Desert Oasis

Since its founding in 1955, NIB associated nonprofit agency The Blind Center of Nevada, located in Las Vegas, has focused on helping people who are blind adapt to vision loss. But the Center also helps members develop their creative potential through a variety of programs focused on the arts. A strong performing music program offers […]

NIB Recognizes Service Excellence

Each year, NIB recognizes the outstanding achievements of a participant who is blind in the Contract Management Support (CMS) services program and three AbilityOne Base Supply Center® (BSC) teams.  Outstanding CMS Participant: Tanee Wall  VisionCorps, Lancaster, Pennsylvania  Tanee Wall began her CMS career at NIB associated nonprofit agency VisionCorps in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as a contract closeout specialist in January 2017. Since then, she has been assigned to a number of contracts […]

NIB Celebrates 2020 Milton J. Samuelson Award Winner Sarah Heesen

Praised as a self-starter and team player with a tireless commitment to helping others, the recipient of the 2020 Milton J. Samuelson Award, Sarah Heesen, credits her success to other women who are blind who have inspired her. “While I am enormously grateful, I must admit that the Samuelson honor came a bit out of […]

NIB Celebrates 2020 Peter J. Salmon Award Winner Pam Chesser

Widely respected for her exemplary work record, professionalism, and positive attitude, it was Pam Chesser’s reputation as the go-to person at NIB associated nonprofit agency Travis Association for the Blind, better known as the Austin Lighthouse, that helped her bring home the Peter J. Salmon Award. The Award, which honors employees who excel in their […]

Veterans at NIB Agencies Continue to Serve (Part 2)

As we prepare for Military Appreciation Month, NIB is spotlighting a few of the more than 550 military veterans employed at NIB associated nonprofit agencies. Daryl Wells and Davian Andrews are two veterans who have built careers at Industries of the Blind (IOB), headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.  People who think there is rivalry between branches of the military have […]

Veterans at NIB Agencies Continue to Serve (Part 1)

May will soon be here and with it, Military Appreciation Month. NIB associated nonprofit agencies are proud of the work they do to support the military and America’s veterans, including employing more than 550 veterans. Today, we spotlight two military veterans who are blind who continue to serve our country through their employment with NIB associated agencies.  Rick Medina was following in his brother’s footsteps when he […]

Making a Name in the Community

Founded in 1934, the Austin Lighthouse, has a long history in the city. But if you ask President and CEO Jim Meehan, the first thing he usually hears after giving visitors a tour of their facilities is: “We had no idea you were here!” “We have 450 employees, 250 of whom are blind or visually […]

Keeping Communities Connected During the Pandemic (Part 1)

The COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on personal interactions have been difficult for everyone, but they can be particularly difficult for people who are blind, who often rely on their sense of touch to interact with the world. To help ease the feeling of isolation caused by pandemic restrictions, NIB associated nonprofit agencies have developed creative ways to restructure their in-person community programs to continue delivering services that are critical to their clients’ […]

NIB Agency Marks 30 Year Partnership with 3M

This year, NIB associated nonprofit agency Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, in Rochester, New York, is celebrating 30 years of working with 3M. Launched in 1990, the partnership was a first for an NIB associated agency and a private company. Interested in producing self-stick notes for sale to […]

Lucky Man

Jeff Mittman always wanted to be the center of the attention, and as a U.S. Army Master Sergeant, he got what he wanted: Everything his soldiers did was up to him, from when they awoke, to how hard they trained. “The focus was on me, people spun around me, and I absolutely loved it,” Mittman […]