September 8, 2015
The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations that educate, employ and empower people with disabilities, will join New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) by participating at a NYSID Works! A Community “Thank You” Event on Thursday, September 17. The celebration of work by working event will recognize New York State for creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities and take place at the Town of North Hempstead’s “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury at 9:30 a.m.
In appreciation for thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, NYSID is helping its member agencies and corporate partners in facilitating a day of volunteer service by cleaning parks and beautifying communities across New York State. The initiative complements NYSID’s 40th anniversary theme of “40 Years of Looking Forward” while also seguing into National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.
Students who attend Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center, which serves children with severe physical disabilities, as well as adolescents with disabilities who attend the Center’s youth transition programs, will be assisting with clean up and plantings around the Community Center. The groups will also refresh several areas of the Community Center, including its library.
“NYSID Works! raises awareness of the contributions people with disabilities make to our workforces every day, while providing our students with an opportunity to actively give back to the local community,” said John D. Kemp, President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, who will be attending the event along with local officials and community leaders.
“The New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) provides such a wonderful and important service to those with disabilities by creating meaningful job opportunities. The Town of North Hempstead is thrilled to be able to participate in the NYSID Works! Day by partnering with The Viscardi Center as they generously volunteer their time at our “Yes We Can” Community Center that day,” said Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Judi Bosworth.
The Viscardi Center and Town of North Hempstead join NYSID member agencies and corporate partners across New York State in this statewide day of community service. “For 40 years, NYSID has been able to turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities through the Preferred Source Program,” said Ron Romano, NYSID President & CEO. “This day of community appreciation is our way of saying thanks and giving back, by showcasing the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities from our member agencies and corporate partners, and demonstrating how New York State benefits from their inclusion in our workforce.”
About The Viscardi Center: Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers children and adults with disabilities. It provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology, adapted driver education and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, and businesses.
About NYSID: Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) Not for Profit which creates employment opportunities for more than 6,800 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. Its community rehabilitation member agencies and private-sector business partners are located throughout the state, providing vocational assistance and economic vitality to their respective communities. Through its contracts with New York State agencies, public benefit corporations and others, NYSID provides janitorial, document imaging, industrial laundry, office temps, and other services. NYSID also offers a wide range of products assembled, packaged and manufactured by people with disabilities. Its services and products are approved by the NYS Office of General Services. For more information, visit http://www.nysid.org.