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Freedom House is holding a special invite only expo on April 17 showcasing the work of residents who are part of an entrepreneurial workshop. To learn more email info@bflnyc.org.

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April:

April Is Fair Housing Month

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) celebrates Fair Housing Month every April to mark the passage of the Fair Housing Act. This law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex,disability and family status. This year’s theme is “Fair Housing Is Your Right: Use It!” HUD [...]

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State Budget Includes Salary Adjustment For Direct Care Workers

The Human Services Council Reports:  The State budget includes funding and language for salary adjustments for direct care workers for the first time in six years. The Budget includes $13 million growing to $122 million to support a 2% salary increase on January 1, 2015 and another 2% salary increase on April 1, 2015 to [...]

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Missouri Store Offers Hope, And Warm Coats, to Homeless

Good News Network Reports: A little store in a Hollister, Missouri shopping center is offering the basic needs — clothing, hygiene items and baby supplies — at incredible prices. They’re all free. The shop, called Selfless Blessings, was started by Andrea Berdine after she witnessed a thrift store turning away [...]

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Human Services Council Announces Change in Executive Leadership

The Board of Directors of the Human Services Council of  New York (HSC) has announced that Executive Director Michael Stoller is stepping down as of  March 3, 2014. Deputy Executive Director Allison Sesso has been appointed as the new  executive director of HSC, a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for [...]

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Sally Hershberger Salon Donates To BFL

Sally Hershberger Downton NYC Salon donated hair products to the residents and consumers at Barrier Free Living’s (BFL) Transitional Housing and Secret Garden programs. BFL works with severely disabled homeless people and survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. Famed colorist Marko Tomassetti, who has donated color services to BFL, was [...]

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An Accidental Doctor: A Profile of B.J. Miller, MD

Profiled in the Feb. 2014 Princeton Alumni Weekly, Dr. B.J. Miller is a triple amputee who was injured by an electric current from a trolley car when he was in school at Princeton. Because of his accident and a team of incredible caregivers, he recovered and went into medicine. He [...]

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BFL Reacts To Cuomo Proposing Flat Pay For Caretakers Of Disabled

Barrier Free Living is featured in the Feb. 12 Wall Street Journal article, Cuomo proposes flat pay for caretakers of disabled. The article focuses on the fact that the Cuomo administration has proposed keeping pay flat for the sixth straight year for caretakers of the disabled and others at state-funded [...]

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Wounded Warrior Walking Tall

CNN Reports:  On Veterans Day, former Army special ops officer Gary Linfoot took a brisk stroll around the Statue of Liberty. That’s remarkable because Linfoot is a paraplegic — injured while on one of his many tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s been wheelchair-bound and paralyzed below the [...]

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Soul Food Truck Feeds Homeless

DNAInfo New York  reports: A food truck fit for the Midtown lunch crowd has started feeding the homeless and hungry in the East Village. Soul Food Truck, a new initiative of Middle Collegiate Church on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, serves savory free meals including fried chicken and collard greens to [...]

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Documentary Explores People With Disabilities In The Work Force

NY1 reports about an award-winning new documentary exploring the challenges people with disabilities face in the work force, and the growing movement to get companies to employ them. The documentary “A Whole Lott More,” which won the audience award at the Hot Docs Film Festival, is a rare look inside [...]

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Feds Report Boost In Disability Hiring

Disability Scoop reports: The number of federal workers with disabilities is on the rise, with a new report finding that such employment has reached its highest level in more than three decades. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said in a report released Thursday that the nation’s largest employer added [...]

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BFL's 25 Videos of Hope Featured in Crain's New York Article

Barrier Free Living’s 25 Videos of Hope Campaign is featured in the Oct. 20 Crains New York article  “Making the holidays count”. The article notes that: Overall, the Internet has been a major boon to holiday fundraising, especially for smaller organizations that can’t afford to host big galas and lack [...]

