New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who Are Blind

General Information

New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who Are Blind
296 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany New York 1 12203
http://www.nyspsp.org/

Brief Description

The New York State Preferred Source Program (NYSPSP) for people who are blind is a state-mandated initiative to create and sustain employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired.

State and local agencies are required to purchase products and services that appear on the Preferred Source List through the NYSPSP for people who are blind. These commodities are produced by eight affiliated nonprofit agencies in New York that employ people who are blind or visually impaired.
Effective December 1, 2012, under the authority designated by the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), the administration of the NYSPSP for people who are blind transitioned to National Industries for the Blind (NIB). In this capacity, NIB manages order processing, customer service, sales, and accounting functions.

Staff

Carrie Laney, Executive Director, claney@nyspsp.org

Services Offered

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Facilitates employment of blind and visually impaired at member work centers. Sells products (office supplies, janitorial supplies, linen and textiles, latex gloves, safety items, film and flags) manufactured at work centers online. Sells on-site and off-site services including warehousing, mailing, call centers, and CD replication.