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John Robinson expresses his gratitude to countless individuals and organizations for supporting the Journey Along the Erie Canal. NYSID likewise thanks you... and thanks John and Doug Hamlin themselves!

Visit http://info.ourability.com/blog/bid/303092/Our-Final-Thank-You-and-video.
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NDEAM continues with an awards breakfast on Long Island attended by several NYSID staff members and member agency representatives. 
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ANNUAL MEETING 2012 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS - We are proud to acknowledge that 6,975 New Yorkers with disabilities worked on Preferred Source contracts in 2012. What’s more, those individuals earned $51.8 million, highest-ever total NYSID wages.

We recognized these significant contributions to New York’s fiscal health at our Annual Meeting on September 10, as we highlighted singular achievements by individuals working in on NYSID contracts.

Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for also recognizing the importance of a diverse New York workforce which includes Preferred Source workers at NYSID member agencies! http://www.nysid.org/success-stories/?p=337 
 
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Marketing Internship Program Opportunity

Company Description

NYSID is a not-for-profit member organization that represents approximately 160 community rehabilitation agencies in New York State which collectively employ over 6,000 skilled people with disabilities.  NYSID procures contracts for more than 300 products and services to New York State and local government agencies.  NYSID directly employs about 60 people, most of whom work out of the main office in Albany.

Academic Qualifications for Interns

NYSID is currently looking for an intern who is either a graduate student or an undergraduate Junior or Senior.  A marketing major would be ideal, but any candidate from the business school would be eligible.

Time Period

NYSID is looking to utilize an intern for the fall 2012 semester.  (Another internship will begin in September for the fall semester.)  The work will be performed in NYSID’s main office: 11 Columbia Circle Drive, Albany, NY  12203, 14 hours per week.  The intern should be ready to start in September 2012.  The internship terminates at the end of the fall semester.

List of Duties

The primary area of education and training will be market research, but the intern’s tasks will vary according to his/her interests and abilities.  He/she will investigate demand for specific products and services among state and local government agencies, collect bid and award data, data entry, and explore capabilities and requirements for new products and services.  The intern will also creatively participate in marketing print and e-mail projects.  Intern candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Good internet research skills are also beneficial.  Interns may work one or two days per week, according to their academic requirements.

Benefits to Student

A NYSID intern will learn how to conduct market research with the government sector, and help develop advertising campaigns.  He/she will also learn about marketing strategies for rehabilitative agencies and other non-profit organizations.  NYSID can work with an intern’s academic institution to facilitate academic credit. The intern will:
• Be closely mentored and directly supervised by NYSID marketing Managers;• Have a desk, phone and computer assigned to him/her;
• Develop learning objectives with meaningful assignments, clearly defined duties, and back-up tasks;
• Begin the internship with a thorough orientation of NYSID;
• Fill out and receive mid-semester and final evaluations;
• Receive a stipend of $10.00 per hour.

How to Apply

Candidates for the NYSID internship should mail a resume to: NYSID, Attn: Brian Bateman, 11 Columbia Circle Drive, Albany, NY  12203, or e-mail it to bbateman@nysid.org. For more information, candidates should e-mail Brian at bbateman@nysid.org, or call 518-463-9706 ext. 296.  The deadline for applications is September 6, 2012.
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Congratulations and best wishes to John Robinson, who will be covering the 2012 Paralympic Games in London for Our Ability. 
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Remembering Paul Tendler

Paul Tendler, former NYSID board member and executive director of Jawonio, died July 22 after a battle with cancer. Several current and former NYSID board members shared their thoughts on Paul’s passing.

