FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2015
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North Hempstead Partners with Viscardi Center Volunteers for NYSID Works! A Community ‘Thank You’ Event
New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. thanks NYS, recognizes employment of New Yorkers with disabilities through statewide community service
North Hempstead, NY – Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the North Hempstead Town Board welcomed students and program participants from The Viscardi Center, located in Albertson, as they participated today in the NYSID Works! A Community “Thank You” Event. As a way to show their appreciation for the thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with Disabilities, the Viscardi volunteers did some gardening and clean up around the Town’s “Yes We Can” Community Center in New Cassel, including cultivating and weeding several newly-constructed raised garden boxes.
“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,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “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.”
“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.
Each NYSID member agency or corporate partner is choosing a local non-profit in need of a small beautification project, such as pulling weeds, raking leaves, planting mums, and general cleanup. Through these joint, statewide community service projects, NYSID sends a unified, heart felt message of gratitude to legislators, business and community leaders across New York State for creating employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.
All participants in NYSID Works! wore apparel specially designed for the occasion by workers at the Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation, a member agency in Port Washington that provides gainful employment and meaningful work opportunities to individuals with autism in a fully functioning apparel customization shop.
“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. Learn more at viscardicenter.org.
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Back row, from left, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, K-3 teacher Hema Choksey, Supervisor Bosworth, Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan and Town Clerk Wayne Wink.
Town officials in front of the “Yes We Can” Community Center with a volunteer from the Viscardi School.