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December 19, 2017

A Look Back at the Names, Faces and NYSID Highlights of 2017

Category: General — NYSID @ 8:02 pm

Season’s greetings to all of our member agencies, corporate partners, friends and followers. In these final days of 2017, we’re reminiscing about some of the feel-good NYSID stories during the past year:

Annual Meeting/MAKE THE CHANGE — During our Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Hilton, more than 250 attendees proudly wearing campaign-style buttons encouraged legislators to MAKE THE CHANGE to Preferred Source legislation — a true display of solidarity and reaffirmation of our core purpose of “Purchasing That Powers Employment.”

Richard Warner, Allegany Arc, and John Humphrey, The Arc of Onondaga/Monarch Industries, each received NYSID's 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award

This proposed legislation can MAKE THE CHANGE in reducing a 70 percent unemployment rate for New Yorkers with Disabilities. Watch this video to learn more, and email your New York State legislators to show your support for employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

During our Annual Meeting, we also honored individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, legislators, New York State agencies and municipal agencies for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities. View our 2017 Annual Meeting video playlist.

Battle Buddy Centers — NYSID dedicated two Battle Buddy Centers: SUNY Sullivan, in collaboration with SullivanArc/Sullivan Industries and New Hope Community, Inc.; and Dutchess Community College, with Access: Supports for Living. Since September 2011, NYSID’s 14 Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 75,000 visits by veterans.

Commemorative Months — NYSID joined the disability movement in celebrating national commemorative months during the year, including: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (March); National Autism Awareness Month (April); Mental Health Month (May); and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October).

City College of New York students and Celina Cavalluzzi of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, Inc. (third from left) pose with NYS Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara during the CREATE Symposium

CREATE – Union College and Schenectady Arc were among a record eight colleges/universities and eight NYSID member agencies that participated in NYSID’s third annual CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) Symposium in Albany.

Governmental Affairs — This was a banner year for advocacy, as Preferred Source workers from across New York State joined NYSID staff on visits to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives in Washington DC to advocate for choice in employment opportunities and service providers during New York Day on Capitol Hill.

At a “Town Hall” held in Albany during NY GovBuy in May, NYSID members from across the state called upon the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) to improve the price application approval process for Preferred Source contracts so as to provide continued employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.

During NDEAM, Ron Romano and Corey Heritage of NYSID and Fred Weber, Jr. of TIBH Industries, Inc. joined SUPRA and the Porter Group in our nation’s capital to advocate for jobs for individuals with disabilities.

Derrick McGuinness, Lexington-Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (third from left), received his Joslin Outstanding Performer certificate and check -- one of dozens of recognition ceremonies across New York State

Joslin Awards – NYSID’s annual Joslin Awards Program celebrated exceptional job performance and personal growth by New Yorkers with disabilities working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts. In its 14th year, NYSID has awarded 17 individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. John Humphrey, The Arc of Onondaga/Monarch Industries; and Richard Warner, Allegany Arc were named 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients.

Since 2004, NYSID has recognized more than 700 Joslin Outstanding Performers, including 58 statewide in 2017: 21 Capital Region/Hudson Valley residents; 16 greater New York City and Long Island residents; 11 Central New Yorkers; and 10 Western New Yorkers. Visit our News Blog for lists of our 2017 Joslin Outstanding Performers by region.

Journey Along the Erie Canal — For the fifth consecutive year, John Robinson and Doug Hamlin led Journey Along the Erie Canal, a 370-mile, 12-day bicycle ride across upstate New York via the scenic and historic Erie Canalway Trail. NYSID was once again the proud video sponsor.

NYSID Night at “The Joe” — Our sixth annual NYSID Night at “The Joe” was a grand slam, as we were joined by folks from the Capital Region Miracle League, with whom we worked on NYSID WORKS! 2, and NYSID member agencies Catholic Charities, Northeast Career Planning, Rehabilitation Support Services, Saratoga Bridges, Schenectady Arc and The Arc of Rensselaer.

Volunteers from NYSID, SEFCU and Schenectady ARC, decked out in gold shirts provided by Spectrum Designs Foundation, pose for a photo during NYSID WORKS! 2

NYSID WORKS! 2 – Volunteers from NYSID, SEFCU, Schenectady ARC, Essex Arc/Mountain Lake Services and Puzzles Bakery & Café all participated in NYSID WORKS! 2, beautifying Jaime M. Adams Field, a ball field for individuals with disabilities, at The Capital Region Miracle League.

Veterans’ Summits — NYSID hosted its quarterly Veterans’ Summits for New York State government agencies, legislators, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members. Summits foster collaboration and networking, and advance the cause of identifying jobs for veterans with disabilities, particularly as the number of returning veterans with disabilities increases.

Thanks for following NYSID on our blog and social media in 2017. We wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year!


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