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Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Earns 2015 Employment Growth Award

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Earns 2015 Employment Growth Award

From National Industries for the Blind

 Award Honors Success in Sustaining and Increasing Employment For People Who Are Blind

February 2, 2016, Washington, DC – Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) was honored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, with the 2015 Employment Growth Award. The award recognizes CLB’s efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.

“We are proud to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind in the Washington, DC Region,” said Anthony J. Cancelosi, President and CEO, CLB. “Our employees are talented and dedicated professionals, and we are delighted that they are being recognized as an example of the capabilities of people who are blind.”

Employment Growth Award recipients receive a cash payment 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 Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind with a 2015 Employment Growth Award,” said Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of NIB. “Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind continues to lead the way in creating employment and high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind.”

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About Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Founded in 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is the only organization of its kind to provide life-changing skills and services to clients who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind living the greater Washington region. Through vision-health screenings, a mobile eye care unit, independent living skills training, community support groups for youth and adults, career counseling and job placement, CLB enables clients to reclaim personal and professional independence by learning to navigate mobility and employment challenges that arise from vision loss. CLB manages 12 government contracts, employing blind members of greater D.C. and has served Washington DC’s blind and visually impaired community with life-changing resources for 115 years. For additional information, visit www.clb.org.

About National Industries for the Blind

Since 1938, National Industries for the Blind (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. For more information about NIB, visit www.nib.org.