The mission of the Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) is to prepare blind and visually impaired individuals (BVI) with information technology (IT) and other in-demand skills and support the employers who hire them for success in the workplace.
Since its inception in 2013, BIT's vision has been to help reduce the excessively high unemployment rate among the BVI population. In a short amount of time BIT has provided job preparation services to more than 500 BVI candidates and successfully placed more than 100 BVIs in meaningful employment.
Preparation and staffing services focus on IT and other technical positions, with candidates placed in healthcare, financial services, technology, government, and other Colorado state priority sectors. BIT has also reached 4,000 community and company individuals participating in BIT educational sessions, Art of Blinders, which helps increase awareness and inclusivity in the workplace. In 2017, BIT was recognized with a Martin Luther King Business Award and a first ever Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Shining Stars of VR award. The award honors people and organizations moving the needle in reshaping the employment landscape for people living with disabilities.
In 2018, BIT launched its signature "LittleBIT" Program to work with school districts to make the educational setting accessible and conducive to learning for BVI youth K-12 through assistive technologies so these students have the same academic potential as their sighted peers.
"Thank God, someone gets it: an organization whose
goal is to knock down the barriers to employment that people with vision impairment experience. There is no one doing what BIT is doing. Their coaching and interview practice is what I needed. BIT's feedback was so different and so specialized that it was the turning point for me. I am very thankful for BIT and how they challenge me." -Jessica L
"BIT has given me the tools, opportunities and support that's made it possible to contribute meaningful work to the accessibility space. I'm working to make health care technology better for all people. BIT is disrupting the hiring pool and creating a workforce of highly talented experts. It's a simple concept with a monumental impact for the individuals, the community and the economy." - Anna T.
"BIT gave me self confidence and taught me not to
be ashamed or embarrassed of my disability. Instead, I learned how it is a strength, not a hindrance. I can still do a lot and have a successful career. Having a mentor made a big difference." - Eric A.