David Perry Named 2016 Peter J. Salmon Winner by National Industries for the Blind
Cincinnati, OH – David Perry, an Assistant Tape Machine Operator at Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI), was named the 2016 Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year Award winner by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind. Mr. Perry is the second employee from Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired to win the award. He operates a machine that cuts tape from two thousand pound jumbo rolls down to standard individual size rolls of tape. Throughout his 15 years of employment with CABVI, his quality of work, productivity, and attitude have always been exemplary.
Perry is quick to say yes to leadership opportunities to improve things for groups of people, especially people with vision loss. He has served as Director of the Kentucky Association for Blind Athletes, Director of Membership for the American Council for the Blind of Ohio, and President of the Northern Kentucky Council of the Blind. As Perry says, “I am very grateful to work in an organization like CABVI, where people who are blind have the same opportunities for independent living and competitive employment as people who are sighted.”
The NIB Board of Directors created the Peter J. Salmon Award in 1968 to honor the accomplishments of employees from NIB associated agencies who excel in their positions. The award is named after Dr. Salmon, who was instrumental in fostering the passage of the Wagner-O'Day Act, the landmark legislation that provides employment opportunities to thousands of people who are blind, and the subsequent formation of NIB.
“What a fantastic honor for Dave Perry and CABVI,” said John Mitchell, CEO. “This is a great time to celebrate Dave’s accomplishments and also raise awareness about the capabilities of people who are blind.”
In September, Perry will be honored during a special awards banquet at the 2016 NIB/NAEPB National Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The annual event, hosted by NIB and the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB), brings together hundreds of NIB and associated agency employees, customers, partners, and supporters.