NYSID, Purchasing That Powers Employment

NYSID, Purchasing That Powers Employment Empowering People. Supporting New York. NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization that creates jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Established in 1975 and based in Albany, NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization with a 40-year mission of "Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities." NYSID and its member agencies are a proven procurement solution for government agency customers. NYSID members are the employment resource centers for individuals with diverse abilities. Our member agencies also partner with private sector New York State businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business and veterans’ support programs. Employment on a NYSID contract transforms lives and communities.

• Individuals realize the financial security, self-worth and personal relationships that come with long-term employment, and a traditionally under-employed workforce is served.

• NYSID’s member agencies are able to offer center-based or community employment, unique to individuals’ abilities and independence goals.

• Government procurement needs are met affordably and with a proven track record. Preferred Source procurement satisfies the obligation to comply with New York State Finance Law Section 162's mandate to purchase approved goods and services provided by New Yorkers with disabilities. NYSID prices are approved by the New York State Office of General Services. New York State benefits by having a workforce which includes empowered individuals with disabilities, who bring stability to communities through wages earned and spent where they live.

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So now I’m begging the world to return the favor.

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Established in 1975 and based in Albany, NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization that creates jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID and its member agencies are a proven procurement solution for government agency customers. NYSID members are the employment resource centers for individuals with diverse abilities. Our member agencies also partner with private sector New York State businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business and veterans' support programs.

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Great job Maureen O'Brien on the NYSID Annual Meeting! Congratulations to all the award winners!
Jobs well done. #pwd #inclusion
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Incredible honor for The Corporate Source, an organization which redefines work, one person at a time. This includes 80 individuals working on NYSID contracts for Preferred Source government customers. Well done!
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