About AbilityOne

The AbilityOne® Program is an example of government at its best. The mission of the program is first and foremost to provide training and employment opportunities for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. The program also serves Federal customers by providing them with high quality products and services, delivered on time at a reasonable price. The American taxpayer ultimately benefits from reduced community assistance made to people with significant disabilities and the increased tax revenues their employment generates.

Operating as the U.S. AbilityOne Commission®, the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled is the independent Federal agency that administers the AbilityOne Program. Members of the Commission are appointed by the President of the United States and oversee the AbilityOne Program in its mission to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind or have severe disabilities via the manufacture and delivery of products and services to the Federal Government.

The Commission is composed of 15 members: 11 who represent Federal Agencies and four who are private citizens knowledgeable about the employment challenges faced by people who are blind or have significant disabilities. The Commission is supported by a full-time staff.

The Commission has designated two central nonprofit agencies (CNAs) to assist with Program implementation: National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and SourceAmerica® Together, the Commission and the CNAs – along with a national network of more than 550 nonprofit agencies (NPAs) – create employment for more than 45,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities through the AbilityOne Program.

Program Structure of the AbilityOne Program