NIB Products Manager Dispels Myths

NIB Textiles Product Manager Donielle Lorelli recently penned a blog article for SEAMS, a proponent of the Made in America movement that deems itself the “association and voice of the U.S. sewn products industry.” The association provides an opportunity each month for members of the millennial generation to share their thoughts on the SEAMS blog. […]

Educating Employers to Build Careers

Doug Goist, workforce development program manager for NSITE, National Industries for the Blind’s (NIB) talent management enterprise, spoke with Shelly Howser, host of the Disability Talks: Don’t Dis My Ability podcast for Abilities in Motion in November and December 2021. Abilities in Motion, located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, offers services, education, and advocacy for more […]

Happy Holidays from NIB!

As 2021 draws to a close, NIB and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies wish you and yours a pleasant holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2022. The NIB Connection will return on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

NIB Hosts Orientation for New Agency Executives

Last week, NIB hosted 26 new associated nonprofit agency leaders at NIB headquarters for New Executive Orientation (NEO). NIB hosts NEO each year to provide new members of the executive teams at associated agencies an introduction to NIB senior leadership and other key stakeholders, as well as an overview of how NIB can support their […]

Quality Work Environment Improves Workplaces

Launched in June 2010, the Quality Work Environment (QWE) program is an initiative of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission® that focuses on skill development and upward career mobility for employees who are blind. Recognizing that dynamic work environments require a flexible and continuous approach to improvement, the AbilityOne Commission developed the QWE program to help NIB […]

Happy Thanksgiving

NIB and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and joyous holiday season.

NIB Recognizes High-Performing Agencies

Each year, NIB recognizes associated nonprofit agencies for outstanding efforts to carry out our mission in three categories: Overall achievement, the Quality Work Environment initiative, and AbilityOne Base Supply Centers®. Overall Achievement NIB recognizes three associated agencies that achieve excellence in compliance, contract performance, and efforts to retain or increase employment for people who are […]

A Veteran’s Life of Service

“Being blind doesn’t stop me from serving my country,” says Scott Smith, U.S. Navy veteran, 2020 Employee of the Year from NIB associated agency IFB Solutions, and an outspoken advocate for people who are blind. Smith followed two generations of his family into the Navy, serving for four years as a boiler technician in the […]

Supporting Military Families—Part II

The National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Military Resale (MR) program supports two of the best perks available to military personnel, retirees, and their families: The commissaries and exchanges found on military bases, which sell groceries and goods at substantial savings to help families stretch their budgets. Approximately 400 people who are blind working across […]

Supporting Military Families—Part I

Two of the best perks available to military personnel, their families, and retirees are the commissaries and exchanges found on military bases. Commissaries — the equivalent of grocery stores — and exchanges — the equivalent of a department stores — sell goods at substantial savings, helping military families stretch their budgets. Products produced in National […]

NIB President Named to List of Influential Virginia Leaders

National Industries for the Blind President and CEO Kevin Lynch was recently recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a member of its “Virginia 500” list. The Virginia 500 list acknowledges influential leaders throughout the state of Virginia who are making meaningful impacts in their communities. Virginia Business magazine covers news and economic activity in every […]

Dive into the Opportunity Magazine Archive

Opportunity, the award-winning magazine published by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), covers news and developments at NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies. The publication also tells the stories of people who are blind – their careers and capabilities, and the difference meaningful employment has made in their lives. One Opportunity article that brings all […]

Oklahoma Agency Supports Wildland Firefighters

Employees who are blind working at NIB associated nonprofit agency NewView Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City, are playing an important role in fighting the fires ravaging the western United States this year. Since August, the agency has had 20 or more full-time employees who are blind – including the plant manager – assembling wildland fire hoses […]

Celebrating Employees with Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy. NDEAM raises awareness about employment issues facing people with disabilities and celebrates their contributions to our country. NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first […]

Industrial Equipment News Focuses on Manufacturing Employees Who Are Blind

Industrial Equipment News recently published an interview with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) President and CEO Kevin Lynch that explains how NIB became a pivotal provider for the U.S. government and military after its establishment in 1938 and how it continues to fill that role today. Noting the NIB and its network of associated […]

Mom on a Mission

Many leaders would be content to have a dramatic impact on one organization. Lee Nasehi, however, has a broader vision. She’s on a mission to expand public awareness and understanding of the capabilities of people who are blind. Currently the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VisionServe Alliance (VSA), a St. Louis-based consortium of […]

