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May 1, 2017

Mental Health Month Aims to Eliminate “Risky Business”

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:29 pm

May is Mental Health Month 2017, and this year’s campaign, “Risky Business,” educates the public on habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

These include such diverse risk factors as prescription drug misuse, internet/gaming addiction, excessive spending, and troublesome exercise patterns.

“Risky Business” raises awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present –– especially to young people –– to help individuals detect these early warning signs, and to provide resources for prevention and early intervention.

Several of our William B. Joslin Award recipients have become successful, satisfied workers on NYSID Preferred Source contracts while overcoming mental illness.

Kenneth Grazette is the epitome of mental fortitude and perseverance. His adolescence was filled with darkness one can only imagine. Kenny was living in and out of shelters until he joined “Teen Challenge,” where he lived for 15 months.

Kenneth Grazette from American Maintenance possesses an extraordinary work ethic and a strong desire to transform his life

Once he was involved in more programs, he was introduced to mental health counseling services and programs. Kenny is living a clean life while fighting his bipolar disorder and depression on a daily basis.

He was hired by American Maintenance in August 2013. In his current position, he works independently and arms and disarms the building he cleans, ensuring the building is secure at the end of the shift and generally running the entire operation.

Kenny’s work ethic and desire to turn his life around are nothing short of extraordinary. He epitomizes what the Preferred Source Program is all about, and is a constant reminder of what we can overcome with perseverance.

For nearly 70 years, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.

NYSID celebrates the efforts of MHA and our member agencies and corporate partners to help increase opportunities for individuals living with mental illness. #mhm2017 #riskybusiness

April 27, 2017

CREATE Symposium Showcases Tech Inventions Designed to Improve Workplace for New Yorkers With Disabilities

Category: General — NYSID @ 6:22 pm

Doug Rosa, an engineering student at Union College, speaks from the heart when he describes his participation in CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology).

“Working with Schenectady Arc to develop a technology that would be easy for its greenhouse workers to use was very rewarding,” he said. “In the past, I’ve worked one-on-one with children with special needs. This project taught me the value of using my engineering to design one system that will benefit many people. The vision at Schenectady Arc of helping people to the best of their ability inspired me to do the same.”

During the CREATE Symposium, Union College engineering student Doug Rosa discusses his team's assistive technology for greenhouse workers with disabilities at Schenectady Arc

Doug was part of a team that created a Greenhouse Temperature Controller, a programmable grow bed that uses heating pads to regulate temperatures for plants.

The group worked with Maple Ridge, a campus of Schenectady Arc, to develop the user-friendly products. Overall, students have found the work to be creative and extremely meaningful, as these inventions have the ability to improve livelihoods and increase productivity for individuals with disabilities.

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 Symposium on April 26 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. CREATE is an initiative sponsored by NYSID that brings undergraduate and graduate student engineers and professors from colleges and universities across New York State together with NYSID organizations that employ individuals with disabilities.

During the CREATE Symposium, 15 teams showcased prototypes of technology inventions designed to increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of New Yorkers with disabilities.

Participating NYSID member agencies included: ABVI Goodwill; Arc of Livingston-Wyoming; Arc of Steuben; Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey; Human Technologies; LAICO Industries; Lifespire; and Schenectady Arc.

Participating colleges included: Alfred University; City College of New York; Manhattan College; Mohawk Valley Community College; Rochester Institute of Technology; SUNY Alfred; Union College; and University of Rochester.

Among the New York State legislators who attended the CREATE Symposium: Senator Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan); Senator Joseph Griffo (R/C/IP-47); Senator Joseph Robach (R/C/IP-Rochester); Senator Catharine Young (R/I/C-Olean); Assemblymember Aileen Gunther (D/I/WF-Forestburgh); Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam); and Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie).

Spectrum NewsWNYT NewsChannel 13NEWS10 ABC, RIT University News, Manhattan College NewsWXXI and Wyoming County Free Press were among the media outlets who previewed or covered the CREATE Symposium.

