National Industries for the Blindby Senator James Lankford
Posted on 2013-12-11
LANKFORD asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. LANKFORD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to wish a happy anniversary
to an organization that is actually helping people.
Seventy-five years ago, the Wagner-O'Day Act was signed here in the United States Congress. It is now known as the AbilityOne Program. It honors each individual person across our country with unique disabilities to be able to say as a Nation we are going to stand with you on that.
I believe firmly that every individual evaluates success in a different way, but I think part of how they evaluate success is do they have a great family experience, do they have a great community of friends around them, are they deep in their own personal faith, and do they have work that is meaningful.
The AbilityOne Program--and what is happening specifically in my State with an organization connected to them called NewView Oklahoma-- they are helping people have great value and understanding that people that are blind and visually impaired can have great success in life and can contribute to society.
They are producing products that are sold commercially and to governments that are all over the world. In fact, 2 years ago I was in Afghanistan; and when we landed, as we got off the back of the aircraft there, there was one of the bright yellow chalks that is uniquely made in Oklahoma by people that are blind and visually impaired.
This is a great gift that we are doing, and I wish them happy anniversary.