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What is the AbilityOne Program?

The AbilityOne® Program is a federal initiative that uses government procurement to employ people who are blind or have significant disabilities. Through a national network of approximately 450 nonprofit agencies, the program provides the federal government with products and services at fair market prices.

The AbilityOne Program is committed to producing quality products while enhancing personal independence and quality of life for employees. Employees learn job skills that allow them to grow within their communities and build successful careers in public and private-sector jobs.

Contracts under the AbilityOne Program offer federal customers high-quality products available through a variety of distributors at reasonable prices and delivered when needed. AbilityOne service contracts offer a stable workforce dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction.

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The Facts:

  • AbilityOne helps employ more than 36,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities. More than 2,500 veterans, including wounded warriors, work in the AbilityOne Program.
  • Provides SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne products.
  • Federal and state governments and the taxpaying public benefit from the employment of thousands of people who might otherwise be dependent on public assistance.

Who is the AbilityOne Program?

Andrzej Juvele on the job

The People:

Andrzej Juvele is on the job in the food-processing division of CW Resources, an AbilityOne-participating nonprofit agency in Connecticut. The contributions of workers with disabilities, including AbilityOne employees, are celebrated annually during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) American Dream Video:

See how the AbilityOne Program helps people with disabilities achieve their aspirations with thousands of jobs in a variety of economic sectors.

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Mitch Irwin"I enjoy my work and like to be challenged. I feel empowered with tools to seek whatever it is I want to seek."
Mitch Irwin
2017 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award nominee

Misty Stenberg"I never imagined life would bring me to where I am today."
Misty Stenberg
2017 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award winner, MidWest Enterprises for the Blind

Dustin Bradford"Working at the Lighthouse has helped make my goals a reality, not just a dream."
Dustin Bradford
2018 Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year award nominee, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Seattle, Washington

Daryl Wells"Industries of the Blind at Greensboro has opened opportunities for employment, where I can achieve and develop personal independence."
Daryl Wells
2018 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award nominee, Industries of the Blind, Greensboro, North Carolina