Feb 6, 2013
Rochester, NY – The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) was honored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB) with the 2012 Employment Growth Award, which recognizes efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind. The award honors ABVI for its success and commitment to increasing economic independence for people who are blind.
“We are proud to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the Greater Rochester area,” said Gidget Hopf, president and CEO of ABVI. “Our team members who are blind are talented, dedicated and loyal employees. We are honored to serve as an example in the community of the capabilities of people who are blind.”
The 2012 Employment Growth Award recipients are awarded cash payments from a fund created to recognize and encourage NIB associated nonprofit agencies that grow or sustain employment for people who are blind. Emphasis is also placed on efforts to increase upward mobility in the workplace and job placements.
“It is an honor for me to recognize the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired with a 2012 Employment Growth Award,” said Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of NIB. “ABVI continues to do an outstanding job in creating employment and high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind.”
ABVI is one of 91 nonprofit agencies throughout the country associated with NIB, the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind.
About National Industries for the Blind
For 75 years, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has been 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 network of 91 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide serve as the largest employer for people who are blind by the sale of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services through the AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act. For more information on NIB and its 75th anniversary, visit www.nib75years.org.