Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1940
Tampa: 813.251.2407 | Winter Haven: 863.299.3633
AbilityOne, formerly the Javits Wagner O Day (JWOD) Act, was created in order to create steady jobs for persons who are disabled through the establishment of a priority system for awarding federal contracts, mainly for commodities, to organizations serving the blind and disabled. Over the past decade, the federal government has placed greater emphasis on contracting out services under AbilityOne with these same organizations.
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind has successfully contracted with the federal government for a number of years and provides a myriad of services including providing staffing for telephone switchboard and mailroom operations, data entry, clerical, customer services, and more. Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides thorough training, both on and off the job, of each service contract employee. Each prospective employee undergoes an extensive screening process that includes a thorough background check, evaluation, and testing where appropriate.
Current and former contracts include:
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE – TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD (TAMPA, FL)
Telephone switchboard services. This project created several new career opportunities and upward mobility for our clients in the field of telephone switchboard operator. Over a half-dozen well-paying jobs were created from this endeavor.
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – MAILROOM (JACKSONVILLE, FL)
In January, 2001, we secured our second federal service contract, which involves complete operation of the mailroom and records management unit of the Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville, Florida. The contract also involves maintenance and duplication of maps used by the Corps. This project created several new career opportunities and upward mobility for our clients in the field of mailroom clerk and records management. To date, four well-paying jobs have been created from this endeavor.
GSA PUBLIC BUILDING SERVICE- ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (TAMPA, FL)
This contract provided administrative clerical support. Skills required included computer skills, knowledge of office software, filing, answering the phone, and operating office equipment.
JAMES HALEY VETERANS’ HOSPITAL (Not AbilityOne)
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind contracts with the Veterans’ Administration to provide maintenance and repair of closed circuit television systems and computer systems and training to Veteran’s in the use of the adaptive equipment.
For more information contact LANMgr@tampalighthouse.org