Reinventing Jobs to Improve Accessibility

Previously known as rehabilitation engineering, NIB’s productivity engineering program offers a wide array of services to associated nonprofit agencies. Programs include facility planning, safety and ergonomics assessments, training, process analysis, and efficiency improvements – all designed to boost employment for people who are blind while ensuring workplace safety. “We believe the term ‘productivity engineering’ better […]

INSIDE NSITE (part 2)

NSITE, NIB’s a talent management enterprise, supports employers and job seekers who are blind, visually impaired, and/or veterans throughout the career life cycle. Part 1 of this blog series looked at NSITE’s genesis and what it offers both job seekers and employers. This concluding post of the series provides an overview of the variety of […]

INSIDE NSITE (part 1)

It’s never easy to embark on a new venture, particularly during the height of a pandemic, but that’s just what NIB did when it launched NSITE, a talent management enterprise designed to support employers and job seekers who are blind, visually impaired, and/or veterans throughout the career life cycle. NSITE offers a continuum of employment […]

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 […]

NSITE Receives Grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

NSITE, NIB’s new talent management enterprise, received a grant of $95,700 from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) to fund its Cisco Academy training program. The initiative, which is in the midst of a successful pilot program, will provide people who are blind or visually impaired a sought-after opportunity to enter the cybersecurity industry and […]

NIB’s CMS Program Builds Professional Careers (part three)

The AbilityOne contract management support (CMS) program has grown quickly over the past decade, creating many professional career opportunities who are blind or visually impaired. NIB continues working to expand CMS to more federal agencies, explains Billy Parker, NIB program director for employment support service. “Once federal employers see a CMS team in action, they’re […]

NIB’s CMS Program Builds Professional Careers (part two)

For more than a decade, the AbilityOne Contract Management Support (CMS) program has been providing people who are blind the opportunity to build professional career paths with real potential for advancement. But perhaps the program’s most valuable achievement is giving people who are blind a sense of independence again. Many CMS employees were employed before […]

NIB’s CMS Program Builds Professional Careers (part 1)

In 2020, the AbilityOne Contract Management Support (CMS) program celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Today, it continues to thrive and expand, offering professional employment to people who are blind or have significant disabilities, all while saving taxpayers’ money by providing an invaluable service to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies. The program’s roots […]

Building Careers – Part Two

Being blind since birth, Rebecca Bridges always felt strongly that work experience would be critical to landing a job. By the time she graduated from college in Indiana, Bridges had completed three internships, including one in Washington D.C. “I fell for the D.C. area,” says Bridges, who recalls fending for herself on the transit system […]

Building Careers – Part One

NIB and its associated agencies have long known that given the right training and opportunities, there are few limits to what people who are blind can do. NIB’s Contract Management Support (CMS), Business Management Training (BMT), and Professional Mastery of Office Technology for Employment (ProMOTE) training programs prepare employees who are blind to reach their […]