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’s CMS Program Builds Professional Careers (part three)

The AbilityOne contract management support (CMS) program has grown quickly over the past decade, creating many professional career opportunities who are blind or visually impaired. NIB continues working to expand CMS to more federal agencies, explains Billy Parker, NIB program director for employment support service. “Once federal employers see a CMS team in action, they’re […]

NIB’s CMS Program Builds Professional Careers (part two)

For more than a decade, the AbilityOne Contract Management Support (CMS) program has been providing people who are blind the opportunity to build professional career paths with real potential for advancement. But perhaps the program’s most valuable achievement is giving people who are blind a sense of independence again. Many CMS employees were employed before […]

NIB’s CMS Program Builds Professional Careers (part 1)

In 2020, the AbilityOne Contract Management Support (CMS) program celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Today, it continues to thrive and expand, offering professional employment to people who are blind or have significant disabilities, all while saving taxpayers’ money by providing an invaluable service to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies. The program’s roots […]

BARD Mobile Puts the Library of Congress in Your Smartphone

For many, the long pandemic of 2020 has resulted in significant Zoom, social media, Netflix, and other remote technology fatigue. For avid readers who are blind or visually impaired, however, the nationwide shutdowns are providing time to rediscover the value of remote access to tens of thousands of best-selling braille and talking books and magazines. […]

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

In 1992, the United Nations declared December 3 the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), a day dedicated to appreciation, celebration, and advancement of the more than 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities. National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is proud to support IDPWD and to work with institutions spanning a […]

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 […]