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CWI Video Highlights Job Choices for New Yorkers With Disabilities

Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (CWI) recently featured Patricia Reed, its 2014 Joslin Outstanding Performer, in a video modeled after its slogan, “Enriching lives one story at a time.”

In the video, Patty is shown working on bathroom tissue at North Country Ventures, a division of CWI that employs up to 60 individuals with disabilities in a supported and sheltered manufacturing environment.

The video speaks to the importance of recognition for a job well done and is also a great testimonial to the importance of the choice of facility employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.

An outgoing, personable and friendly individual who considers her job an extension of herself, Patty demonstrates a predisposition to excel and to go above and beyond in her work performance at North Country Ventures.

Without her job, Patty says that she would feel lost and have no purpose. Without Patty, CWI’s North Country Ventures team would be without a most caring, hardworking and conscientious employee.

A link to the entire video recently appeared in the inaugural edition of CWI’s e-newsletter.

NYSID’s 2015 Joslin Awards Program will be announced soon. Thank you, Patty, for epitomizing outstanding performance in Preferred Source employment!

NYSID celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this month and recognizes the contributions of individuals with disabilities to the social and economic well-being of our communities, our state and our nation.

“Reveal the Faces of Intellectual and Developmental Disability” is the 2015 theme, encouraging everyone to raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by personalizing the narrative.

This is the perfect time to raise awareness and promote inclusion by updating your organization’s status on social media with examples of inclusive programs and services available in your community, using #DDAware.

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your continued support during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and throughout the year.
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NYSID Highlights Preferred Source Jobs in Erie County

As NYSID continues its 40th anniversary celebration, we acknowledge our member agencies and corporate partners for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history.

We continue with Erie County, where 184 New Yorkers with disabilities worked 60,211 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts in 2014!

Thanks to the following member agencies and corporate partners for their job creation efforts: Heritage Centers (Erie County Chapter NYSARC)/Allentown Industries; Biel’s Information Technology; Suburban Adult Services, Inc – SASi; Southeast Works; and 1 Accord Services Inc.

NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) said: “The positive impact NYSID has had on the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities is enormous. Throughout Erie, Livingston, Monroe and Wyoming counties, NYSID has helped provide meaningful employment and career opportunities for hundreds of people. Congratulations on your 40th anniversary and I wish you continued success.”

Keep an eye out for your member agency or corporate partner in the weeks and months ahead, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation –– county by county –– across New York State and celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.”
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High Praise from Legislators for NYSID’s 40th Anniversary

Numerous New York State and county legislators are sending their congratulatory wishes as NYSID continues its 40th anniversary celebration. Here are some of the complimentary words we’ve received:

NYS Senator Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx): “During the past 40 years, NYSID has been a tremendous blessing to New York by creating meaningful employment opportunities for women and men with disabilities. The skills and encouragement NYSID’s member agencies and corporate partners continue to provide here in Bronx County demonstrate a real concern for our neighbors with disabilities and their families. I am especially grateful to The Osborne Association for its partnership with NYSID and its job creation efforts that continue to benefit Bronx residents.”

NYS Senator Betty Little (R/C/I-Queensbury): “Having a job provides a purpose, giving people a reason to get up and get going and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. It has been my pleasure to support the work of NYSID and I congratulate them on 40 years of helping New Yorkers with disabilities find employment. Each and every day, they make a difference in the lives of people who need and deserve assistance. This wonderful partnership changes lives for the better and strengthens our communities.”

NYS Senator Thomas O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats): “Congratulations to everyone at New York State Industries for the Disabled as you celebrate your 40th Anniversary in 2015. Most importantly, on behalf of my entire 58th Senate District throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, thank you for your incredible commitment to creating meaningful jobs for our local citizens with disabilities. Your efforts, and their hard work, continue to make admirable and important contributions to the quality and success of so many of our communities and employers.”

NYS Senator Cathy Young (R/I/C-Olean): “For 15 years, prior to becoming a state legislator, I had the privilege of working for The ReHabilitation Center in Cattaraugus County, a NYSID member agency. During my time there, I witnessed compassion every day, in ways great and small. It is an experience that I hold close to my heart, and it serves as an important reminder of the vital work that is conducted every day by New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our communities. People with disabilities want what everyone wants –– the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck. NYSID and its member agencies in my NYS Senate District have been truly instrumental in helping our local residents with disabilities fulfill their desire to work and be productive members of society. Congratulations to NYSID and its members on a successful 40 years.”

NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D/WFP-Binghamton): “I’d like to congratulate NYSID on its 40th anniversary. The work done by NYSID has tremendous positive effects in Broome County. In the last year, nearly 500 people have found employment through NYSID’s efforts, helping these individuals grow their economic and social independence. I look forward to working with NYSID to continue this great work in our community.”

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, NYSID Veterans’ Summit participant: “I want to congratulate NYSID for four decades of service in New York State. Over the years, NYSID has had a positive impact in the community. I am especially pleased that the organization works closely with veterans in Albany County to help them transition back into society. This has proven to be a valuable service to veterans and their families.”

Over the next several months, NYSID will continue recognizing our member agencies and corporate partners, county by county, to demonstrate your human service support and economic impact within communities statewide.

Keep an eye out for your organization on our social media and blog, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation across New York State –– and thanks for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.” We couldn’t have done it without YOU!
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NYSID’s 2015 Training & Information Program (TIP) Begins Soon

NYSID’s Training and Information Program (TIP) provides specialized knowledge for rehabilitation professionals who take a forward-looking approach to their work and improving the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities.

Our professional development opportunities span 20 different topics designed to help you leverage enhanced strategies for improving productivity, engaging employees, complying with employment law, creating new jobs, and much more.

The first TIP session of 2015 is the “Business Development Forum: Paradigms Revolution,” on February 25, presented by Brian Bateman, NYSID’s marketing manager, from 10am-3pm at the NYSID Training Center in Albany. The Business Development Forum will take place bimonthly throughout 2015 at various locations across New York State.

The second TIP session, “Employment Law Developments & What They Mean for Your Agency,” presented by John Bagyi, Esq., James Holohan, Esq. and John Ho, Esq., all of Bond Schoeneck & King, will take place on March 11 from 1-4pm at YAI, 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York City from 1-4pm.

The next TIP session, “Assisting Supervisors with Creating an Environment of High Job Satisfaction,” presented by Sabrina Harmon, of SourceAmerica, will take place on March 17 from 9am-4:30pm at F.E.G.S., 315 Hudson Street, 9th floor, New York City.

To see a full schedule, visit http://www.nysid.org/events/events.cfm.

NYSID offers on-site sessions for Preferred Source Contracting/Compliance and Regulations, which may be requested by members or associate members who are producing commodities and/or providing services through New York State’s Preferred Source Program.

We also remind new members and associate members that it’s mandatory for them to attend NYSID’s Member and Associate Member Orientation within six months of joining NYSID, and prior to receiving a NYSID contract. It is open to all staff interested in learning about the NYS Preferred Source Program.

To request this or other on-site sessions at your organization or company, just contact NYSID’s TIP Coordinator at 518-463-9706 or 1-800-221-5994.

In addition, NYSID’s Lending Library has many publications and resources available for loan. Please visit http://www.nysid.org/tip/lending-library.cfm to view all of the Lending Library books, CD’s, DVD’s, etc.

Best wishes for a successful 2015 as you go forward with TIP learning solutions.
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Annual Report Highlights Job Creation Across New York State

In 2014, a total of 6,819 New Yorkers with disabilities earned $55.3 million on Preferred Source contracts. NYSID’s 2014 Annual Report highlights these hard-working individuals and the jobs they performed.

These employment opportunities have evolved over time into life-changing experiences and financial security for New Yorkers, energizing communities and supporting government procurement needs.

As NYSID continues its 40th anniversary celebration, we acknowledge our member agencies and corporate partners for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history.

NYSID will highlight these organizations over the next several months, county by county, on our blog and social media, to demonstrate their human service support and economic impact within communities across New York State.

