A Veteran’s Life of Service

“Being blind doesn’t stop me from serving my country,” says Scott Smith, U.S. Navy veteran, 2020 Employee of the Year from NIB associated agency IFB Solutions, and an outspoken advocate for people who are blind. Smith followed two generations of his family into the Navy, serving for four years as a boiler technician in the […]

Supporting Military Families—Part II

The National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Military Resale (MR) program supports two of the best perks available to military personnel, retirees, and their families: The commissaries and exchanges found on military bases, which sell groceries and goods at substantial savings to help families stretch their budgets. Approximately 400 people who are blind working across […]

Supporting Military Families—Part I

Two of the best perks available to military personnel, their families, and retirees are the commissaries and exchanges found on military bases. Commissaries — the equivalent of grocery stores — and exchanges — the equivalent of a department stores — sell goods at substantial savings, helping military families stretch their budgets. Products produced in National […]

NIB President Named to List of Influential Virginia Leaders

National Industries for the Blind President and CEO Kevin Lynch was recently recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a member of its “Virginia 500” list. The Virginia 500 list acknowledges influential leaders throughout the state of Virginia who are making meaningful impacts in their communities. Virginia Business magazine covers news and economic activity in every […]

Dive into the Opportunity Magazine Archive

Opportunity, the award-winning magazine published by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), covers news and developments at NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies. The publication also tells the stories of people who are blind – their careers and capabilities, and the difference meaningful employment has made in their lives. One Opportunity article that brings all […]

Oklahoma Agency Supports Wildland Firefighters

Employees who are blind working at NIB associated nonprofit agency NewView Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City, are playing an important role in fighting the fires ravaging the western United States this year. Since August, the agency has had 20 or more full-time employees who are blind – including the plant manager – assembling wildland fire hoses […]

Celebrating Employees with Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy. NDEAM raises awareness about employment issues facing people with disabilities and celebrates their contributions to our country. NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first […]

Industrial Equipment News Focuses on Manufacturing Employees Who Are Blind

Industrial Equipment News recently published an interview with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) President and CEO Kevin Lynch that explains how NIB became a pivotal provider for the U.S. government and military after its establishment in 1938 and how it continues to fill that role today. Noting the NIB and its network of associated […]

Mom on a Mission

Many leaders would be content to have a dramatic impact on one organization. Lee Nasehi, however, has a broader vision. She’s on a mission to expand public awareness and understanding of the capabilities of people who are blind. Currently the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VisionServe Alliance (VSA), a St. Louis-based consortium of […]

Saluting A Great American Workforce

As the season winds down and people look forward to one final long summer holiday weekend, it is important to pause and remember what Labor Day is about: A day to recognize the social and economic achievements of the people who make up the American workforce and their many contributions to our country’s strength, prosperity, […]