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

Workshops planned for people with developmental disabilities

August 9, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
A free training and workshop addressing attitudes about human sexuality and healthy relationships for people with developmental disabilities will be offered at three different locations on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 28. Supporting Healthy Sexuality of Persons with Developmental Disabilities meets from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at First Baptist Church, Streator; with another session offered at the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living in La Salle from 5 to 8 p.m.. The Aug. 28 session is from… read more

Working with Deaf Survivors of Domestic Violence

August 9, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The New York State Office for the  Prevention of Domestic Violence  OPDV Bulletin/Summer 2013 reports on working with Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence. The story notes that while limited research exists regarding the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence within the Deaf community, agencies that provide Deaf services report that Deaf individuals experience domestic and sexual violence at significantly greater rates than hearing individuals. Ongoing training and education about Deaf culture and communication can build trust with the Deaf… read more

BFL Codes of Hope Graduation Event

August 8, 2013 BFL News Tags: , 0 Comments
CODES OF HOPE, an  innovative six-week curriculum highlighting the aspects of inter-generational trauma and its relationship to domestic violence, held a graduation event for participants from BFL’s Secret Garden and Freedom House programs. Marcella Goheen and Thea Martinez are co-facilitators of CODES OF HOPE.  Activities include inventive approaches to healing, such as a dinner party theater game exploring the dynamics of power and control.Inspired by The Maria Project’s story of… read more

Moodys Sponsors BFL Fiesta Wellness Day at Transitional Housing Program

August 7, 2013 BFL News, Current Events, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Moodys, working with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, sponsored BFL's Fiesta Wellness Day at the Transitional Housing Program this August. Fifteen Moody's volunteers worked with BFL's dynamic Occupational Therapy Department to create a carnival style event.  The day featured: gardening workshops; a guide to healthy eating booth; an ask the nurse booth; an all day spa and wellness room; and a yoga class run by Laura Staton of Lulu… read more

Ms. Wheelchair America Speaks Out About Accessibility

August 5, 2013 Advocacy 0 Comments
DNA Info New York Reports that when Alexandra McArthur gets invited to a party at one of the many East Village bars that have a single step at the entrance, she has a difficult choice to make. McArthur, 25, a former Ms. Wheelchair America who has lived in the East Village for the past two years, cannot navigate over the steps that lead to dozens of the neighborhood's restaurants and shops. Read the full article at DNA Info New York.… read more

IWD Blogs Nigeria Trip Looking at Health Care for Disabled

August 5, 2013 Advocacy 0 Comments
Suzanne Hurwitz, Project Coordinator at Initiative for Women with Disabilities (IWD) will be blogging on Tumblr  during her August Trip to Nigeria.  IWD is a Multi-Disciplinary Women's Center: Empowering Women to Pursue a Healthy Lifestyle Suzanne writes: Greeting from Lagos, Nigeria!  I have been warmly welcomed by our partners from Treasureland Health Builders and Disability Policy and Advocacy Initiative who IWD is working with as part of Mobility International USA's Empower Partnship for Inclusive Communities Program. Our goal for… read more

OT + Yoga Joins BFL Wellness Fiesta as a Sponsor

August 5, 2013 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
Lulu OT+Yoga joined BFL's Wellness Fiesta this August as a sponsor, and will lead a chair yoga workshop at the vibrant event made possible by a grant from Moody's. Laura Staton of Lulu OT + Yoga will run the workshop. She is a Senior Occupational Therapist at Staten Island University Hospital and teaches Yoga Therapeutics in Park Slope Brooklyn. Laura says: "Yoga possesses therapeutic value at any age and especially… read more

New Jersey Law Requires Covered Employers to Provide Domestic Violence Leave

August 1, 2013 Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
On July 17, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act).  New Jersey joins 15 states, the District of Columbia, and a handful of local governments in providing victims of domestic violence or sexual assault with the right to take unpaid leave.   Effective October 1, 2013, the NJ SAFE Act will provide eligible employees with unpaid time off to attend to a variety of matters related to an act of… read more

Uncensored Magazine Features BFL’s Vibrant Beyond Freedom Group

July 19, 2013 BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness reports in its Uncensored Summer Issue on BFL Freedom House's vibrant Beyond Freedom Group. In the article Pearl Brownstein writes about the post-shelter support group for DV survivors.  In the article “The Unlikely Homeless: One Woman’s Experience in a Domestic--violence Shelter,” published in the Fall 2012 issue of UNCENSORED, Brownstein wrote about what led her to seek shelter and about the value of her time there. Read the full article here.… read more

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