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National Industries for the Blind Recognizes Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind

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 Dallas, TX-March 13, 2009.  Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, a local non-profit agency that employs people who are blind by providing high quality products to the federal government, recently received a “Employment Rention/Growth/Upward Mobility” Award for National Industries for the Blind for the agency’s demonstrated commitment to increase employment and economic opportunities for people who are blind.  This is the third year in a row that the Dallas Lighthouse has won this award.

 

“We are proud to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind,” said Nancy Perkins, President.  “Our team members who are blind represent a qualified, dedicated and loyal workforce.  We are honored to serve as an example in the community of the capabilities of people who are blind.  Our workforce plays an integral role in providing quality products and services to the federal government.”

 

Seven out of ten working age Americans who are blind are not employed.  Federal purchasing of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services under the AbilityOne Program (formerly the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Program) from NIB associated agencies like Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind employs more than 5,900 Americans who are blind across the nation.  In fact, NIB and its associated agencies represent the single largest employment program for people who are blind in the country.

 

“At NIB, we are pleased to reward our agencies for their efforts to retain and grow employment and create upward mobility options for people who are blind,” said Kevin Lynch, President and CEO of NIB.  “These awards are evidence of their hard work to enable more people who are blind to achieve socioeconomic independence and equality.  That is a shared mission that is vitally important to us all”.

 

In 2008, the NIB Board of Directors reinstated the Employment Retention, Growth and Upward Mobility Reward Program to promote employment opportunities for people who are blind at NIB associated agencies.  This program provided $500,000 in funding for reward distribution to those agencies that retained, grew, placed or promoted employees who are blind.

 

About Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind (www.dallaslighthouse.org)

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind was founded in 1931 and is dedicated to providing training, employment, and rehabilitative services that encourage opportunities for personal responsibility, economic independence, and social development for North Texans who are blind or visually impaired.

 

About NIB (www.NIB.org)

At National Industries for the BLIND (NIB), it is our mission to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment.  NIB and its associated agencies serve as the largest program responsible for the employment of people who are blind through the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act and the AbilityOne program.  NIB and its associated agencies around the country work to deliver quality products on time and at a fair market price.

 

About AbilityOne (www.AbilityOne.org)

Created in 1938 and amended in 1971, the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act and the AbilityOne Program provide employment opportunities for people who are blind and provide products and services to federal and commercial customers.  Today, the program stands as a national employment model.


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