Case: National Industries for the Blind
National Industries for the Blind strives “to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment.” The goal of the organization is to lower the proportion of non-working people who are blind in the US, which is currently around 70%. Through the support of the federal AbilityOne program, NIB coordinates the sale of products and services to the federal government. Beyond AbilityOne, NIB trains individuals for a variety of skills, partnering with other organizations to identify opportunities for employment. As growth in jobs related to government purchases has slowed, the organization is interested in expanding beyond the constraints of the AbilityOne program to develop innovative employment opportunities.
CHALLENGE: Director of Strategic Intelligence Matthew Wieseler requests your assistance in determining how NIB can effectively branch out beyond its current business model to improve employment opportunities for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired.
First Place: University of North Carolina
Second Place: Maastricht University
Third Place: Emory University
Fourth Place: University of Texas
You can read the MHBSC 2014 Case Write-Up here.