Making a Name in the Community

Founded in 1934, the Austin Lighthouse, has a long history in the city. But if you ask President and CEO Jim Meehan, the first thing he usually hears after giving visitors a tour of their facilities is: “We had no idea you were here!” “We have 450 employees, 250 of whom are blind or visually […]

Keeping Communities Connected During the Pandemic (Part 2)

The COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on personal interactions compelled many NIB associated nonprofit agencies to develop creative ways to restructure their in-person community programs to online formats. The results have been a virtual success. Alphapointe, an NIB associated agency headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, recently launched Infopointe, an online learning platform that offers presentations […]

Keeping Communities Connected During the Pandemic (Part 1)

The COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on personal interactions have been difficult for everyone, but they can be particularly difficult for people who are blind, who often rely on their sense of touch to interact with the world. To help ease the feeling of isolation caused by pandemic restrictions, NIB associated nonprofit agencies have developed creative ways to restructure their in-person community programs to continue delivering services that are critical to their clients’ […]

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 […]

Keeping America Strong

Since COVID-19 struck, NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies have been working tirelessly to help our nation respond. Nearly 4,000 Americans who are blind working at 40 NIB associated agencies are producing more than 1,500 different products being used in the response. In many cases, these employees are helping to save lives by producing critical […]

NABA Retools Operations, Initiates Mask Production to Fight COVID-19

It was already a leader in the production of safety vests, coveralls, and other protective gear, so when the clarion call was sounded for more resources to fight COVID-19, New York’s Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) was pleased to step up to the plate. Founded in 1908, the NIB associated nonprofit agency […]

Beyond Vision Adopts Innovative Safety Measures to Continue Critical Services

In a storied history spanning 117 years, Milwaukee-based Beyond Vision has witnessed two World Wars, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the social changes of the 1960s and 70s, and many other cataclysmic events. The NIB associated nonprofit agency employing people who are blind or visually impaired has weathered it all. Founded in 1903, Beyond […]

Austin Lighthouse Supplies Hand Sanitizers and Soaps in Battle Against COVID-19

Just a few months ago, employees at the Austin Lighthouse for the Blind would never have dreamed that the hand sanitizers and soaps they produce would become key weapons in the fight against one of the most formidable foes our nation has ever faced. But as the nationwide threat from the coronavirus became more apparent, […]

Bosma Expands Medical Glove Production to Help Fight COVID-19

To do its part in the fight against the coronavirus, NIB associated nonprofit agency Bosma Enterprises is continuing its long tradition of supplying medical gloves and other supplies to aid hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which are among those at the forefront in battling COVID-19. Established in Indianapolis in 1915, Bosma […]