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August:

Artists on Wheels Exhibition Windows to the World

The ICS Artists on Wheels Gallery is featuring an exhibit at 25 Elm Place, 5th Floor (between Livingston & Fulton Streets), Downtown Brooklyn. The ICS Artists on Wheels Gallery and Creative Writing Circle programs provide free classes, materials and studio space to any New York City resident with a physical disability. The [...]

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Gaining Access: The NYC Disability Rights Movement

In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passing of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the “Gaining Access: The New York City Disability Rights Movement” exhibition looks at the growth of the Disabilities Rights Movement in New York City. Gaining Access” is curated by historian Warren Shaw, and [...]

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ReelAbilities Hosts Artist Talk With Filmmaker Jason DaSilva

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), led by the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, BRIC FLIXis very proud to announce its partnership with ReelAbilities. The nation’s largest disability film festival, ReelAbilities is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories [...]

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De Blasio Declares July 'Disability Pride Month'

The NY Daily News Reports: In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Mayor de Blasio is declaring July as “Disability Pride Month” and hosting a parade to commemorate the landmark legislation. The month-long commemoration and the parade will be annual occurrences on the city calendar, [...]

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Disability. Dance. Artistry.

Join keynote speaker Simi Linton and leaders in the dance and disability communities to discuss the state of the art form. What are the opportunities for educating, developing, collaborating with and presenting disabled artists? How can disability advance innovation, excellence, and impact in dance? This free, day-long series of convening [...]

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Volunteers Needed For They Will Surf Again Rockaway Beach NY

Life Rolls On needs volunteers in four different roles. Please read through these roles before signing up! THEY WILL SURF AGAIN ROCKAWAY BEACH NEW YORK Saturday July 18 2015 / 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Early Morning Set-up, 6:30 am to 8:00 am Don’t have time to spend the whole [...]

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Bryant Park Summer Films Accessible Options

The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, with flicks ranging from the cheeky classic The Poseidon Adventure to Director Terrence Malick’s masterful debut film Badlands, has accessible options available for visitors A Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) service provides open-captions and Assistive Listening Devices are available for each film. visitors [...]

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NYC Parks ADA25 Movie Nights in the Park: Invitation to Dance

Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with NYC Parks! In Invitation to Dance 23-year-old Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before. Simi emerges as a resourceful [...]

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ICS Windows To The World Art Show

Independence Care System’s (ICS) Windows To The World art show opens Friday, July 10 from 3pm to 8pm  in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The event is held at ICS Brooklyn at 25 Elm Place, 5th Fl. Photo at top: artist Annalisa [...]

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BFL Supportive Housing Team At 40th Precinct Fellowship Breakfast

BFL’s Supportive Housing team attended the 40th Precinct Community Council Annual Fellowship Breakfast. Also in attendance were: Gabriel De Jesus, 40th Precinct Community Council President; Aurelia Greene, Deputy Borough President; George Rodriguez, Community Board 1 President; Lorenzo Johnson, Deputy Inspector 40th Precinct. The 40th Precinct Community Council  Fellowship Breakfast 2015 [...]

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Designer Kyle Timothy Blood Supports AON Global Service Day Project At BFL

Renowned interior designer Kyle Timothy Blood is contributing his expertise to the Aon Global Service Day staff lounge rennovation project at Barrier Free Living on June 11. Inspired by the agency’s mission and the passion of it’s hard-working team, Kyle and junior designer Haylee Ressa took on the project, supporting [...]

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Deloitte Impact Day Volunteers At BFL Shelter

As part of Deloitte Impact Day 2015, volunteers painted and spruced up the computer room at Barrier Free Living’s Transitional Housing shelter for people with disabilities. The room is used by the shelter’s 48 residents for computer training and for fellowship. Volunteers, guided by Facility Manager David Rodriguez and Development [...]

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BFL Continues Value Driven Work Around Anger

In line with the BFL core value, that “Healthy expression of all emotions, including anger, is respected” Barrier Free Living continues its work with staff and shelter residents on expressing anger in a productive way. Anger Specialist Anne Markowitz, LCSW (pictured) is guiding the work this summer. View our Mission, [...]

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Queens foodie David Friedman Has Become The Voice For The City's Disabled Diners

AM NewYork reports: Were the grab bars in the restroom to your liking, sir? A discerning Jackson Heights diner has begun a restaurant review blog TheDisabledFoodie.com, that evaluates eateries not just on the freshness, taste and quality of their food, but on the ability of disabled people to consume it. [...]

