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CABVI Earns 2016 Employment Growth Award from National Industries for the Blind and Announces Employee of the Year


For Immediate Release

March 16, 2017

Pamela Mustee, Director of Public Relations and Events
(315) 797-2233 |


Utica, NY – The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) was honored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation's largest employment resource for people who are blind, with the 2016 Employment Growth Award. The award recognizes CABVI's efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.

"We are proud to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind in Central New York,” said Dennis Webster, Senior Vice President of Production and Operations. "Our employees are talented and dedicated professionals, and we are delighted that they are being recognized as an example of the capabilities of people who are blind."

"It is an honor for me to recognize CABVI with an Employment Growth Award for 2016," said Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of NIB. "CABVI continues to lead the way in creating employment and high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind."

The honor of the award comes with the announcement of CABVI’s Employees of the Year. Each year an employee is recognized for their talents and dedicated professionalism in their respective fields.

Nedeljko_Kukic_17The 2017 recipient of the Peter Salmon award was Nedeljko Kukic. He is recognized for his outstanding service to CABVI, positive attitude, and likability by fellow peers and staff.

The recipient of this year’s Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement is Eric Grippe. Eric came to CABVI in February of 2012 and has shown great leadership and growth. “Eric showed dedication and potential for upwardEric_Grippe_17 mobility in the agency from his earliest days here at CABVI. We are proud to have him,” said Steven Niermeyer, Director of Production.

Dennis_Mahoney_17The New York State Preferred Source Program (NYSPSP) Employee of the year is Dennis Mahoney. Dennis is a long time employee of CABVI and has been with the agency for over 57 years.

“Dennis is an incredible employee who goes above the call of duty every day here at CABVI. He loves his job, his team, and has a humble work ethic both within our facility and out in the community. His outreach to the public in sharing knowledge about the blind and visually impaired is beyond measure,” said Rudy D’Amico, President and CEO at CABVI.



Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, generally free of charge. Our staff of professionals offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment, and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,600 people who are blind or visually impaired in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson and northern Otsego Counties. CABVI offers low vision examinations, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, instruction in the use of assistive technology applications, employment training, adaptive recreation and sports and social work.


About NIB

Since 1938, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its network of associated nonprofit agencies are the nation's largest employer of people who are blind through the manufacture and provision of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services of the AbilityOne® Program. For more information about NIB, visit


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