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ODC honored for quality programs, manufacturing

The Occupational Development Center Inc. has received the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped Certificate of Achievement for 2009. The certificate was presented in recognition of the high standards of performance maintained through the past year in providing products for the federal government under the Ability One Program.

In evaluating a community rehabilitation program's eligibility for the award, NISH considered the following criteria: the length of time the company has had a product on the Procurement List; the consistent record of accurately fulfilling contracting requirements; the timely submission of reports; the adherence of Ability One regulations; and the procurement agency's overall evaluation of contract performance. ODC excelled in all of these areas.

NISH creates employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing federal contracts through the Ability One Program's network of community-based nonprofit agencies. Ability One empowers Americans who are blind or have other severe disabilities to work to their full potential while manufacturing products and providing services for military and civilian agencies worldwide. Through this mutually beneficial relationship, federal agencies obtain quality products and services while providing Americans who are blind or have other severe disabilities with job opportunities. NISH requires that 75 percent or more of the direct labor for manufacturing is done by individuals with a disability. Outstanding overall performance in the Ability One program proves that persons with severe disabilities can be productive, contributing members of society.

In December 2009, ODC was informed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities that it had been accredited for another period of three years for its employment services programs for individuals with vocational limitations.

This accreditation outcome, which represents the highest level of accreditation, is awarded to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are of very high quality, measurable and accountable. Further, an organization accredited for three years clearly indicates that current conditions represent an established pattern of total operations that is likely to be maintained or improved in the foreseeable future.

ODC, a not-for-profit company with locations in northern Minnesota, has been providing quality services to people and industry since 1971. For details, visit