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August 19, 2015

Long-Time Member Agency Profile: Fedcap

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:54 pm

As NYSID continues its 40th anniversary celebration, we acknowledge some of our long-time member agencies for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history.

Ana Cortorreal of Fedcap exemplifies excellence in employment through dedication to a job well done in an extremely challenging work environment for the Long Island Rail Road in Penn Plaza

We’re highlighting these member agencies to demonstrate their human service support and economic impact within communities across New York State. We look back at their early days, update their current success stories, and envision what the future holds.

Today’s member agency is Fedcap. Ana Cortorreal of Fedcap was presented with the 2012 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award, NYSID’s most prestigious people-centered award.

NYSID: The slogan for our 40th anniversary is “40 Years of Looking Forward.” What are some of the ways in which your agency has been looking forward and continues to do so?

Fedcap: Fedcap is committed to changing the lives of people with disabilities; helping them to become fully integrated into the workforce and the community. To this end, in 2013 Fedcap established the Center for Excellence and Advocacy (CEA), providing technical assistance and training around the country, helping states to redesign their service delivery to advance this integration.

Founded in 1935, Fedcap has grown from three to 1,100 workers with disabilities

NYSID: When was your agency founded? How many people with disabilities were employed by your agency then and now?

Fedcap: Fedcap was founded in 1935 by three World War I veterans to fight the stigma of employing disabled veterans. The following year Fedcap, then known as The Federation for the Crippled and Disabled, hired its first three employees.

Today, Fedcap employs approximately 1,100 individuals with disabilities, including 314 workers with disabilities on nearly 60 NYSID contracts. In 2014, there were 169 New Yorkers with disabilities who worked 284,972 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts through Fedcap.

NYSID: What jobs do people with disabilities still perform today, as they did years ago? What are some of the newer jobs for this workforce responding to marketplace and technology changes?

Fedcap: Among the newer jobs that people with disabilities perform are: culinary arts, secure document destruction, information and records conversion management, and temporary personnel for business staffing needs.

The CEA has designed training for community-based providers, developed curriculum for job coach certification, partnered with schools to enhance transition practices, designed an interactive website with an active Job Opportunity Board –– all focused on ensuring the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and community. Fedcap believes that in the next decade, these new strategies will result in people with disabilities being much more fully integrated into the workforce.

Individuals with disabilities working through the agency’s NYSID contracts today perform many of the same jobs that they did years ago. These include porter, janitorial services and groundskeeping/landscaping. Additionally, more people with disabilities are currently employed in the print and mail, office services and production services sectors.

NYSID: How important has your agency’s membership with NYSID been to your longevity and success?

Fedcap: Fedcap’s focus on mission and commitment to the individuals and communities it serves are what provide the foundation for its ongoing success at creating meaningful jobs for people with disabilities.

Our nearly 40-year association with NYSID has been a critical component of our growth and success over the years. As a key strategic partner, NYSID provides us with an essential platform for providing jobs for people with disabilities, and helping to build pathways to sustainable, long-term employment. These individuals, in turn, are able to realize their maximum potential, performing important services and creating products for the citizens of New York City, and the States of New York and New Jersey.

 

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