HSC Honors BFL’s Scott Hess With Leadership Award

December 10, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events 2 Comments
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 for the full list of award recipients and reception info… read more

Treaty for the disabled falls short of ratification

December 4, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
Senator John Kerry made an impassioned plea for ratifying a treaty aimed at advancing the rights of the blind and disabled across the globe, urging the US Congress to do for the world what has already been accomplished here to protect Americans with disabilities. Supporters fell six votes short of the 67 needed to ratify. Read the story… read more

Freedom House Resident Shares Gratitidue

December 4, 2012 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
In a letter to Freedom House Program Director Isa Martinez and her staff, a resident recently shared her gratitude at being safe and on the path to a renewed life as the holidays approach. The mother of two wrote: "Since I have been here at Freedom House I have accomplished so much. My self esteem is great and I have peace of mind knowing I am safe and there are staff who genuinely care about residents."… read more

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3

December 3, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
This year's theme for the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities is: Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society… read more

BFL Kids Create Holiday Greetings

November 30, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: , 2 Comments
The kids of BFL's Secret Garden and Freedom House programs created cards to thank supporters, friends and donors to the agency this season, like the one pictured by Emily, age 9.  BFL friends who post a message on our holiday page with their contact information receive a reply card from the kids.… read more

Transitional Housing Thanksgiving for Residents & Staff

November 28, 2012 BFL News, Current Events Tags: , 0 Comments
Transitional Housing and Secret Garden programs had a combined celebration for the Thanksgiving Holiday, serving residents and consumers of both programs along with staff.  Live entertainment was provided by Hospital Audiences and the BFL Occupational Therapy team helped decorate and plan the event… read more

Half the Sky Movement Highlights AWARE & Freedom House

November 28, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
The Half the Sky Movement, which is 'cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide' highlighted the work of AWARE: Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education in a recent blog post. The article points out that AWARE  selected as their initial beneficiary Barrier Free Living Freedom House, the first nationally recognized shelter that serves disabled domestic violence victims and their families. The AWARE October… read more

Self-Defense Among Women With Disabilities

November 27, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Former BFL Secret Garden team member Molly Burke  Freyer co authored (with Michelle S. Ballan) the report: Self-Defense Among Women With Disabilities An Unexplored Domain, stating that 'Women with disabilities are frequent victims of domestic violence, yet scant research has examined self-protective mechanisms that could mitigate this abuse.' View the article PDF here.… read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 27, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Women's Rights News is part of the 16 days of activism against gender violence (through Dec. 10) where: Living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of the state, in the home and community… read more

Rust And Bone Shines Light on Living With a Disability

November 26, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Scoring big at film fests and gaining Oscar buzz, Rust and Bone according to the Star Ledger's Stephen Whitty may require "rethinking what we thought we knew - about love, about sex, about disability - is what "Rust and Bone" is about. Be careful, the film warns us -- we may know less about those things than we think."… read more

HSU Highlights Team Spirit at BFL

November 20, 2012 BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
Homeless Services United gave a shout out to the work of dedicated team members at BFL's Transitional Housing Program in their latest newsletter. Located on the Lower East Side, the Transitional Housing Program had a core of staff members working above and beyond during Hurricane Sandy, including David Rodriguez and Paul Thomas. Read the story here.… read more

WABC Visits Freedom House

November 16, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Emmy Award winning journalist Lauren Glassberg (pictured front left) visited BFL's Freedom House Emergency shelter to shoot footage for a story to air in December. Glassberg spoke with Freedom House Program Director Isa Martinez (pictured front right) and members of her team, along with BFL CEO Paul Feuerstein (pictured front right)… read more

NYC Industries for the Blind Exhibit

November 14, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
NYC Industries for the Blind Exhibition features a site-specific installation that activates sight, sound, smell, and touch.This exhibition was launched in conjunction with Art Connects New York’s Art Placement Program, an initiative that matches curators with social service agencies to permanently install artwork in their facilities; artwork which actively reflects the mission and programs of the agency… read more

DFN Fund for People with Disabilities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

