For 75 years, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has been working to create, sustain, and improve employment opportunities for people who are blind. NIB and its nationwide network of associated agencies are the largest US employer of people who are blind.
In 2011, NIB launched an initiative to create a fully accessible web-based e-commerce platform for use by NIB and the government agencies it serves. NIB leveraged Oracle E-Business Suite to develop this platform. Ultimately named AbilityOne.com, this site is the primary government purchasing website for products made by people who are blind or those with severe disabilities. AbilityOne.com meets all requirements specified in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Impressed by NIB's innovative work, global IT media network ComputerWorld selected NIB as a 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureate.
The ComputerWorld Honors Laureate Program acknowledges organizations and individuals that use information technology to effectively benefit society in the areas of social, economic, and educational change. More than 1,000 Honors Laureate nominations are reviewed each year, and ComputerWorld selects only a handful of winners.
"AbilityOne.com was built with accessibility in mind, and the results have been extremely positive for both NIB employees and our customers," said Kevin A. Lynch, NIB's President and CEO.