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WASHINGTON D.C.–Senator John Boozman was recognized for his support of working with nonprofit agencies that serve people with disabilities, earning the Ability One Champion Award.

Bill Johnson, CEO for the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, a division of the National Industries for the Blind, which helps employ more than 47 thousand people who are blind or otherwise severely disabled, presented the award to Boozman in Washington, D.C.

"Receiving an AbilityOne award demonstrates Sen. Boozman's dedication to growing jobs for people who are blind and visually impaired,” Arkansas Lighthouse CEO Bill Johnson said. "Sen. Boozman has toured our facilities and expressed his commitment to our employees and our agency. We commend his efforts on behalf of AbilityOne."

“Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind is a great resource to provide jobs for the visually challenged. I am honored to receive this award and will continue my commitment to creating an environment that provides all Americans with employment opportunities regardless of physical limitations,” Boozman said.

The AbilityOne program is coordinated through the U.S. Ability One Commission and is managed by the National Industries for the Blind and NISH, two significant non-profit organizations that work closely with local agencies like Arkansas Lighthouse. Communities work through these agencies to develop employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities.

This award is a reflection of Boozman’s continued efforts and support of these organizations as they strive to add jobs for disabled persons each year.