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NYSID Recognized for Support of Guard and Reserve During Summit

A special presentation honoring NYSID for its support of the National Guard and Reserve highlighted NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit on March 27 at our Albany office before a standing-room-only crowd.

Ron Romano, NYSID President & CEO, accepted a signed and framed Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve from Emil Baker, Capital Region chairman, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Sharon Alleyne, NYSID’s e-Commerce product information coordinator, is a sergeant in the United States Army Reserve.

A Department of Defense program, ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.

“Life as an Army Reservist can become disjointed at times, especially during mobilizations,” Alleyne said. “Returning home and worrying about employment is a daunting task. For over 15 years, the moral support I receive from NYSID management and staff enables me to perform my military duties with peace of mind and know that there is a place for me when I return home.”

During the Veterans’ Summit, Richard Gray, Ph.D., research director, Research and Recognition Project, discussed a groundbreaking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment for veterans.

He and Frank Bourke, Ph.D., executive director, Research and Recognition Project, have gathered hundreds of volunteers and supporters to assist returning veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Bourke and Gray’s Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) protocol is a unique intervention for PTSD and a groundbreaking neurological intervention based upon the way the brain changes how people remember events, and how those memories naturally change over time.

When administered early, RTM could remove years of suffering and disability for veterans and billions of dollars in extended years of payment for PTSD treatment.

Additional Veterans’ Summit presenters included:

Debbie Pennock, founder, A Beacon Of Love, Inc.

U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Curran, MBA, instructor/developer, Green to Gold for Veterans Personal Finance and Career Development course, Rockland Community College

Meghan Conroy Florkowski, director of entrepreneurship programs, Syracuse University, including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Among the NYS legislative staffers in attendance:

Dan Casale, constituent representative, Senator Kathleen Marchione (R/C/I-43), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Vinnie Nicosia, deputy director of operations, Senator George Amedore (R/C/I-46), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Summit participants include New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

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New York City, Long Island Jobs Impact Individuals With Disabilities

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 3,530 jobs created in New York City and Long Island and 6,970 jobs, 4,231,476 employment hours and $60.6 million in wages across New York State. NYSID celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, honoring these individuals with disabilities who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in workplaces, schools and communities.

Take Beverly Sparks, one of 100 AHRC New York City custodians serving the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY).

She and her fellow AHRC workers are on the job at emergency medical and fire battalions in four different boroughs, where FDNY personnel have commended their quality of service and work ethic. “I like cleaning for the FDNY because it makes me feel proud of myself,” Beverly says.

FDNY was honored as NYSID’s 2016 Customer of the Year during our Annual Meeting.

NYSID’s 2016 Annual Report highlights numerous hard-working individuals and the diverse jobs they performed on Preferred Source contracts in New York City and Long Island with these local-based member agencies and corporate partners:

Bronx County – The Osborne Association; Action Window Cleaning, Inc. (in partnership with The Osborne Association)

Dutchess County – Abilities First, Inc.; Dutchess ARC

Nassau County — Adults & Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc.; AHRC Nassau; FDR Services Corp. (in partnership with AHRC Nassau); OceanSide Institutional Industries, Inc. (in partnership with AHRC Nassau); The Corporate Source; eWorks Electronics Services, Inc.; Nicholas Center for Autism/Spectrum Designs Foundation; and Seery Systems Group, Inc. (in partnership with Abilities, Inc.)

New York County – AHRC New York City; American Security Shredding (in partnership with AHRC New York City); R & W Inventory, LLC (in partnership with AHRC New York City); Scarab Consulting (in partnership with AHRC New York City); Doe Fund, Inc.; Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.; CASO, Inc. (in partnership with Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.); Wildcat Service Corporation, an affiliate of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services; Focused Technologies (in partnership with International Center for the Disabled); and Lifespire, Inc.

Orange County — Access: Supports for Living; American Maintenance (in partnership with Access: Supports for Living)

Queens County – Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern NJ; Lioncage NYC, Inc. (in partnership with AHRC New York City); and PSCH, Inc.

Rockland County – Jawonio, Inc.; eBizDocs (in partnership with Jawonio, Inc.); and The Arc of Rockland

Suffolk County – American Maintenance (in partnership with The Rehabilitation Institute); American Maintenance (in partnership with PSCH, Inc.); Carlstrom & Ritter, Inc. (in partnership with Concern for Independent Living); Landtek Group, Inc. (in partnership with AHRC Nassau); Maryhaven Center of Hope; Mayco Building Services, Inc. (in partnership with The Rehabilitation Institute);

Skills Unlimited; Alternative Earthcare (in partnership with Skills Unlimited); American Maintenance (in partnership with Skills Unlimited); Imaging and Microfilm Access (in partnership with Skills Unlimited); Stang Landscaping Company (in partnership with Concern for Independent Living); and Terranova Landscaping (in partnership with PSCH, Inc.)

