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Purchasing That Powers Employment

When individuals with disabilities earn a living and spend those earnings within their community, they contribute to a more economically vibrant New York State. There is no better mechanism for encouraging employment and independence for this underserved workforce than New York’s Preferred Source Program.

The Preferred Source Program was established via Article XI, Section 162 of the New York State Finance Law in order to advance special social and economic goals related to the employment of New Yorkers with disabilities. Under this law, when certain commodity or service offerings meet the purchasing needs of a state or local government agency, public benefit corporation and some public authorities, those purchases must be made through the Preferred Source Program. NYSID is a facilitating agency of the Program.

NYSID empowers people with disabilities through approved Preferred Source job opportunities provided by our statewide membership. Our member agencies can also partner with private sector New York State businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses.

Together, this network supports government procurement budgets and provides choices for meaningful work and economic security for Preferred Source workers. NYSID is proud of its role in this successful program and the thousands of lives touched in the process. 

Established in 1975 and based in Albany, NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization with a mission of “advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”