Manhattan College students display their chemical dispenser designed to accurately and efficiently dispense chemicals for Lifespire custodial workers with disabilities

Zahra Shahbazi, Manhattan College professor, oversaw teams that designed a Mechanical Hardware Dispenser and Chemical Dispenser in collaboration with Lifespire. “CREATE provided us with a great opportunity to not only practice engineering concepts in a real life problem, but also contribute to improve productivity of people with developmental disabilities,” she said. “It was great to see our students so passionate and committed to make this project a success.”

Celina Cavalluzzi, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey director of day services, was impressed with City College of New York’s collaboration on assistive technology for her agency. “Being part of CREATE has been a truly rewarding experience,” she said. “CREATE allowed us to partner with City College’s Grove School of Engineering to tackle obstacles that make finding employment difficult for people with disabilities. The students came up with several assistive technology solutions, including smart phone applications that help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders communicate with supervisors, and a SmartCane that detects obstacles and automatically reroutes the walker.”

This year’s inventions also included:

Process Management – Efficiency system for ordering, printing and shipping, using scanners

Ergonomic Improvement – Cart to improve efficiency of an apparel factory

Panoramik – Mobile panoramic imaging system to assist visually-impaired workers

Therapeutic Virtual Environments – Virtual Reality system to better train workers with autism

Mechanical Hardware Dispenser – Partially-automated system to weigh and load hardware into boxes

Wire Separation Tool – Allows workers to accurately and efficiently separate wires for a wire splitting contract

Cotton Fabric and Synthetic Fiber Recycling Systems – Convert cotton clothing donated to Goodwill that cannot be re-sold into shredded material that can be re-sold for thermal and acoustic insulation, acoustic tiles, bulletin boards, furniture and air filters

Project Roller System – Device to help workers with developmental disabilities roll instruction packets

Stapel – Staple remover for document shredding

For more information on CREATE, visit: http://www.createnysid.net.

 

 

April 20, 2017

Join NYSID at the Preferred Source Expo at NY GovBuy May 3-4

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:46 pm

NYSID member agencies and corporate partners will present a unified message — “Your Purchases Create Preferred Source Jobs” — at the 2017 Preferred Source Expo at NY GovBuy. This golden opportunity to interact with state and local government customers is set for May 3-4 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

Liberty Enterprises regularly participates as an exhibitor in the Preferred Source Expo

As always, the annual Expo is an opportunity for NYSID staff to connect with both customers and member agency representatives, and promote the impact of Preferred Source purchasing on livelihoods for workers from NYSID member agencies.

We’re looking forward to hosting more than 35 member agencies and corporate partners in NYSID’s new event space in Meeting Room 6 (located near the elevators and the Gallery hall).

This year, the NYS Office of General Services (OGS) is partnering with the Office of the New York State Comptroller and the New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO) for the event’s largest procurement audience ever.

“We enjoy exhibiting at the Preferred Source Expo because of the networking and opportunities that come from the event, and we continue to see results year after year,” said Chad Hartwig, product development & marketing manager, Liberty Enterprises. “We also collaborate with other NYSID member agencies to learn about capabilities they offer that we were not aware of.”

NYSID, its member agencies and corporate partners also will participate in a “Town Hall” meeting with OGS, Procurement Services and Chief Procurement Officer Sean Carroll on Wednesday, May 3 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 2 and 3.

The purpose of the “Town Hall” meeting is for NYSID staff, member agencies and corporate partners to discuss the New York State Preferred Source Program and NYSID’s continued interest to develop an acceptable OGS price application review process for Preferred Source contracts.

Purchases from NYSID member agencies and corporate partners employed 6,970 New Yorkers with disabilities on Preferred Source contracts in 2016, providing $60.6 million in wages to individuals who worked 4.23 million employment hours.

Register for this year’s event and visit our News Blog for photos and highlights from the 2016 Preferred Source Expo. We look forward to seeing you May 3-4 in Albany.

