Local disabled workers rally for job market

Published May 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

ALBANY — Representatives from New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc., called on the New York State Office of General Services to improve the price application approval process during a recent town hall meeting.

NYSID representatives believe the current process could result in the loss of jobs and economic opportunities for the state’s disabled population who work on Preferred Source contracts.

Members of Madison Cortland Arc joined the event.

“These contracts are extremely important to people with disabilities and their livelihood,” Madison Cortland Arc employee Michele Wolfe said.

During the May 3 meeting NYSID’s board of directors raised concerns about specific issues including the interpretation of market pricing, using an independent party for market comparisons and using sub-contractors on Preferred Source contracts.

OGS spokeswoman Heather R. Groll said during the meeting that OGS outlined a number of strategies to improve these processes. These included expanded options for comparable pricing, a more streamlined application process, improved contracts and increased transparency.

“Our goal is meaningful employment for the disabled. We are on the same page,” Groll said.

NYSID is a non-profit corporation that creates job opportunities for nearly 7,000 workers with disabilities each year. They accomplish this through a statewide network of rehabilitation agencies and corporate partners.