Albany, NY – At its Annual Meeting in September, New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) awarded Senator Catharine Young (R/I/C-Olean) and Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) with the 2016 Legislative Preferred Source Champion Award for their leadership in advancing job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.
Through the Preferred Source Program, NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities. NYSID members include 121 not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies and 43 corporate partners, working together to provide jobs for this underserved workforce.
In Fiscal Year 2016, NYSID provided employment to 6,970 New Yorkers with disabilities on Preferred Source contracts. Employment reported by NYSID and its member agencies has been stagnant the past five years, with an overall decline in jobs reported in 2016.
In accepting her award, Senator Young stated: "It is very alarming... in the last couple of years, it feels like we are going backwards in some regards. People with disabilities are losing important employment opportunities instead of gaining them. We cannot go back there. We will not go back there. I am committed to making sure we maintain and grow employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We have to double our efforts, to make sure people with disabilities have the same job opportunities, and the same success as others have."
Assemblymember Santabarbara stated in his acceptance remarks: "NYSID has always been there creating meaningful opportunities for all of those with developmental disabilities. Take comfort in knowing you are not alone. We just need to make sure our voices are heard."
NYSID is a not-for-profit business with a mission of "Turning business opportunities into JOBS for New Yorkers with disabilities." Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) Not for Profit which creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually through New York's Preferred Source Program.