A DECADE OF REPRESENTATION – PART 2

NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment program prepares high-potential employees who are blind to advocate for themselves, their agencies, and the greater community. NIB Advocates for Leadership and Employment participate in intensive training during the annual the public policy conference, but the training doesn’t stop when the conference ends, explains NIB Public Policy Vice President […]

A DECADE OF REPRESENTATION – PART 1

NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment program prepares high-potential employees who are blind to advocate for themselves, their agencies, and the greater community. The brainchild of NIB President and CEO Kevin Lynch, the Advocates for Leadership and Employment program is celebrating ten years of representing NIB, its associated nonprofit agencies, and people who are blind. […]

Introducing the 2022 Class of Advocates for Leadership and Employment

NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment program is a signature initiative of its Public Policy Team. Each year, new employees who are blind working at 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 of Congress on Capitol Hill or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]