Author: Barrier Free Living

War Vet Adapts Wheelchair To Plow Snow, Serve Community

January 21, 2016 Current Events 4 Comments
The Blaze reports: Justin Anderson, an Iraq War veteran from Omaha, Nebraska, is not finished serving his fellow citizens. The amputee has found a way to alleviate his neighbors of the burden of heavy Omaha snowfall — all while confined to a wheelchair. Last winter, Anderson converted his off-road wheelchair into a one-man snow plow. He added a blade to the front and used the chair’s on-the-fly tilt as a lever to adjust the blade as he pushed snow. Read the story… read more

BFL’s Nicolyn Plummer Testifies At Council Committee Hearing On Technology And Safety

January 15, 2016 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Nicolyn Plummer, Social Worker at Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden Domestic Violence Program, was one of three Deaf/Hard of Hearing advocates who testified on communication access for the Deaf/Hard of hearing at the council committee on technology and public safety on 1/14/2016 in New York City. Plummer says part of the mission is "making text to 911 accessible for everyone." View testimony video here.… read more

Independent Care Systems Article Asks: Why Barrier Free Living?

January 14, 2016 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter 0 Comments
In the thought provoking article, Why Barrier Free Living,  Christofer Pierson, Director of Member Communications at Independent Care Systems offers insights into Barrier Free Living's long, successful history working with people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. Read the article here.… read more

Poet Felicia Ridges Performs Knock Knock At Event Honoring The Life Of Theresa McIntosh

January 14, 2016 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living honored the life of Theresa McIntosh (pictured here) at a special event that drew friends and supporters on January 12, 2016. Read about Theresa here. At the event, poet and tenant of Barrier Free Living apartments Felicia Ridges performed her moving poem, Knock Knock. View a performance of Knock Knock here.… read more

Haircut 100: Volunteer Barber At Barrier Free Living Transitional Housing Shelter

January 6, 2016 Current Events, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's (BFL) Occupational Therapy team kicked off the new year with a grooming program for residents at the Transitional Housing Shelter. Barber Nicholas Naranjo (pictured with resident Carlos Cano) stopped by and set up shop, performing sharp cuts on residents the first week of January. The Occupational Therapy team works… read more

Olga’s Story: From Freedom House To BFL Apartments A Journey Of Hope

January 5, 2016 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories, Shelter Tags: , 0 Comments
The day Olga found safe haven at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter for herself and her three children is a moment she will forever cherish. That moment, however, was only the beginning of a journey that would take several twists over the next several years. "My abuser beat me up very bad on the street. The police came and took him to jail. That was in 2012,"… read more

Barrier Free Living Apartments Holiday Event

December 29, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
  Barrier Free Living Apartments, which opened summer of 2015, held its first tenant holiday event this December. Families who attended made holiday cards and other crafts before food was served. A volunteer singer performed. The room was decorated by the Tenants Association and the event was made possible in part due to a generous GoFundMe campaign coordinated by a… read more

Freedom House Holiday Event With Mrs. New York

December 29, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Mrs. New York Alison Trenk made a surprise call to Freedom House Emergency Shelter on the day of the holiday party, offering to supply the domestic violence shelter with bags of toys for the children residing there. Yenely Gomez, Director of Child Care/Recreation at Freedom House, was thrilled to receive the call and even more excited after they arranged for Alison to personally deliver the toys. Alison even allowed several of the kids to wear her crown. The event, which… read more

Spread The Sparkle Holiday Event For Barrier Free Living Programs

December 29, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter 0 Comments
Spread The Sparkle hosted a spectacular holiday event for all of Barrier Free Living's programs this December 25 at a beautiful loft space in Manhattan. Barrier Free Living works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities (men, women and children) as well as formerly and currently homeless people with disabilities. Led by Spread the Sparkle founder Abbey LeVine and over 30 volunteers, the afternoon featured singing, a face painter, a… read more

BFL Part Of Initiative Fighting Poverty to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence

December 11, 2015 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
To fight both domestic violence and poverty and homelessness, HRA has partnered with nine community-based organizations to provide a wide variety of services to help survivors rebuild their lives. The organizations involved are Barrier Free Living, HELP USA, New York Asian Women’s Center, Sanctuary for Families, the New York City Anti-Violence Project, the Urban Justice Center, Seamen’s Society, Edwin Gould Services, and the Violence Intervention Program. In addition to standard services like safety planning and counseling, all nine of these organizations… read more

Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Features Deaf And Hard of Hearing Actors On Broadway

December 10, 2015 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
Deaf West’s innovative new production of Spring Awakening on Broadway features Deaf and Hard of Hearing actors. The show also includes the first actor (Ali Stroker) who uses a wheelchair to appear on the Great White Way. The Tony winning musical revival has choreographed sign language into the production. The show runs through January 24. Read more.… read more

Remembering Theresa A. H. McIntosh: Survivor. Advocate. Inspiration.

December 8, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: , , , 4 Comments
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Theresa A. H. McIntosh, founder of the Barrier Free Living (BFL) Speakers Bureau and a BFL Freedom House trustee. Theresa was a survivor of domestic violence who was also an above-the-knee amputee. Theresa was born, raised and educated in England. Following a car accident in 1992, Theresa became a resident at Barrier Free Living’s Transitional Housing Program… read more

LeShan Gaulman Honored With Emerging Social Work Leader Award

December 4, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
LeShan Gaulman, Program Director of Barrier Free Living’s Transition Housing,  took home the Emerging Social Work Leader Award of the National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter at a presentation December 3, 2015. The award was given to a select number of emerging leaders of the social work profession in recognition of visionary and exemplary work. LeShan's team was on hand to cheer him on at the sumptuous awards dinner ceremony in NYC. “It is an honor to be… read more

Toy Donations Brighten Holiday At Barrier Free Living Domestic Violence Shelter

December 4, 2015 Uncategorized Tags: , 0 Comments
December toy donations from both individuals and agencies like the FPWA and Second Chance Toys brighten the holiday for the 144 children living at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter and BFL Apartments as well as our Secret Garden program. Learn more about donating a toy, your time or much needed financial resources to Barrier Free Living here.… read more

Celebrate #GivingTuesday Support Kids Like Danielle At Our Domestic Violence Shelter

December 1, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
SUPPORT #GIVING TUESDAY Support Barrier Free Living this year. We work with over 140 kids like Danielle, age 13, who did our holiday card art at left. Danielle is a resident at our Freedom House domestic violence shelter. We also work with current and formerly homeless men and women with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. DONATE NOW… read more

BFL Apartments Thanksgiving Event

November 25, 2015 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living apartments, which opened summer of 2015, held a Thanksgiving dinner celebration for tenants and their families on November 24. Program Director Thomas Obrzut worked with his dedicated staff and the coordinator of BFL's Occupational Therapy program Patricia Motus to create a buffet and celebratory atmosphere. Tenants brought dishes to the community event, which was made possible due to a private donation. Learn more about how to support… read more

Axis Offers Breathtaking Vision Of Integrated Dance

November 18, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Uncategorized 0 Comments
I headed to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 17 to see the Axis Dance Company, expecting an enjoyable evening out of the city. What I experienced was a jaw-dropping, awe inspiring night of integrated dance performance. The show, which includes performers with and without disabilities working together, featured a trio of moving dances: Dix minutes plus tard by Sonya Delwaide; Divide, by Marc Brew; to go again by Joe Goode. The pieces, both individually and as a program, got at… read more

AXIS Dance Co. Performs Nov. 17 NJ Performing Arts Center

November 17, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Axis Dance will perform Nov. 17 at 7pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Seen on So You Think You Can Dance! AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities.Paving the way for physically integrated dance, each year AXIS shares its cutting-edge artistic and education/outreach work with thousands all over the world.AXIS exists to… read more

BFL’s LeShan Gaulman National Association Of Social Workers Emerging Leader Award Winner