Thanks for your job creation efforts –– and for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.”
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Legislators Congratulate NYSID for 40 Years of Looking Forward

NYSID is grateful to our Congressional, New York State and county legislators for sending their congratulatory wishes as we continue our 40th anniversary celebration. Here are some of the complimentary words we’ve received thus far:

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19), Battle Buddy Center supporter: “NYSID provides invaluable guidance and support to organizations across our region, and I am delighted to recognize their four decades of good work. My staff and I deeply appreciate NYSID’s advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities, including our wounded warriors. These partnerships strengthen our communities and empower people to realize their full potential.”

NYS Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope): “I would like to extend my congratulations and thanks to the entire staff and membership –– past and present –– of NYSID on its 40th anniversary. NYSID has been doing excellent work advocating for individuals with disabilities throughout the state. Nothing raises self-esteem more than doing meaningful work, and being a welcome part of the community. NYSID has done an outstanding job ensuring our family members with disabilities are not forgotten.”

NYS Senator Hugh Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady): “I am pleased to congratulate New York State Industries for the Disabled on its 40th anniversary. As a long-time supporter of NYSID, I am well aware of the important and valuable work that you do in the community. Your organization has had a very positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities. In addition, your efforts have helped employers and the public recognize and appreciate the skills and abilities of persons with disabilities. Again, congratulations on this anniversary and best wishes for continued success in the future.”

NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma): “The positive impact NYSID has had on the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities is enormous. Throughout Erie, Livingston, Monroe and Wyoming counties, NYSID has helped provide meaningful employment and career opportunities for hundreds of people. Congratulations on your 40th anniversary and I wish you continued success.”

NYS Senator Betty Little (R/C/I-Queensbury): “Having a job provides a purpose, giving people a reason to get up and get going and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. It has been my pleasure to support the work of NYSID and I congratulate them on 40 years of helping New Yorkers with disabilities find employment. Each and every day, they make a difference in the lives of people who need and deserve assistance. This wonderful partnership changes lives for the better and strengthens our communities.”

NYS Senator Kathy Marchione (R/C/I-Halfmoon): “For 40 years, New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. has been a faithful advocate in advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. NYSID is a shining example of what is possible when we invest in, empower and realize the potential and promise of all New Yorkers. Congratulations to NYSID on its 40th anniversary –– and best wishes for another 40 years of dedicated service to championing the cause of some of the very best among New York’s workforce.”

NYS Senator James Seward (R-Oneonta), NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient: “NYSID is a remarkable organization that positively transforms lives on a daily basis. The individuals with disabilities employed through NYSID are left with a sense of pride and self-worth that is immeasurable. I have had the pleasure to meet many of these success stories and have been truly overwhelmed. My congratulations to NYSID on 40 momentous years. I look forward to our continued partnership and your unwavering success.”

NYS Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Bainbridge): “I would like to congratulate NYSID on their 40th anniversary, and would also like to thank them for their tireless efforts to promote job creation within my district, as well as their hard work and collaboration with The Arc of Delaware County/Resources for Industry. The important work these organizations do to help New Yorkers with disabilities find employment highlights the true impact members of our communities can have on one another. Every year, my office is a sponsor of the Broome-Tioga DisAbility Awareness Committee’s Disability Mentoring Day, where a high school student spends time working in my district office to understand how the constituent outreach aspect of our state government operates. These student experiences show the great work that they are capable of producing and often lead to employment opportunities at organizations or businesses within the area. NYSID provides similar good work across the state, and I am proud to congratulate them on such a significant milestone.”

Over the next several months, NYSID will continue recognizing our member agencies and corporate partners, county by county, to demonstrate your human service support and economic impact within communities across New York State.

Keep an eye out for your organization on our social media and blog, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation across New York State –– and thanks for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.” We couldn’t have done it without YOU!
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NYSID Speaks Before Governor’s Employment First Commission

Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, presented testimony before the Employment First Commission on February 19 at the University of Albany’s School of Public Health in Rensselaer.

NYSID is grateful to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Employment First Commission for the opportunity to offer its insight. Our network of member agencies and private sector partners has worked together for this common purpose over decades of Preferred Source employment opportunities.

“NYSID and its member agencies have always subscribed to the need to provide individuals with significant disabilities access to jobs that pay the highest possible wage in the most integrated setting appropriate, consistent with an individual’s strengths, needs, abilities and capabilities, and of their choosing,” Romano said. “What this means to us is pursuing an array of approaches for enhancing employment opportunities for persons with significant disabilities.

