Year: 2013

Intrepid Museum Disability Awareness Month Series

October 2, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Disability Awareness Month is a month-long series of programs, including family activities, specialized tours, and speaker events. The goal of Disability Awareness Month is to bring together families, children, and adults with varying needs, and advocates who are involved with creating and supporting opportunities for them. This month celebrates our differences and raises awareness for bettering cultural experiences for everyone, including children and adults who are, or work with, people who are Deaf or… read more

Give Voice Give Peace Event Features Savion Glover

October 1, 2013 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
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 W. 19th Street (between 7th and 8th) at 7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7:00 PM).  Tickets Start at $30.00 / Limited Seating. To learn about The Maria Project click… read more

AWARE Health Fair at Freedom House Emergency Shelter

October 1, 2013 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: , 0 Comments
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, CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY, CARE FOR YOUR FUTURE included doctors, nurses, nutritionists & other healthcare experts engaging with the shelter residents and… read more

Mayor’s Office Launches That’s Abuse Ad Campaign

October 1, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized 0 Comments
Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence Commissioner Yolanda B. Jimenez has unveiled a multi-layered public service campaign that will empower victims of intimate partner violence to seek the help they need. "That's Abuse" will appear at bus shelters, subway cars and platforms, grocery store circulars, community-based organizations, businesses throughout key neighborhoods, and common areas at numerous City agencies. This citywide campaign seeks to connect with victims through words and images that capture the emotional impact of abuse. Survivors of domestic violence… read more

Freedom House New Director Joins Team

September 27, 2013 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Nicole Lesser has joined the BFL team as Director of the agency's Freedom House Emergency Shelter. An expert in the area of violence against women, Nicole brings 20 years of experience to her new position.  She has specialized in collaborative systematic change, nonprofit management and program design. What drew you to BFL as an agency and Freedom House as a program? What about the agency mission appeals to you?… read more

Domestic Violence Memorial Walk/Brides March Sept. 26

September 24, 2013 Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
March in the Thirteenth Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk/Brides’ March on September 26 in New York City. Gathering begins at 8:00am at the Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church, located at 21 Wadsworth Avenue, corner of West 174th Street in Washington Heights, New York. The Opening/Invocation Ceremony will take place at 9am. The approximate 7 mile walk begins at 10:30am sharp, and walks south on Broadway, into the… read more

Work With Us Exhibition Focus on People Living in Poverty

September 20, 2013 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
Work with Us, an exhibition of stories from people living in poverty and marginalisation around the world, demonstrating their visions for change in their communities, runs through Sept. 27 at The Roger Smith Hotel in New York City. The hotel is at 501 Lexington Avenue.  A Documentary screening will be held September 20, 6:30pm. Click here for more info.… read more

Barrier Free Justice Making A Difference Event

September 18, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Justice will hold: Making a Difference: Conversations about empowerment and advocacy within the disability community. Making a Difference, held in collaboration with Project Shield, will be Thursday, September 26th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (registration begins at 9:30 am) on the 19th Floor at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in downtown Brooklyn. Presentations feature: Brain Injury Association of NYS, Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled and more.… read more

New Book Addresses Nonprofit Fundraising Solutions

September 16, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
Laurence A. Pagnoni, MA, MPA releases his book, The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution  this October. The book says Pagnoni "guides non-profits to increased revenues to fulfill their mission. Revealing the critical link between successful fundraising and organizational development, I try to offer an insider’s view that I think you'll appreciate. The book will help non-profits: develop a donor constituency where none exists, ensure fundraising support from your board and executive… read more

United to End Homelessness Tweet Gains Traction

September 12, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
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, service providers, faith leaders, and experts on the issue of homelessness in New York City.  UEH also wrote: New York City held its high-profile primary elections… read more

Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

September 10, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
The 13th 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 5 & 6. The tournament, held at Manhattan College in the Bronx, is the largest of its kind in the Northeast and has become one of the premier events on the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) schedule. Admission is… read more

City Must Help Domestic Violence Survivors Find Safe, Affordable Housing

September 10, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
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 neighborhood of the city, and is currently the leading cause of murder for women in New York City. That’s why it’s important for the next mayor to have a comprehensive plan… read more

BFL Staff Appreciation Awards 2013

September 9, 2013 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
BFL honored staff of all programs in categories ranging from Most Dedicated to the BFL Vision to Integrity on the Job and Best Sense of Humor at the annual awards event this September. There were 35 honorees in over a dozen categories honored with gold statuettes. BFL HR/Organizational Development Team Member Aeilushi Mistry spearheaded the ceremony, which included a luncheon and a rousing game of BFL Family Feud. The Transitional Housing Team… read more

Freedom House Leaf it to Kids Event Sponsored by Moodys

September 5, 2013 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Freedom House will hold its 'Leaf it to Kids' fall foliage event on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 1-4pm (for ages 1-4yrs). The event is sponsored by Moodys. Moody's 14 volunteers will participate, working along side staff on a host of activities… read more

