Since its inception in 1938, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has been providing blind Americans with job opportunities to enhance their personal and economic independence.
The agency came into existence through the Javits Wagner-O'Day act, a congressionally mandated partnership between the federal government and non-profit agencies serving persons with visual or other severe disabilities. This partnership harnesses the enormous purchasing power of the U.S. government. SKILCRAFT is the trade name and chief brand of products sold by the NIB and its associated agencies to create jobs for Americans with disabilities.
The first products manufactured under the SKILCRAFT brand were mops and brooms for cleaning government offices. Today, federal customers can choose from over thousands of AbilityOne quality products including, janitorial equipment, office supplies, tools, housewares and more. Products manufactured under the SKILCRAFT brand are in full compliance with government regulations and offer the best value possible.
The sale of these products has helped employ more than 5,000 blind Americans for local agencies in 44 states.