Throughout fiscal year 2021, NIB and its associated nonprofit agencies found themselves in a place few expected as continuing uncertainty and disruption required that they Adapt and Advance in the face of the lingering coronavirus pandemic. Yet despite the challenges of COVID-19, NIB made significant progress in enhancing the independence of Americans who are blind.
NIB created 276 new employment opportunities for people who are blind in FY2021, increased labor hours and wages, and helped hundreds of people who are blind earn job promotions or obtain competitive positions inside and outside of its nationwide network. In addition, NIB created and sustained employment for more than 4,700 people who are blind, empowering them to build careers of choice in inclusive workplaces that offer competitive wages and benefits, and opportunities for professional development and advancement.
In FY2021, NIB also expanded grant programs to assist agencies in recovery from the pandemic and compliance with federal government cybersecurity requirements, and doubled down on the commitment to advance its mission through innovation with the launch of a new, groundbreaking talent management enterprise known as NSITE. Through NSITE, NIB formed valuable new partnerships with industry-leading companies like Google, Amazon, and CapitalOne, and completed the nation’s first-ever Cisco Academy adapted specifically to the learning styles of people who are blind.
As the world moves forward with hope for a new era, the NIB 2021 Annual Report, Adapt and Advance, illustrates a solid foundation for the future.
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