Story:

The Wagner-O'Day Act

1938

FDR riding in car - black and white photoOn June 25, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Wagner-O’Day Act into law. Named after its co-sponsors, Senator Robert F. Wagner and Congresswoman Caroline O’Day, the Act directs government agencies to give priority, when purchasing products, to suppliers that employ people who are blind. A few days later, Dr. Peter J. Salmon, executive secretary of the Industrial Home for the Blind in Brooklyn, New York, sends American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Executive Director Robert B. Irwin a telegram recommending the name “National Industries for the Blind (NIB).”