Sullivan County – Sullivan ARC/Sullivan Industries

Westchester County – American Maintenance (in partnership with AHRC New York City); The Arc of Westchester; and A & P Coat, Apron & Linen Supply (in partnership with Jawonio, Inc.)

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Employment Empowers and Awareness Advances

Brian Mann operates state-of-the-art machinery as part of the Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries Classified Shredding operation. Over the span of a 20-year career at the agency, he’s been promoted to this position of responsibility and authority through his impressive work ethic and customer service skills. Brian says, “If I didn’t have a job, I would be bored and sad.”

NYSID salutes Brian and thousands of his fellow New Yorkers with disabilities during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Brian was a 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient during NYSID’s Annual Meeting.

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 687 jobs in Western New York. Our 2016 Annual Report showcases the work of NYSID in Western New York and these local-based member agencies and corporate partners in creating jobs for people with disabilities:

Allegany County – Allegany ARC

Cattaraugus County – Cattaraugus Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

Chautauqua County – Chautauqua County ARC

Erie County – Heritage Centers; Biel’s Information Technology (in partnership with Heritage Centers); Clarus Linen Services (in partnership with Heritage Centers); Suburban Adult Services, Inc./SASI; Southeast Works, Inc; and 1 Accord Services Inc. (in partnership with Southeast Works, Inc.)

Genesee County – Genesee ARC; Angelica Textile Services, Inc. (in partnership with Genesee ARC)

Livingston County – The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming

Monroe County – CDS Monarch/UNISTEL; Easter Seals New York, Inc.; Lifetime Assistance, Inc./LAICO Industries; ALSCO (in partnership with Lifetime Assistance, Inc.); Sheen and Shine, Inc. (in partnership with Lifetime Assistance, Inc.); and Rochester Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

Ontario County – Ontario ARC

Steuben County – The Arc of Steuben

Wayne County – Wayne ARC

Yates County – The Arc of Yates


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Disability Awareness Across Central New York and Statewide

Bette Legory performs at double the required capacity of images per hour, making her one of the quickest and most accurate Preferred Source workers for ACHIEVE on a collaboration between Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).

When the Xerox processing center began hiring ACHIEVE workers with disabilities, Bette was placed into her first new job in many years – one requiring a brand new skill set. She is proud of her contributions to the data processing operation.

“The quality of what I do is important because it affects another person’s life,” she says. “This is the first job I’ve had that actually means something.”

NYSID honored Bette as 2016 Employee of the Year and Xerox as 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year during our Annual Meeting.

In celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, NYSID honors Bette and thousands of individuals with disabilities across New York State who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in workplaces, schools and communities.

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 1,140 jobs created in Central New York.

NYSID’s 2016 Annual Report showcases the work of NYSID in Central New York and these local-based member agencies and corporate partners in creating jobs for people with disabilities:

Broome County – A.V.R.E.; ACHIEVE, Broome-Tioga County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.; Bates Troy, Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE); Paper Alternatives, Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE); SOURCECORP BPS Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE); and Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE)

Chemung County — Capabilities, Inc.; The Arc of Chemung

Cortland County – J.M. Murray Center, Inc.; Ames Linen Services (in partnership with J.M. Murray Center, Inc.)

Lewis County – Jefferson Rehabilitation Center

Madison County – The Arc of Madison Cortland

Oneida County – The Arc, Oneida-Lewis County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Progress Industries; Human Technologies

Onondaga County – The Arc of Onondaga; Clarus Linen System (in partnership with The Arc of Onondaga); Image Integrator, LLC (in partnership with The Arc of Onondaga); Immediate Mailing Services, Inc. (in partnership with The Arc of Onondaga); American Maintenance (in partnership with Syracuse Brick House); and Liberty Resources (in partnership with Continuum Professional Services)

Oswego County – Oswego Industries, Inc.

Seneca County – Arc of Seneca Cayuga

St. Lawrence County – St. Lawrence County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Tompkins County – Challenge Industries

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your assistance and your continued support during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and throughout the year.

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Celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

NYSID joins The Arc of the United States and Arc chapters across New York State in celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. We honor these individuals with disabilities who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in workplaces, schools and communities.

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts statewide accounted for: 6,970 jobs created; 4,231,476 employment hours; and $60.6 million in wages across New York State. NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 1,613 jobs created in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley.

NYSID’s 2016 Annual Report highlights numerous hard-working individuals and the diverse jobs they performed on Preferred Source contracts, including Richard Whaley, who works in the integrated mailroom at the Center for Disability Services’ Commercial Services.

An outspoken advocate of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, personal independence is a motivating factor in his performance. “It really helps me support everything I want to do. I’m able to get out into the community,” he says.

