Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) was recently honored for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.
Presented by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the 2012 NIB Employment Award recognizes IFB’s commitment to increasing employment and economic opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. IFB has received this national award eight years in a row.
With a 70 percent unemployment rate for working-aged Americans who are blind, all efforts to create jobs help to change this statistic and provide economic and personal freedom for people who are blind.
“We continue to be honored and grateful for this national recognition,” said David Horton, executive director of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind. “It reflects our mission to create quality jobs for our employees and to help them grow both personally and professionally through training and education.”
The NIB Employment Award winners receive cash payments from a $1 million fund created to recognize and encourage NIB-associated agencies that grow or sustain employment for people who are blind. Emphasis also is placed on efforts to increase upward mobility in the workplace and job opportunities.