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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]