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Twenty years ago, in the wake of a realignment throughout the Armded Services, many military installations found themselves without an on-site office supply center. Seeing an opportunity to create retail jobs for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities in stores stocked with quality SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne products, the AbilityOne® Program (then Javits-Wagner-O'Day or JWOD) stepped in with an “experiment” at Fort Bragg. In October 2005, representatives of the United States Congress, the U.S. military and National Industries for the Blind (NIB) gathered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Fort Bragg ServMart and the mutually beneficial relationship between the military and AbilityOne® Program agencies.

The AbilityOne Program now has more than 152 Base Supply Centers on military and federal installations throughout the country, providing convenient, one-stop shopping for civilian federal employees. Despite the current success, managers are always on the lookout for ways to improve their stores.

Developed by NIB and the National Association for Employment of People Who are Blind (NAEPB), this site discusses ways to improve store merchandising, market throughout the base and make accomodations that allow employees who are blind or have other significant disabilities do their jobs safely and efficiently. In addition, the site will also provide updates about the latest developments on crucial issues such as ETS compliance.

 

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