Disability and Abuse Project Releases Report on Abuse of People with Disabilities

September 4, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The Disability and Abuse Project released a report that gives low grades to state and local agencies for failing to respond adequately to widespread abuse of children and adults with disabilities. The Report -- "Abuse of People with Disabilities: Victims and Their Families Speak Out" -- analyzes the results of what may be the largest survey of its kind in the nation.  More than 7,200 people took the survey which inquired into the experiences of people with disabilities as victims of abuse and bullying. Family… read more

Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

September 4, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
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 Street). Barrier Free Living joins a host of sponsors along with the Borough President to take a stand. Click here… read more

Artist Explores Life and Disability As Part Of Exhibit

September 3, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
Art created by a Norfolk poet will be highlighted alongside celebrities’ work in a national exhibition exploring life and disability one year after the Paralympics, reporst the Great Yarmouth Mercury. Vince Laws, from Hall Road, Oulton, near Aylsham, who is HIV positive and has anxiety and depression, created his text-based Invisible Disabilities piece for the Postcards from the Edges exhibition put on by national disability charity United Response. More than… read more

Fashion Week Event Benefits Hope For Them Charity

September 3, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
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 at 8pm Privé Group is gathering "the finest of New York City’s high society for a fashion show by Eternal Reign presenting the launch of Letica Beauty Bag & Chiqui Delgados’ new… read more

High School Football Player Inspiration for People With Disabilities

September 3, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events 0 Comments
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 season Friday, the Huntley Project high school senior snagged the ball and ran for two touchdowns on a prosthetic leg, helping lead his team to victory. Read more:… read more

Hearts of Gold Donates Gifts to Children of Freedom House Shelter

August 29, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Hearts of Gold, in conjunction with The Thrifty Hog boutique, sponsored an end of summer event to benefit homeless mothers and children, donating gifts to the kids of Freedom House Emergency Shelter. "The children each received a backpack with supplies, a new pair of sneakers, an outfit, and gift card to Children's Place," said Cynthia Amodeo, Director of Family Services at Freedom House. "At the end there was a red carpet where the families took photos with a… read more

Freedom House Resident Flees Abuse, Shares Gratitude

August 27, 2013 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
A resident of BFL's Freedom House Emergency Shelter shares gratitude and hope. "As many of our families, I came from a place of despair, my children and I unsure of what would happen next, had to flee for our lives.  When I came to the pick up location, I was nervous and scared.  This woman approached me so shy like and kind.  She said “Hi, calling my name softly, I said yes” and my new life began.  When I arrived… read more

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities & Yankess Celebrate Disability Awareness Night

August 26, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
The Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities (MOPD) and the New York Yankees celebrated  Disability Awareness Night as part of the MOPD’s commemoration of the 23RD Anniversary of the  Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Before the Yankees took on the Los Angeles Angels of  Anaheim at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, MOPD Commissioner Victor Calise and MOPD Deputy  Commissioner/General Counsel Jason Mischel presented a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Mayor Michael… read more

BFL Intern Shares Journey & Joys

August 23, 2013 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
Sarah Baez is an intern at BFL’s Transitional Housing Program. I am currently interning at Barrier Free Living, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with a disability try to live barrier free. In working with this organization, I have been granted the opportunity to gain experience in the public relations field and I am seeing more and more each day that it is possible to live free of barriers and limits, regardless of what obstacles arise. Nature struggles to bring beauty when… read more

Picture This International Disability Film Festival Call for Entries

August 22, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter 0 Comments
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 was Macropolis. MACROPOLIS, an animated film from Flickerpix Joel Simon, is the story of two toys with impairments discarded from a factory production line. Coming to life, they rebel… read more

MTA Bus Demo for Residents of BFL Transitional Housing Shelter

August 21, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
Russell Schmid from the MTA Para-Transit division held a city bus demo for residents of BFL's Transitional Housing program this month. Highlights included travel rights of people with disabilities and tips and guidance in how to maneuver the city's public transportation system. The on-board presentation focused on: Practice to board the NYC public bus Learn about your rights Learn about disability-accessible stations… read more

Popular Community Bank Donates Cyclone Tickets to Shelter Residents

August 20, 2013 BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors Tags: , 0 Comments
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.… read more

App Aims to Help Wheelchair-Using New Yorkers Navigate City

August 19, 2013 Advocacy 0 Comments
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 would identify wheelchair-friendly places and transportation routes while enlisting users to rate the accessibility of popular spots and offer real-time tips. Read the full story here.… read more

Disabled get help to escape home violence

August 19, 2013 Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
A story in the Sydney Morning Herlad reports that: The mother-of-two decided to seek help when she found herself on the floor with hundreds of splinters in her back, unable to walk after being beaten with a mallet and with a raging ex-partner smashing every window in the house. Laura Williams* endured a decade of physical and emotional abuse from her former partner, who punched her in front of her disabled son, hit her with tent poles and eventually disabled her… read more

Helping People with Disabilities Help Themselves

Our agency continues to provide services and support for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More »