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National Industries for the Blind Overview
Alexandria, VA
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Business Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies are the nation’s largest employer of people who are blind by the sale of more than 3,500 quality products and services to federal, state and commercial ... Read more

Mission: For 76 years, NIB has been focused on its mission to enhance opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment.

National Industries for the Blind – Why Work For Us?



Since 1938, 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 network of associated nonprofit agencies are the nation's largest employer of people who are blind through the sale of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services provided by the AbilityOne® Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.

Despite continued gains in employment, people who are blind remain one of the nation’s greatest untapped labor resources.  In fact, 70 percent of working-age Americans who are blind are not employed. This statistic fuels NIB’s mission to create, sustain and improve employment opportunities for people who are blind.

Today, NIB is not only focused on creating jobs – but on developing careers through challenging, knowledge-based positions in high-energy, quality work environments. NIB works with a nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies, offering a wide range of career opportunities with no boundaries. NIB mentors and supports its agencies through business development, program management, and marketing and sales.


NIB can trace its beginnings to a handful of individuals who came together at a national level and generated the start of the 1938 Wagner-O’Day Act. On August 10, 1938, NIB was incorporated as a 501C3, private, nonprofit corporation "to promote the welfare of blind persons in general and blind workers in particular." 


It takes vision and sound business planning to effectively guide 94 associated agencies, more than 5,000 product offerings and hundreds of distribution channels and outlets. The leadership team at NIB successfully oversees and administers a complex, multi-faceted program that serves thousands of Americans who are blind under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act.

NIB's Board of Directors and management team comprise talented, high-energy individuals with vast amounts of knowledge and experience in the corporate, nonprofit, federal procurement, manufacturing and services worlds. Along with thousands of employees, NIB's leaders are passionate about working to make a difference in the lives of people who are blind.

Procure mission services through NIB

If you are looking for a service provider that delivers quality, value, and unmatched dedication, turn to NIB Services. NIB and our associated agencies perform a variety of services that provide employment opportunities for people who are blind. By procuring services under the AbilityOne Program, your organization benefits with: 

  • No solicitation to issue
  • No bidders list to administer
  • No bids to evaluate
  • No increases to government staff
  • Cost-effective means to contract for vital services
  • Technical support and regulatory assistance

Section 508 Assurance

NIB’s Section 508 Assurance Services address software, systems, and website accessibility and usability conformance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 mandates that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government must be accessible to people with disabilities.

NIB offers three levels of Section 508 Assurance Services

Level 1: Conformance and Usability Assessment
This basic level of service assesses existing client and web-based applications, websites and electronic documents; identifies deficiencies; and provides recommendations for remediation.

Level 2: Conformance and Usability Assessment with Remediation Project Management
Includes the Level 1 assessment and assists with remediating identified compliance deficiencies.

Level 3: Conformance and Usability System Development
NIB’s most comprehensive solution engages the 508 Assurance team throughout the application development life cycle to ensure Section 508 conformance and usability standards are integrated at each step in the development process, through final application.

In addition to conducting testing and remediation, NIB can assist with:

  • Establishing compliance procedures
  • Prioritizing accessibility issues
  • Developing training materials
  • Training agency personnel
  • Incorporating accessibility standards in Electronic Information Technology (EIT) procurements
  • Reviewing solicitations and project objectives
  • Auditing, reviewing and testing bid submissions
  • Reviewing Section 508 exceptions
  • Establishing accessibility policies and procedures


Employment at National Industries for the Blind is open to people who are sighted or blind. We continually strive to match employees' skills and passions with jobs in progressive work environments.

At NIB, we put the mission first, and that helps to ensure that all of our team members work together toward a common goal. We call this philosophy “Mission Possible.” At NIB, it's not just a job -- it's a mission!

NIB is a dynamic organization seeking motivated and energized candidates dedicated to helping us achieve our mission to create jobs for people who are blind. Career opportunities exist for people of all experience levels and professional backgrounds.

Your NIB career is linked to your ongoing professional development. To provide our employees with the tools they need to exceed expectations, our Learning and Development team works with employees to enhance their skills and capabilities, while boosting their opportunities for promotion and advancement.

NIB offers its team members the resources, professional training and diverse opportunities to grow their careers.

Check out the list of available NIB Employment Opportunities and apply today.

For any employment related questions, contact Ann Walling at 703-310-0638 or


In addition to a competitive compensation package, NIB offers a full benefits package to our employees, which includes:

• Choice of medical insurance plans
• Employee pension plan with full vesting in three years
• Flexible work hours
• Alternative work schedule
• Telework option
• 11 paid holidays
• Paid time off
• Disability insurance
• Life insurance
• On-site parking
• Tuition reimbursement
• Business casual attire
• Access to public transportation
• Friendly working environment

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    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind full-time


    They have budget for technology.


    Takes forever, if at all to get new technology for your needs. Priorities fall by the wayside.

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    Put people in management positions that know how to use and train others to use the database. my manager can't.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at National Industries for the Blind.


    Applied online, had a recruiter call me and schedule a time/date for a phone interview with HR. On said date and time, I waited 30mins, no call. On reaching out to the recruiter 30mins past the scheduled hour I was told oops sorry, I got an email a few minutes ago from HR saying we need to push this out by a few weeks!
    Terribly unprofessional and inconsiderate of applicant's time. I am not scheduling anything with them again.

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National Industries for the Blind Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Virginia, Virginia Business Magazine, 2013
  • Best Nonprofits to Work for, NonProfit Times, 2013
  • Best Places to Work in Virginia, Virginia Business Magazine, 2012
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