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National Industries for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

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General Information

National Industries for the Blind
1310 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1691
(703) 310-0500 (Local)
(703) 310-0488 (Fax)
communications@nib.org
www.nib.org

Brief Description

For 75 years, NIB has focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its nationwide network of more than 90 associated nonprofit agencies serve as the largest employer of people who are blind by the sale of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services through the AbilityOne Program. For more information on NIB and its 75th anniversary, visit www.nib75years.org.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Clients served on average per year: 160,000 people who are blind receive rehabilitative services from NIB associated agencies
Number of staff: 160
Staff description: NIB staff work with more than 90 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide, which employ nearly 6,000 people who are blind
Geographic area served: Nationwide throughout United States
Publications: NIB Annual Report; Opportunity Magazine

Staff

Kevin Lynch, President and CEO, (703) 310-0500, klynch@nib.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • NIB's associated nonprofit agencies nationwide offer rehabilitative services to more than 160,000 people who are blind.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • NIB's associated nonprofit agencies nationwide employ people who are blind in a variety of product and service areas. CareersWithVision is an online employment resource available to people who are blind and seeking employment at NIB associated nonprofit agencies. This search engine is a collaborative effort between NIB and AFB. Visit http://www.nib.org/careers-training/careerswithvision. NIB's Wounded Warrior Program offers training, job placement, career opportunities and guidance with transition to civilian life for veterans who are wounded with any type of injury, including those who are blind. NIB's Business Leaders Program provides training and on-the-job experience to encourage professional development and prepare individuals who are blind for rewarding, successful careers in business. NIB's Contract Management Support (CMS) Training Program assists in the development of high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind by providing high-level training in the field of contract management.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • NIB mentors and supports its associated nonprofit agencies through business development, program management and marketing and sales.
  • Professional Training
    • NIB's Business Leaders Program provides training and on-the-job experience to encourage professional development and prepare individuals who are blind for rewarding, successful careers in business. NIB's Contract Management Support (CMS) Training Program assists in the development of high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind by providing high-level training in the field of contract management.

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