Recognizing Achieve Human Services of Yuma Arizona and the Abilityone Programby Representative Paul A. Gosar
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mr. GOSAR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Achieve Human
Services and the AbilityOne Program. The AbilityOne Program partners
with participating community-based nonprofit agencies that are
dedicated to training and employing individuals with disabilities.
Organizations like Achieve, located in every state of our great nation,
employ nearly 45,000 Americans who are blind or have significant
disabilities through this Program.
AbilityOne affiliated non-profit agencies offer people who are blind or who have significant disabilities opportunities to acquire the job skills and training necessary to receive good wages and benefits that ultimately improve their quality of life. The value of these opportunities cannot be overstated as only 21 percent of individuals with disabilities currently have jobs.
Achieve helps Americans with disabilities lead more productive lives, support their families, gain important work experience and share in the same pride that each of us have after an honest day's work. Many of these individuals work in support of our men and women in uniform, doing their part to improve our country and ensure safety and security for us all.
Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I recognize the AbilityOne Program and to Achieve Human Services. I also want to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of Ms. Carol Carr, the Executive Director of Achieve, and her staff for helping individuals who are blind or have significant disabilities find employment opportunities. Such actions greatly improve the lives of those less fortunate and make our country a better place.