NISH, formerly the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped, is the national nonprofit agency designated by the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind Or Severely Disabled to provide technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) interested in obtaining federal contracts under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program. www.nish.org
The Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program provides employment opportunities for over 36,000 Americans who are blind or have other severe disabilities by orchestrating Government purchases of products and services provided by nonprofit agencies employing such individuals throughout the country. In 1938, the Wagner-O'Day Act was passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in order to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind by allowing them to manufacture mops and brooms to sell to the Federal Government.
In 1971, under the leadership of Senator Jacob Javits, Congress amended this Act (41 U.S.C. 46-48c) to include people with severe disabilities and allow the Program to also provide services to the Federal Government.
The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled is the JWOD Program's Federal overseer. Through two central nonprofit agencies, National Industries for the Blind and NISH (serving people with a range of disabilities), the Committee currently works with over 600 nonprofit agencies across the country, as well as in Puerto Rico and Guam, to provide employment opportunities to people with severe disabilities. The purchase of JWOD products and services by Federal customers helps battle the 70 percent unemployment rate faced by this untapped labor resource. www.jwod.gov
Goodwill Industries of South Florida, inc. has participated as a prime contractor in services and products to the federal government under the AbilityOne Program for over 20 years. Service performed include janitorial, landscaping and food service and products manufactured are combat uniforms, hats, dress pants, FR Hoods, FR ACS shirts, fleece jackets and interment flags. AbilityOne customers include Homeland Security, GSA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, DSCP and VA. For additional information on AbilityOne, please view the following websites :