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Noah Galloway Dancing With The Stars Finalist

Noah Galloway, the Iraq war vet and amputee who beat out 1200 competitors to be Men’s Health magazine’s cover model for November, 2014 continued to inspire people with disabilities as he landed in the finals on Dancing With The Stars 2015. Read BFL’s interview with Noah here.  

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Thomas Obrzut Shares His Vision For New BFL Apartments

From Breaking Barriers In Domestic Violence, May 2015 Issue This month’s contributor, Thomas Obrzut (In photo with Denise Shaw)  joined the Barrier Free Living team this spring as Director of our newest vision: Barrier Free Living Apartments, a Supportive Housing Program for people with disabilities in the Bronx, NY. BFL [...]

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New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray Visits Freedom House Domestic Violence Program

New York City first lady Chirlane McCray visited Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House Domestic Violence program today, speaking with residents of the shelter and touring the facility. Freedom House is nationally recognized as the first fully accessible emergency shelter for disabled victims of domestic violence and their families. Paul Feuerstein, [...]

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BFL Partners In Turn Off The Violence Clothesline Project April 20-24

Barrier Free Living will be a featured partner in St. John University’s 8th Annual Turn Off The Violence Clothes Line Project event, April 20-24. The Staten Island campus of St. John’s will  recognize those victims of violence who come from “many different countries, races, religions, and socioeconomic statuses, and to [...]

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Global Pop Up Art Project Shares Survivors Stories

The FACSA Foundation and Daimon Glenn are partnering to present the Global Pop Up Art project, April 25, 2015, online, with your help, by sharing the stories of survivors, art, music, dance, film, poetry, writing, photography, and other forms of art to express the pain we have endured so long; [...]

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Noah Galloway Inspires People With Disabilities On Dancing With The Stars

ABC.com Reports: Military veteran Noah Galloway, who lost his left arm and left leg during his service, dances a Cha Cha in Week 1 of Dancing With The Stars that has most everyone in the ballroom getting emotional. He and partner Sharna Burgess earn a 26 out of 40 from [...]

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International Women's Day #DearMe Campaign

In celebration of International Women’s Day, take part in YouTube’s global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. We all know that growing up is tough. But if you could go back in time, what wisdom would you share with your teenage self? It all starts with two [...]

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ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival announces its 2015 line-up

The official line-up of The 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival was announced today, marking the largest edition of the festival to date in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Presented by JCC Manhattan, the 2015 festival will launch in New York City [...]

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Assurant Awards Barrier Free Living New Growth Fund 2015

For the third consecutive year, the Assurant Foundation has awarded Barrier Free Living a $10,000 New Growth Fund grant in support of the agency’s work with severely disabled formerly homeless individuals. In 2014, The Assurant Foundation New Growth Fund supported BFL’s new Project Give Back, where a former shelter resident designs a [...]

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Art Is Power Event At DL Benefits Barrier Free Living

The Art is Power event on March 10 at 7pm at DL (95 Delancey St.)  in NYC will benefit Barrier Free Living. “We are so grateful that Art Is Power chose our agency to donate to,” says Scott Hess, BFL Organizational Development Manager. “Groups like this, their generosity really matters [...]

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Comcast Voice Guidance Technology For People With Visual Disabilities

Comcast announced it is partnering with organizations dedicated to serving people with visual disabilities to bring the company’s new voice guidance technology to more people. The “talking guide” is a feature on the X1 platform that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as [...]

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NY Fashion Week Show Features Models With Disabilities

The Washington Post Reports: Jamie Brewer made fashion history last Thursday when she became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York’s Fashion Week. And on Sunday FTL Moda’s show offered another first: 25-year-old Jack Eyers, reportedly the first amputee male model to walk the runway. The show was [...]

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Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery Donates Valentine's Day Cookies To BFL Shelter

Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery continues its weekly donations to the Barrier Free Living (BFL) Transitional Housing shelter delivering Valentine’s Day cookies to residents. The BFL program feeds 48 formerly homeless residents with disabilities daily. The kitchen staff welcomes the donations which range from desserts to Honey Oat or Whole Grain [...]

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Miscrosoft Super Bowl Ad Empowering

One of Microsoft’s 2015 Super Bowl spots focused on Empowering people with a disability. Microsoft’s description on YouTube shares, “Born missing the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs, six year old Braylon O’Neill is now thriving and playing sports with the help of Microsoft technology.”

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First-Ever Super Bowl Commercial Addressing Domestic Violence

It's On Us Campaign To Stop Sexual Violence

Summer Fun & More Fair For Kids With Disabilities

For NYC children & Youth with disabilities and their families. Summer Fun & More has expanded to offer a face-to-face opportunity to explore an incredible range of year-round programs, afterschool supports, arts, travel, sports, and health resources. Exciting newcomers to the fair include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Brooklyn [...]

