ADA Basics for Business Workshop

January 6, 2015

When:  Thursday, January 29th, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where:  Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

Registration:   FREE!  RSVP to or by calling (530) 265-1524 by January 23rd

ADA Workshop Flyer

Who Should Attend?

  • Business Owners
  • Commercial Property Owners
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Contractors
  • Design Professionals
  • Retail Sales Professionals
  • Commercial Business Employees
  • Other Interested Parties

How this Workshop Will Help You
The workshop is designed to help improve understanding of ADA requirements and how they relate to each specific situation. It will give you the basic tools needed to be well informed when encountering ADA issues and requirements.  The workshop will also give you a basic understanding about specific disability access laws and State Senate Bills that relate to you.  The workshop will be informative in a timely manner so you will be able to retain as much information as possible that relates to you, your profession and/or your business.  Material will be provided to all workshop participants including ADA law summaries, checklists, guides and informational sources.  Each participant will also receive a copy of the workshop PowerPoint to reference during and after the presentation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all workshop participants.  This workshop qualifies towards California
Licensed Architects continued education unit requirements for disabled access training.

Craig Griesbach, CBO, CASp
Director of Building
County of Nevada
Building Department

Johnny Goetz
Chief Building Official
Town of Truckee
Building & Safety Department

Ana Acton
Executive Director
FREED Center for Independent Living

Questions That Will be Answered During the Workshop

  •  Am I affected by the ADA if I am not remodeling my building and/or business?
  • Am I required to have a public restroom in my business?
  • How can I help protect my business from ADA related lawsuits?
  • Are there any ADA requirements if I am leasing a commercial property?
  • Is my existing building “Grandfathered In” regarding certain ADA requirements?
  • Are there tax incentives if I complete ADA improvements for my building?
  • What are some inexpensive ways to improve disabled access for my building/facility?
  • What are my options if my business is subject to an ADA related lawsuit?

Morning Session (9-12):

  • What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
  • Existing Buildings/Facilities
  • Completing Tenant Improvements for Your Building Related to Disabled Access
  • Barrier Removal
  • Historical Buildings & the ADA
  • State Senate Bills That Affect You
  • Disabled Access Basics
  • Helpful Tips
  • ADA Information Sources/Tax Incentives
  • General Question/Answer

Afternoon Session (1-2:30):

  • Town Walk-About
    View examples of actual barriers in the community
    Ideas to best solve barrier removal
    Live experience with wheelchairs, canes, etc

Sponsored by:
County of Nevada Community Development Agency
City of Grass Valley Community Development Department
Town of Truckee Building & Safety Department
City of Nevada City
FREED Center for Independent Living
Nevada County Contractors Association (NCCA)

Disability Rap January 2015: songs of blind folk

January 5, 2015

In January 2015, we took a look at blind music artists in the 20th century, and how they experienced their disabilities in the context of other identities such as ethnicity, and gender.

Disability Rap December 2014

January 2, 2015

Learn about the new opportunities for low-cost Internet in our community, advocacy of people with developmental disabilities in Auburn, and the work of FREED’s counterpart also in Auburn.

Disability Rap November 2014

January 2, 2015

Learn about the fundraiser that FREED did on November 7 on the November episode of Disability Rap.

Celebrating 30 Years of FREED

January 2, 2015

FREED Center for Independent Living was founded in 1985.  To celebrate 30 years of FREED’s ongoing work of creating change, empowerment, and transformation for people with disabilities in our community we have developed a commemorative logo.  Check it out!

Commemorative 30th anniversary logo

Commemorative 30th anniversary logo

Spaghetti Feed for FREED!

December 16, 2014

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Come celebrate FREED and our community with good food and entertainment!

A spaghetti dinner provided by the employee owners of  Recology Yuba-Sutter will take place on Friday, January 16th at 6 pm at Montna Hall next to Butchie’s Pool, 144 Gibson Ave.

Dinner includes all you can eat spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting FREED.

This event will be emceed by Bob Harlan – Executive Director of Yuba-Sutter United Way.  Music will be provided by The Phil Barbaccia Jazz Duo.  A Silent Auction will offer a wonderful assortment of items donated by local businesses and individuals.

How much: $15 per person

Reserve today: Tickets available at the FREED Marysville office, 508 J Street, 742-4474

Take Out Available!

Thanks to our SPONSORS:


Employee Owners of Recology Yuba-Sutter

Rideout Primary Care at Richland Road


MAXIMUS Foundation

Sutter Health


Comfort Keepers

Planning for Seniors

Rideout Health


Map to Pool


Big Storm Coming – Be Prepared

December 10, 2014

We’ve all been hearing the forecasts of a potentially serious storm involving possible high winds, power outages and flooding.  These are the current warnings for Grass Valley and Nevada City:

Hazardous Weather Conditions

To check for updates on these warnings go to the  National Weather Service page where you can enter you own zip code and get a specific forecast.

