As a child Rick was diagnosed with X-linked juvenile retinoschisis which is a condition characterized by impaired vision that begins in childhood. This disorder affects the retina , which is a specialized light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. When asked about giving advice to other blind individuals who desire upward mobility Rick said, “have confidence in yourself and through perseverance, you can overcome any obstacles, that’s how I got to where I am today.” Read More
Cameron Polom with ABC 15 toured Arizona Industries for the Blind on Friday, June 2 to learn more about its Distribution Services Unit. During his visit, Cameron had the opportunity to meet some of our staff, learn about their lives, and learn how we create opportunities for individuals in the great American Workforce. Watch the video clip on YouTube or read Cameron’s article on the ABC 15 website.
President/CEO Chris Lafollette, Vice President Larry Mann and Public Policy Manager David Steinmetz traveled to Washington DC to meet with elected officials and Staff to advocate for Arizonians who are blind working in the AbilityOne program. The team discussed how important “informed choice” is for clients in the VR program, creating new careers for people … Read more
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB) has shipped more than 5,000 multivitamins with folic acid to people in Arizona in less than four weeks, clearing a year long backlog. The partnership between AIB and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity (BNPA) create and sustain careers for … Read more
Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB) is proud to announce that its 2023 Richard J. Monaco Tee Off for Blindness Golf Tournament will be held on December 6, 2023 with play beginning at 8:30AM. This year, the tournament will be held a Palm Valley Golf Course — located at 2211 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, … Read more
Phoenix, Ariz.- Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Beyond Clothing that will create new career opportunities for Arizonians who are blind or visually impaired. Click to read the full Media Release.
“Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” is this year’s theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October, AIB celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To learn more, check out this article about AIB on the Glendale Daily Planet Website.
Phoenix, Ariz.– House of Representatives Greg Stanton, D-9) toured the Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB Distribution Center in Phoenix, AZ., and heard personal stories from AIB employees who are blind achieving their version of the American Dream on Wednesday August 17, 2022. As an AbilityOne Champion Congressman Stanton demonstrates support for the AbilityOne Program … Read more
Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB) is proud to announce the return of the Annual Richard J. Monaco Tee Off for Blindness golf tournament on September 16, 2022 @ 7:30 AM at Falcon Dunes golf course. This premier event is AIB’s only fundraiser and one hundred percent of all proceeds will go towards providing employment … Read more
“I couldn’t believe that an organization such as AIB existed. My struggle to find gainful employment was finally over,” said Kelly Dyes. A native of Arizona, Kelly joined Arizona Industries for the Blind in 2020 as a Material Handler within the Distribution Services Unit (DSU). Most recently, Kelly successfully competed for and was promoted to … Read more