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NAP0-NY Takes On Freedom House Pantry Project

NAPO-NY choose Freedom House emergency shelter for its Go Month Project, tackling the overflowing donation clothes pantry area. Check out the amazing Before and After pictures. NAPO-NY is a chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, founded in 1985, the only non-profit national association of and for organizers, with over [...]

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Arethusa Speaks Performance About Survivors Of Intimate Partner Violence

Arethusa Speaks, a theatre company with a social justice mission focusing on survivors of intimate partner violence, makes their New York City debut with their solo performance piece They Call Me Arethusa, after critically acclaimed runs in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia, [...]

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Athletes Gear Up For 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Although the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are not until next year, the race to qualify well and truly started in 2014 with places in 10 Paralympic sports up for grabs. In total 271 Paralympic places have been filled and come 2016 there will be 4,350 Paralympic athletes competing for medals in South [...]

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Purge4Peace Donates Toys and Holiday Items To Freedom House Shelter

Purge4Peace, a family fair collection drive organized by Heather Borstein and held at the Barrow Street School this December, donated toys, piggy banks and holiday items to the children and families at Freedom House Emergency Shelter this holiday season. “It is through the generosity of groups like Purge4Peace that we [...]

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Powerful Contenders Emerge As Para-Athletics Season Heats Up

IPC Athletics Reports: Although the para-athletics season does not get underway fully until February’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE, here are 10 athletes who could make a name for themselves in 2015. Felix Streng (Germany) In 2014 Streng won the 200m T44 European title and won silver in [...]

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The National Council on Disability supports the 2014 United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3. According to the UN, the official theme of this year’s commemoration is “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.” In 2011, NCD published “The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology’s Impact [...]

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BFL Talks to Noah Galloway Men's Health Magazine Cover Model & Inspiration

Noah Galloway, the Iraq war vet and amputee who beat out 1200 competitors to be Men’s Health magazine’s cover model for November, 2014 is an inspiration to people with disabilities nationwide. We got a chance to talk to Noah about the cover, how he got through challenging times after his [...]

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BFL's Paul Feuerstein City Limits Op Ed: Gov. Needs to Restore Money for Domestic Violence Victims

From City Limits Gov. Needs to Restore Money for Domestic Violence Victims By: PAUL FEUERSTEIN A recent New York City Council report found that incidents of domestic violence in public housing operated by NYCHA had doubled since 2009. And yet at the same time, our elected officials are cutting funding to [...]

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BFL Talks To Miss America About Her DV Platform

When Kira Kazantsev (Miss New York) was crowned Miss America 2015, it was not only a win for the Big Apple, but for survivors of domestic violence nationwide. Kira chose domestic violence as her platform and together with the Miss America Organization has launched a bold #VOWtoEndIt campaign during October’s [...]

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TV Networks Featuring More Characters With Disabilities

Disability Scoop Reports: The number of characters with disabilities appearing on broadcast television is on the rise, according to a new analysis. Eleven characters with disabilities are expected to be featured regularly on scripted prime-time programs on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC this season, up from eight last [...]

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Miss America Launches Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

During this October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and the Miss America Organization launched the #VOWtoEndIt campaign. Learn more.

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Private Violence Domestic Violence Documentary On HBO

Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, [...]

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Maria Project National Tour During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The INDY Star reports: Domestic Violence Awareness Month seems to be especially timely this October, and playwright Marcella Goheen is appreciative of the attention. As creator of “The Maria Project” — a one-person play about the 1931 murder of Maria Salazar by the hand of her husband — Goheen took [...]

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14th Annual Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

The 14th annual Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (formerly the Mayor’s Cup) will bring the nation’s best wheelchair basketball teams to New York City for two days of non-stop action on October 11 & 12. The tournament, held at Horace Mann School in the Bronx, is one of the largest of its [...]

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The National Network To End Domestic Violence Urges NFL Commissioner Goodell To Deliver On His Pledge To “Get it Right”

The National Network to End Domestic Violence reports: In a press conference today, Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the need for the NFL to “get it right” and work to shift how society responds to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. In response to media inquiries about the National Football [...]

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Miss America 2015 Platform Is Domestic Violence

CNN Reports: The 23-year-old Miss American 2015 Kira Kazantsev’s platform is domestic violence. During the question and answer portion of the pageant — held Sunday at its birthplace of Atlantic City, New Jersey — she said sexual assault in the military is a problem that needs the attention of lawmakers. [...]

