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March 19, 2018

Employment Excellence, Developmental Disability Awareness Spread Through Central New York

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:48 pm

Gerald Robbins Jr. was diagnosed at an early age with mild intellectual disabilities associated with environmental deprivation, organic personality syndrome secondary to childhood lead poisoning, attention deficit disorder and autism.

Gerald Robbins, The Arc of Madison Cortland's 2017 Joslin Outstanding Performer, accepts his award from Katie Tucci, NYSID's Central New York account representative, and Jack Campbell, The Arc's executive director

Today, he is the embodiment of “See Me for Me,” the theme of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March.

At The Arc of Madison Cortland, Gerry initially was hesitant to try certain NYSID Preferred Source contracts, including the rag cutting contract, as he was apprehensive of the equipment.

Celebrating the success of his peers who previously received the William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award nomination motivated Gerry to try new jobs, including the rag cutting operation, and he quickly excelled. Working on the food packaging of margarine spread cups, Gerry has increased his productivity along with his quality.

Gerry is The Arc of Madison Cortland’s 2017 Joslin Outstanding Performer, and he has entered into the Pathways to Employment program, where he has used his work experience on the NYSID Preferred Source contracts to overcome the challenges of new jobs. He has flourished at many of his work experiences, being offered positions at two of his training opportunities at the conclusion of his internship.

NYSID joins the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities in celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. The theme “See Me for Me” encourages society to look beyond someone’s disability and see them as a person, not just a person with a disability.

In 2017, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 6,879 jobs, 4,293,221 employment hours and $65.4 million in wages across New York State.

This includes 1,491 jobs created in Central New York on Preferred Source contracts with these local-based member agencies and corporate partners:

Broome County – A.V.R.E.; ACHIEVE, Broome-Tioga County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.; Bates Troy, Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE); Paper Alternatives, Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE); SOURCECORP BPS Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE); and Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. (in partnership with ACHIEVE)

Chemung County — Capabilities, Inc.; The Arc of Chemung

Cortland County – J.M. Murray Center, Inc.; Ames Linen Services (in partnership with J.M. Murray Center, Inc.)

Jefferson County – Jefferson Rehabilitation Center

Madison County – The Arc of Madison Cortland

Oneida County – The Arc, Oneida-Lewis County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Progress Industries; Human Technologies

Onondaga County – The Arc of Onondaga; Clarus Linen System (in partnership with The Arc of Onondaga); Image Integrator, LLC (in partnership with The Arc of Onondaga); Immediate Mailing Services, Inc. (in partnership with The Arc of Onondaga); American Maintenance (in partnership with Syracuse Brick House); and Liberty Resources (in partnership with Continuum Professional Services)

Oswego County – Oswego Industries, Inc.

Seneca County – Arc of Seneca Cayuga

St. Lawrence County – St. Lawrence County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Tompkins County – Challenge Industries

NYSID honors all Preferred Source workers from these member agencies and corporate partners who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in the workplace and community. #DDawareness18


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