Transition Age Youth Training & Collaborative

April 24, 2015

Please join us for the founding training and meetup of the Nevada County Transition Aged Youth (TAY) Team on April 30th from 9am to 3pm at FREED in Grass Valley. The day will include a “Youth in Transition: Employment, Education and Supports” training focused on youth with mental health diagnoses presented by: Crossroads Diversified Services, Inc. and the TAY team collaborative meeting. Suggested Participants include youth, agencies, family, educators, counselors, anyone interested in promoting successful transitions for youth. Please RSVP to Carly at (530)477-3333 or



Senator Jim Nielsen Visits FREED

April 23, 2015

Senator Neilsen and FREED staff

On Friday, April 17, the FREED Marysville office received a visit from Senator Jim Nielsen and his District Representative Laura Nicholson.

Over the course of two hours, Senator Nielsen made a strong effort to get to know all of our staff, as well as the issues that concern us. A variety of topics were discussed from listening devices at public meetings for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, to long-term services and supports which enable people with disabilities to live in their communities while saving taxpayer dollars.

It was our pleasure to meet with the Senator and his District Representative, and we look forward to how we will both benefit from this relationship going forward.

Disability rap April 2015 – discussing assisted suicide and the value of disabled lives

April 10, 2015

This week we discuss SB128, a California law which would legalize assisted suicide, And its implications for seniors and people with disabilities.

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 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