Understanding that “it takes a village” to achieve our mission, we have embraced the partnership of many organizations which play critical roles in our success.
The AbilityOne® Program is among the largest sources of employment, on Federal contracts, for individuals who are blind or have significant disabilities in the United States. Established in 1938, the program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission®, an independent Federal agency, with assistance from National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and SourceAmerica®. At full complement, the Commission is composed of 15 Presidentially-appointed members: 11 who represent Federal agencies and four who are private citizens knowledgeable about the employment challenges faced by people who are blind or have significant disabilities. The Commission is supported by an Arlington, Virginia-based full-time staff, led by a career Senior Executive Service employee.
Source America helps facilitate the federal AbilityOne Program, having been designated as the central nonprofit agency representing hundreds of NPAs across the country that serve people who have significant disabilities. Source America’s mission is to creates job opportunities and choices for people with significant disabilities so they can realize the “American Dream”. SourceAmerica accomplishes this critical mission by linking nonprofit agencies that serve people with disabilities with federal and commercial customers to fulfill their product and service needs. There are almost 500 NPAs in the Source America/AbilityOne network. These producing NPAs employ more than 40,000 people with disabilities through the AbilityOne program and also have placed an additional 20,000 people with disabilities in their communities.
The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, including the areas of disability support and employment/vocational services. The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. CARF currently accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 25,000 locations. More than 10 million persons of all ages are served annually by 7,000 CARF-accredited service providers. TVS’ Programs & Services division has been accredited by CARF since 1984 and is audited every 3 years.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities. TVS receives client referrals from this successful, long-standing program.
Based in Asheville, NC, Vaya Health manages public funds for mental health, substance use disorder and intellectual or developmental disability services in 23 western North Carolina counties. Vaya works with healthcare providers to help individual find healing and hope on their journey toward whole-person health. Access to care and crisis assistance are available 24/7 at 1-800-849-6127. Learn more at www.vayahealth.com
The Marketing Association of Rehabilitation Centers (M.A.R.C.) is a nonprofit organization that provides business development assistance and administrative support to more than 19 Western North Carolina regional nonprofit members. M.A.R.C. reaches out to businesses are looking for the products and services provided by their nonprofit members and connects those prospects to key personnel. M.A.R.C was founded in 1978 and TVS is proud to be one of the founding member organizations.