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A Whole Lott More Looks at Employment Issues For People With Disabilities

A Whole Lott More : Lott Industries in Toledo, Ohio, employs more than 1200 workers, all with developmental disabilities. For decades the company excelled in assembling car parts. However, with the decline of the auto industry in neighboring Detroit, Lott is threatened with closure. The company has twelve months to [...]

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Roadmap to Ending Homelessness Report

The 130-member United to End Homelessness coalition released its “Roadmap to Ending Homelessness,” which “lays out the reforms necessary to stamp out homelessness in New York City.” The coalition was featured in the media, including the New York Times Opinion Pages stating: “More than 50,000 New Yorkers slept in city [...]

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AWARE Health Fair at Freedom House Emergency Shelter

AWARE (Assisting Women through Action, Resources and Education) hosted a Family Health Fair at Freedom House Emergency Shelter on September 28. The group  also donated a new baby stroller to a consumer at BFL’s Secret Garden Domestic Violence program this month (picture above). The Freedom House event, CARE FOR YOURSELF, [...]

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Give Voice Give Peace Event Features Savion Glover

In celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2013  The Maria Project will be hosting a GIVE VOICE and GIVE PEACE Benefit with Tony Award Winner and Tap Dance Sensation – SAVION GLOVER.  Click here to get tix. The event is Tuesday, October 8 at New York Live Arts / 219 [...]

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United to End Homelessness Tweet Gains Traction

A tweet from United to End Homelessness has gained attention. UEH tweeted: More people were homeless last night than voted in the Republican primary. Please RT if you think 57,000 homeless NYers is unacceptable. View the tweet, click here. UEH is a coalition of advocates, homeless and formerly homeless individuals, [...]

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City Must Help Domestic Violence Survivors Find Safe, Affordable Housing

New Destiny’s Executive Director, Carol Corden’s op-ed on the importance of addressing the crisis of homelessness for survivors of domestic violence was published this Sunday in the Daily News. She writes: Every day in New York City, the NYPD responds to over 700 incidents of domestic violence. It impacts every [...]

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High School Football Player Inspiration for People With Disabilities

The NY Daily News reports: less than a year after a rising high school football player’s right leg snapped back during a game, which led to its amputation, the Montana senior is back on two feet and wiping the field with his competitors. In Koni Dole’s first game of the [...]

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Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month by joining with the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for the Third Annual Shine the Light on Domestic Violence on October 7 at 6:30 PM, Duffy Square in Times Square (SW Corner of Broadway and 47th [...]

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Fashion Week Event Benefits Hope For Them Charity

Hosted by MTV, funds will be raised for Hope for Them Charity during NYC Fashion Week 2013. The MTV charity event will be at the  Highline Ballroom – and will feature a swimwear fashion show, music by world renown DJ Sak Noel and a one hour sponsored open bar. Starting [...]

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Be A Light for Peace Event in NYC Sept. 22

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace will hold a special ‘Be A Light For Peace’ event Sept. 22 at Trump Rink in New York City’s Central Park. For more info. click here.

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Picture This International Disability Film Festival Call for Entries

The deadline for entries for the 2014 ‘Picture This International Disability Film Festival’ is September 16th, 2013 The festival features films that are about disability and/or films on any subject that were produced, directed and/or written by people with disabilities.  To learn more click here. Last year’s Best of Festival winner [...]

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Popular Community Bank Donates Cyclone Tickets to Shelter Residents

Popular Community Bank donated Brooklyn Cyclones Aug. 31 game tickets to the residents of BFL’s Transitional Housing shelter, and to the agency’s Secret Garden program for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities.  

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App Aims to Help Wheelchair-Using New Yorkers Navigate City

DNAInfo New York reports that: Inspired by her wheelchair-using brother, a Lower East Side woman is developing a website and smartphone app to help people with disabilities make the most of New York City. Jennifer Feinberg, 24, is raising money to developWheel New York, a trip-planning app and site that [...]

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Working with Deaf Survivors of Domestic Violence

The New York State Office for the  Prevention of Domestic Violence  OPDV Bulletin/Summer 2013 reports on working with Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence. The story notes that while limited research exists regarding the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence within the Deaf community, agencies that provide Deaf services [...]