Saluting A Great American Workforce

As the season winds down and people look forward to one final long summer holiday weekend, it is important to pause and remember what Labor Day is about: A day to recognize the social and economic achievements of the people who make up the American workforce and their many contributions to our country’s strength, prosperity, […]

Global Survey Offers Insight on Employment Trends of People Who Are Blind

At its recent General Assembly, the World Blind Union (WBU) released findings from an Employment Survey sponsored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and several other organizations benefitting people who are blind. The results offer insights into workforce trends for people who are blind or visually impaired, including information about some of the largest […]

New AbilityOne Commission Members, Leaders

This summer has been a time of transformation for the U.S. AbilityOne Commission®, as several veteran leaders retired and staff members stepped up to carry the torch while the Commission conducts searches for permanent replacements. The AbilityOne Commission administers the AbilityOne® Program, one of the nation’s largest employment resources for people who are blind or […]

Innovative Solutions Keep NABA Thriving

NIB associated nonprofit agency Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) is adept at finding solutions to difficult problems, so its ability to rise to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is no surprise. In addition to the rehabilitation services offered to people who are blind in eastern New York, NABA also creates […]

Register for the 2021 Training Conference and Expo!

Registration is now open for the 2021 NIB/NAEPB Training Conference and Expo, October 12-15. at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s in-person conference will feature a variety of interesting and informative speakers at our general session on Wednesday morning, October 13, including some of the outstanding associated agency employees nominated for […]

NYSPSP Names New Executive Director

NIB manages the New York State Preferred Source Program For New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP), a state-mandated initiative that creates and sustains employment for people who are blind. NYSPSP directs state and local government agencies in New York to purchase pre-approved products and services produced by affiliated nonprofit agencies in the state that employ […]

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 […]

Expertise on Loan (part 2)

The Department of Defense Public-Private Talent Exchange (PPTE) offers participants professional development opportunities to expand their functional expertise and acquire the new skills and knowledge critical to innovation. In 2020, The PPTE provided NIB with two DOD employees who helped to develop a new service line of business. Rob Clemens, who served in the Marine […]

Expertise on Loan (part 1)

When leaders at NIB learned about the Public-Private Talent Exchange (PPTE) program offered through the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), interest in participating was immediate. The PPTE program offers participants professional development opportunities to expand their functional expertise and acquire the new skills and knowledge critical to innovation. It also strengthens DOD and industry partnerships […]

New AbilityOne Commission Chair Sets Agenda

In remarks at the 2021 NIB/NAEPB Virtual Public Policy Forum, Jeff Koses, AbilityOne Commission® Chairperson, outlined an ambitious agenda for the future. Before doing so, however, Koses, who also serves as senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration (GSA), said his first order of business was extending his appreciation and congratulations to NIB’s Employees […]

50 Years of the JWOD Program

Today, NIB celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act. Thanks to the JWOD Act, each day, people who are blind continue to build rewarding careers at NIB associated agencies, manufacturing thousands of critical products and providing much-needed services for federal government customers, in addition to performing work in nearly every sector of the […]

Teen Inventors Score Win with Assistive Technology

New assistive technology developed by (clockwise from top left) Raffu Khondaker, Irfan Nafi, Pranav Ravella, and Eugene Choi won first place in the Virginia 8th Congressional District 2020 Congressional App Challenge.

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 […]

A Voice in Congress For People Who Are Blind

Last week’s Virtual Public Policy Forum sponsored by NIB and the National Association for People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) provided more than just a chance to celebrate the outstanding 2020 Employees of the Year featured here on NIB Connection the last two weeks. It was also an opportunity to give people who are blind a […]

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 […]

NYSPSP Recognizes National Hospital Week

New Yorkers who are blind provide essential products to support hospital systems and health care employees across New York The New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP) is recognizing National Hospital Week and the hospitals, health systems, and health care professionals who work tirelessly to help their communities. The […]

Meet the 2021 Class of NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment

The Advocates for Leadership and Employment program is a signature initiative of the Public Policy Team at National Industries for the Blind (NIB). Each year, new employees who are blind from NIB associated nonprofit agencies across the country join the two-year training program, where they learn about the public policy process and meet with members […]

NIB Advocates Give People Who Are Blind a Voice in the Halls of Government

The Advocates for Leadership and Employment program, one of NIB’s signature initiatives, is a two-year training program targeting high-potential employees who are blind at NIB associated agencies that are interested in learning about the public policy process. Advocates are selected through a competitive process and, before the pandemic, traveled to NIB headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, […]