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When organizations work together toward a common goal, they can achieve great things. We're seeking partners to help us build a stronger, more diverse workforce and facilitate a culture of inclusivity for people of all abilities.

We Need You

Established partnerships give the BVI Workforce Innovation Center a powerful start, but our work is not done. To combat staggering unemployment numbers among people who are blind or visually impaired, we need partnerships that can grow skill sets, create innovative approaches to employment, provide a service for companies who want to diversify their workforce or simply help these individuals become more independent and thrive.

We're an organization that wants to do things differently. If you share our vision, let's work together to make our ideas a reality.

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Powerful Partnerships Yield Positive Change

We believe in the power of employment for people of all abilities. Every day, Envision and LCI challenges the unacceptably high 70 percent unemployment rate for people who are blind or visually impaired. Our organizations have a great foundation in manufacturing, but as the economy and the desires of the younger generation change, employers must adapt. That's why we created the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center—to create a workforce for those who want to grow and develop in positions previously unavailable to individuals with disabilities.

Our current partnerships are extensive and are continuing to change and grow. This growth is key to fueling our mission. And we'd love for you to be a part of that.

LCI

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LCI's sole mission is to provide meaningful employment for people who are blind. As one of the nation’s largest employers of the blind, our focus is to offer opportunities, skills and training to the blind and visually impaired to help them cultivate a job into a rewarding career. Since 1936, the core of LCI has always been manufacturing, but through the years this non-profit corporation has continued to grow and evolve into a multi-faceted entity. Today, LCI's business capabilities range from manufacturing and distribution to retail and e-Commerce. Headquartered in Durham, NC, LCI operates two distribution centers, four e-commerce websites, six manufacturing facilities and over 35 retail stores on military bases across the United States.

Learn More at lcindustries.com

Bender Consulting Services

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Bender provides disability employment expertise in the areas of recruitment, workplace mentoring, strategic planning, training, and digital accessibility to drive innovation and realize business value for customers. Founded in 1995, Joyce Bender, founder and CEO of Bender Consulting Services believes that all people with disabilities should have access to freedom, through competitive employment. Bender’s vision is to be a company that positively impacts worldwide change, resulting in increased competitive employment of people with disabilities.

Learn More at benderconsult.com

Wichita State University

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Mission: The mission of Wichita State University is to be an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.

Vision: Wichita State University is internationally recognized as the model for applied learning and translational research.

Learn More at wichita.edu

Blind Institute of Technology

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Led by founder Mike Hess, Blind Institute of Technology [BIT] is a team of staff, volunteers and board members passionate about addressing an attitude shift for blind professionals and educating companies on how to hire and cultivate success for the visually impaired. BIT breaks down barriers to employment for both the BVI community and the employers who hire them. With a focus on tech-related education and training, its solutions-based programs prepare BVI candidates with essential skills needed to be successful in today’s job-market. Its employer programs provide tools and resources that empower their BVI employees and help companies build best-in-class accessibility ratings for their digital landscape.

Learn More at blindinstituteoftechnology.org

Eyebot Technologies

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Founded by trio, Mike Hess, Sumanth Channabusappa and Kishore Nayak, Eyebot is a startup tech company building technology-based solutions for the visually impaired. The three together have more than sixty years’ experience in the technology, telecommunications and network sectors.

Learn More at eyebot.technology

Posh Technologies

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Posh is a mobile transformation company enabling business productivity for mid-size enterprises. It develops line of business apps to support key business processes in order to enhance productivity, business to employee (B2E) engagement, revenue, etc., across mobile platforms.

Zensa

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Zensa has a strong network of qualified providers, developers, designers and accessibility testers to bring holistic end-to-end solutions to support creation, deployment and maintenance of accessible products and services. Its comprehensive consulting and engineering services will cover accessibility needs from audit and compliance testing to training, education, and staffing.

Learn More at zensa.co

Ntara

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We exist to foster rewarding connections between brands and people. Helping ignite the boundless potential for our clients brings us joy. We help them thrive in an increasingly complex and global world, building solutions ready for the future and all the change it brings. Services: consulting, websites, ecommerce, application development, creative and UX, integrated marketing, technical integrations.

Learn More at ntara.com

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

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Mission: Supporting and advancing a competitive workforce in South Central Kansas.

Vision: Growing a regional economy through a skilled workforce.

Learn More at workforce-ks.com

INTERESTED IN PARTNERING? Let's talk.

To make this initiative as impactful as it can be, partnerships with companies like yours make it all possible. Let's discuss how we can make a difference for the future.

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