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Outlook Nebraska, Inc. Earns National Industries for the Blind Award

Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI), a nonprofit organization providing employment and other opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired, was recently honored for its 2010 efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.



The 2010 Employment Award was presented to the organization by National Industries for the Blind (NIB) in recognition of ONI’s success and commitment to increasing employment and economic opportunities for people who are blind.

Award winners receive cash payments from a $1 million fund created to recognize and encourage NIB associated agencies that grow or sustain employment for people who are blind.

According to ONI Chief Executive Officer Eric Stueckrath, this award shows that employment growth, retention and upward mobility are strong throughout the organization. Stueckrath also said that the funds will directly benefit ONI associates.

“The most significant part about the award is that we have outpaced the success of previous years,” Stueckrath said.

In 2010, ONI increased the number of blind associates from 30 to 36 and promoted and cross-trained 17 blind associates to positions of greater responsibility.

With a 70 percent unemployment rate for working aged Americans who are blind, all efforts to create jobs for this population help to change this statistic and provide economic and personal freedom for people who are blind.

“It is an honor for me to recognize agencies such as ONI that are dedicated to creating jobs and high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind,” said Kevin A. Lynch, president and CEO of NIB. “I truly appreciate their efforts to reduce the unemployment rate for this population.”

Established in 2000, ONI provides employment and workplace training to the blind and visually impaired in a converting operation that supplies a full line of 100 percent recycled fiber content tissue and towel products to the U.S. Government and other customers.

The largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska and the only agency of its kind in a seven-state region, ONI provides additional services for its employees, including social activities, education, training and health and wellness programs.

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