BISM Logo, blue compass

Blind Industries & Services of Maryland

BISM Logo, blue compass


We Are BISM!

Blind Industries & Services of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing career and training resources to blind residents of Maryland.

We positively change people's attitudes about blindness.


Maryland Workshop for the Blind established by the Maryland General Assembly. Located in Baltimore, its purpose is to provide vocational rehabilitation, continuous employment, and other resources to blind adults of Maryland.


The Cumberland division is established, providing services for blind residents of Western Maryland.


The Salisbury division is established, providing services for blind residents of the Eastern Shore.


Maryland Workshop for the Blind is renamed Blind Industries & Services of Maryland (BISM).


The Rehabilitation Training Division is established. Originally a small department focused on vocational training, the division grew quickly to provide skills training to blind people of all ages across the state.


BISM creates its Base Supply Center (BSC) division, opening the first BSC store on Dover Air Force Base with five associates.


BISM purchases a second location in Salisbury for its cutting and embroidery operations. BISM wins its first contract to produce uniforms for the military, significantly boosting the Cumberland and Salisbury divisions' production.


BISM expands its BSC division into e-commerce with the creation of


Having outgrown its original headquarters, the Baltimore headquarters moves into its present location on 3345 Washington Boulevard. The new facility houses administration, rehabilitation services, and cutting.


BISM creates the Raleigh Division of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, following a previous partnership with the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind.

2015 is rebranded as


BISM Beverage expands and purchases a new building in Federalsburg. This purchase allows for the production of multiple sizes of water bottles.


To provide stable career opportunities, innovative rehabilitation programs, quality products and services and to develop resources for training and education.


Our organization is an internationally recognized leader whose associates provide evolving opportunities for
blind people and others.

Meet the Board of Trustees

The mission of the Board of Trustees is to provide BISM associates with strong leadership that ensures the current and future success of our organization.

BISM Board of Trustees group photo

Board of Trustees Members:

(Front row, from left) Martha E. Seabrooks; Norman H. Conway, Vice Treasurer; George H. Littrell; Donald J. Morris, Chairman Emeritus; Sarah H. Goldstein. (Back row, from left) Melba J. Taylor; Dr. Walter A. Brown, Vice-Chairperson; James R. Berens, Treasurer; Frederick J. Puente, BISM President; Dr. William E. Hadlock, Secretary; Dr. Peter L. Gehlbach; Dr. Michael L. Gosse, Chairperson.

Message From the President And the Chairman of the Board

"We Are Positive. We Expect the Best and We Get It."

We feel very fortunate to be able to work at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) and participate in all the progress and success we have been able to achieve as an organization. It is not through any one individual, but rather through the hard work and dedication of all of our Associates.

BISM has worked very hard to stay competitive in an ever-changing marketplace. Through excellent communication and customer service, we have been able to meet or exceed the requirements that our customers both desire and deserve. Every one of our Associates, from the newest hire to the most senior manager, accepts responsibility for the quality of products and services we deliver.

Our nationally-recognized Rehabilitation and Training division offers innovative life skills training programs, services and workshops for blind and visually impaired people of all ages. Our training programs focus on independence and confidence. Students graduate from our programs with the ability to succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Our company logo is a compass and there is no object that better portrays BISM and its mission. The associates are the points of the compass, and it is they who lead us in the right direction for the future.

Frederick J Puente and Dr. Michael Gosse

Frederick J. Puente & Dr. Michael Gosse
President & Chairman of the Board

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