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AbilityOne Program

The AbilityOne® Program, originally named the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act, was established by the federal government in 1938 to help ensure that people who are blind find employment. In 1971 the program extended benefits to people who have other significant disabilities. SourceAmerica® is a nonprofit agency established to help implement the AbilityOne Program. Both the agency and program enable our nonprofit agency, Global Connections to Employment (GCE), to train and employ thousands of people with disabilities across the nation.

The Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled is the federal agency authorized to administer the AbilityOne Program. The committee is responsible for determining which products and services are suitable to place on the federal government procurement list as well as the fair market prices for those items. The committee designated National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and SourceAmerica to implement the AbilityOne Program.

Approximately 600 nonprofit agencies are affiliated with NIB or SourceAmerica and supply products and services under the AbilityOne Program. The core criterion for a nonprofit agency to be an eligible participant is that 75 percent of total direct labor hours be performed by people who are blind or have other significant disabilities. The program leverages the purchasing power of the federal government to enable nonprofit agencies to provide  training and employment for persons with disabilities. Thus far, the program has provided employment opportunities to more than 43,000 people.

Learn more about the program and our organization by calling 850.595.1330 or 877.827.2372 (toll-free).

Global Connections to Employment  |  2001 North E Street  |  Pensacola, Florida 32501  |  (850) 595-1330  |  (877) 827-2372 toll free