April 12, 2017

Assistive Technology Culminates with CREATE Symposium April 26

Category: General — NYSID @ 4:31 pm

A record number of teams and schools is gearing up for NYSID’s third CREATE Symposium at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Fifteen teams representing eight colleges and universities will participate in the April 26 event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Terrace overlooking The Well.

During the 2016 CREATE Symposium, the QRNavigation team from City College of New York demonstrated a mobile app that assists individuals to navigate indoor environments

The CREATE Symposium showcases prototypes of technology inventions designed to increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of New Yorkers with disabilities. Special guests, including New York State legislators, will speak at 11 a.m. NYSID member agencies and corporate partners are welcome to attend.

Spectrum News recently profiled the CREATE collaboration between Schenectady ARC and Union College to design a greenhouse temperature controller for 10 individuals with disabilities to use at the agency’s Maple Ridge facility.

CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) is an initiative sponsored by NYSID that brings undergraduate and graduate student engineers and professors from colleges and universities across New York State together with NYSID organizations that employ individuals with disabilities.

Participating NYSID member agencies include: ABVI Goodwill; Arc of Livingston-Wyoming; Arc of Steuben; Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey; Human Technologies; LAICO Industries; Lifespire; and Schenectady Arc.

Participating colleges include: Alfred University; City College of New York; Manhattan College; Mohawk Valley Community College; Rochester Institute of Technology; SUNY Alfred; Union College; and University of Rochester.

Students and professors will demonstrate their CREATE inventions to Symposium attendees, including New York State legislators and staff.

Among this year’s CREATE inventions:

Ergonomic Improvement – Cart to improve efficiency of an apparel factory

Panoramik – Mobile panoramic imaging system to assist visually-impaired workers

Therapeutic Virtual Environments – Virtual Reality system to better train workers with autism

Cotton Fabric and Synthetic Fiber Recycling Systems – Convert cotton clothing donated to Goodwill that cannot be re-sold into shredded material that can be re-sold for thermal and acoustic insulation, acoustic tiles, bulletin boards, furniture and air filters

Stapel – Staple remover for document shredding

“CREATE offers undergraduate and graduate student engineers the opportunity to put their knowledge to use in the context of practical, hands-on experience while developing products that can make lives easier for New Yorkers with disabilities,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO.

For more information on CREATE and the April 26 Symposium, visit: http://www.createnysid.net.

April 11, 2017

Celebrate More Than Just Autism Awareness in April

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:55 pm

April is traditionally known as National Autism Awareness Month. This year, NYSID joins the Autism Society in celebrating an expanded theme: National Autism Awareness, Action, Acceptance/Inclusion, and Appreciation Month.

Spectrum Designs' clientele ranges from small local businesses and events to large organizations, such as Facebook and Guitar Player Magazine, social causes such as Autism Speaks, as well as Preferred Source customers through NYSID

The Nicholas Center for Autism, a NYSID member agency, truly represents this expanded National Autism Awareness Month theme at its best.

The agency has reinvented mission-based employment by developing four thriving businesses, all with the goal of employing people with autism. Spectrum Designs, a custom apparel enterprise, is the heart of the Nicholas Center operation, where the pace is fast and the team is intent on producing quality screen-printed and embroidered clothing to the delight of its growing customer base.

In 2015, the Nicholas Center launched three new businesses: Spectrum Bakes, a granola-based business; Spectrum Suds, a laundry service; and Spectrum Grows, an operation that grows herbs, microgreens and hydroponic vegetables. Although each differs significantly from the others, the businesses benefit from cross-branding; customers of one business often become customers of another. Each enterprise started small, with minimal investment, but has grown steadily.

This short video, created for NYSID’s Business Development Forums, details the founding and progress of the Nicholas Center’s four businesses.

Let’s celebrate the uniqueness in us all and make this National Autism Awareness, Action, Acceptance/Inclusion, and Appreciation Month one to remember. Visit the Autism Society’s website for more information.