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BFL Codes of Hope Graduation Event

CODES OF HOPE, an  innovative six-week curriculum highlighting the aspects of inter-generational trauma and its relationship to domestic violence, held a graduation event for participants from BFL’s Secret Garden and Freedom House programs. Marcella Goheen and Thea Martinez are co-facilitators of CODES OF HOPE.  Activities include inventive approaches to healing, such [...]

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Workshops planned for people with developmental disabilities

A free training and workshop addressing attitudes about human sexuality and healthy relationships for people with developmental disabilities will be offered at three different locations on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 28. Supporting Healthy Sexuality of Persons with Developmental Disabilities meets from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27 [...]

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OT + Yoga Joins BFL Wellness Fiesta as a Sponsor

Lulu OT+Yoga joined BFL’s Wellness Fiesta this August as a sponsor, and will lead a chair yoga workshop at the vibrant event made possible by a grant from Moody’s. Laura Staton of Lulu OT + Yoga will run the workshop. She is a Senior Occupational Therapist at Staten Island University [...]

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IWD Blogs Nigeria Trip Looking at Health Care for Disabled

Suzanne Hurwitz, Project Coordinator at Initiative for Women with Disabilities (IWD) will be blogging on Tumblr  during her August Trip to Nigeria.  IWD is a Multi-Disciplinary Women’s Center: Empowering Women to Pursue a Healthy Lifestyle Suzanne writes: Greeting from Lagos, Nigeria!  I have been warmly welcomed by our partners from [...]

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New Jersey Law Requires Covered Employers to Provide Domestic Violence Leave

On July 17, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act).  New Jersey joins 15 states, the District of Columbia, and a handful of local governments in providing victims of domestic violence or sexual assault with the right to take [...]

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Career Expo for People With Disabilities July 19 NYC

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine’s Career Expo For People With Disabilities brings industry and government together with people with disabilities who are entry level and professionals in all career disciplines on July 19, 2013 at: 10:00AM – 3:00PM The New Yorker Hotel 481 8th Ave. & 34th Street New York, [...]

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HSC Launches Voice of Human Services Radio Show June 26

The Human Services Council of New York (HSC) premieres its new weekly, hour-long radio series, Voices of Human Services, on WWRL (1600 AM) on Wednesday, June 26, from 11 pm to 12 midnight. Co-moderated by HSC Executive Director Michael Stoller and Deputy Executive Director Allison Sesso,  the weekly broadcast will [...]

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Project Open House for People with Disabilities

Project Open House (POH), administered by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), removes architectural barriers in the homes of people with permanent disabilities. This program is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living, thus helping people with disabilities remain a part of their communities. POH [...]

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National Council on Disability Celebrates LGBT Pride

This June, the National Council on Disability joins the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month by celebrating their commitment to advancing the rights for all Americans, including LGBT Americans, and LGBT Americans with Disabilities. …

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Barrier Free Living Apartments Ground Breaking News

The Ground Breaking for BFL’s $42 million two building apartment complex in in the Bronx on June 4 drew supporters, officials and was covered by several news networks in NYC including WNBC…

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Alex Minsky's Star Rises as He Continues to Inspire People with Disabilities

First featured on our website last October, Alex Minsky, the Marine Lance Cpl. who lost his leg when his truck rolled over an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan, has gone onto become a sought after model and inspiration for people with disabilities world wide.  He has been featured this [...]

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MasterChef Inspires People with Disabilities

Known as The Blind Cook, Christine Ha was the first blind contestant on MasterChef and the winner of the third season. An inspiration to people with disabilities, she also had a new cookbook,  Recipes from My Home Kitchen.

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Blessed Night Out Housing Justice Vigil

Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing will hold its 28th Annual Interfaith Convocation Walk & Overnight City Hall vigil for Housing Justice, Blessed Night Out, starting at 6:30PM on May 31 at St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway at Fulton St. There will be a candlelight procession to City Hall Park [...]

