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AbilityOne Program

The AbilityOne® Program is among the largest sources of employment in the U.S. for individuals who are blind or have significant disabilities.
Established in 1938, the Program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOneCommission®, an independent Federal agency whose statutory name is the
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.

The Commission has designated National Industries for the Blind andSourceAmerica® as central nonprofit agencies to help administer the Program.
The Commission consists of 15 Presidential appointees: 11 represent Federal agencies and four are private citizens representing people who are blind or have
significant disabilities.  The Commission's Strategic Plan provides the roadmap for accomplishing the
Commission's priorities.

Mission: To tap America's underutilized workforce of individuals who are blind or have significant disabilities to deliver high quality, mission-essential products and services to Federal agencies in quality employment opportunities. Vision: Remain a trusted source of supply and services for Federal agencies while
creating quality employment opportunities across all economic sectors for people who are blind or have significant disabilities.

AbilityOne Facts

  • Employs 4 ,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities,
    including more than 2,500 veterans. An estimated 25,000 AbilityOne employees
    work on Department of Defense (DoD) contracts
  • Operates nationwide with employees from approximately 450 nonprofits working at
    more than 1,000 locations representing 40 government agencies.
  • Supplied $3.9 billion in products and services to the Federal Government in FY2021.
  • Supplies more than $2.1 billion in products and services annually to DoD, the largest
    customer of the AbilityOne Program. Operates more than 150 Base Supply Centers.
  • Meets industry standards such as ISO 9000, JACHO and ASHES.
  • AbilityOne’s essential workforce has been a vital part of America’s response to COVID-19.
    • AbilityOne staffs critical, uninterruptible services including military dining
      facilities and switchboard operations.
    • AbilityOne employees sanitize Federal buildings and military hospitals.
    • Nonprofits manufacture hand sanitizer and PPE, including masks and gowns.