Liberty Resources

Liberty Resources

Comments

Thank you for all you do. Thank you for everything. You do great work. You are appreciated for it all .
Utility and Internet Compnies Actions to Assist Consumers During Covid-19 Pandemic PUC Issued Emergency Order 3/13/20 Moratorium on utility shutoffs for all regulated utilities Applies to electric, gas, water, wastewater, telecommunications, and steam utilities *Order does not apply to municipal utilities Press Release: https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.puc.pa.gov%2Fabout_puc%2Fpress_releases.aspx%3FShowPR%3D4326&data=02%7C01%7CJUPERRY%40pa.gov%7C8f93db2073d1476ec22808d7c7a6827b%7C418e284101284dd59b6c47fc5a9a1bde%7C0%7C0%7C637197390274338075&sdata=3IJCf5iouxXxeYIrSGSBEYN9I%2Bxvhd9%2FBdRUjc2UdRg%3D&reserved=0 Verizon For the next 60 days, Verizon will: Waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills Open their Wi-Fi hotspots to all Americans for the next 60 days ATT For the next 60 days, ATT will: Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic Keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs More information can be found here: https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html TMobile All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming) Soon T-Mobile will provide T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days Working with Lifeline partners to provide customers free extra data up to 5GB of data per month for the next 60 days Increasing the data allowance, free of charge, to schools and students using EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days Offering free international calling for all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries TMobile has pledged: Not to terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them Sprint Will offer unlimited data for 60 days starting next week The arrangement will kick in by March 19, and Sprint will also provide customers with an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for the same time period Waiving late fees and won't terminate services if customers are unable to pay their bill due to the impacts of the coronavirus By Tuesday the company will introduce free international calling for CDC Level 3 nations for customers with long-distance calling plans Customers who don't pay for mobile hotspot services will get 20GB per month for the next 60 days Comcast Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser Data Plans Pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge No Disconnects or Late Fees Will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact the company and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period Care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions Internet Essentials Free to New Customers New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward Broadband Cable Association One of BCAP’s member companies, Charter Communications, will offer: Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees Press Release: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001fuVc_hTXKNBcCwfaZgImkW9cSwpQti6nudbUJ7BQw_TSOQUAiMstWmtTbLYt6JDhRYnXpDO8Z6EVjeGXT5kfkPcULXuosxmQqO94YrML5nPOpLYTIvZ_VhcAzVCrngxoZOxk5SXnwdhXI2MoWTk2Xh2-ZUVjWzvaiHzx6kggTbCjhpkgMSA-b9dGlrl7yFAzwLptPGMaF4STYHBgOuXM2nDaxu8gNcVVwcAVYlYHpvtRDQEaTK7Tg1IZNFr1MGbZivc71kPxoqsrwz8FoICWBYk2nC10Up_PuAHwwtUhpj5q8-uKa5zScovmAvb5bmJod8bUWaB2DDA=&c=eYt_tV4qeb2zxKGcW2Af2KBKtVcGz6OulAKuaVy4c5AGmcaCsc-kYw==&ch=BZx866qx99NfqGG6rFurJfOumb0x-gDvOadhSWhwLSTQh5YqykVt5g==>
The Philadelphia Housing Authority has six community centers open for “grab-and-go” meals for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon beginning on March 23. PHA Community Center Address (Zip) Abbottsford Homes 3226 McMichael Street (19129) Bartram Village 5404 Gibson Drive (19143) John F Street Center 1100 Poplar Street (19123) Raymond Rosen Homes 2301 W. Edgley Street (19121) Westpark Apartments 300 N. Busti Street (19104) Wilson Park 2500 Jackson Street (19145) A list and interactive map of the 80 sites are available on
hello i'm eran i used to go to the sierra group academy. hope all is well at liberty.
Attention if there are any persons who are visually impaired taking market frankford el train this morning the stops being announced are not in sequence correctly just a heads up!
CLPD with Friends❤
Liberty Resources hosted a Pasta & Painting Party for our amazing Administrative Professionals in recognition of the work they do for our Center and our Consumers. We are so blessed to have you all on our team!
I am looking for people with disabilities to participate in a focus group on Tuesday, Feb 5th from 4-6pm EST. This will be conducted online via Zoom video conference and we are paying $50 per participant. If you have a disability and have or do travel to NY State you are a good fit for this focus group. Please send me a private message if you are interested or know someone who would be interested. Thanks!
LIBERTY EMPLOYEE MR. LESLIE FARRELL testifies on the needs of Blind & Visually Impaired (VIP) citizens @ City Council, November 2016.

