75 Years / Reasons - AbilityOne Works

From every one of us involved in the AbilityOne® Program, we couldn't be more proud to share our 75th anniversary with you. From the passage of the Wagner-O'Day Act in 1938 to the broadening of the Act in 1971, when it became the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act, we have been committed to a world where every person who is blind or who has significant disabilities is able to achieve his/her maximum employment potential.

We are excited about all that has happened over the past 75 years, but are even more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We appreciate all of the advocates, believers and supporters who have helped us get here and who will take us forward.Star

REASON #1

Wagner O'Day Act

The Original Act, Signed by FDR

1938 Expand

REASON #2

MC Migel

Building Organizations

1938 Expand

Courtesy of the American Foundation for the Blind, www.afb.org.

REASON #3

Chester C. Kleber

Starting with Strong Leadership

1938 Expand

REASON #4

Committee on Purchases of Blind Made Products

Starting Out Strong

1938 Expand

REASON #5

National Industries for the Blind

Early Beginnings

1938 Expand

REASON #6

Senator Jacob Javits

Includes People with Severe Disabilities

1971 Expand

REASON #7

Envision

Supporting the War Effort

1941 Expand

REASON #8

Melwood

Blossoming Like a Flower

1996 Expand

REASON #9

Black Hills Workshop & Training Center

Outstanding Service

1981 Expand

REASON #10

Alabama Industries for the Blind

Taking Advantage of Opportunity

2011 Expand

REASON #11

New Leaf

Early Bird Gets the Worm

1971 Expand

REASON #12

SEKRI

More Hires Than Any Other Employer

2003 Expand

REASON #13

Chicago Lighthouse

Vision Quest, the Soul of the Agency

1970 Expand

REASON #14

Job Options

Clean Laundry Makes Work

2004 Expand

REASON #15

Opportunities and Resources, Inc.

Providing Real-World Training and Employment Opportunities

1980 Expand

REASON #16

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)

Outfitting the Nation's Military

1940 Expand

REASON #17

Center Industries

25% Growth

1997 Expand

REASON #18

Nina Bektic-Marrero

Grateful for the Opportunity

2008 Expand

REASON #19

Defense Logistics Agency

Helping Thousands Each Day

1996 Expand

REASON #20

Supporting the Efforts of World War II

Multiple Products Support the Needs of the War

1941 Expand

REASON #21

Department of Defense Agencies

Filling a Need

2010 Expand

REASON #22

SKILCRAFT

From Mops & Brooms to SKILCRAFT

1952 Expand

REASON #23

GSA, White House Center

Cleanliness in One of Our Most Important Buildings

2008 Expand

REASON #24

Bureau of Land Management

Increases and Growth

1999 Expand

REASON #25

Jonathon Hudson

Changing Course

2000 Expand

REASON #26

Tim Cockerham

Nothing Stands in His Way

1996 Expand

REASON #27

Defense Acquisition University

Preparing for Employment Opportunities

2000 Expand

REASON #28

William Vaughn

It's All About the People and Jobs

2010 Expand

REASON #29

Marcelino Parra

Shattered to Director

2012 Expand

REASON #30

Michael Herring

One Success Echoes Across the Navy

2000 Expand

REASON #31

Ramon & Cesar Agron

Twin Brothers Find Time to Work and Help Others

2003 Expand

REASON #32

Lloyd Cole

All Smiles

2008 Expand

REASON #33

Scott Gibbs

A Thousand Scotts

2009 Expand

REASON #34

Ron Braxton

Overcoming Obstacles and Building Self-Confidence

2010 Expand

REASON #35

Sam Rodriguez

From Temporary Employee to "Rock Solid Asset"

2010 Expand

REASON #36

David Ogletree

High Standards

2010 Expand

REASON #37

Catherine White

Her Hard Work Paid Off

2003 Expand

REASON #38

The Korean War

Growing Strong During the Korean War

1950 Expand

REASON #39

Evelyne Villines

Working at Every Level

1986 Expand

REASON #40

Col. Scott Svabek

Important Growth

2012 Expand

REASON #41

Continued Expansion During the 1960s

Expanding and Evolving to Meet the Needs of the Times

1960 Expand

REASON #42

David Henninger

Long-Term Leadership Impacts Thousands

1973 Expand

REASON #43

Admiral CJ Peoples

First Chairman of the Committee

1930 Expand

REASON #44

Donna Hutchens

Longtime Supporter of the AbilityOne Program

2001 Expand

REASON #45

Dennis Pastrana

Power to Work

1979 Expand

REASON #46

Dennis Steiner

Rising Through the Ranks

1983 Expand

REASON #47

Goodwill Industries of South Florida

Spirit of Goodwill Band

1981 Expand

REASON #48

Beverly Milkman

Outstanding Commitment Led to Outstanding Growth

1997 Expand

REASON #49

Linda Allen

Employee of the Year, 2011

2011 Expand

REASON #50

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind

Supporting the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

2010 Expand

REASON #51

Leslie Carroll

Go For It

2010 Expand

REASON #52

Thomas Swanston

No One Left Behind

2010 Expand

REASON #53

Sharon Giovinazzo

One Goal

1990 Expand

REASON #54

Robert Knapp

From Trucks to Lawn Mowers

1985 Expand

REASON #55

Joseph Roeder

Adapting Technology

1980 Expand

REASON #56

SourceAmerica Incorporation

Incorporating for the Future

1974 Expand

REASON #57

James Omvig

A Career of Firsts

2003 Expand

REASON #58

Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act

A Good Idea Expanded

1971 Expand

REASON #59

Kathy Gallagher

A True Human Resource

1999 Expand

REASON #60

Gidget Hopf

Transformational Leader

1980 Expand

REASON #61

The Lighthouse for the Blind

Providing Boeing with Critical Pieces

1951 Expand

REASON #62

Commodore Funderburk

Loyalty. Determination. Perseverance. Independence.

1963 Expand

REASON #63

Jeff Mittman

Wounded Warrior Comes Home to a New Life

2005 Expand

REASON #64

Carol Lowman, Ph.D.

Pilot Program to New Line of Business

2009 Expand

REASON #65

Joshua Scarborough

Workplace Quality and Safety

2011 Expand

REASON #66

ARC Richmond, VA

Good Work Equals More Business

2004 Expand

REASON #67

Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired (SABVI)

High-Growth Career Opportunities

2010 Expand

REASON #68

Frances Rose

Her Future Looks Bright

1981 Expand

REASON #69

GWS/Goodwill of Lake County

Great Food Keeps Them Coming

1977 Expand

REASON #70

Dr. Janet Szylk

Highly Respected Researcher and Leader

2008 Expand

REASON #71

IRS National Mail Center

National Contract Means National Employment

2005 Expand

REASON #72

Homeland Security

Variety and Flexibility Makes for a Strong Partnership!

2004 Expand

REASON #73

Shaw Air Force Base

Celebrating AbilityOne

2001 Expand

REASON #74

US Customs and Border Protection

The "One Cup" Car Wash

2010 Expand

REASON #75

USDA

A Partnership to be Proud of

1998 Expand