Latest Information and Impact of the Coronavirus

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and the New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP) are closely monitoring and assessing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. We are committed to maintaining safe work environments and have put into place continuity of operations plans to help us maintain business functions as normally as possible with our associated agencies, customers, and other stakeholders.

Please see below for the latest updates, resources and announcements from NIB regarding the coronavirus. We will continue to update this page as we receive additional information.

NIB Updates:

NIB’s emergency telework plans are in effect. NIB and NYSPSP offices are open with restricted access to staff and outside visitors.

NIB has postponed the following events:

  • Continuous Process Improvement Forum — originally scheduled for April 20-22 – RESCHEDULE DATE TBD
  • Technology Forum — originally scheduled for April 27-29 – RESCHEDULE DATE TBD
  • HR and Compliance Forum — originally scheduled for April 27-May 1 –  tentatively rescheduled for July 20-24, 2020
  • CFO Forum — originally scheduled for June 10-12 — RESCHEDULE DATE TBD

Federal Government COVID-19 Resources:

Other News and Resources:

  • Government Contracting Insights: Industry May Find Relief for Coronavirus Delays. Read more.
  • Department of Labor information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19: click here.
  • OSHA guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19: click here.
  • ObjectiveEd is providing free access to its distance learning system until the end of the year. ObjectiveEd’s distance learning includes orientation and mobility, assistive technology, and braille literacy. Read more.
  • Freedom scientific is offering JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion free of charge for personal computers at home until June 30, 2020. Read more.

NIB and its associated agencies can access additional information on the NIB Bulletin Board.