Here is more information that may be useful:

Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. Always assume the power line is live.

  • Don’t touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire.
  • Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line or other equipment.
  • Keep children and pets away from fallen electric wires.
  • Do not drive over a fallen power line.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.

Sand and Bags are Available at:

(Bring a shovel and take only what you need)

  • Nevada County Warehouse – East Broad St and 49
  • North San Juan Fire Station #1 – Downtown North San Juan
  • Penn Valley Fire Station #1 – Spenceville Road
  • Higgins Fire Department – Higgins Corner

Info from 211: Warming Shelter Offers a Place to Go When Temperatures Drop – Salvation Army to Open Shelter in Inclement Weather

The cold, wet weather has arrived and 211 is receiving many calls every day from people looking for shelter. For those who are without housing, there are few options to get out of the cold this winter. The Salvation Army provides one alternative, opening a warming shelter when weather dips into freezing cold temperatures.

The Salvation Army’s warming shelter will open in the following weather conditions:

  • 28 degrees or below in dry conditions
  • 32 degrees or below with rain or snow

Call 211 for up-to-date information on warming shelter availability





FREED has free “wireless hotspot” devices available

December 5, 2014

Are you interested in Low-Cost INTERNET?

FREED has- for a limited time only-  FREE wireless hotspots to give away to folks with disabilities on low-incomes. There are associated internet plans for either $10.90 per month or $21.80 per month. Give us a call for more info 530-477-3333. First come first served.

Election 2014: FREED Engages 650 Voters With Disabilities

November 6, 2014

FREED staff and supporters from left to right - Suzie Fatheree, Nevada County Registrat of Voters Gregory Diaz, Ana Acton, Justin Harford, Jeannie Darling, Carly Pacheco, Tammy Veralrud.
Over the course of 2014, FREED staff, volunteers and community members made over 650 contacts through social media, phone calls, postcards and face-to-face conversations to voters with disabilities reminding them to get out to the polls and vote. That is because we believe that it is important for people with disabilities, just like everyone else, to participate in the election process.

People with disabilities already make up a significant voting block, but we could be larger. Despite the fact that only 43% of people with disabilities casted ballots in 2012, we made up 12% of the total electorate that year. That placed us between the Latino vote (5%) and the African-American vote (17%), meaning that we are already quite large as a voting block, and that we could be much larger.

Studies and experience show that elected officials pay attention to the people who put them in office. Think about it. Why do the Republicans and Democrats care if women or Latinos support them in elections? The fact is that they have enough voter turnout, and presence in national discussions that gender and Latino issues matter. Why not disability issues?

People with disabilities are close to becoming established as a relevant voting block. Advocates at the national and state levels are looking for ways to make it easier for academics and journalists to track statistics of voters with disabilities. At the same time, organizations like us are working at the grassroots level to ramp up the disability vote. We are proud of our work this year, thankful to our volunteers, excited at the fact that many of our consumers voted in this year’s election, and are already making our plans for 2016.

Check out the article that The Union wrote about our early voting party

Celebrating Our Roots Fundraiser, November 8th at Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli

October 22, 2014

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FREED Center for Independent Living

Celebrating Our Roots Fundraiser

November 8th, 2014

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


A four-course extravaganza highlighting local, sustainable farm-to-fork cuisine, paired with local wines.

Come Celebrate FREED and our community with entertainment and artwork from local people with disabilities, friends and family while also celebrating the Bounty of Local Farmers!

Local Food

  • Mountain Bounty Farm
  • Nevada County Free Range Beef
  • Johansen Ranch
  • OLALA Farms

Stories & Poetry

  • Izzi Tooinsky “The Wild Man”
  • Alkali-Last of the 49ers
  • John Deaderick
  • Patrick Thomas


  • Blue Shadows Band – Jim Bratt & Friends

Art Show featuring

  • The late Sam Dardick “The Sit Down Farmer”
  • Neighborhood Center of the Arts

Silent Auction

  • An assortment of wonderful silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals.

Enjoy the very best, fresh, artfully prepared sustainable local ingredients 


  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Green Salad
  • Braised  Beef, Roasted Roots & Polenta
    • Vegetarian Option: Baked Polenta Gratin
  • Pumpkin Crème Brule

Note: Each meal includes one glass of wine. Additional wine and beer available for purchase with proceeds benefiting FREED. Here’s the Details:

What: 4 Course SLO Dinner w/wine

When: Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 6pm

Where: Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli

How much: $45 per person, $80 per couple (Complete: Hors d’oeuvres , includes wine, beverages, gratuity)

  • Reserve today: Tickets at FREED & Summer Thyme’s —Limited seating, advance ticket required.
    This event has limited seating. Be sure to save your place at the table!

Celebrating Our Roots is sponsored by California Health & Wellness, Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, & Telestream.

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