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BFL Staff Appreciation Awards 2014

Barrier Free Living is holding its annual Staff Appreciation Awards Friday Sept. 12. Staff are honored for outstanding work. Categories range from Best Leadership to Best Sense of Humor. Members of all BFL programs gather for the celebration, which culminates with a special rendition of Family Feud.

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Alex Minsky Wearing UNYQ Prosthetic Cover - New York Fashion Week

UNYQ reported: “It’s been crazy,” said Minsky. “People are starting to recognize me so this was the best possible opportunity to show off my freshly designed fairing.” Retired Marine Cpl. Alex Minsky’s life took a surreal and unexpected turn this year as he sat on a couch next to Barbara Walters , Sherri [...]

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CVS Launches #OneGoodReason Quit Smoking Campaign

CVS Health (BFL’s Freedom House Program is a CVS Caremark Community Grant program participant) has announced the end of tobacco sales at CVS/pharmacy as of September 3, nearly a month ahead of the previously targeted date of October 1, making CVS/pharmacy the first and only national pharmacy chain to take [...]

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Cadwalader Jeans Day to Benefit Barrier Free Living

Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft announced: This Friday, September 5, donate $10 to wear jeans to work to benefit Barrier Free Living (“BFL”). Barrier Free Living, one of the Firm’s longstanding pro bono clients, began its groundbreaking work with people with disabilities in 1978.  Since then, BFL has gone on to work with [...]

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Out Magazine Feature On Veteran Alex Minsky

First featured on the BFL New Visions Blog in October 2012 Alex Minsky (image by Tim Cullis) is featured in the August 2014 issue of Out Magazine. Out Reports: Alex Minsky was just a young Marine, less than a month into his first tour in Afghanistan in 2009, when his body [...]

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Workplace Domestic Violence Legal Standards Continue to Develop

The Huffington Post Reports: On August 8, 2014, the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law a statute that, among other provisions, allows an employee of an entity having 50 or more employees to take up to 15 days of leave from work in any 12-month period due to enumerated domestic violence issues. [...]

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Artist With A Disability Draws With Success

CBS8.com reports: One very talented artist inspired fans at Comic-Con by drawing comics with a pen in his mouth. Larime Taylor is the creator of “A Voice in the Dark,” a dramatic comic book series that follows a college girl born with the urge to kill. The series debuted in November, [...]

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Innovation Award Winners At BFL Town Hall Meeting

During the 2014 summer all agency Town Hall meeting, Innovation Awards were presented to Aida Colon (Freedom House, pictured) for her creation of the Dare to Dream Event, and Aaron Scott (Transitional Housing) for his out of the box thinking during recent corporate volunteer days. CEO Paul Feuerstein presented the [...]

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NYC Clothing Donation Bins Hit LES

DNAInfo NY Reports: New Jersey-based for-profit company deposited a collection of bright pink clothing donation bins across the neighborhood in the past few days — including on properties where owners said they didn’t give permission. About half a dozen Our Neighborhood Recycling bins appeared on East Broadway, Rutgers Street, Norfolk [...]

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NY Times Reports On Domestic Violence and Two-Parent Households

The New York Times reports: AFTER spending two years studying services for domestic violence survivors, I was surprised to realize that one of the most common barriers to women’s safety was something I had never considered before: the high value our culture places on two-parent families. Read the article.

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50 % New York City Cabs Wheelchair Accessible By 2020

Today, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) voted to enact a 30 cent surcharge in a plan to make 50 percent of all New York City cabs wheelchair accessible by the year 2020. The surcharge will apply to all taxicab rides beginning in the year 2015 in [...]

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Human Services News and Views Returns 5/8

After a brief hiatus, HSC’s weekly radio show, Human Services News and Views will return onThursday, May 8 at 5:30 pm on a new station, WVOX 1460AM. The series will be hosted by HSC’s Allison Sesso and Michelle Jackson. Fred Scaglione of the New York Nonprofit Press will be joining weekly to discuss the latest [...]

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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. See Art

The ICS Artists on Wheels Gallery is featuring an exhibit at 25 Elm Place, 5th Floor (between Livingston & Fulton Streets), Downtown Brooklyn. ICS programs provide free classes, materials and studio space to any New York City resident with a physical disability. Info.

2. Make An Impact

Consider supporting your favorite charity this summer by volunteering. Corporations like Deloitte and Aon (see our Impact Day Story on the pressroom page) make a big difference by taking on projects to benefit residents at shelters like Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing Program. Read more.

3. Phone Hope

Donate your old cell phone to this Verizon recycle program, which supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy and prevention agencies through Hopeline. Info.

 



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