Liberty Resources, Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living, advocates with disabled people, individually and collectively, to ensure our civil rights and equal access to all aspects of life in the community.

As Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living (CIL), Liberty Resources, Inc. advocates with disabled people, individually and collectively, to ensure our civil rights and equal access to all aspects of life in the community. LRI provides a broad range of services designed to empower people with disabilities to achieve and maintain independence; to live where they choose, and to engage in their communities. Adhering to the philosophy of Consumer Control, the majority of LRI's Board as well as more than 51% of our employees are persons with disabilities.

Founded in 1980 by members of the grassroots advocacy group Disabled in Action, Liberty Resources embraces the principles of self-determination and Consumer control – the majority of our governing Board and over 51% of our staff are people with disabilities. In accordance with the philosophy of the Independent Living Movement, which stemmed from the Disability Rights Movement of the 1970s and begat Centers for Independent Living, LRI offers a menu of wraparound services focused on providing tools and resources to empower people with disabilities to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles.

Mission: Liberty Resources, Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living, advocates with people who have disabilities, individually and collectively, to ensure our civil rights and equal access to all aspects of life in the community.

Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf discusses his plans for assisting Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities

Please join us as we talk about improving life for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism.

LRI’s very own Latoya Chivon and what #DisabilityPride means to her

Blast from the last year's media campaign!!!

#DisabilityPrideVirtualPA #ADA30 #Inclusion #Access #DisabilityPride #GatewayHealth #Inglis #EnpoweringLivesFoundation #CILCP #KeystoneFirst #MobilityWorks #AmerihealthCaritas #PhiladelphiaCorpOfAging #OpenSystemsHealthCare #ArtReach #PealCenter #MOGHomeHealthCareServices #AllAmericanHomeCare #ArcOfPhila #KenCrest #PersonLink #UnitedSpinalPhiladelphia #JevsHumanServices #OIP #PlannedParenthoodPAAdvocates #VisionForEquality #Tribe12 #MYIAH #DisabilityRights #CripTheVote

Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc

Do you know this handsome fellow???
Make sure to check out the Liberty Resources event
ADA All-Star Panel on July 14th at 3 PM.
More information on our website
www.disabilitypridephiladelphia.org/upcomingevents

#DisabilityPrideVirtualPA #ADA30 #Inclusion #Accessbility #DisabilityPrdePhila #Communities #CripTheVote #GatewayHealth #Inglis #KeystoneFirst #PhiladelphiaCorpOfAging #ArcOfPhiladelphia #ArtReach #MobilityWorks #OIP #Jevs #OpenSystemsHealthcare #MOGHomeHelathServices #AllAmericanHomeCare #PlannedParenthoodPAAdvocates

inquirer.com

Confronted by COVID and civil unrest, Philly’s home health workers still show up for a risky job

We would not be able to do the work that we do without a strong and dedicated team! Please read how our sister organization, Liberty Resources Home Choices is able to support the caregivers that help keep people with disabilities in the community, especially now during this crisis.

inquirer.com Just getting to work can be a hazard for home health care workers during a pandemic. Once they're there, the hazards pile up.

A message from our CEO, Thomas Earle ...

“As one of the most diverse Centers for Independent Living in the United States, Liberty has a long history of supporting and advocating for the civil rights of all people, including people with disabilities. The murder of George Floyd must be vindicated with the full justice of our democracy and its legal system.

Along with other community activists and civil right groups, Liberty has long demanded the removal of the Frank Rizzo statue, a racist, homophobic, violent and intolerant symbol of an unacceptable past.

We applaud the Mayor’s decision to remove the Rizzo statue. Philadelphia can & will move forward together opposing racism, in any form. We must heal and make our community better, and even more inclusive, and Liberty Resources and our proud disabled community will always be part of this important and necessary change! Speak up, speak out; remaining silent only fuels the the unacceptable status quo.”

Show us your sticker! We’d love to see your badge of honor. Take a selfie of you wearing your sticker or just share a pic of it in the comments below!

Image: Cartoon figure taking a selfie, wearing an “I Voted” sticker and holding two fingers in the air

docs.google.com

Philly Transportation Relief

Philadelphia Drivers' Union is ready to help our communities stay healthy during these unprecedented times.

