NYSID Celebrates "40 Years of Looking Forward" in Capital Region

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. recognizes its member agencies for creating 1,573 jobs in Capital Region

Albany – New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) is celebrating its 40th anniversary by recognizing its member agencies and corporate partners for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout its 40-year history.
Across the Capital Region, 1,573 New Yorkers with disabilities worked 816,571 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts in 2014. Altogether, 6,819 individuals with disabilities worked more than 4.05 million employment hours and earned $55.3 million in wages on Preferred Source contracts across New York State in 2014.
"For 40 years, NYSID has been turning business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities across the Capital Region and statewide," said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. "They provide incredible examples of how much New York State benefits by having a workforce that is inclusive of persons with disabilities, particularly as NYSID celebrates '40 Years of Looking Forward' during this anniversary year. With nearly 7,000 lives touched in 2014 alone, NYSID Preferred Source employment opportunities are career pathways for New Yorkers with disabilities. These opportunities have evolved over time into life-changing experiences and financial security for New Yorkers, supporting government procurement needs and energizing communities."
March is also National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (NDDAM), which recognizes the contributions of individuals with disabilities to the social and economic well-being of our communities, our state and our nation.
The theme for 2015 is "Reveal the Faces of Intellectual and Development Disability," encouraging everyone to raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by personalizing the narrative, using #DDAware.
The following NYSID member agencies and corporate partners created jobs in counties across the Capital Region in 2014:
Albany County (647 Preferred Source jobs)
Action Window Cleaning, Inc.; Camelot Consulting, Inc.; Center for Disability Services; E-Biz Docs; Focused Technologies; Image Data, Inc.; Immediate Mailing Services, Inc.; Janitronics, Inc.; Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc.; Plaza Linen Service; Rayben Enterprises, Inc.; Rehabilitation Support Services; Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.; Second Chance Opportunities; The Altamont Program, Inc.
Clinton County (80 Preferred Source jobs)
Clinton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Champlain Valley Industries
Columbia County (8 Preferred Source jobs)
Columbia County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Coarc
Delaware County (12 Preferred Source jobs)
Delaware County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Resources for Industry
Essex County (31 Preferred Source jobs)
Essex County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Mountain Lake Services
Franklin County (19 Preferred Source jobs)
North Star Industries/Citizen Advocates
Fulton County (31 Preferred Source jobs)
Fulton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Lexington Industries
Herkimer County (24 Preferred Source jobs)
Herkimer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Herkimer Industries
Montgomery County (114 Preferred Source jobs)
Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.
Otsego County (38 Preferred Source jobs)
The Arc Otsego
Rensselaer County (21 Preferred Source jobs)
Rensselaer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Riverside Enterprises; Clarus Linen System ~Rensselaer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.
Saratoga County (14 Preferred Source jobs)
Saratoga Bridges NYSARC, Inc./Alpha Industries
Schenectady County (165 Preferred Source jobs)
Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Pine Ridge Industries; The Altamont Program, Inc.
Schoharie County (36 Preferred Source jobs)
Schoharie County ARC/Toe Path Industries
Ulster County (101 Preferred Source jobs)
Gateway Community Industries, Inc.; SOURCECORP BPS Inc.; Ulster-Greene Arc/Pilot Industries
Warren County (232 Preferred Source jobs)
Community, Work, and Independence, Inc.; Warren, Washington & Albany Counties Chapter NYSARC, Inc.
In addition, NYSID has named Camelot Consulting, Inc. in Albany its Corporate Partner of the Year and Allison Jackson its Employee of the Year; and named the Albany County Airport Authority its Customer of the Year co-recipient.
Camelot is a full-service document reproduction and print business in Albany employing seven individuals with disabilities through a partnership with Northeast Career Planning. The company has displayed an ongoing commitment to inclusive hiring practices, giving people with disabilities the opportunity to develop a wide range of document reproduction skills. Those placed by Northeast Career Planning work alongside Camelot staff in an integrated team setting.
Over the past five years, Camelot has steadily grown its support to NYSID Preferred Source customers, which include the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the NYS Office of General Services, Albany County, Hudson Valley Community College, and the NYS Department of Transportation, among many others.
The Albany County Airport Authority, which runs Albany International Airport, provides employment for 31 Preferred Source workers, using services from Capital Region NYSID member agencies and corporate partners, including Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc., Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS), The Altamont Program Inc., and Action Window Cleaning.
Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.'s horticulture team helps with plant maintenance through its Horticulture Program. The Altamont Program-Action Window Cleaning partnership provides essential glass cleaning, pressure washing, and awning and mirror cleaning in various parts of the airport, including the control tower. Altamont is also responsible for floor Maintenance, from vacuuming to carpet extraction. Finally, when the airport has short-term cleanup and other janitorial projects throughout the year, RSS custodians satisfy these needs.
Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) Not for Profit which creates employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities. Its offerings are approved by the NYS Office of General Services and include janitorial, document imaging, industrial laundry, office temps, and other services, as well as a wide range of products assembled, packaged and/or manufactured by people with disabilities.
Under the legislatively-mandated New York State Preferred Source Program, NYSID acts as a "virtual storefront" for a statewide network of 164 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners to employ skilled people with disabilities in production facilities and community-based jobs throughout the state, providing vocational assistance programs to their respective communities. For more information, visit http://www.nysid.org.


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