Disability Rap March 2015: discussing disability employment issues with Andy Imparato

March 19, 2015

Join us this month as Ana Acton interviews Andy Imparato , Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and long time disability policy advocate about improving employment prospects for people with disabilities.

Jail and Bail Fundraiser 2015

February 20, 2015

It’s time for the annual Jail and Bail Fundraiser, sponsored by KNCO. Several of FREED’s kind supporters are heading to “Jail” and will be collecting “Bail” in order to get out, and to support FREED! Check out the BAIL WANTED posters below, and click on the button below your favorite jailee to help pay their bail through PayPal. You may also call FREED at 477-3333 to pledge bail to your favorite “prisoner”.

The real fun takes place on Thursday, March 12th: First check The Union in the morning for Mug Shots of our “jailees” then tune in to KNCO radio. The KNCO Meeting Room becomes a jail. The Jailers (KNCO Staff) interview their prisoners on air, and this is the chance for them to thank and acknowledge those who contributed “bail” and to talk about the organizations they are supporting. FREED would like to thank KNCO and The Union for all the years of sponsoring and supporting the Jail & Bail Fundraiser – since 1995 according to our records!!!!!

Ana Wanted
Spencer Wanted
Patrick Wanted
Kate Wanted
Tony Wanted
Pam Wanted
Kim Wanted2

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 Stacy.Manning@co.nevada.ca.us 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.