Do you need help accessing groceries, pharmacy, or other essential services and don't have a car, etc... especially for neighborhoods that have lost retailers?

Click the link below to access their form. Provide your name, phone number, and neighborhood, and a driver will contact you to discuss your needs.

docs.google.com The Philadelphia Drivers Union is at the ready to help our communities stay healthy during these unprecedented times. Do you need help accessing groceries, pharmacy, or other essential services and don't have a car etc, especially for neighborhoods that have lost retailers? Just give us your name, p...

inquirer.com

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extends mail ballot deadlines for one week

Governor Tom Wolf extends mail ballot deadlines for one week.

Pennsylvania voters will be given an additional week to turn in their mail ballots for Tuesday’s primary election, Gov. Wolf said Monday.

His executive order will allow voters to return their ballots by 8 p.m. next Tuesday, June 9.

Image: Woman wearing a blue shirt and long black pants and a facemask holds a mail in ballot as she walks toward a red white and blue decorated mailbox

inquirer.com County elections officials had warned the state deadline would likely disenfranchise thousands of voters.

philadelphia.cbslocal.com

SEPTA Suspending Subway, Bus And Trolley Service In Center City Until Further Notice

Travel advisory

Septa will suspend subway, bus, and trolley service in Center City starting at noon today until further notice.

philadelphia.cbslocal.com This comes after two consecutive days of looting and vandalism in the city after protests over George Floyd's death turned violent.

🚨IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's closure on Monday June 1st, our food delivery services will be suspended. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Image: Dark blue background. White exclamation point in a red triangle at top center. White text: "In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's closure on Monday June 1st, our food delivery services will be suspended. Please stay tuned for further updates." Liberty Resources logo at bottom center

Because of the generosity of the Share Food Program we have been able to make over 1200 contact-free food deliveries to people with disabilities in our area that are unable to leave their homes during this pandemic.
And now, with their continued support, we are expanding our efforts!

But we need your help!

If you are able to volunteer to assist with making deliveries on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, please fill out the attached Volunteer Form

https://bit.ly/2zsZAxE

Image: light blue background, Liberty resources logo at the top. “Volunteers needed” in dark blue font.
Text: “We are in need of volunteers to help us deliver food bundles to people with disabilities throughout the city of Philadelphia. To sign up, please use the QR code or follow the link below: https://bit.ly/2zsZAxE . We appreciate every helping hand we can get!”
Image of brown hand and white hand raised in the air.

philabundance.org

Philabundance Launches Drive-Thru Style Emergency Food Distribution | Philabundance

Today, and every Friday from 9 am until 1 pm (until June 26) residents can pick up free food from Philabundance for their household at a new site at Citizens Bank Park

Image: brown boxes labeled with Philabundance logo stacked awaiting pickup, with a line of cars in the background

philabundance.org In response to increasing food insecurity across the region and the new normal of social distancing, Philabundance is opening a free drive-thru style emergency food distribution site in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies – a long-time supporter of the organization’s hung...

🚨 RESOURCE ALERT!

Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) Kitchen Xpress provides free, freshly prepared nutritionally balanced, culturally considerate meals for seniors 5 days per week through no-contact delivery and curbside pickup.

Seniors or their caregivers can request meal delivery or pickup by emailing [email protected] or by calling 215-572-1234 ext. 116

You will need to provide your name, date of birth, address, and a contact email address or phone number.

Image descriptions: Volunteers wearing masks and gloves package meals in a kitchen. Photos 2 & 3 show prepared, packaged meals.

#PASSiKitchenXpress prepared 105 meals for delivery and curbside pickup today. Thank you everyone for your kind support!
You can now request for free meal for a needy elderly family member or neighbor on Facebook or Call 215-572-1234 ext 122 #PASSi #Freemeals

theverge.com

Google will make wheelchair accessibility info more prominent in Maps

Google Maps will now feature a new mode called Accessible Places that, when toggled on, will more prominently show wheelchair accessibility info.

It will be rolling out gradually, the company says, for both Android and iOS.

theverge.com Google says it built the feature off the crowdsourced efforts of its Local Guides volunteers.

The Sierra Group Academy of Philadelphia

Are you looking for employees with adaptive mindsets?

Nothing is more important in today’s environment than workers with adaptive mindsets. For workers with disabilities, being able to PIVOT quickly during change is second nature.

