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ADAPT Fundraiser Lunch

Prepared by Julie Rea: White fish on bagel, sugar cookies and chocolate kisses beverage $7.
DATE: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
TIME: 12:00 Noon-until sold out!
Where: Skills Training Kitchen, Second Floor
112 N. 8th Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19107

See Nancy, Room 660 or Rodney to pre-order.

Remember, all proceeds benefit disability rights advocacy and activism at the local, state and federal levels.

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A vote on the full House floor is possible by Wednesday (2/14) or Thursday (2/15). Call Now!
Use #HandsOffMyADA on Social Media.

The House of Representatives is planning to vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) next week.
The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) would seriously weaken the ADA by delaying requirements that businesses be accessible to people with disabilities.

Take Action Now! Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 today and ask to be connected to your Representative and urge them to vote NO on H.R. 620.

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Harriet Tubman–Celebrating Black History Month

Harriet Tubman refused to help a slave master restrain a fellow slave, and he threw a brick at her head. This injury led to epilepsy, narcolepsy, and severe headaches. Once she escaped slavery, Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. She was also a spy during the Civil War and started a home for the elderly. She led soldiers along with Colonel James Montgomery to raid rice plantations in South Carolina, freeing many of the slaves. John Brown called her “General Tubman.” She was the first woman in US history to lead a military expedition.
(Summary courtesy of Pascale Vallee)

Harriet Tubman

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Thomas Wiggins–Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Thomas Wiggins, aka Blind Tom, was born into slavery. Despite the inability to communicate his own thoughts, he had a natural affinity for sound and could repeat conversations up to 10 minutes long. Wiggins started playing the piano 4 years old, playing what the plantation owner’s daughter would play. It wasn’t long before he became a piano prodigy, repeating any composition he heard no matter the difficulty. At the age of 6, he was performing sold out shows in Georgia. Wiggins toured the South throughout his teen years and was eventually invited to the White House by President James Buchanan. He was the first African American musician to officially perform in the White House. Wiggins later toured the rest of the US and Europe, dying from a stroke at 60 years old.Thomas Wiggins, aka, Blind Tom

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ADAPT Fundraiser Lunch

ADAPT Fundraiser Lunch
Prepared by Julie Rea: White fish on bagel, beverage, sugar cookies, and chocolate kisses all for only $7.


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Lois Curtis–Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Lois Curtis is a black artist and disability activist. For 16 years, she lived in state-run institutions, and her requests to live in the community were repeatedly denied. She sued the state of Georgia, and her case went to the Supreme Court where she became the lead plaintiff in the Olmstead v L.C. Supreme Court case. It declared that people with disabilities have a right to live in the community and to be provided adequate supports in the most integrated setting available. Today, Curtis lives with her attendant in Atlanta, GA and supports herself by selling her artwork.

Lois Curtis

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Bill Krebs receives Advocate of the Year Award

Vision for Equality featured Bill Krebs, the leader of LRI’s You, You, You Support Group, as well as the new Autism Support Group, in its January 2018 Newsletter. The article mentions how Bill has been on a “Journey Through the Community System,” and how he has overcome many struggles and obstacles as a person living with a disability. He was also the recipient of the 2016 Advocate of the Year Award, showing that his work is empowering and making a direct impact.  Read the article here:

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Congrats Gerald Myers!

Congratulations to Gerald Myers for winning our drawing for a $100 gift card! Last year, Gerald participated in our annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey. More than half of our Consumers rated our CIL services as above average. As part of our Strategic Planning, the Quality Management team is looking into utilizing consumer satisfaction kiosks on site. Consumers will have more opportunities to participate in drawings like this.

Gerald Myers wins the $100 gift card for participating in the Consumer Survey!

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February Events


The PA State Health Insurance Assistance Program has counselors to help with Medicare Savings.  Call an Independent Living Specialist at Ext. 325 and mention “APPRISE” for more information.

Liberty Home Choices:

To enroll in LRI’s attendant agency, call Ext. 617.

Nicole’s Place

Open for ALL to purchase items for affordable prices J What you will find in the store: Clothes, Purses/Bags, Jewelry/Watches, Shoes, Household Items, Knickknacks, Art Pieces. All proceeds go directly back towards helping consumers live independently in the community.  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 AM -3:00 PM.  Any questions call Shawn Ext. 245

Peer Support

Connect with other disabled people one-on-one or in group settings. Call Bill Ext. 197 or Morgan Ext. 124


Consumers may obtain free, clean, inspected, recycled wheelchairs and other devices. ReTreads also accepts used wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment. Open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Walk-ins welcome, or call Brandon at ext. 272 to set up an appointment.

Computer and Videophone

Liberty Resources has a computer and a Videophone that consumers can use Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. They are located on the 6th floor.

Every Tuesday

Circuit Training #1 at 4:30 PM in the Wade Blank Suite. All classes are inclusive to all abilities. Contact Natalie Hicks @ x382, Pascale Vallee @ x498, or Liam Dougherty @ x195 for info. You must RSVP if you plan to attend.

Every Wednesday

Chair Yoga at 8:30 AM; Circuit Training #2 at 3:30pm, both classes in the Wade Blank Suite. All classes are inclusive to all abilities. Contact Natalie Hicks @ x382, Pascale Vallee @ x498, or Liam Dougherty @ x195 for info. You must RSVP if you plan to attend.

