Folks with disabilities assist NASA’s area mission | State

VIENNA, Va., July 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – At NASA Kennedy Space Center in the Florida, nearly 100 people with disabilities are part of the team that supports the agency’s space mission.

People with disabilities provide important services in prominent places like Kennedy Space Center.

The SourceAmerica® network’s non-profit Brevard Achievement Center employs the talented team that provides custody services at the Kennedy Space Center. Their goal is to keep the facility in pristine condition year-round, with increased efforts when VIP guests visit the center before and during a take-off.

“People with disabilities provide vital services across the country in high visibility locations like NASA Kennedy Space Center every day, “said SourceAmerica Interim President and CEO Richard Belden. “It will take a massive effort from each side of the operation to get this missile into space and people with disabilities are providing a vital service to make it possible.”

SourceAmerica connects government and corporate customers to an important resource – a network of nonprofit agencies that hire people with disabilities. Job offers as with the Kennedy Space Center are provided through the AbilityOne® program – one of the largest sources of employment in the country for the blind or severely disabled.

“Knowing that people with disabilities attend major public events like NASA and rocket launches from the Space Coast at Kennedy Space Center makes me really proud of what the AbilityOne program is, “said Brevard Achievement Center President and CEO Amar Patel.

in the April 2021, People with disabilities have been in the spotlight since the Kennedy Space Center prepared for only its second manned space mission in the last decade. Several senior officials participated in the SpaceX pre-dawn launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station. AbilityOne employee Keith Washington was part of this team.

“AbilityOne, they give us the opportunity to work in what is probably one of the most famous places in the world, NASA,” said Washington. “Without them to make it happen, people like me couldn’t come here and have a job in such a prestigious place.”

About SourceAmerica

SourceAmerica connects government and corporate clients with a national network of nonprofit agencies that hire a talented segment of the workforce – people with disabilities. Founded in 1974, SourceAmerica is committed to greater economic and social inclusion and a more accessible future of work for people with diverse skills. As the leading workplace creator in the disability community and recognized as an AbilityOne Authorized Company, SourceAmerica leverages the momentum and increases the performance of its network and its customers. To learn more, visit and follow the organization on Facebook (@SourceAmerica), Twitter (@SourceAmerica), Instagram (@SourceAmerica), and LinkedIn (@SourceAmerica).

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