AbilityOne Helps The Blind Make An Impact On Their World
Things have come a long way since 1938 when President FDR helped to pass the act which allowed those who were blind to be able to find viable work and to contribute to the government of their country at the same time. It eventually became known as the AbilityOne Program which in today’s modern world has also been upgraded so that a variety of different disabilities are taken into consideration when looking to hire someone for this work. In collaboration with the Source America network of similarly positioned providers, there are now 565 overall locations throughout the United States so that anyone with a disability and in need of a job is likely to be able to find something near them.
One of the most numerous names on the list is Goodwill Industries. They have centers open in a myriad of states across the country which are able to utilize those with a disability to help sort and sell used items through the massive network of thrift stores. Reverend Edgar J. Helms envisioned such a network over 100 years ago back in 1902 when he originated the organization as part of his ministry, and it has certainly been a successful endeavor able to leave a positive impact on the country and the world. However, work continues to be done to insure that these laborers receive at least the federal minimum wage.
The Arc is another similarly situated organization which utilizes those in AbilityOne to add to its teams of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They host a variety of initiatives such as the “Art in the Round” program which helps to highlight art created by those with disabilities to the surround public. One of the most reason of these was held by The Arc Baltimore Inc. in Maryland. The public was able to bid on the pieces in order to generate revenue for the cause.
Another organization which also coordinates their efforts with AbilityOne is the Fogarty International Center based in North Providence, Rhode Island. They help the National Institutes of Health to further their research and to train the next generation of scientists to be able to meet the emerging demand in things like cardiovascular disease screen in South Africa or breast cancer treatment in Malawi to name just a couple of items. Overall, AbilityOne is continuing to place the blind into ideal roles of change.