BISM Logo, blue and gold compass icon with modern styled letters reading BISM Empowering the Blind Community, employing, educating, training.


The work of BISM could not be accomplished without the support of our amazing industry, corporate and community partners. 

Industry Partners

Established in 1938, the AbilityOne Program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission®, an independent Federal agency whose statutory name is the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. The Commission has designated National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and SourceAmerica® as central nonprofit agencies to help administer the Program. More than 440 nonprofit organizations employ these individuals and provide quality products and services to the Federal Government at a fair market price.  BISM is a proud member of the AbilityOne Program.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, and through its network of associated nonprofit agencies, is the largest employer of people who are blind in the country. NIB’s impact is made possible through the sale of SKILCRAFT® products and services produced and delivered by people who are blind.  BISM is proud participating manufacturer of SKILCRAFT® products. 

National Federation for the Blind (NFB) is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of the blind.  Through their network of blind members, they coordinate many programs, services, and resources to defend the rights of blind Americans, and provide information and support.  BISM is pleased to be a part of the NFB network.

State of Maryland’s Preferred Providers. BISM, the entity designated by law to produce supplies manufactured and assembled by processes involving blind workers.  At BISM, there are a variety of products that are made, manufactured, remanufactured, or assembled by blind and low vision associates for the State of Maryland.

Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) is an agency of the Maryland State Department of Education and is composed of the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) employment services program and the Disability Determination Services.  The public VR program includes the Office for Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS), which specializes in helping people whose primary disability is blindness or vision loss.

Corporate and Community Partners

  • American Council for the Blind
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness
  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • Maryland Works
  • Maryland Correctional Enterprises
  • Essendant
  • SP Richards
  • Fulton Bank
  • Greater Catonsville
  •  Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Arbutus Business Association
  • Whitting School of Engineering at John Hopkins University
  • Harford Community College
  • UMBC
  • bwtech@UMBC
  • Maryland State Department of General Services
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Gojo / Purell
  • Medline
  • UNICOR, Federal Prison Industries
  • W.L. Gore & Associates
  • HP
  • ISG – Independent Suppliers Group
  • Bottom-Line
  • Edward Sales
  • Grainger
  • Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training (MCVET)
  • Brulin

BISM is dedicated to providing career and training resources to Blind and Low-vision individuals of all ages. We positively change people’s attitudes about blindness.

The Faces of BISM

Get to know us! Join us in celebrating and learning about the many faces of BISM.