Connecting the Dots: How Technology is Impacting Braille Literacy

Each January, people across the globe celebrate Louis Braille’s genius communication system of tactile raised dots representing visual alpha-numeric print. January is National Braille Literacy Month, and January 4 is World Braille Day.  Born in France on January 4, 1809, Louis Braille fell victim to a tragic accident in his father’s leather-harness-making shop as a […]

Happy Thanksgiving from National Industries for the Blind

In this season of gratitude, NIB and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies thank our supporters for aiding in our mission to empower people who are blind to achieve greater independence and engagement in their communities. We wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving and joyous holiday season.

Proudly Serving America’s Military and Veterans

Employees who are blind working at NIB associated nonprofit agencies produce thousands of products for the U.S. armed forces and military veterans every year. From neckties for dress uniforms to fatigues to helmet components, hundreds of employees work each day to provide critical supplies. Still others operate switchboards for medical centers operated by the Department […]

Advance Workplace Equity and Access with NSITE

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual recognition of the workplace contributions of people with disabilities sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. This year’s NDEAM theme, “Advancing Equity and Access,” emphasizes the need to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunities to prepare for and succeed […]

NIB Celebrates 2023 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award Winner Craig Ellis 

Despite having a successful 12-year career in management and owning a flooring business for 13 years, Craig Ellis struggled to find employment after he became blind due to macular degeneration. “Most of my flooring business was tied to new construction, so I was hit hard by the housing crash of 2008. After I lost my […]

NIB Celebrates 2023 Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year Winner Mary Elizabeth Clare

Mary Elizabeth Clare distinctly remembers starting her job as a store clerk at the AbilityOne Base Supply Center® (BSC) operated by Envision at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. It was March 2020, and the next day the base closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deemed essential, the BSC remained open, but customer traffic […]

HaptiBraille Communicator: A Breakthrough in Personal Communications Independence

Thanks to today’s digital revolution, there is no shortage of new technologies available for people with visual or hearing impairments. But for the estimated 7 million people in the world who have both visual and hearing impairments (according to World Health Organization data), assistive technology options are few and far between. When I learned of […]

Taking Care of Their Communities

According to VisionServe Alliance, a forum of U.S. and Canadian organizations working to build a better world for people with vision loss, at least 12 million people in the U.S. age 60 and older report significant difficulty seeing. In addition, at least half of Americans aged 65 and older are at high risk of developing […]

NIB Celebrates 85 Years of Creating Employment Opportunities for People Who Are Blind

In 1938, the United States was nearly a decade into the Great Depression. The unemployment rate was up, and production rates were down. The world had a very limited idea of what people who were blind could do, making employment even harder to obtain. However, there was hope on the horizon. President Franklin D. Roosevelt […]