November 16, 2015 BFL News 4 Comments
LeShan Gaulman, Program Director of Barrier Free Living's Transition Housing,  has been chosen to receive the 9th Annual Emerging Social Work Leader Award of the National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter. This award is being presented to a select number of emerging leaders of the social work profession in recognition of visionary and exemplary work. "It is an honor to be recognized for my service to the profession… read more

Pet Therapy For Kids At Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter

October 30, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
A Fair Shake For Youth has launched a 4-week pet therapy program for the children living at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter. There are over 50 children living at the shelter.  Pet therapy is used as a tool to build esteem and foster confidence in the youths, many who are recovering from trauma. "The children residing at Freedom House have left behind their familiar environment and loved… read more

Berkeley Carroll School Costume Drive Benefits Kids In BFL Domestic Violence Shelters

October 26, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: , 0 Comments
The Berkeley Carroll School held a Halloween costume drive October 26, collecting trick or treat outfits to donate to the children living at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter. Heather Borstein, who helped organize the drive says "We love the work that BFL does. It's our privilege to help others enjoy Halloween as much as we do." The costumes will… read more

Domestic Violence Awareness Walk In Harlem Oct. 26.

October 26, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The Upper Manhattan Domestic Violence Services Collaborative will Shine the Light – Harlem on Monday, October 26 at 5:30pm. Join domestic violence advocates, survivors and allies, as they bring more awareness to domestic violence in their communities. The event begins with a walk through Harlem, beginning from various starting points in the community, culminating at the State Office Building, which will be lit purple. Flyer here.… read more

Deaf People In NYC Homeless Shelters Will Gain Access To Sign Language Interpreters

October 23, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
The NY Daily News reports: The city’s Department of Homeless Services agreed Tuesday to provide sign language interpreters to deaf people living in homeless shelters — ending a pair of lawsuits that charged the city was discriminating against the hearing-impaired. Read the story.… read more

Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Nov. 7-8

October 22, 2015 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
The Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will take place November 7-8th at Horace Mann High School in the Bronx. The tournament is FREE for all spectators and is one of the largest events of its kind in the Northeast. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see and interact with some of the nation’s finest wheelchair athletes. All of the most up-to-date information about the tournament including the full schedule, team… read more

Local Leaders Raise Awareness On Domestic Wiolence With ‘Upstander Campaign’

October 9, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
NEWS12 reports:Local leaders are raising awareness about domestic violence to help keep families safe. There have been new public service announcements inside taxi cabs and online, but Commissioner Rose Pierre-Louis and others are taking the message to the streets. The activists and local leaders passed out fliers and information Thursday as a first step in combating the city's domestic violence issue. Read the story and watch the video here.… read more

BFL Speaker’s Bureau & VOW DV Awareness Event

October 8, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
The BFL Speakers Bureau and The Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW) held their domestic violence awareness month event "We Are Victors" on October 8. A standing room only crowd were empowered by inspirational spoken word, dance and several special guest speakers. Theresa McIntosh, Coordinator of the Speaker's Bureau created the event, working with Raquel Singh, Executive Director of VOW. Speakers included: Paul Feuerstein, President/CEO BFL; Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough… read more

Secret Garden Presents At Domestic Violence Conference

October 2, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden will be presenting at the The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) Annual Domestic Violence Conference November 2-3, 2015 in Columbia, SC. Secret Garden Team member Jules Perkel, LCSW will be part of a roundtable covering "Perspectives of Disability & Domestic Violence: Available resources and overcoming challenges of accessibility." The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a statewide coalition made up of the 23 domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organizations in… read more

Dancing With The Stars’ Noah Galloway Inspires People With Disabilities

October 1, 2015 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
The night Noah Galloway lifted his Dancing with the Stars partner Sharna Burgess into the air with one arm was a truly triumphant moment.  It was the impact of his performance on a fellow veteran, however, that Galloway counts as his most monumental achievement. “I did the one-handed lift that was never done before on the show. When I picked her up I heard people jump… read more

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