March 28, 2017

NYSID Recognized for Support of Guard and Reserve During Summit

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:59 pm

A special presentation honoring NYSID for its support of the National Guard and Reserve highlighted NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit on March 27 at our Albany office before a standing-room-only crowd.

Ron Romano, NYSID President & CEO, accepted a signed and framed Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve from Emil Baker, Capital Region chairman, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Sharon Alleyne, NYSID’s e-Commerce product information coordinator, is a sergeant in the United States Army Reserve.

Emil Baker, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR); Sharon Alleyne, NYSID and Army Reserves; Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO; Vinnie Nicosia, office of NYS Senator George Amedore; and Patrick Piccirilli, ESGR

A Department of Defense program, ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.

“Life as an Army Reservist can become disjointed at times, especially during mobilizations,” Alleyne said. “Returning home and worrying about employment is a daunting task. For over 15 years, the moral support I receive from NYSID management and staff enables me to perform my military duties with peace of mind and know that there is a place for me when I return home.”

During the Veterans’ Summit, Richard Gray, Ph.D., research director, Research and Recognition Project, discussed a groundbreaking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment for veterans.

He and Frank Bourke, Ph.D., executive director, Research and Recognition Project, have gathered hundreds of volunteers and supporters to assist returning veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Bourke and Gray’s Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) protocol is a unique intervention for PTSD and a groundbreaking neurological intervention based upon the way the brain changes how people remember events, and how those memories naturally change over time.

When administered early, RTM could remove years of suffering and disability for veterans and billions of dollars in extended years of payment for PTSD treatment.

Additional Veterans’ Summit presenters included:

Debbie Pennock, founder, A Beacon Of Love, Inc.

U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Curran, Green to Gold for Veterans, Rockland Community College; Debbie Pennock, A Beacon Of Love, Inc.; Richard Gray, Ph.D., Research and Recognition Project; and Meghan Conroy Florkowski, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University

U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Curran, MBA, instructor/developer, Green to Gold for Veterans Personal Finance and Career Development course, Rockland Community College

Meghan Conroy Florkowski, director of entrepreneurship programs, Syracuse University, including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Among the NYS legislative staffers in attendance:

Dan Casale, constituent representative, Senator Kathleen Marchione (R/C/I-43), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Vinnie Nicosia, deputy director of operations, Senator George Amedore (R/C/I-46), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Summit participants include New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

March 27, 2017

New York City, Long Island Jobs Impact Individuals With Disabilities

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:44 pm

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 3,530 jobs created in New York City and Long Island and 6,970 jobs, 4,231,476 employment hours and $60.6 million in wages across New York State. NYSID celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, honoring these individuals with disabilities who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in workplaces, schools and communities.

"I like cleaning for the FDNY because it makes me feel proud of myself," says Beverly Sparks, an AHRC New York City custodian serving FDNY on a NYSID Preferred Source contract

Take Beverly Sparks, one of 100 AHRC New York City custodians serving the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY).

She and her fellow AHRC workers are on the job at emergency medical and fire battalions in four different boroughs, where FDNY personnel have commended their quality of service and work ethic. “I like cleaning for the FDNY because it makes me feel proud of myself,” Beverly says.

FDNY was honored as NYSID’s 2016 Customer of the Year during our Annual Meeting.

NYSID’s 2016 Annual Report highlights numerous hard-working individuals and the diverse jobs they performed on Preferred Source contracts in New York City and Long Island with these local-based member agencies and corporate partners:

Bronx County – The Osborne Association; Action Window Cleaning, Inc. (in partnership with The Osborne Association)

Dutchess County – Abilities First, Inc.; Dutchess ARC

Nassau County — Adults & Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc.; AHRC Nassau; FDR Services Corp. (in partnership with AHRC Nassau); OceanSide Institutional Industries, Inc. (in partnership with AHRC Nassau); The Corporate Source; eWorks Electronics Services, Inc.; Nicholas Center for Autism/Spectrum Designs Foundation; and Seery Systems Group, Inc. (in partnership with Abilities, Inc.)