Post a job wrap on RecruitDisability this spring; Get One Pass to DisabilityEtiquette© for Everyone (a $99.00 value). You’ll be recruiting candidates who are wired for flexibility and collaboration! Contact [email protected]

Picture Description: Job seeker with a disability is at a job fair speaking with potential employers.

A message from Liberty Resources CEO Thomas Earle:
“On this Memorial Day, make a mindful remembrance of the many fallen heroes who served our great country. Also remember all the people who have passed away in nursing facilities during this terrible pandemic here in Philadelphia, PA and across the United States.”

Image: Man sitting in a wheelchair at the end of a boardwalk. He arms are raised up towards the sky as he faces an American flag. His back is to the camera.

Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council:

Investment in affordable, accessible housing is critical to our recovery from COVID-19.

Read more here: https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/housing-trust-fund-philadelphia/

Honor your commitment to fund the Housing Trust Fund so we can #StayHomePHL.

Image: lime green background with white letters. Text: “Investment in accessible, affordable housing is more important now than ever. Mayor Kenny must keep his commitment to the housing trust fund.”. Photo of several housing advocates in front of Philadelphia City Hall holding signs. Some are standing. Some are in wheelchairs. Text under picture: “Fund housing. Save lives. Philadelphia coalition for affordable communities”

Darrell L. Clarke
Councilmember Mark Squilla
Kenyatta Johnson
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier
Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr.
Councilmember Bobby Henon
Councilmember María Quiñones-Sánchez
Cindy Bass
Councilman Brian O'Neill

Need to grab some food before the long weekend?
Stop by Lutheran Settlement House at 1340 Frankford Avenue before 3pm today.
** THEY WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY FOR MEMORIAL DAY"

No ID or income verification required.

Image: purple circle with white writing. Lutheran Settlement House logo with shining sun at the top. Text: “Did you know our pantry is still open Mo to Fri 9 AM to 3 PM? Come pick up some food so you have one less thing to worry about. 1340 Frankford Ave.”
Images of grapefruits, blueberries, lemons and strawberries surround the text.

#resources #food #FoodPantry #WereInThisTogether

eventbrite.com

GAAD 2020 - ACCESSIBILITY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

JoIn us for a FREE public Global Accessibility Awareness Day event today, Thursday May 21st, 4:00pm streaming live via Zoom with live captioning

Click the link below to register:

#GAAD #DisabilityPride #Accessibility #Inclusion

Image...white writing on blue background. Images of accessibility symbols in light blue. ASL hands, person using cane, ear with sound wave, and wheelchair symbol.

eventbrite.com FREE public Global Accessibility Awareness Day event on Thursday May 21st, streaming live via Zoom with live captioning!

Voting by mail ballot in the June 2 primary election?
Don't wait until June 2 to return your ballot by mail or in person.

Find with your county election office here:
https://www.votespa.com/Resources/Pages/Contact-Your-Election-Officials.aspx

Image description: Red white and blue banner border across top. Text: “Voting by mail?” Voting ballot with red white and blue stripes trailing. Text: “Return your voted mail ballot to your county election office by 8pm on June 2. VotesPA.com”

penncapital-star.com

SNAP recipients in Pa. will soon be able to have groceries delivered | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

SNAP recipients in PA will soon be able to have groceries delivered!

penncapital-star.com The state is still finalizing a timeline to roll out the program, after receiving word late Monday that federal regulators accepted Pa.'s application.

sites.google.com

Racial Justice Organizing - COVID-19 Resources

🚨 Here is a super comprehensive listing of COVID 19 Resources for citizens of Philadelphia County
Compiled by the Racial Justice Committee of the Caucus of Working Educators

sites.google.com

thephiladelphiacitizen.org

How to vote in the Pennsylvania primary on June 2

How to vote in the Pennsylvania primary on June 2.
Below is a handy voter guide:

Image description: Roll of round stickers with the words "I voted". Above the text are white stars on a blue background. Below the text are red and white stripes.

thephiladelphiacitizen.org See if you're registered, get a mail-in ballot and more ways to prepare for the Pennsylvania primary on June 2.

🚨 REMINDER 🚨
Today is the deadline to register to vote!

🚨 REMINDER 🚨

Deadline to register to vote is Monday, May 18. ⁣
⁣Please make sure you are registered!

