NY Nonprofit Press Highlights Barrier Free Living Apartments

July 19, 2013 BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) recently celebrated the started of construction on its first permanent supportive housing development that, when complete, will provide 120 apartments with a preference for the disabled and survivors of domestic abuse. Barrier Free Living Apartments, on East 139th Street in the Bronx, is being developed by BFL with collaboration and support from variety of City and State agencies, as well as Alembic Development, Foxy Management, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Citi Community Capital, and Richman… read more

Voices of Human Services Radio Show Features NY Nonprofit Press

July 16, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Tune in this Wednesday (7/17) at 11pm to hear host Allison Sesso interview Fred Scaglione editor of the New York Nonprofit Press discuss the upcoming Mayoral election and the recent "Revitalize, Rethink & Rebuild Neighborhoods." Followed by host Michael Stoller with an interview with Kathy Wylde, CEO of the Partnership for NYC, who will discuss the Partnership's new report on NYC jobs, and how the business community and the nonprofit human services sector can… read more

Career Expo for People With Disabilities July 19 NYC

July 16, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine's Career Expo For People With Disabilities brings industry and government together with people with disabilities who are entry level and professionals in all career disciplines on July 19, 2013 at: 10:00AM - 3:00PM The New Yorker Hotel 481 8th Ave. & 34th Street New York, NY 10001 CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine, established in 1986, is the nation's first and only career-guidance and recruitment magazine for people with disabilities who are at undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels. Each… read more

Project Open House for People with Disabilities

July 2, 2013 BFL News, Current Events 1 Comment
Project Open House (POH), administered by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), removes architectural barriers in the homes of people with permanent disabilities. This program is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living, thus helping people with disabilities remain a part of their communities. POH provides an opportunity for many individuals to modify their living environments. Click here to learn more.… read more

HSC’s New Radio Series “Voices of Human Services” on WWRL 1600 AM

July 2, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter 0 Comments
HSC’s new Radio Series “Voices of Human Services” on WWRL 1600 AM debuted last week. Listen to the podcast here: http://www.wwrl1600.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6441417 The show featured an interview by Allison Sesso of Thomas Krever, Executive Director of Hetrick Martin Institute, talking about the organization’s work with LGBTQ youth, followed by a discussion led by Michael Stoller on the disaster response efforts of faith-based human services programs in areas of New York devastated by Hurricane Sandy, with Peter Gudaitis, New York Disaster… read more

Musical About Emotional Abuse at NY Musical Theatre Festival

July 1, 2013 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The Gingerbread Pimp by Molly Reynolds will be presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July. Click here for tickets and times. The Gingerbread Pimp is the story of aspiring Broadway actress Coco who thinks she’s found her perfect match in romantic leading man Charlie. But when things take an unexpected turn, she descends into a very real and dangerous world of jealousy and extreme control. A wry… read more

Independence Care System Annual Art Show ‘Around My Way’

June 28, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
Independence Care System (ICS), dedicated to the health and well being of adults with physical disabilities and senior adults, will hold its annual art show 'Around My Way' on Wednesday July 17, from 4pm-8pm. The exhibit and July 17 reception is free, open to the public, and held at the ICS Brooklyn Center at 25 Elm Place, 5th Floor (cross streets: Livington St. & Fulton Mall.) More Info. call: 718-907-1622… read more

AWARE Hosts Carnival at Freedom House Emergency Shelter

June 26, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
AWARE organized and hosted a Family Carnival for the residents of Freedom House, the country's only domestic violence shelter for disabled residents. The Carnival featured face-painting, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, basketball, live music, cotton-candy and even an appearance by Elmo.  The event hosted nearly 135 residents and approximately 35 AWARE volunteers. AWARE (Assisting Women through Action, Resources & Education) is a grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting awareness and generating funds in order to make meaningful improvements in the… read more

HSC Launches Voice of Human Services Radio Show June 26

June 24, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
The Human Services Council of New York (HSC) premieres its new weekly, hour-long radio series, Voices of Human Services, on WWRL (1600 AM) on Wednesday, June 26, from 11 pm to 12 midnight. Co-moderated by HSC Executive Director Michael Stoller and Deputy Executive Director Allison Sesso,  the weekly broadcast will explore a range of topics related to the human services needs of New Yorkers and the public policies that have an impact on the effective delivery of nonprofit human… read more

BFL Secret Garden Director Georgette Delinois Honored with Leadership Award

June 24, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
Georgette Delinois, Director of BFL's Secret Garden Program was honored with the Francoise I. Casseus Community Leadership Award at this June's Haitians Unified for Development and Education (HUDE) 2nd Annual Benefit Gala. Proceeds of the HUDE Gala go to a scholarship fund for high school graduates of Haitian descent to assist with college tuition.  HUDE will award a $2,000 scholarship this year. HUDE's mission is to support and empower the Haitian community socially, politically, and academnically by developing programs… read more

National Council on Disability Celebrates LGBT Pride

June 20, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
This June, the National Council on Disability joins the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month by celebrating their commitment to advancing the rights for all Americans, including LGBT Americans, and LGBT Americans with Disabilities. Read more here.… read more

Parents of Boy with Disability Speak Out About Class Photo

June 18, 2013 Advocacy 0 Comments
An article in the Huffington Post reports how a  school photo that depicts a disabled student sitting conspicuously apart from the rest of his classmates was retaken after the boy's outraged parents brought the issue to the attention of the photography company responsible. Read the full story here.… read more

