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!!!!!
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
Who Should Attend?
- Business Owners
- Commercial Property Owners
- Real Estate Professionals
- 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
Chief Building Official
Town of Truckee
Building & Safety Department
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?
WORKSHOP ORDER OF TOPICS
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
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)
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.
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.
January 2, 2015
Learn about the fundraiser that FREED did on November 7 on the November episode of Disability Rap.
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
December 16, 2014
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
Planning for Seniors
DIRECTIONS TO MONTNA HALL:
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
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.
November 6, 2014
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