He and Joseph Scorza, his fellow mail processing clerk, received special recognition at NYSID’s Annual Meeting for advocating employment opportunities and exemplifying the spirit and independence of all New Yorkers with disabilities.

Our 2016 Annual Report showcases the work of NYSID in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley and these local-based member agencies and corporate partners in creating jobs for people with disabilities:

Albany County — Center for Disability Services; Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc.; Camelot Consulting, Inc. (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning); Focused Technologies (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning); Immediate Mailing Services, Inc. (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning); Green Facility Solution (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning);

Rehabilitation Support Services; Action Window Cleaning, Inc. (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services); Image Data, Inc. (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services); Janitronics, Inc. (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services); Green Facility Solution (in partnership with The Altamont Program, Inc.); Janitronics, Inc. (in partnership with The Altamont Program, Inc.); and Second Chance Opportunities

Clinton County — Clinton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Columbia County — Columbia County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Delaware County — The Arc of Delaware County

Essex County — Mountain Lake Services

Franklin County — Citizen Advocates

Fulton County — Lexington, Fulton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Herkimer County — Arc Herkimer

Montgomery County — Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Otsego County — The Arc Otsego

Rensselaer County — The Arc of Rensselaer; Clarus Linen System (in partnership with The Arc of Rensselaer); eBizDocs (in partnership with The Arc of Rensselaer)

Saratoga County — Saratoga Bridges NYSARC, Inc./Alpha Industries; Plaza Linen Service (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services)

Schenectady County — Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Pine Ridge Industries; The Altamont Program, Inc.

Schoharie County — Schoharie County ARC/Toe Path Industries

Ulster County — Gateway Community Industries, Inc.; The Arc of Ulster-Greene

Warren County — Community, Work & Independence, Inc.; Warren, Washington & Albany Counties Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your assistance and your continued support during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and throughout the year.

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Good Food For Good Cause

With thoughts turning to Spring gardening, NYSID began offering its employees the convenience of local produce delivery by Field Goods, a subscription service that delivers produce from small farms to workplaces in the Capital Region year round. Located in rural Greene County, Field Goods is rooted in seasonal produce from local farms every week while mixing up the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables – over 150 varieties throughout the year.

What makes Field Goods an even better partner in good health is that the “homegrown” business employs workers with disabilities through a relationship with NYSID member agency, The Arc of Ulster-Greene, ARC School to Work Program and Columbia Greene Mental Health Association. This support of community inclusion was recognized by the Capital Region Employer Alliance with a 2016 Statewide National Disability Employment Awareness Month award.

In an example of how employment empowers, 26-year-old Gilbert came to work at Field Goods in 2013 through Ulster-Greene’s community placement program. Today, he’s graduated from The Arc and is employed by Field Goods as a Logistics Assistant, responsible for loading and unloading vans, produce pick-up from local farms, and other duties as needed.

When asked what he loves most about working at Field Goods, Gilbert responded, “My co-workers! We all have become good friends and work together as a team. I now eat healthier because I realized I love carrots and apples!” Compared to when he started at Field Goods in 2013, Gilbert feels he’s has changed by “talking to people more, being kind and helpful to others and trying new foods, some that are funny tasting.”

Not sure what do with celeriac or parsnips? Check out the Field Goods blog for recipes.

Purchasing local produce through Field Goods supports NYS small businesses and improves lifestyles – and impacts the lives of individuals like Gilbert.

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The 2017 NYSID Catalog is Coming Soon

NYSID’s 2017 Catalog of Products and Services is on its way, featuring more than 1,000 products and 13 services.

Choose from these and numerous other catalog items:

Apparel
Document Imaging
Food Service Products
Healthcare Items
Janitorial Services
MRO Solutions
Office Supplies
Safety Products

Your purchases truly make a difference, as NYSID Preferred Source contracts employed 6,970 New Yorkers with disabilities from our member agencies in 2016. These jobs provided $60.6 million in wages to individuals who worked 4.2 million employment hours.

NYSID helps put the NYS Preferred Source Program into action for the state and local government marketplace through our statewide network of 165 community non-profit agencies and private sector business partners who provide our products and services.

Through no-bid procurement solutions, NYSID is a leading source of job opportunities for a dedicated and highly qualified workforce. While meeting government customers’ needs, we make gainful employment accessible to individuals with disability-related barriers who experience the highest unemployment rate.

If you haven’t received your print catalog by March 15, please email your name, agency, address and desired number of catalogs to: catalog@nysid.org.

And remember, you can always shop our online catalog, where we’re currently offering a clearance sale on select items, up to 40 percent off.

Let NYSID be YOUR no-bid purchasing solution.

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TIP Provides Valuable Training for Management, Staff and Veterans

Do you help create job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities? Then NYSID’s Training & Information Program (TIP) was developed for YOU!

