About Us

Breaking down barriers & advocating for people with disabilities since 1981.

Accessible housing. Support networks. Domestic violence advocacy. Dream building.

Our Mission

Our Vision

Our vision is a barrier free world. We strive for a world free from abuse and bias, where people with disabilities live in a supportive environment. In this world, society values all its members and individuals with disabilities are free of any barriers preventing them from reaching their fullest potential.

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Who We Are

BFL-history1Barrier Free Living (BFL) began its ground-breaking work with people with disabilities in 1978 as a Federally-funded Research and Demonstration Project first known as “Project Outward Bound”.

Since then, BFL has gone on to work with thousands of people with disabilities, has launched several successful award winning programs and has become a leader in working with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities.

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Our Stories

Empowering people. Changing lives.

Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter celebrated it’s ten year anniversary with a roof top celebration honoring heroes and supporters of the mission.

Special honorees were Cecile Noel, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and Deborah Koenigsberger, Founder and President of the Hearts of Gold Foundation. Over a dozen special heroes were also honored.

View the celebration video here.

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The Issue

4 times

Children and adults with disabilities are four times more likely to be abused then those without disabilities.

up to 85%

Between 70% and 85% of cases of abuse against adults with disabilities go unreported.

5 million

Approximately 5 million vulnerable adults annually become crime victims.

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