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National Industries For the Blind

National Industries for the Blind’s history dates to the early 1930s when leaders in the blindness community urged Congress to open the federal government market to nonprofit organizations employing people who are blind. The law, known as the Wagner-O’Day Act, was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 25, 1938, and required federal government agencies to purchase certain products manufactured by people who are blind. NIB was incorporated in the state of New York on August 10, 1938, to serve as the central nonprofit agency responsible for allocating government orders.

In its early years of operation, NIB and its 36 associated nonprofit agencies employed approximately 150 people who were blind who manufactured products such as mops, brooms, and pillowcases in support of the U.S. military during World War II. Today, NIB works with more than 100 associated nonprofit agencies across the county and employs more than 6,000 people who are blind who produce thousands of different products and deliver a range of professional services to government and commercial customers, creating almost 400 new job opportunities for the visually impaired. NIB focuses not only on creating jobs, but on developing careers through challenging, knowledge-based positions in high-energy, quality work environments.

NIB’s mission is to enhance the personal and economic independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. NIB is the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, and through its network of associated nonprofit agencies, is the largest employer of people who are blind in the country. National Industries for the Blind creates opportunities for people who are blind to become wage earners and taxpayers, reducing their reliance on government support and increasing engagement with their communities.
NIB connects its associated agencies with manufacturing and service delivery opportunities with the federal government and commercial companies. Our customers get the business solutions that they need, and people who are blind are employed.

This is where the importance of SKILCRAFT products come in. NIB’s impact is made possible through the sale of SKILCRAFT products and services produced and delivered by people who are blind. SKILCRAFT is a registered trademark owned and licensed by NIB. The SKILCRAFT line includes thousands of offerings — from office supplies and hardware to knowledge-based professional services — that meet or exceed exacting government standards, including the rigorous requirements of the U.S. military.

NIB participates in the federal AbilityOne Program as an Authorized AbilityOne Enterprise. Established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, the AbilityOne Program coordinates with nearly 600 nonprofit organizations across the country to help more than 46,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities find employment providing goods and services to the federal government at fair market prices.

Support NIB by purchasing your quality SKILCRAFT products right here with us at our online warehouse superstore at low, wholesale prices while making the positive impact you can feel good about without breaking the bank. Shop with us to make a difference today!
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