November 13, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
The Disability Funders Network (DFN) Rapid Response Fund is being activated to help nonprofit organizations meet the immediate and long-term needs of people with disabilities in North Eastern regions impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The DFN Rapid Response Fund will offer mini-grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to meet specific needs such as transportation, shelter, medication, medical equipment and assistive technology for people with disabilities… read more

Suit May Go On in Disaster Plan for the Disabled

November 9, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
The New York Times reports that a judge has agreed to allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed against New York City alleging a systemic failure in addressing the needs of the disabled population in planning for emergencies and disasters… read more

Tammy Duckworth Wins House Seat Inspires People with Disabilities

November 8, 2012 Current Events 0 Comments
Ladda Tammy Duckworth (pictured) won a seat in the U.S. Representative-elect for Illinois's 8th congressional district. Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois… read more

X Factor Star Jahmene Douglas Raises DV Awareness

November 8, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
X Factor UK Star Jamene Douglas, whose mother is a domestic violence survivor, has launched a #RaiseAwarenessForDomesticViolence campaign. His mother Mandy has started her own campaign to raise funds for victims of domestic violence. She wrote on her appeal page: “Raising awareness on the fact that Womens aid needs funding. Refuges need funding. Children need help. Cut backs have caused an uneasy ripple of monotony of unnessesary heartaches. We can’t change the… read more

AWARE Benefit for Freedom House Success

November 6, 2012 Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
The AWARE October 18th fundraiser at NYC Bar 13 to benefit Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House raised over $25,000 for disabled domestic violence victims and their families. Pictured, Paul Feuerstein, President/CEO BFL and Isa Martinez, Director, Freedom House. Visit AWARE to view event photos, donate or learn more.… read more

Vote!

November 6, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
BFL Transitional Housing Program residents joined the occupational therapy team on an outing to the nearest poll site today. The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly & Handicapped Act requires polling places across the United States to be physically accessible to people with disabilities for federal elections… read more

Lavender & Blue Brings New BFL Friends

November 5, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
An email from a new supporter, who attended BFL's Lavender&Blue event during October's Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Camille Writes: Scott, thank you for inviting Tyrel and I to the wonderful event tonight. We had a great time and we won prizes! Yahoo!  It was good to be a part of the affair and meet wonderful people. The poetry and Vivi, the opera singer was amazing and everyone was so nice and open. BFL is a fabulous organization and I wish you… read more

BFL Lavender & Blue MegaMixer Delivers Empowerment, Fun & An Aria!

October 25, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
BFL's Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, Lavender & Blue drew a lively crowd in support of the agency mission. Supporters joined new friends at XES Lounge in Manhattan for drinks and gab. The hit of the night was DV Survivor opera diva Vivi Le Voix who wowed the crowd with a brilliant aria (event video or below on home page)… read more

Opera Diva Signs on to Perform at BFL Lavender & Blue Event

October 12, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
BFL's Lavender & Blue MegaMixer will feature a performance from Opera singer Vivi (pictured). The event will include drink tix, raffle, guest speakers, and an awesome DJ at the XES Club in Manhattan on Oct. 23, 6pm-8pm. XES is at 157 W 24th St… read more

Preventing abuse of people with developmental disabilities

October 12, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News 0 Comments
A blog post originally published on September 26, 2012 by Nora J. Baladerian Ph.D. is October's featured article on BFL's Breaking Barriers in Domestic Violence Newsletter.  Read the blog. Sign up for BFL's free Breaking Barriers In DV Enewsletter at [email protected]… read more

NY Times Reports on Community Access’ Restoration of Gouverneur Hospital

October 12, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Shelter 0 Comments
The NY Times reports on Community Access’ restoration of the old Gouverneur Hospital, now called Gouverneur Court. Read the article, Still Housing the Needy, In a Changed Manhattan.  Barrier Free Living is working with Community Access on its latest Supportive Housing project. Steve Coe, Community Access Chief Executive Officer says: "As I mention in the article, the people we help were excluded from mainstream housing, which meant that social workers and community organizers had to figure out how to… read more

BFL Honored During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 11, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News 0 Comments
BFL was honored twice during October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Helen Keller Organization and Millneck Organization both recognized BFL for its outstanding work employing and working with interns with disabilities. Aeilushi Mistry, of the BFL Organizational Development Team accepted the Helen Keller nod, pictured above, second from left.… read more