TIP provides cost-free, quality training and essential business information that assists our members and corporate business partners in creating leaders who will enable, inspire and empower their staff.

Our comprehensive TIP offerings encompass nearly 20 different topics, providing specialized knowledge designed to help you develop new products and services, comply with employment laws, increase productivity, engage employees, and much more.

Each year presents an opportunity to further align our offerings with industry demand for cutting-edge process improvements.

In the areas of Management and Leadership Development, new sessions include: Managing Staff Performances; Navigating the Multigenerational Workforce; and Leadership Through Teamwork.

Under our Staff Development offerings, we have included new sessions on: Mastering Difficult Conversations; Clearing Up the Mystery of Disabilities/Understanding the Quality of Life; and Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers.

In support of job creation efforts for veterans, we have added Boots-to-Business Reboot.

These are just some of the new courses we’re introducing in 2017. For more information, please contact Karen DiBella, TIP manager, at kdibella@nysid.org or 518.694.0220.

We look forward to seeing you at our Albany headquarters training facility or at our numerous regional TIP sessions hosted across New York State, including NYSID member agency locations ABVI – Goodwill, AHRC Nassau, Capabilities, Inc., Fedcap and HTC, along with Hampton Inn Buffalo, Hampton Inn & Suites Rockville Centre and Hampton Inn and Suites – Victor.

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NYSID Thinks “Big” This Holiday Season for Community Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of NYSID employees, the holidays will be a little brighter for some needy families of children with disabilities.

As part of NYSID’s annual holiday tradition of giving back to the community, NYSID “adopted” two families through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR).

NYSID supported two families –– each with a child with a disability –– by purchasing clothing, toys, books, kitchen accessories and home goods on their wish lists, and delivering the gifts to the organization’s headquarters in Albany.

BBBSCR provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“BBBSCR would like to thank NYSID for its donations,” said Amber Zane, BBBSCR’s community based program manager. “It means a great deal to our organization and the families we serve. Many families struggle during the holidays because of the extra pressure to provide for their families and to go above and beyond to obtain gifts. NYSID’s generosity will help ease some of the stress from the families they are assisting.”

Each of the families supported by NYSID has a child with an identified disability, which makes the gifts even more special, Amber pointed out.

“It is so heartwarming to see the joy and appreciation on the families’ faces when they receive these gifts. The families are grateful, humble and it adds a lot of holiday cheer into their lives,” she said.

One family has two children: a 16-year-old boy diagnosed with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a 1-year-old girl. The other family also has two children: an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder; and a 4-year-old boy.

“NYSID employees traditionally help those less fortunate during the holiday season, especially families impacted by disabilities,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “We love bringing kindness and warmth into the lives of needy parents and children during this special time of year, and we wish Happy Holidays to all!”

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NYSID Hosts Veterans’ Summit to Spread Warmth During Holidays

The holiday season can be an emotional time for veterans and their families, which is why NYSID recently hosted its quarterly Veterans’ Summit.

The December 14 event fostered camaraderie, networking and mutual support among New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

“After hearing the presentations and talking with other veterans and veteran representatives, I felt the Summit was a reminder of the strong sense of community there is for myself and fellow veterans,” said Jason Lebrecht. “As a service-disabled veteran and entrepreneur, I look forward to future NYSID Veterans’ Summits.”

Presenters included:

Michael Cognetti, MBA, MS. Ed., director of brain injury, veterans and employment services; and Harold Horace, veterans services specialist, with Living Resources. The agency developed the Veterans Services Project (VSP) to expand its broad range of community-based supports and services to veterans, while also providing them with employment opportunities.

Maj. David Erickson, an Army retiree who runs Albany High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) battalion. JROTC is a citizenship and leadership training program offered to students in high schools throughout the country.

Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO and founder; and Jenifer Whiston, development director, STRIDE Adaptive Sports. STRIDE has moved into its new headquarters and Project SHARE (STRIDE Health and Recreation Education Center) in West Sand Lake and is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, December 21 from 3-8 pm. STRIDE is also planning for its ski and ride season at Ski Sundown, Catamount and Jiminy Peak, with lessons for students of all ages who require ski and snowboard services.

A TEDx video highlighting Ron Self, founder of the self-help group Veterans Healing Veterans From The Inside Out, also was shown during the Summit. Veterans Healing Veterans From The Inside Out tries to stop the alarmingly high suicide rate among veterans. The video came to NYSID’s attention through Henry Cohen, treasurer on NYSID’s board of directors; his daughter, Delia, is a justice advocate and organizer of TEDx events in prisons.

Special thanks to Benjamin Pomerance, deputy director for VA Programs, who attended the Summit on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Dan Casale, constituent representative, who attended on behalf of NYS Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

For more information on NYSID’s veterans initiatives, visit or https://www.facebook.com/NYSIDVeterans.
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