is crucial to getting Americans who are blind employed and keeping them employed. Today, thousands of people who are blind are using these skills in state-of-the-art manufacturing and professional services careers.

NIB’s impact is made possible through the sale of SKILCRAFT® products and services produced and delivered by people who are blind. SKILCRAFT is a registered trademark owned and licensed by NIB. The SKILCRAFT line includes thousands of offerings — from office supplies and hardware to knowledge-based professional services — that meet or exceed exacting government standards, including the rigorous requirements of the U.S. military.

Facts About NIB

  • 100+ associated nonprofit agencies located across the country
  • 150+ Base Supply Center stores on military installations and federal government facilities
  • 7,000+ different products, including 5,000+ SKILCRAFT products

Fiscal Year 2018 Key Statistics:

  • Employed 6,001 people who are blind
  • Created 397 new job opportunities for people who are blind
  • Paid $120 million in wages and benefits for employees who are blind
  • Paid an average hourly wage of $11.96
  • Offered rehabilitative services to 94,284 people who are blind nationwide

NIB participates in the federal AbilityOne Program as an Authorized AbilityOne Enterprise. Established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, the AbilityOne Program coordinates with nearly 600 nonprofit organizations across the country to help more than 46,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities find employment providing goods and services to the federal government at fair market prices. NIB is a designated central nonprofit agency (CNA) under the AbilityOne Program.

While remaining committed to the AbilityOne Program and its federal customers, NIB has strengthened and expanded its relationships with commercial companies and state and local governments to increase employment opportunities for people who are blind. NIB oversees the New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP), a state-use program that creates and sustains employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired. Visit NYSPSP.org to learn more.

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Click here to learn about NIB’s storied history and impact since its establishment in 1938.