NSITE Receives Grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

NSITE, NIB’s new talent management enterprise, received a grant of $95,700 from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) to fund its Cisco Academy training program. The initiative, which is in the midst of a successful pilot program, will provide people who are blind or visually impaired a sought-after opportunity to enter the cybersecurity industry and […]

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Readers of the NIB Connection blog know there are lots of things going on at National Industries for the Blind (NIB). NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies offer a wide array of quality SKILCRAFT® products and services. From offices essentials to military and industrial supplies to services such as contract management support and custom kitting, […]

Paul Healy Helms NIB Board of Directors

Surveying the efforts of NIB and associated agency employees during the coronavirus pandemic, new Board Chair Paul M. Healy, Ph.D., is inspired. “I am very proud that NIB and its associated agencies have been part of a team to support our nation during the pandemic,” he says. “That speaks volumes for the organization, its integrity, […]

PSA Puts Focus on Abilities, not Disabilities

As society strives to be more inclusive and recognize the talents of all people, employers are coming to understand the positive impact a diverse workforce can have on innovation and productivity. People who are blind are an often-overlooked segment of society that have proven to be highly talented and capable employees yet face a staggeringly […]

New Enterprise Helps Organizations Build a Diverse Workforce

Employers with a diverse workforce benefit from a range of cultural backgrounds and lived experiences. The unique perspectives of their employees help strengthen the organization by introducing more robust creative and problem-solving processes, more nuanced decision-making, increased employee engagement, and higher retention rates. As more employers recognize the positive impacts of a diverse workforce, a […]

NIB Releases FY2020 Annual Report

Fiscal year 2020 was a challenging one all over the world, and an extraordinary moment in NIB’s 82-year history. Not only did NIB rise to the demands of a once-in-a-century pandemic, it also made significant progress in its mission to grow employment for Americans who are blind. NIB created 378 new employment opportunities for people […]

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 […]

Celebrating a Milestone – Part Two

Opening doors to greater independence and rewarding careers for people who are blind has been central to the AbilityOne Base Supply Center® (BSC) program since its beginning 25 years ago. As the program celebrates this milestone anniversary, NIB is spotlighting four BSC employees and the opportunities they found at BSCs. Kim Utley, Manager, Dover Air […]

Celebrating a Milestone – Part One

In the mid-1990s – before 9/11 and the armed forces expansion that accompanied the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – military bases were under pressure to cut costs. On-base stores that provided everything from office supplies to cleaning products for thousands of military personnel became prime targets. Once the stores closed, personnel began using newly […]