OTHER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES - Aside from the four core services, Liberty Resources provides additional programs and services also designed to promote an independent living lifestyle for people with disabilities.
1) COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Through presentations and trainings, Liberty Resources provides disability awareness to businesses, government, community, and educational groups. This introduction to disability culture and the Independent Living and Disability Rights movements is geared toward breaking down societal attitudes and myths that non-disabled people have toward people with disabilities. In this program, Consumers are encouraged to expand their lives through social integration and recreational activities. Liberty Resources organizes Consumers to attend existing community cultural and social events and encourages participation in advocacy events.
(i) Liberty Works is a quarterly publication providing information on activities at Liberty Resources as well as in the disability rights community.
(ii) Liberty Lite is a monthly calendar for Consumers that lists classes, support groups, and special events at Liberty and in the community.
2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
In order to assist the outside community to break down architectural and attitudinal barriers and comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Liberty Resources offers expertise, assessment, consultation, and follow‑up to local businesses and organizations.
3) HOUSING COUNSELING
Liberty Resources has a housing team who work with individuals in an attempt to locate accessible and affordable housing appropriate to the individual’s needs. Our staff is also active in community efforts to inform local officials of the housing crisis in Philadelphia and to advocate for more funding for affordable, accessible units.
4) LIBERTY RETREADS
Liberty Resources has technician staff on site to perform minor wheelchair repairs for a nominal fee. Liberty Resources also frequently receives donations of equipment that is no longer needed by a Consumer (manual & power wheelchairs, small DME such as shower chairs, transfer boards and commodes, for examples). Hospital beds are not accepted by Liberty Resources. Through our Service Coordinators, Libertys Consumers are offered this equipment free of charge.
Liberty Retreads supported in part by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT). PIAT is the Commonwealth’s Assistive Technology Act Program at the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, and is funded through a grant from the Administration on Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services. Liberty Retreads is a member of PIAT’s Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP).
The REEP Classifieds is a free statewide service for people with disabilities, their families, friends, service providers, and other interested individuals who want to find, buy, sell, or donate previously owned assistive technology. Equipment in the REEP Classifieds includes stair glides, adapted vehicles, wheelchairs, vision aids, communication devices and much more. 6) NICOLE’S PLACE
5) TDD PROGRAM
Pennsylvania's Telecommunication Device Program (TDDP) provides specialized equipment, FREE, to eligible Pennsylvanians who have disabilities which impede them from having independent access to telephone services.
A consumer-run thrift store located on the first floor lobby of Liberty Resources.
6) NICOLE’S PLACE