NIB Celebrates 82 Years

For more than 80 years, NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies have embraced creativity and innovation to expand employment opportunities for people who are blind. Back when NIB was formed in 1938, society had a very limited view of what people who are blind could accomplish. Those who were able to find work were often […]

NIB Honors Dr. Gidget Hopf with the 2020 R.B. Irwin Award

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is honored to present the 2020 R.B. Irwin Award to Dr. A. Gidget Hopf. The Irwin Award, NIB’s highest honor, recognizes Dr. Hopf for her innovative work creating employment opportunities for people who are blind. Dr. Hopf recently retired as CEO of NIB associated nonprofit agency Association for the […]

Innovative Training for Career Success

NIB has always been dedicated to creating innovative career opportunities for people who are blind and developing innovative solutions when we run into stumbling blocks. When we realized we were having trouble recruiting people who are blind into higher-level positions, we had to find the reason and a solution. Our analysis revealed one big outlier: […]

The ADA Turns 30

In the 30 years since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, the accessibility gap for people with disabilities—including people who are blind— has narrowed in every aspect of public life. Among the accessibility features for which we can thank the ADA are audio cues in crossing signals on […]

SKILCRAFT Brand Refresh

Growth by its very nature requires change, and NIB has always been about growth. Not just growing the number of people who are blind employed in our associated nonprofit agencies but growing new opportunities for people who are blind to pursue careers in fields of their choosing. And as technological advances have changed our economy, […]

Lighthouse Central Florida Team Helps Unemployed Secure Benefits

They get up early each weekday, often traveling great distances to assist their fellow Floridians in need. During tough economic times and record high unemployment, they consider themselves fortunate to have jobs. And despite diverse backgrounds, they share a common bond: blindness or visually impairment. Meet members of the Lighthouse Works 4Sight360 call center team […]

AbilityOne Program Anniversary

June 25 marks the 82nd anniversary of the Wagner-O’Day Act, the law that created what is today known as the AbilityOne® Program. When the Act was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, society had a very limited view of the capabilities of people who are blind. Passage of the Act and […]

NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment class of 2020

NIB recently announced the 2020 class of Advocates for Leadership and Employment. The Advocates program targets high-potential employees who are blind working at NIB associated nonprofit agencies who are interested in learning about the public policy process and communicating with elected officials about our shared mission and outstanding work.   The current Advocates – nearly […]

Keeping America Strong

Our agencies haven’t stopped there – employees are volunteering time, donating supplies, and hosting virtual support groups to help their local communities. Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Utica, New York, organized a community collection of 50,000 cloth masks. Arizona Industries for the Blind partnered with local food banks to package and deliver food […]