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Fedcap’s Ana Cortorreal Recognized for Outstanding Work

Fedcap Custodian Ana Cortorreal will receive the 2012 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award from NYSID, a not-for-profit organization that advances employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Ms. Cortorreal, chosen from a record pool of 59 nominees, is one of six deaf members in her family. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, she has lived in the United States for eight years, initially working as a babysitter for little pay and no benefits. ACCES-VR referred her to Fedcap, where she completed custodial training and went to work on Fedcap’s NYSID contract with the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station. She has flourished and garnered attention for her exemplary attitude, ability to be a team player, “wicked sense of humor” and overall work ethic.

“She is a joy to have around,” says Sandra Simpson, Ms. Cortorreal’s supervisor. “Sixty-six thousand people go through here every day, all trying to get to work or home. Many of them don’t know that she is deaf and might interpret her silence the wrong way. But she remains confident, maintains a positive attitude and always does everything without problems or complaints.”

Ana WorkingMs. Cortorreal’s income has helped her, her husband and their young son to move out of her mother-in-law’s house and into their own apartment. “I am very proud,” she said upon learning of the Joslin Award. “This job makes it possible to help support my family. I feel so motivated.”

“Ms. Cortorreal’s achievements illustrate the powerful good that comes when organizations like Fedcap and NYSID collaborate to break through barriers to economic independence,” said Christine McMahon, Fedcap President and CEO. “We look forward to celebrating Ms. Cortorreal and this great award!”

Now in their ninth year, the Joslin Awards Program has recognized 418 outstanding individuals with disabilities for employment and personal achievements. All nominees receive an “Outstanding Performer” award certificate and a check for $300. One overall winner is chosen each year to receive the prestigious William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award – a plaque and a check for $1,000 – in a ceremony at the NYSID Annual Meeting on September 10.

For more than 35 years, NYSID – a not-for-profit member agency organization – has been meeting the purchasing needs of state and local government agencies while advancing employment for New Yorkers with disabilities. Under the legislatively mandated New York State Preferred Source Program, NYSID acts as a “virtual storefront” for a statewide network of 165 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners to employ skilled people with disabilities in production facilities and community-based jobs. Through more than 1,500 contracts that bring work to NYS communities, NYSID member agencies deliver quality goods and services at OGS-approved prices to fulfill individual government agency missions. In Fiscal Year 2011, more than 6,500 New Yorkers with disabilities earned $47 million in Preferred Source wages and worked 3.6 million hours.