 “Paul served on the NYSID board of directors for a total of 11 years and was secretary in 2009 when he retired as executive director of Jawonio. When he spoke during our board meetings, it was with authority, expertise and clarity. Paul was a good listener who possessed a dry sense of humor. He was always a gentleman, and his accomplishments are evidence of his commitment to and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. His influence at Jawonio and on the community he served will continue for years to come.” - Ron Romano, president and CEO, NYSID

 “Paul Tendler was a giant in the human services industry, and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. His goals and vision included communities where those with disabilities could live, work and play just like everyone else. When a person could earn a day’s pay in a job with supports, as well as being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, Paul smiled with that famous twinkle in his eye. To provide vocational or employment opportunities for people was where Paul began his career at Jawonio, and throughout his tenure as CEO, he loved to hear the numbers of people who were placed in jobs throughout the region. It is a testament to Paul’s legacy that Jawonio is the largest employer of people with disabilities in Rockland County today.” – Jill Warner, executive director and CEO, Jawonio in New City

 “Paul was the consummate professional colleague, generously nurturing others as they entered the field. His quiet approach modeled how to speak out truthfully on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society. The many years of service he gave to NYSID as a board member assured that individuals with disabilities across New York had access to real jobs in the most integrated settings of their choosing. His tireless commitment to and leadership of Jawonio was recognized statewide. I consider it a privilege to have known Paul.” – Francoise Dunefsky, president and CEO, Gateway Community Industries, Inc. in Kingston

 “I got to know Paul through our shared time on the NYSID board over the last decade. We also had a common link to New City, Rockland County, where we both lived. I always knew Paul to be a very friendly, compassionate and committed individual. He led Jawonio to become a regional leader in the New York City metropolitan area, creating a very diversified service system. Paul was a key member of the NYSID board, often providing a unique perspective on the situation, allowing all to achieve a more solid solution to a problem. Paul was an outstanding leader of the community, a strong family man and a person whose contributions to Jawonio and the field will be remembered for a long time to come.” – Stephen Towler, Director of Employment and Business Services, AHRC New York City in the Bronx
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Paul Danson of Southeast Works, Inc. received his 2012 Joslin Outstanding Performer award at an agency event on September. Left to right: William Stachura, executive director; Margie Werder, NYSID; honoree Paul Danson; Lani Churley, director, work and business development.
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CBS 6 ran a short story about Battle Buddy Centers, using footage from the NYSID Veterans' Summit on September
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Don't forget to register for our 2012 Annual Meeting! NYSID members, supporters and staff will honor the achievements of New Yorkers with disabilities through 2012 Preferred Source contracts on September 10 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Visit http://www.nysid.org/joslin.cfm and register today.
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Bradley Copeland of Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc. is one of NYSID’s 59 Joslin Outstanding Performers for 2012. The first employee with disabilities hired to work at Camelot Print & Copy, a private sector business which partners in Preferred Source opportunities, Bradley received his award from Rich Bennett, executive director at Northeast, in recognition of his vocational success and growing independence.
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The potential for member-to-member sales of commodities is significant across NYSID’s 165 community rehabilitation programs and associated service providers. The more NYSID members purchase each other’s commodities, the more jobs are assured for New Yorkers with disabilities in these challenging economic times.

If your agency needs apparel, janitorial and housekeeping supplies, office and school supplies, or a host of other items, look no further than NYSID. Hundreds of items are available for purchase from fellow NYSID members through our online store, including hand soap, trash bags, shirts, folders, undergarments… and so much more.

For more information on how to purchase NYSID products, please contact Tom Occhiogrosso, commodity sales specialist, at (800) 221-5994, ext. 303 or tocchiogrosso@nysid.org or visit https://shop.nysid.org/ecom/portal.aspx.
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We join F.E.G.S. in congratulating these 30 indivdiuals who received special awards and scholarships Wednesday.

Today, we are humbled and inspired by 30 individuals who have overcome significant barriers, achieved personal goals and attained greater independence through the strength of the human spirit and with supports and services provided by FEGS. Special awards and scholarships – created through the generosity of FEGS' board members, colleagues and associates – were presented today to a group of individuals who have overcome extraordinary odds in the face of adversity. Congratulations to today's award winners and to all of the FEGS staff who dedicate themselves to inspiring success each and every day! 
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11 Columbia Circle Drive Albany, New York, 12203
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Turning business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.
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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.