“The presumed, priority option should be competitive, integrated employment. The full spectrum of approaches must also include however, other paid work opportunities, especially when the economy, labor market and employers’ job requirements produce conditions that reduce the likelihood of workers with disabilities acquiring and maintaining competitive integrated employment at minimum wage or higher. Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act provides additional options, and must remain a viable opportunity for people who need and choose center-based employment at wages provided under the Act so they too can have a job and earn a paycheck.”

Read the testimony Ron Romano provided during the Employment First Commission hearing, or the entire report he submitted to the Employment First Commission. The hearing had originally been scheduled for February 2 but was postponed due to weather.

Last September, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to establish the Employment First Commission, tasked with creating an Employment First policy for New York. The initiative aims to increase the employment rate, and decrease the poverty rate, for New Yorkers who are receiving services from the State, as well as register 100 businesses as having formal policies to hire people with disabilities as part of their workforce strategy.

View the Governor’s press release on the Employment First Commission and Executive Order 136.

The Commission is comprised of representatives from the Governor’s Office and New York State agencies and will build on Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive plan for reclaiming New York’s leadership role in serving people with disabilities.
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Preferred Source Champion: NYSID Positively Transforms Lives

Senator James L. Seward (R-Oneonta), NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient, is the latest NYS legislator to extend congratulations to NYSID, our member agencies and corporate partners as we continue our 40th anniversary celebration.

“NYSID is a remarkable organization that positively transforms lives on a daily basis,” Senator Seward said. “The individuals with disabilities employed through NYSID are left with a sense of pride and self-worth that is immeasurable.

“I have had the pleasure to meet many of these success stories and have been truly overwhelmed. My congratulations to NYSID on 40 momentous years. I look forward to our continued partnership and your unwavering success.”

Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) joined Senator Seward as NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient. Their efforts were critical to the Preferred Source Law becoming permanent in New York State, and NYSID remains forever grateful to these visionary legislators for their ongoing support of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.

In Cortland County –– part of Senator Seward’s 51st NYS Senate District –– 58 New Yorkers with disabilities worked 34,633 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts in 2014. Thanks to J.M. Murray Center, Inc. and Ames Linen Services for their job creation efforts.

William Mariano is J.M. Murray Center Inc.’s 2014 Joslin Outstanding Performer. He is employed as a janitor at the Whitney Point rest area on I-81 South in Broome County.

Will works under a NYSID contract for the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT); his duties include cleaning all bathroom facilities, lobby areas, outside picnic grounds, and pet walking areas in all types of weather, year round. When taking into consideration that he has Cerebral Palsy and must wear a leg brace just to walk, it’s quite an accomplishment, and Will demonstrates his extraordinary personal drive every day.

Congratulations to Will, and thanks to J.M. Murray Center, Inc. and Ames Linen Services for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.”

Over the next several months, NYSID will recognize our member agencies and corporate partners for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history.

Keep an eye out for your organization in the weeks and months ahead, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation –– county by county –– across New York State. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!
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NYSID to Speak Before Governor’s Employment First Commission

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) has been presented with the opportunity to speak in front of the Employment First Commission on Monday, February 2 at the University of Albany’s School of Public Health in Rensselaer.

Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, will represent NYSID.

NYSID is grateful to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Employment First Commission for the opportunity to be able to offer its insight. Our network of member agencies and private sector partners has worked together for this common purpose over decades of Preferred Source employment opportunities.

Last September, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to establish the Employment First Commission, tasked with creating an Employment First policy for New York. The initiative aims to increase the employment rate, and decrease the poverty rate, for New Yorkers who are receiving services from the State, as well as register 100 businesses as having formal policies to hire people with disabilities as part of their workforce strategy.

View the Governor’s press release on the Employment First Commission and Executive Order 136.

The Commission is comprised of representatives from the Governor’s Office and New York State agencies and will build on Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive plan for reclaiming New York’s leadership role in serving people with disabilities.
New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) has been presented with the opportunity to speak in front of the Employment First C
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NYSID Members, Corporate Partners Create Meaningful Employment

NYSID is highlighting our member agencies and corporate partners, county by county, to demonstrate their human service support and economic impact within communities across New York State.

