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, […]

NIB Agencies Meet with Policymakers During Grassroots Advocacy Week

Nonprofit agencies associated with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) typically host in-person visits with policymakers at their facilities during the traditional August congressional recess. Given that nothing has been typical or traditional during the COVID-19 pandemic, NIB supported the agencies in creating a virtual Grassroots Advocacy Week to share with local, state, and federal […]

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 […]