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10 Things to Never Say to a Person in a Wheelchair

The Mobility Resource offers insight into communicating with wheel chair users, and things not to say like: Slow down there. You might get a speeding ticket. Read the article here.

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Prince Harry Cheers on Warrior Games

Prince Harry of Wales attended a recent Warrior Games exhibition volleyball match between the U.S. and U.K. Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor, Missy Franklin and Paralympic medalists Kari Miller and Brad Snyder were in attendance to support the wounded athletes. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members [...]

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Transitional Housing Program Celebrates Mother's Day

The residents of  BFL’s Transitional Housing program, formerly homeless men and women with disabilities, were treated to a sumptuous May Day feast this month. The 24 women of the shelter received special Mother’s Day gift bags courtesy of The Body Shop. BFL’s Occupational Therapy team coordinated the event, which included [...]

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The Changing Image of Who’s Homeless

After a career as a decorated Marine then working for the Federal Aviation Administration, Dr. Young suddenly went from actively thriving to barely surviving while living out of his car in metro Atlanta. Moving in and out of extended stay motels, and navigating throughout the sometimes dangerous streets of metro [...]

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Body Shop Chooses BFL Transitional Housing as Mom Day Charity

The Body Shop at New York City’s Grand Central (420 Lexington Ave) has chosen BFL’s Transitional Housing program as its charity partner for Mother’s Day. The Transitional Housing Program is a shelter for formerly homeless men and women with disabilities who are forging  a new life. Body Shop’s “Another for [...]

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One Billion Rising Video

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013,  the worldwide phenomenon One Billion Rising was kicked off. ONE BILLION women and those who love them joined the call to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to domestic violence.The Washington Square Park, NYC rising supported by Barrier Free Living, [...]

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BFL Featured in NY Times Article Part of Neediest Cases

An article in today’s NY Times, about Secret Garden consumer Alejandrina Cruz. ..

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ABC News Story on BFL’s Freedom House

ABC News’ Lauren Glassberg reports on the journey of a resident at BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter for survivors of domestic violence….

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BFL Speakers Bureau Newsletter

Barrier Free Living Survivors Speakers Bureau, which started in May 2012, ended 2012 with the third edition of its  newsletter.  The Bureau looks  “forward to meeting your speaker needs for women with Disabilities. Our founding organizers Theresa McIntosh and Patrice C. Queen encourage your inquiries and opportunities to educate your [...]

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HSC Honors BFL's Scott Hess With Leadership Award

BFL’s Organizational Development Manager Scott Hess (pictured fourth from left) was honored on Dec. 12 with the Human Services Council’s Next Generation Leadership award at the annual awards reception on the stunning 35th floor of Manhattan’s Mutual of America. Honorees were noticed for advocacy, influence and community service. Click here [...]

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Redeeming the Past Memoir Launch

Institute for Healing of Memories Founder Father Michael Lapsely had a launch event for his stirring new memoir, Redeeming the Past, at the United Nations Church Center in Manhattan on September 27. The Keynote Speaker was Helen Clark: Administrator of the United Nations Development Program. Lapsley, born in New Zealand, [...]

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More Than 1 In 4 Kids With Disabilities Abused

Children with disabilities are four times more likely than typically developing kids to be victims of violence, according to a first-of-its-kind global analysis, reports the disability scoop…

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Former BFL Resident Miss Wheelchair NY

Pam Hall, a former resident of BFL’s Transitional Housing program, won Miss Wheelchair NY 2012 and is set to compete in the nationals, Miss Wheelchair America…

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3 Things You Can Do
To Make A Difference

1. Fair Housing 

April is Fair Housing Month. Learn more here.

2. Wear Denim

April 23 is the 5th Annual Denim Day NYC Rally & News conference, an initiative to raise awareness about sexual violence. Wear denim in solidarity with survivors. Learn more here.

3. Go To Albany

April 29 is New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legislative Awareness Day. Gaps remain that create barriers for victims of domestic violence to achieve safety, freedom, and justice. Learn about Legislative Awareness Day.

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