Envision Welcomes Officials From Abilityone Commission To Wichita

September 07, 2016
Wichita – A delegation of top executives from the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. AbilityOne Commission® visited Envision yesterday to see first-hand the many ways in which the agency is creating job opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired (B/VI).
The AbilityOne Commission oversees the AbilityOne® Program, which helps organizations including Envision and other member agencies of the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) secure Federal contracts through which they are able to employ individuals who are blind or severely disabled. The delegation, consisting of the Commission’s Executive Director Tina Ballard, Deputy Executive Director Kimberly Zeich, Senior Advisor Brian Hoey, Chairperson James M. Kesteloot and his wife, Barbara, met with Envision’s CEO/President Michael Monteferrante and other Envision executives, and members of Envision’s Board of Directors. The group also met with representatives of the Envision Employee Advisory Group, an employee group charged with giving personnel from all levels a voice in the organization. They also toured Envision’s Water Street manufacturing facility, which produces up to 3 million plastic bags a day and carries out printing, sewing, product development, private labeling, custom assembly and other processes, and visited Envision’s Main Street business offices to witness the broad array of programs and services that fall under Envision’s mission.
Envision employs individuals who are blind or visually impaired in virtually every aspect of its operation. In addition to skilled and administrative workers in its manufacturing plant and print shop, the agency has created jobs with growth opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals in its Early Child Development Center, its Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, its radio station (Q92), its Base Supply Center (BSC) retail establishments and its administrative offices.
“Envision is a flagship employer of people who are blind,” said Chairperson Kesteloot. “It’s a true asset to the community and to the AbilityOne Program.”

“When I asked employees to sum up their quality of life at Envision, their answer was a resounding ‘Wow!’” said Executive Director Ballard. “That says it all.”
Monteferrante pointed out that many of the programs and services Envision provides facilitate employment for those who are blind and visually impaired.
“We’re very proud of our success in helping members of the B/VI community secure gainful and meaningful employment with our organization,” he said. “But we’re equally proud of how our programs and services pave the way to employment for a much larger community. Whether through teaching them how to better navigate day-to-day activities and use assistive technology to access computer programs and the Internet, or through offering programs that build character and confidence and hone interviewing skills, we’re committed to helping as many people as possible land and keep jobs and ultimately enjoy a higher quality of life.”
About Envision: Envision (www.envisionus.com) promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.


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