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Industries for the Blind of New York State Donates Its Remaining Assets to the American Foundation for the Blind

New York (July 23, 2014)—The Industries for the Blind of New York State, Inc., (IBNYS), which sold products manufactured by affiliated nonprofit agencies in New York that employ people who are blind or visually impaired to New York State government agencies, has donated its remaining assets to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). The organization dissolved in 2014.

IBNYS was established in 1946 to operate under the Preferred Source Program of the New York State Finance Law to provide meaningful employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired. Last year, the New York State Commission for the Blind designated National Industries for the Blind (NIB) to administer New York’s Preferred Source Program for the Blind.

AFB will use the funds from IBNYS to advance employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired in New York State and throughout the country.

“We are honored to be the recipients of Industries for the Blind of New York State's remaining assets, and look forward to using the funds to ensure that people with vision loss in New York and across the nation have access to important employment resources,” said Carl R. Augusto, AFB’s president and CEO.

“We are proud of IBNYS’s outstanding record of service, and we are pleased that our remaining assets will be going to AFB, which helped found and fund IBNYS over 65 years ago,” said Adam Leyens, Board chairman of IBNYS. “AFB has an excellent record of helping people with vision loss achieve their full potential, and we are certain the funds will have a significant impact on the lives of visually impaired people.”

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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

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Adrianna Montague-Devaud
AFB Communications
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