And remember, you can still send in an application to vote by mail!
Applications will be accepted until May 26. ⁣

To learn more, register to vote, or apply for a mail-in ballot, visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov

#vote #BeCounted #DisabilityPower #VoteAsIfYourLifeDependsOnIt #RevUp #DisabilityVote

Image description: Text reads "VOTE! PA Primary Election: June 2, 2020. Registration deadline: May 18, 2020 Mail-in Application due: May 26, 2020" The o in vote is the accessibility symbol in motion

docs.google.com

Contact-Free Food Delivery

🚨 RESOURCE ALERT!
Due to the success of Share Food Program’s Saturday contact-free delivery service to seniors and people with disabilities, they have added additional deliveries for the following dates:

• Saturday, May 23rd
• Saturday, June 6th
• Saturday, June 20th

All sign-ups can be made on this form: https://forms.gle/ao4LPETqG6XKFfKy8

Boxes will be 12lbs of varying food, depending on what’s available.

Additionally, they have partnered with PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) and are now also offering deliveries of pet food for folks with pets who may need assistance feeding their pets during this time on 6/6 and 6/20.

As a reminder, due to limited staffing, they are unable to take sign-ups via phone at this time, and would greatly appreciate your help in assisting anyone who may not be able to sign up online. If you have folks who are able to leave their homes and aren’t high risk, we ask that you direct them to their website to find more information on our Monday and Thursday Distribution Sites or one of their pantries.

docs.google.com In order to support our more vulnerable neighbors, we are now offering contact-free food delivery directly to homes of Philadelphians. These deliveries are meant for seniors, people with disabilities, and anyone in a higher risk category for COVID-19. Please note that due to high demand, filling out...

Crip Camp

Registration day is here! The Crip Camp Impact Campaign is proud to announce Crip Camp 2020: The Official Virtual Experience, a FREE virtual summer camp featuring over 25 cutting-edge speakers from the disability community, including Imani Barbarin, Anita Cameron, Rabbi Elliot Kukla, and Cory Silverberg. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided in all sessions. Stay tuned for our surprise launch speakers later this week. Camp starts May 17th!

Register now at cripcamp.com.

[Image description: A green school bus, with words that read “Nothing About Us Without Us” across its length, over a beige background. Above this is text that reads “Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience; Online Summer Training for Grassroots Activists & Advocates. May 17 - Aug 30. Registration and details available at our website cripcamp.com. Online workshops will occur over Zoom and are ASL interpreted with Deaf interpreters and live captioning”.]

🚨 REMINDER 🚨

Deadline to register to vote is Monday, May 18. ⁣
⁣Please make sure you are registered!

And remember, you can still send in an application to vote by mail!
Applications will be accepted until May 26. ⁣

To learn more, register to vote, or apply for a mail-in ballot, visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov

#vote #BeCounted #DisabilityPower #VoteAsIfYourLifeDependsOnIt #RevUp #DisabilityVote

Image description: Text reads "VOTE! PA Primary Election: June 2, 2020. Registration deadline: May 18, 2020 Mail-in Application due: May 26, 2020" The o in vote is the accessibility symbol in motion

uwp.org

Home - United Way of Pennsylvania

No Pennsylvanian should go hungry. Here's how you can find:

🥫 Food banks by county
👩‍🌾 WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program markets and farm stands
🍏 Meals for students
👴 Home-delivered meals for seniors

uwp.org United Way of Pennsylvania works for the health, education, and financial stability of every Pennsylvanian, in every community.

digital.olivesoftware.com

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Philadelphia Inquirer - Philly Edition, 5/13/2020

In today's Philadelphia Inquirer, written by Liberty Resources board member Stephen Gold

digital.olivesoftware.com A counterprotester beats on the hood of a car as he is pushed back after blocking a drive-by rally to reopen the country and economy outside City Hall. AP

Our Story

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Philadelphia?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)