Each week, as we continue our 40th anniversary celebration, we acknowledge these organizations for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

We continue with Broome County, where 486 New Yorkers with disabilities worked 160,598 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014!

Thanks to the following member agencies and corporate partners for their job creation efforts: A.V.R.E.; ACHIEVE, Broome-Tioga County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Country Valley Industries (CVI); Bates Troy, Inc.; SOURCECORP BPS Inc.; and Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.

Jason Evans, from A.V.R.E., is one of 59 Joslin Outstanding Performers nominated by NYSID member agencies and corporate partners in 2014. He has been employed in the sheeting department converting roll stock paper into copy paper since July 2011. Jason has been a member of the team that produces copy paper as a NYSID Preferred Source item since A.V.R.E. began producing paper for New York State in 2013.

Kathy Muller, a fellow Joslin Outstanding Performer, came to ACHIEVE, Broome-Tioga County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./CVI in May 2012. She has worked on a variety of jobs since starting at CVI, but her preferred job is Bates Troy laundry. Kathy performs all areas of the NYSID Preferred Source Bates Troy contract work, inspecting and stacking washcloths, inspecting and folding blankets and contours, and weigh scaling and tie wrapping completed bundles.

NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D/WFP-Binghamton) said: “I’d like to congratulate NYSID on its 40th anniversary. The work done by NYSID has tremendous positive effects in Broome County. In the last year, nearly 500 people have found employment through NYSID’s efforts, helping these individuals grow their economic and social independence. I look forward to working with NYSID to continue this great work in our community.”

Congratulations to Jason and Kathy, and thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners in Broome County for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.”

Keep an eye out for your member agency or corporate partner in the weeks and months ahead, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation –– county by county –– across New York State!
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40 Years of Looking Forward, County by County

As NYSID continues its 40th anniversary celebration, we wish to acknowledge our member agencies and corporate partners for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history.

We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Over the next several months, NYSID will highlight these organizations, county by county, to demonstrate their human service support and economic impact within communities across New York State.

We begin with Albany County, where 647 New Yorkers with disabilities worked 402,615 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts in 2014!

Thanks to the following member agencies and corporate partners for their job creation efforts: Action Window Cleaning, Inc.; Camelot Consulting, Inc.; Center for Disability Services; E-Biz Docs; Focused Technologies; Image Data, Inc.; Immediate Mailing Services, Inc.; Janitronics, Inc.; Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc.; Plaza Linen Service; Rayben Enterprises, Inc.; Rehabilitation Support Services; Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.; Second Chance Opportunities; and The Altamont Program, Inc.

Neil Vatsyayan, from the Center for Disability Services, is one of 59 Joslin Outstanding Performers nominated by NYSID member agencies and corporate partners in 2014. Through perseverance, Neil has progressed from inserting mail to Commercial Services, the Center’s for-profit mailing business. He works as a mailing processing clerk I, primarily on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.

Congratulations to Neil, and thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners in Albany County for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward”.

“I want to congratulate NYSID for four decades of service in New York State,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, a NYSID Veterans’ Summit participant. “Over the years, NYSID has had a positive impact in the community. I am especially pleased that the organization works closely with veterans in Albany County to help them transition back into society. This has proven to be a valuable service to veterans and their families.”

Keep an eye out for your member agency or corporate partner in the weeks and months ahead, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation –– county by county –– across New York State!
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Who We Are

For more than 35 years, NYSID – a not-for-profit member agency organization – has been meeting the purchasing needs of state and local government agencies while advancing employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Under the legislatively mandated New York State Preferred Source Program, NYSID acts as a "virtual storefront" for a statewide network of 173 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners to employ skilled people with disabilities in production facilities and community-based jobs.

Through nearly 2,000 contracts that bring work to NYS communities, NYSID member agencies deliver quality goods and services at OGS-approved prices to fulfill individual government agency missions.

In Fiscal Year 2013 alone, nearly 4.1 million hours of work were performed by 6,941 people with disabilities who earned $55 million in Preferred Source wages, highest-ever total NYSID wages.