New York County – AHRC New York City; American Security Shredding (in partnership with AHRC New York City); R & W Inventory, LLC (in partnership with AHRC New York City); Scarab Consulting (in partnership with AHRC New York City); Doe Fund, Inc.; Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.; CASO, Inc. (in partnership with Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.); Wildcat Service Corporation, an affiliate of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services; Focused Technologies (in partnership with International Center for the Disabled); and Lifespire, Inc.

Orange County — Access: Supports for Living; American Maintenance (in partnership with Access: Supports for Living)

Queens County – Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern NJ; Lioncage NYC, Inc. (in partnership with AHRC New York City); and PSCH, Inc.

Rockland County – Jawonio, Inc.; eBizDocs (in partnership with Jawonio, Inc.); and The Arc of Rockland

Suffolk County – American Maintenance (in partnership with The Rehabilitation Institute); American Maintenance (in partnership with PSCH, Inc.); Carlstrom & Ritter, Inc. (in partnership with Concern for Independent Living); Landtek Group, Inc. (in partnership with AHRC Nassau); Maryhaven Center of Hope; Mayco Building Services, Inc. (in partnership with The Rehabilitation Institute);

Skills Unlimited; Alternative Earthcare (in partnership with Skills Unlimited); American Maintenance (in partnership with Skills Unlimited); Imaging and Microfilm Access (in partnership with Skills Unlimited); Stang Landscaping Company (in partnership with Concern for Independent Living); and Terranova Landscaping (in partnership with PSCH, Inc.)

Sullivan County – Sullivan ARC/Sullivan Industries

Westchester County – American Maintenance (in partnership with AHRC New York City); The Arc of Westchester; and A & P Coat, Apron & Linen Supply (in partnership with Jawonio, Inc.)

March 20, 2017

Employment Empowers and Awareness Advances

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:59 pm

Brian Mann operates state-of-the-art machinery as part of the Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries Classified Shredding operation. Over the span of a 20-year career at the agency, he’s been promoted to this position of responsibility and authority through his impressive work ethic and customer service skills. Brian says, “If I didn’t have a job, I would be bored and sad.”

Brian Mann works as a document destruction technician for LAICO’s Classified Scanning and Shredding Services business, which includes both Preferred Source customers and the local business community

NYSID salutes Brian and thousands of his fellow New Yorkers with disabilities during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Brian was a 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient during NYSID’s Annual Meeting.

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 687 jobs in Western New York. Our 2016 Annual Report showcases the work of NYSID in Western New York and these local-based member agencies and corporate partners in creating jobs for people with disabilities:

Allegany County  – Allegany ARC

Cattaraugus County – Cattaraugus Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

Chautauqua County – Chautauqua County ARC

Erie County – Heritage Centers; Biel’s Information Technology (in partnership with Heritage Centers); Clarus Linen Services (in partnership with Heritage Centers); Suburban Adult Services, Inc./SASI; Southeast Works, Inc; and 1 Accord Services Inc. (in partnership with Southeast Works, Inc.)

Genesee County – Genesee ARC; Angelica Textile Services, Inc. (in partnership with Genesee ARC)

Livingston County – The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming

Monroe County – CDS Monarch/UNISTEL; Easter Seals New York, Inc.; Lifetime Assistance, Inc./LAICO Industries; ALSCO (in partnership with Lifetime Assistance, Inc.); Sheen and Shine, Inc. (in partnership with Lifetime Assistance, Inc.); and Rochester Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

Ontario County – Ontario ARC

Steuben County – The Arc of Steuben

Wayne County – Wayne ARC

Yates County – The Arc of Yates

March 8, 2017

Disability Awareness Across Central New York and Statewide

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:55 pm

Bette Legory performs at double the required capacity of images per hour, making her one of the quickest and most accurate Preferred Source workers for ACHIEVE on a collaboration between Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).