Location

Category

Telephone

Address


112 N 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
19107

General information

Independence for Everyone: The Legacy of Liberty Resources On the cusp of the 1970s, as the shadows lengthened and the sun set on the “Summer of Love,” Ed Roberts, the first “significantly disabled” student to gain admission to UC Berkeley, had already challenged entrenched stereotypes about people with disabilities and made the first overtures in the pre-dawn of the next civil rights crusade: the Disability Rights Movement. By 1972, the efforts of Roberts and his fellow pioneers had gained serious momentum, and these forefathers and foremothers of the movement opened the doors of the nation’s first Center for Independent Living (CIL), with Roberts serving as Executive Director. By the end of the 1970s, the Disability Rights Movement had taken on a life of its own, and people with disabilities could firmly unite behind a common cause, guided by a shared philosophy of independent living. Collectively, people with disabilities rejected the generally unquestioned, medicalized notions of disability—notions tacitly adhered to and culturally cemented over centuries with input from everyone but the disabled community. The right to make our own decisions and to assume the responsibility and dignity of risk comprised the backbone of the mindset. Founded the year after the Berkeley CIL, Disabled In Action of Pennsylvania (DIA) took up the independent living mantle in the City of Brotherly Love. Small but growing, the members fiercely proud of their identity and shared culture and eager to make their voices heard, DIA stood on the verge of a momentous step as the decade drew to a close. In October of 1980, twelve members of DIA followed in the footsteps of Ed Roberts and opened Resources for Living Independently—the CIL that would become Liberty Resources—in a small storefront in West Philadelphia. Since that historic day, the CIL has grown from a staff of twelve serving two hundred Consumers that first year from a cramped, remote, rental space, to a bustling hub of the area’s disabled community. In 2006, LRI moved to the Sovereign Building on Market Street in Center City Philadelphia, adjacent to the historic and business districts, and purchased the building in 2008. Now the largest of over 400 CILs nationwide, LRI served over 8,000 Consumers last year. In the course of our history, LRI has borne proud witness to scores of thrilling victories, brooked countless crushing setbacks, weathered several vastly different political climates, and persevered in the face of myriad injustices, ever conscious of our important role in amplifying the collective voice of people with disabilities. Our efforts, in concert with those of our brothers and sisters across the country, have helped make possible many milestones, including the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The fight to enforce the ADA and to ensure our civil rights will continue undiminished as we march forward.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Other Education in Philadelphia (show all)
Oficina da Capoeira Philadelphia Oficina da Capoeira Philadelphia
City Fitness 2101 South Street
Philadelphia, 19146

Tuesday and Thursday evenings at City Fitness 2101 South Street Philadelphia PA 19146. For more information call Instructor Claudio of Oficina Capoeira at 856-297-5051, or City Fitness at 215-545-4114

Philadelphia Student Union Philadelphia Student Union
501 S. 52nd Street
Philadelphia, 19143

Philadelphia Student Union gives young people the tools and skills they need to organize to fight for a high quality public education in Philadelphia.

Family Engagement Office - School District of Philadelphia Family Engagement Office - School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, 19130

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) supports partnerships among schools, families, and communities.

Red Kite Project Red Kite Project
24 S Bank St
Philadelphia, 19106

-Facilitating self discovery -Helping individuals and organizations to overcome obstacles to reach their full potential -Transforming conflict

Motherheart Yoga Sangha Motherheart Yoga Sangha
2359 East Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, 19125

Classical Yoga

Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services
Philadelphia

Blossoming Bellies provides evidence-based holistic birth support services to the greater Philadelphia area.

Digital On-Ramps Digital On-Ramps
3401 Market St, Ste 100
Philadelphia, 19104

Digital On-Ramps: connecting Philadelphia to workforce training and education through digital technology.

Philadelphia's News in Education Philadelphia's News in Education
400 N Broad St
Philadelphia, 19101

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News' Newspapers in Education department provided curriculum and newspapers to area students.

In His Service Christian Family Childcare In His Service Christian Family Childcare
5952 N 19th St
Philadelphia, 19141

We are here to serve you, providing quality service in our family childcare located in the Northwest area of the city in Germantown.

TEDxDrexelU TEDxDrexelU
3140 Market St
Philadelphia, 19104

TEDxDrexelU , x= independently organized TED conference

Alpha Phi Omega - Chapter: Alpha Gamma Iota Alpha Phi Omega - Chapter: Alpha Gamma Iota
600 S 42nd St
Philadelphia, 19104

This is the Alpha Phi Omega- Alpha Gamma Iota Chapter Page! Like us for more info and events!

Raising Music Raising Music
Philadelphia

Combining music, history, literacy and theater, Raising Music is a unique, interactive experience for kids of all ages, featuring Pauline Houston McCall, a highly respected arts educator and Robb McCall, music producer and multi-instrumentalist.