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     75th Aniv. AbilityOne
75th Anniversary of AbilityOne Program
Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works!
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Landmark
Legislation that Created the AbilityOne Program

Program Creates Jobs for Persons Who are Blind or Have Severe Disabilities

In the 1930’s, leaders in the blindness community urged Congress to open up government markets to nonprofit agencies that produce products made by people who are blind. 8 years later, on June 25th, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Wagner-O’Day Act into law. The Act directs government agencies to give priority, when purchasing products, to nonprofits that employ people who are blind.

Fast-forward to now, 75 years later, and you will find that the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and the AbilityOne Program are still going strong. The AbilityOne Program was a direct result of this new law and paved the road for the creation of the NIB – both dedicated to creating employment opportunities for people with vision impairments and blindness.

Today, the AbilityOne Program is the largest single-source of jobs for people who are blind or have severe disabilities in the United States, employing more than 50,000 people, 3000 of whom are military veterans and wounded warriors. The NIB employs nearly 6000 people who are blind and pays more than $100 million in wages and benefits annually to people who are blind. Additionally, the NIB works directly with nearly 100 nonprofit agencies nationwide dedicated to serving the blind community in their respective states and counties – Lighthouse Central Florida is one of those agencies.

Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works employ people who are blind at both the fulltime and contract level; and offers a variety of rehabilitation services across all age groups. Lighthouse partners with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and secures AbilityOne Program contracts to employ people who are blind throughout three counties in Central Florida: Orange, Seminole and Osceola.

As we gear up to celebrate this landmark legislation throughout the year, Lighthouse Central Florida needs your support to help us improve the lives of people who are blind by donating to the Lighthouse mission, partnering with us in employing persons with vision loss or helping us raise the awareness of our programs and services.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

NIB Celebrating 75 years AbilityOne Celebrating 75 years                     

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