Championing Employment, Changing Lives

At NIB, we are dedicated to fostering social and economic independence for individuals who are blind through high-quality, meaningful employment. Through our advocacy work, we educate policymakers and call on them to support vital job opportunities for people who are visually impaired.

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Voices of Empowerment

Stories that Celebrate Success and Inspire Action

Discover the personal journeys and milestones achieved through NIB’s advocacy. Tune in to our podcast, “Heard and Empowered,” and immerse yourself in stories that celebrate inclusivity and success.

Episode #33 Featuring Lise Pace

Advocacy, Public Policy, and the 1% Ask with Lise Pace

Episode #31 Featuring Dan Kelly

Strategic Advocacy: Influencing Public Policy on Capitol Hill with Dan Kelly

Episode #26 Featuring Luke Messer and Jeff Mittman

How Changing Public Policy Will Create More Jobs for People Who Are Blind

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The Goal that Empowers

Why 1% Matters for Defense and Diversity

In 2022, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a voluntary pledge to double its current AbilityOne Program utilization, increasing from just 0.55% up to 1% in five years.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and its nearly 100 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide appreciate this commitment from the DOD, the AbilityOne Program’s largest customer. We want to build momentum and formalize this pledge through Congressional adoption of a statutory goal of 1%.

Once the goal is cemented into law, Congress will regularly assess the DOD’s utilization to ensure progress toward its achievement.

Danny Kelly, president and CEO of IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem, N.C., is the third generation of his family to have retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease that causes vision loss. He is also one of the advocates helping to lead the NIB community’s combined effort.

In this video, Danny explains how a 1% goal can make a huge impact in creating employment opportunities for people who are blind.

How Achieving the 1% Goal Changes Lives

Achieving the 1% utilization goal creates ripples of impact that go far beyond the numbers.

The DOD, its branches of service, and its related agencies hold contracts with AbilityOne nonprofit agencies nationwide that provide quality products and services. These employees take immense pride in their work to support the military and help ensure our nation’s security.

By formalizing this goal and nearly doubling the DOD’s current utilization of the AbilityOne Program, tens of thousands more Americans who are blind or have significant disabilities could have the opportunity to build meaningful careers in both professional services and manufacturing that enhance their personal and economic independence.


Strengthening Communities Through Connection

Your local agency is your gateway to fostering change and advocating for employment growth. Use the map below to locate the agency nearest to you and connect with them to find out how you can play an integral part in expanding employment opportunities for people who are blind.