The news today reported that SourceAmerica has organized itself so that a board or special committee hands out contracts to companies with which its members are associated. The funds are from the federal government and are intended to be used to employ people who have serious disabilities but can function in jobs which they are capable of doing. There was an interview with an older man who had an IT position with a company that had lost its contract which resulted in loss of 16 disabled but high functioning individual. Overall, the allegation against Source America is that the companies in which the board or committee members have interests get a lions' share of the awarded contracts. It is also alleged that SourceAmerica itself does not evaluate the disabled persons who are hired by the companies which receive contracts. SourceAmerica gets billions of dollars of taxpayer money from the government but it seems it is mainly using the funds to funnel money to companies in which the deciding members have interests. I hope that the allegations are not true but there is an ongoing investigation. I notice that on SourceAmerica's website, there are lots of photos of young people with obvious disabilities which are associated with low functional abilities. Many companies hire such people to do menial jobs. The older gentleman who was interviewed for the report has a tumor on his spine and it is difficult for him to move. He works from home with a computer, gets up each morning and goes to work at his desk. IT requires people who are trained, know programming, operating systems, databases, etc. I am going to check out the law which set up AbilityOne, the federal program which funds SourceAmerica. I pray that these allegations are untrue but, if they turn out to be factual, it is simply one more example of self-serving persons in positions of power.
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