Every Wednesday

Legal Advocacy – Temple University’s Law School provides free advice and representation for Consumers on general legal problems. To schedule an appointment, call 215-204-1800.

Every Thursday

Philadelphia City Council, City Hall, Room 400, 10:00 AM to Noon. Please attend to let Council members know people with disabilities are concerned about issues affecting the city and our Community. Call Harry, 215-600-1536 (VP).

Every Thursday

Yoga on the Mat at 3:30 PM in the Wade Blank Suite. All classes are inclusive to all abilities. Contact Natalie Hicks @ x382, Pascale Vallee @ x498, or Liam Dougherty @ x195 for info. You must RSVP if you plan to attend.


Every 2nd Thursday of the month

SEPTA @1234 Market Street, 11th Floor, 12-12:30 PM questions from the public are answered. 12:30-2:30 PM Updates about Septa and CCT operations are discussed. Consumer attendance is strongly encouraged. Any questions about these meetings. Please call Shawn Ext. 245.

February 1, 8, 15, & 22

Math Class in ASL, 1:00-3:00 PM, Ed Roberts Room. Learn How to Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Create a budget and Write a check. Call Igor, 267-507-1178.

February 2 & 16

American Government in American Sign Language Class, 2:00-3:00 PM, Ed Roberts Room. Objective: Understanding how the government works. (Deaf and Hard of Hearing ONLY). Call Patrick, 267-439-4757.

February 2 & 16:

Young Adults Club, 1:00-3:00 PM, Oliver Jordan Room.  Anyone 18-29 years is welcome to attend. Call Mary Beth, Ext. 335.

February 7, 14, 21 & 28

Social Group, 12:00-2:00 PM. Wade Blank A Room. Call Lisa, Ext. 252.

February 7

Eviction focus group, 1:00-3:00 PM.  Wade Blank Room B. Do you have an experience with an eviction and are willing to tell your story.

Call Lauren, Ext. 123.

February 9 & 23

Deaf Matters, Socialize with old friends and meet new people. Discuss what is happening in the world. Learn about Deaf rights. This is a group for people who wish to interact through American Sign Language. No interpreters are provided, 1:00-4:00 PM, Wade Blank Room.

February 10

Mama Chronicles, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Wade Blank Room B.   A new group for Disable Mothers.  Call Latoya Maddox, Ext. 114.

 February 13

Men with Disabilities Peer Support Group Every 2nd Tuesday of month, 2:00-3:00 PM, Wade Blank B.  Are you a man with a disability?  Come to our Peer support group to discuss a wide variety of topics related to men with disabilities.  Age 18 and over.  If you need an interpreter please contact Rodney, Ext. 299.

February 14

ADAPT Fundraising Lunch, 12:00 PM until sold out!  Just $7.  Skills Training Kitchen, Second Floor. Support the fight for civil rights for people with disabilities! To guarantee your lunch, pre-pay your order with Nancy, Ext. 116 or Rodney, Ext. 299.

February 15, 22 & March 1

Health and Wellness and Cooking! 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, As adults, we tend to take very good care of our aging parents and our children, but don’t necessarily take good care of ourselves.  Staying well is a full-time job!  Learn how you can maintain good physical and mental health through everyday practice and regular testing. Learn how to prepare a healthy meal in our accessible kitchen!  Register Now! Please call Morgan Ext. 124 and Rodney Ext. 299.

February 16

You & You & You, 1:00-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room B.  LRI’s newest social group. The group will meet every 3rd Friday. Call Bill, Ext. 197.

February 20

LRI’s Food Pantry, 11:00 AM until food supplies are exhausted. The Food Pantry is open on the third Tuesday of every month! Please bring a bag.

February 20, 27 & March 3, 16

Managing your Personal Assistant (MYPA). 1:00-3:00PM. Wade Blank Room A. This four-week Independent Living Skills Training Class will help you learn how to be in control of your own services and how to direct your attendant to meet your needs. Topics include Understanding Your Personal Assistance Services; Communication Skills; Home and Fire Safety; Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation and the Skills you will need if you choose to recruit, hire and, if necessary, fire your own attendant. To register call Shawn, Ext 245.

February 21

Consumer Connections, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, Wade Blank Room A.  *Change to schedule- this group now meets the 3rd Friday of the month. Call Latoya Maddox, Ext. 114.

February 21

Support Group for Consumers with Psychiatric Disabilities, 3:30-5:00 PM, Skills Training Room. Call Morgan, Ext. 124.

February 28

SciFi Connections, 2:00-4:00 PM, Justin Dart Room. View a science fiction television pilot followed by discussion.  Refreshments!!  Call Patrick, Ext. 695.

 TUTORING- If you are interested in setting up a one on one tutoring session for Basic Math, Basic English or GED skills please contact Lauren Alden at x123.

Is there a Skills Training Class of interest to you that Liberty does not offer?  If so we are taking suggestions.  Please contact Lauren at x123 or

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Support the Housing Trust Fund

This Thursday we need everyone to show up at City Council to demand that 2018 be the year we get more resources into the Housing Trust Fund!

First Day of Council Action

Thursday, January 25th
City Hall, 4th Floor

Wear your green shirt and bring your friends!

We don’t know exactly what will happen on Thursday, but it could be a big day–the Mixed Income Housing Bill could be voted on, amendments to the bill could be introduced, or our impact tax could be introduced! Regardless, we will be at City Hall to call on Council to take action to expand our city’s Housing Trust Fund.

More info about the Housing Trust Fund:

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