Year: 2015

Art Connects New York At BFL

March 4, 2015 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
Stephanie Lindquist, Program Associate at Art Connects New York stopped by the curated exhibit at Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing shelter for people with disabilities. Art Connects New York is a charitable organization that, with the help of its donors, connects artists and curators with social service agencies in New York City to create museum-quality permanent exhibitions of contemporary artwork… read more

Denim Day 2015

March 2, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments Denim Day was sparked by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction on the grounds that the victim was wearing tight jeans. Jeans are now donned worldwide on the third Wednesday of April in solidarity with Sexual Assualt Awareness Month in protest against injustice and rape culture. Denim Day intends to raise awareness concerning the prevalence of sexual violence and victim blaming in our society. Read more.… read more

BFL Team Member Attends FPWA Fundraising Executive Program at Baruch College.

February 24, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living Organizational Development Manager Scott Hess (pictured at right with Lead Faculty Marti Fischer) is attending the 2015 FPWA Fundraising Executive Program at Baruch College. The program is in line with Barrier Free Living's recent organizational assessment conducted with the Support Center, and its ongoing work on development as it relates to mission. The experience culminates with each participant's Capstone Project on a topic related to Fundraising.… read more

Comcast Voice Guidance Technology For People With Visual Disabilities

February 23, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
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 DVR and On Demand settings, giving users the freedom to independently explore and navigate thousands of shows and movies. Read more.… read more

One Billion Rising Rising For Revolution

February 23, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
One Billion Rising Activists Around the World Escalate Their Actions - Calling for Revolution - to Decisively Demand an End to Violence Against Women and Girls Everywhere In over 200 countries, from between 14 February and 8 March (International Women's Day) and continuing throughout the year, activists are Rising for Revolution - using art as a powerful form of protest - calling for a radical shift in consciousness to demand CHANGE and decisively end the abuse one in every three women… read more

Art Is Power Event At DL Benefits Barrier Free Living

February 23, 2015 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
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 to us, supporting the work we do with people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence."… read more

NY Fashion Week Show Features Models With Disabilities

February 19, 2015 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
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 created by Antonio Urzi, whose work has been worn by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.… read more

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

February 19, 2015 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
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 Sunflower breads… read more

Thomas Obrzut Named Program Director Of BFL New Supportive Housing

February 17, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
Thomas Obrzut has joined the BFL Team as Program Director for the agency's new Supportive Housing project. "We are beginning to screen potential residents who have submitted the necessary 2010E documents, which is the first step for application," says Obrzut. "We are really happy to be opening this new program and filling our building with residents that need our services." The new Director of Social Services joins the team March 2, 2015. For more… read more

Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery Donates Bread To Transitional Housing Shelter

February 11, 2015 BFL News, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Tu-Lu's Glutten Free Bakery is donating bread weekly to the Barrier Free Living Transitional Housing shelter. The program feeds 48 formerly homeless residents with disabilities daily. The kitchen staff welcomed the donation of breads ranging from Honey Oat to Whole Grain Sunflower expressing gratitude for the generosity to the program and its residents.… read more

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

February 4, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
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 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and will take place in over 35 venues across New York from March 12-18, featuring U.S. and New York premieres of acclaimed… read more

Miscrosoft Super Bowl Ad Empowering

February 2, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments 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.”… read more

Summer Fun & More Fair For Kids With Disabilities

January 29, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
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 Robot Foundry, NY Transit Museum, NYC Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Easter Seals, Sparkidz, Reel Abilities, the 92nd Street… read more

NAP0-NY Takes On Freedom House Pantry Project

January 23, 2015 Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
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 4,500 members worldwide.… read more

Power Thru The Clutter Takes On Freedom House For Go Month Project

January 23, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Power Thru The Clutter 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. Power Thru The Clutter, LLC was established by Lydia Thomas as a result of helping friends and family through the years as they moved, downsized, reorganized or just cleaned out.… read more

Mayor Launches IDNYC Program Aimed at Integrating Homeless, Disconnected Young Adults

January 15, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
Mayor Bill de Blasio launched IDNYC -- the municipal ID program aimed at better integrating the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, homeless individuals, and disconnected young adults into communities. A comprehensive list of enrollment centers may be found here: More information, including the full list of documents required to apply, is available at Attached is a set of FAQs about the IDNYC program.  Please find additional information below. Available to all. The IDNYC card will be accessible to all… read more

Helping People With Disabilities Get The Healthcare Coverage They Need

January 14, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
The American Association on Health and Disability is pleased to announce that it is hosting a webinar which will feature a representative from the White House Office of Public Engagement on healthcare coverage outreach and enrollment for people with disabilities. The presentation will serve as a re-introduction to the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) and help you think about what questions a person with a disability needs to think about when they are considering their health care options in… read more

Arethusa Speaks Performance About Survivors Of Intimate Partner Violence

January 14, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
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, PA. This spokenwordstyle docudrama exposes the devastation laid by intimate partner violence through the voices of modern… read more

Charity Basketball Celebrity Game At Baruch Jan. 24

January 12, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
H2O Basketball presents Ballin' 4 Peace Charity  Basketball Celebrity Game,  at Baruch  College  on Saturday,  January  24,  2015.   The  goal of this event is to raise awareness to the senseless acts of violence and examine approaches to make our community  safer. Ballin' 4 Peace will close off a weeklong series of events at New York Peace Week, in honor of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr's legacy of non-violence,  from  January    15    –    22nd. Learn more.… read more

Athletes Gear Up For 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

January 8, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
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 America’s first Paralympic Games. Read more.… read more

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