Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
2240 Northwood Drive
Salisbury, MD 21801
Tel. 410-749-1366
Toll Free: 888-749-1366
Fax: 1-888-548-5085
Organization History:
  • Blind Industries & Services of Maryland (BISM) was established in 1908 by the Maryland General Assembly as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. BISM nurtures a culture that promotes open communication, teamwork and trust while offering comprehensive rehabilitation programs and evolving employment opportunities for blind and low vision people of all ages.
  • Working with associates to achieve independence and personal growth is their most important objective, because they believe in the powerful capabilities of all blind people.
  • Each year they provide programs and services that serve over 2000 blind Maryland citizens.
  • BISM employs 500 exceptional associates at our eleven facilities in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky and North Carolina where we manufacture the highest quality products. (
Organization Purpose:
  • To positively change peoples attitudes about blindness.
  • To provide stable career opportunities, innovative rehabilitation program, quality products and services and to develop resources for training and education.
  • To be an internationally recognized leader whose associates provide evolving opportunities for blind people and others.
  • To adhere to the core values of belief in the capabilities of blind people, honesty, integrity, trust, teamwork, and open communication.
Organization Personnel Chart:
–Board of Trustees Officers: The mission of the Board of Trustees is to provide BISM associates with strong leadership that ensures the current and future success of the organization. Appointed by Governor with Senate advice & consent:
Donald J. Morris – Chairperson Dr. Walter A. Brown Vice – Chairperson James R. Berens – Treasurer Dr. William E. Hadlock – Secretary
– Other Trustees: Millicent A. Morris, Martha E. Seabrooks, Jerry L. Moschel, Dr. Peter L. Gehlbach, Frederick J. Puente, Dr. Michael L. Gosse, Carolyln Hess Johnson, and George H. Littrell. (
Frederick J. Puente, President (410) 737-2600


  • ACCOUNTING;  William F. Gielner, Controller (410) 737-2612
  • COMMUNICATIONS: Christina T. Davis, Director (410) 737-2638
  • HUMAN RESOURCES: Stacey Craig, Manager (410) 737-2626
  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: James Carr, Manager (410) 737-2605
  • SALES & MARKETING: Gregg Kalifut, Director (410) 737-2627

*INDUSTRIES DIVISION Jack Grizzel, Chief Operating Officer (410) 737-2600

*RETAIL DIVISION Kenneth Barnett, Director (202) 563-2217

*VENDING SERVICES DIVISION John Ward, General Manager (410) 737-2602

For Adults:
  • Assessment
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
  • Counseling
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
  • Employment/Job Training
  • Information and Referral
  • Low Vision Services
  • Recreation Services
  • Support Groups
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility

For children:

  • Recreation Services & Camps

For professionals:

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
  • Professional In-service Training

For seniors:  (

  • Center-Based Training Programs
  • In-Home Teaching
  • Residential Senior Retreats
  • Community-Based Workshops
  • Monthly Support Group Meetings
Research of the Issue in Salisbury:
A study done by Johns Hopkins on Salisbury, MD residents concluded more than half of those with visual impairment or blindness had conditions that were either surgically treatable or potentially preventable. African Americans had a disproportionate number of blinding diseases, particularly those amenable to eye care intervention.
Targeted interventions for specific populations to increase appropriate eye care use would greatly improve vision and function in older Americans.” (
Research of the Issue – Blindness: What it feels like to be blind: (

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