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June 3, 2016
Christian and Harris honored at Blind Worker of the Year luncheon
Alabama Industries for the Blind (AIB) today honored two Industries employees during their annual Blind Worker of the Year luncheon.
Gary Christian has been selected as the Peter J. Salmon Direct Labor Employee of the Year for 2016.
Gary Christian attended the Alabama School for the Blind, graduating in 1995, and joined the Alabama Industries for the Blind in 1997 where he contributes to the success of any department in which he works while providing the quality and quantity of services required and expected with efficiency, effectiveness and integrity.
Christian is originally from Clanton, Ala. When home, he enjoys playing saxophone at Fountain Chapel AME Church, reading, watching football and basketball and hanging out with people.
Diana Harris is being honored as the Alabama Industries for the Blind 2016 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award winner – an award presented annually by AIB to honor a person who is legally blind and employed in an indirect labor position.
Diana Harris graduated from the Alabama School for the Blind in 2003 and, since joining Alabama Industries for the Blind as a production worker in the inkjet department in 2006, she has grown professionally by performing tasks in multiple operations. Harris currently serves as a Quality Control Inspector for Alabama Industries for the Blind, where she seeks out tasks to perform while actively looking for ways to help others at AIB and in the community
Harris is currently active in the PTO for Graham Elementary, stays busy with family activities and participates in Girl Scouts.
Christian and Harris will go on to attend the National Blind Workers of the Year banquet in Arlington, Va., later this year.
Alabama Industries for the Blind is a component of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Also affiliated with the National Industries for the Blind, AIB is a diverse manufacturing complex with two plant locations and three military base supply stores in Alabama and Georgia. Among the items produced by blind workers are military neckties, helmet covers, flight bags, deck mops, brushes, ink cartridges, paper products and more. AIB has received numerous national awards for quality workmanship and on-time delivery.
Established in 1858, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the world’s most comprehensive education, service and employment program for individuals from infants through seniors with hearing and vision loss. AIDB serves more than 23,500 children and adults annually through five Talladega-based campuses including Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deaf-blind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (post-secondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind. Eight Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.