Thanks to Bette Legory, thousands of New Yorkers injured on the job receive their necessary benefits more quickly through a collaboration between Xerox and the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (WCB)

When the Xerox processing center began hiring ACHIEVE workers with disabilities, Bette was placed into her first new job in many years – one requiring a brand new skill set. She is proud of her contributions to the data processing operation.

“The quality of what I do is important because it affects another person’s life,” she says. “This is the first job I’ve had that actually means something.”

NYSID honored Bette as 2016 Employee of the Year and Xerox as 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year during our Annual Meeting.

In celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, NYSID honors Bette and thousands of individuals with disabilities across New York State who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in workplaces, schools and communities.

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 1,140 jobs created in Central New York.

NYSID’s 2016 Annual Report showcases the work of NYSID in Central New York and these local-based member agencies and corporate partners in creating jobs for people with disabilities:

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.)

Lewis 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

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your assistance and your continued support during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and throughout the year.

March 1, 2017

Celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:36 pm

NYSID joins The Arc of the United States and Arc chapters across New York State in celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. We honor these individuals with disabilities who push past significant challenges to reach their potential in workplaces, schools and communities.

Richard Whaley, mail processing clerk at the Center for Disability Services’ Commercial Services, is an outspoken advocate of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

In 2016, NYSID Preferred Source contracts statewide accounted for: 6,970 jobs created; 4,231,476 employment hours; and $60.6 million in wages across New York State. NYSID Preferred Source contracts accounted for 1,613 jobs created in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley.

NYSID’s 2016 Annual Report highlights numerous hard-working individuals and the diverse jobs they performed on Preferred Source contracts, including Richard Whaley, who works in the integrated mailroom at the Center for Disability Services’ Commercial Services.

An outspoken advocate of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, personal independence is a motivating factor in his performance. “It really helps me support everything I want to do. I’m able to get out into the community,” he says.

He and Joseph Scorza, his fellow mail processing clerk, received special recognition at NYSID’s Annual Meeting for advocating employment opportunities and exemplifying the spirit and independence of all New Yorkers with disabilities.

Our 2016 Annual Report showcases the work of NYSID in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley and these local-based member agencies and corporate partners in creating jobs for people with disabilities:

Albany County — Center for Disability Services; Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc.; Camelot Consulting, Inc. (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning); Focused Technologies (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning); Immediate Mailing Services, Inc. (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning); Green Facility Solution (in partnership with Northeast Career Planning);

Rehabilitation Support Services; Action Window Cleaning, Inc. (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services); Image Data, Inc. (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services); Janitronics, Inc. (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services); Green Facility Solution (in partnership with The Altamont Program, Inc.); Janitronics, Inc. (in partnership with The Altamont Program, Inc.); and Second Chance Opportunities

Clinton County — Clinton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Columbia County — Columbia County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Delaware County — The Arc of Delaware County

Essex County — Mountain Lake Services

Franklin County — Citizen Advocates

Fulton County — Lexington, Fulton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Herkimer County — Arc Herkimer

Montgomery County — Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Otsego County — The Arc Otsego

Rensselaer County — The Arc of Rensselaer; Clarus Linen System (in partnership with The Arc of Rensselaer); eBizDocs (in partnership with The Arc of Rensselaer)

Saratoga County — Saratoga Bridges NYSARC, Inc./Alpha Industries; Plaza Linen Service (in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services)

Schenectady County — Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Pine Ridge Industries; The Altamont Program, Inc.

Schoharie County — Schoharie County ARC/Toe Path Industries

Ulster County — Gateway Community Industries, Inc.; The Arc of Ulster-Greene

Warren County — Community, Work & Independence, Inc.; Warren, Washington & Albany Counties Chapter NYSARC, Inc.

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your assistance and your continued support during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and throughout the year.

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