BFL’s Aeilushi Mistry Shines In New York Times

June 13, 2013 BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events 0 Comments
BFL Team member Aeilushi Mistry (pictured, JULIENNE SCHAER photo) was featured in a recent New York Times piece about the upcoming Hindu Lamp Ceremony. The New York Times Wrote: Why not wind down the season back where we started, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, with a pair of intriguing events in August. On Aug. 2, Aeilushi Mistry, a classical Indian dancer and arts educator, will conduct a Hindu aarti lamp-lighting ceremony, a traditional petition… read more

Disabled Vet Inspiring Sky Diving Video

June 11, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Todd Love is a USMC veteran who lost both of his legs and his left hand to an IED in Afghanistan, who's determined to not let that get in the way of ANYTHING (Watch Todd's story). He has been surfing, skiing, scuba diving, wrestling alligators, and now learning to skydive. After completing his first tandem skydive with Mike Elliott into the start of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii he was hooked! And since "impossible" and "can't" are… read more

New Report on Abuse Experienced by Disabled People

June 11, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News 0 Comments
A new report is out: The hidden abuse of disabled people residing in the community: An exploratory study, written by Dr Michael Roguski for Tairawhiti Community Voice. The report is a comprehensive exploration of the kinds of abuse experienced by disabled people and clarifies the range of people who are abusers. Click here to download the report.… read more

Story of Luke New Film Looks at Autism

June 6, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
The Story of Luke is a new comedy about Luke, a young man with autism who embarks on a quest for a job and a girlfriend. Winner of Best Film at Irvine International Film Festival & San Diego Film Festival, and Audience Awards at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival & Bahamas International Film Festival… read more

Barrier Free Living Apartments Ground Breaking News

June 6, 2013 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
The Ground Breaking for BFL's $42 million two building apartment complex in in the Bronx on June 4 drew supporters, officials and was covered by several news networks in NYC including WNBC, WPIX11, News12 and News12 en espanol. New York City's Housing Development Corp. (HDC), the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) along with the NY State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corp. (HHAC) joined Barrier Free Living, Alembic Development… read more

Blessed Night Out Housing Justice Vigil

May 30, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing will hold its 28th Annual Interfaith Convocation Walk & Overnight City Hall vigil for Housing Justice, Blessed Night Out, starting at 6:30PM on May 31 at St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway at Fulton St. There will be a candlelight procession to City Hall Park for an overnight vigil, culminating in a Press Conference Friday morning at 9AM. More info here.… read more

Handprints of the Heart at Freedom House

May 23, 2013 BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter held the annual Handprints of the Heart event this May, working with volunteers from Goldman Sachs. Resident families and children took part in crafts, empowerment activities and enjoyed a live performance… read more

Taste of Hope Event Inspires & Empowers

May 17, 2013 BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events 0 Comments
On Thursday, May 16th the HOPE Program hosted its second annual A Taste of HOPE event, a celebration of tastings, toasts and transformations at Steelcase in Manhattan. Barrier Free Living's HR/Organizational Development Team attended, joining a packed crowd at the stunning Steelcase venue overlooking Columbus Circle. Guests included the founder of HOPE Deborah Antoine, (pictured with Dr. Clarel Antoine). Taste of Hope featured a host of award-winning partners, including: Inside Park at… read more

Secret Garden Program Celebrates Women’s Day

May 16, 2013 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
BFL's Secret Garden Domestic Violence Program held its annual Women's Day Celebration this month. The event heralded the courage and triumphs of survivors who have grown and healed through the program. The celebration included a poetry reading, piano recital and lunch. Special gift bags were provided by The Body Shop.… read more

Alex Minsky’s Star Rises as He Continues to Inspire People with Disabilities

May 16, 2013 Advocacy, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events 0 Comments
First featured on our website last October, Alex Minsky, the Marine Lance Cpl. who lost his leg when his truck rolled over an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan, has gone onto become a sought after model and inspiration for people with disabilities world wide.  He has been featured this June on both ABC and NBC. See the ABC Good Morning America story click here. See the latest news story on NBC click here. Click here to… read more

Transitional Housing Program Celebrates Mother’s Day

May 15, 2013 BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
The residents of  BFL's Transitional Housing program, formerly homeless men and women with disabilities, were treated to a sumptuous May Day feast this month. The 24 women of the shelter received special Mother's Day gift bags courtesy of The Body Shop. BFL's Occupational Therapy team coordinated the event, which included a baking class and cupcake decorating workshop. The Body Shop choose Transitional Housing as the featured charity in it's 'Another… read more

Prince Harry Cheers on Warrior Games

May 14, 2013 Current Events 0 Comments
Prince Harry of Wales attended a recent Warrior Games exhibition volleyball match between the U.S. and U.K. Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor, Missy Franklin and Paralympic medalists Kari Miller and Brad Snyder were in attendance to support the wounded athletes. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the U.S. Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as a team representing U.S. Special Operations Command and… read more

The Changing Image of Who’s Homeless

May 10, 2013 Advocacy, Shelter 0 Comments
After a career as a decorated Marine then working for the Federal Aviation Administration, Dr. Young suddenly went from actively thriving to barely surviving while living out of his car in metro Atlanta. Moving in and out of extended stay motels, and navigating throughout the sometimes dangerous streets of metro Atlanta. Check out Dr. Young's blog here.… read more

Warrior Games May 11

May 7, 2013 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
The United States Olympic Committee and Deloitte announced that the Warrior Games will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16, 2013. In addition to Deloitte, the presenting sponsor, the six-day event is also supported by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser and the Semper Fi Fund. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans are expected to participate in 2013.  They will comprise five U.S. teams representing… read more

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