NYSID, Preferred Source Solutions

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About Us

Our Mission:

Turning business opportunities into JOBS for New Yorkers with disabilities.

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 165 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners to employ skilled people with disabilities in production facilities and community-based jobs.

Through more than 1,900 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 2012, more than 6,975 people with disabilities earned $51.8 million in Preferred Source wages and worked 3.9 million hours.

Everyone benefits from Preferred Source purchasing:

  • NYS government purchasers acquire necessary goods and services without costly, time-consuming bidding.
  • NYSID workers with disabilities acquire marketableskills through productive jobs and wages that promote self-esteem andfinancial independence.
  • New York State benefits from a reduction in publicassistance as disabled workers become economically independent, and benefits from an increase in government tax revenues from employed vs. dependent individuals


NYSID Corporate Publications

Quarterly newsletter of business happenings that foster NYSID's employment mission on behalf of New Yorkers with disabilities:


Review of NYSID's annual business performance in the Preferred Source marketplace: