Disability Rap May 1, 2015, Disability, Gender and popular music

May 18, 2015

Identities such as disability, gender or ethnicity are hardly ever isolated. In fact they often play off of each other. Join us this month as we talk about how two different identities – gender and disability – create an unexpected experience for the musicians that we look at in this special of Disability Rap.

Nevada County Celebration of Trails May 2015

May 18, 2015

Nevada County Celebration of Trails May 2015

What: Nevada County Trails Day Proclamation

When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 26

Where: Board of Supervisors Chambers, Rood Center

Come show your support for local trails by attending this important meeting of Nevada County’s Board of Supervisors. Bear Yuba Land Trust Executive Director Marty Coleman Hunt will give a presentation about the many benefits of trails before the supervisors consider a county-wide community trails proclamation.


What: Celebration of Trails Kickoff at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 27

Kick off the celebration! Meet your friends for a drink and bite to eat at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company in downtown Nevada City while showing support for local trails. A portion of proceeds go back to building and maintaining the local trails you love.

In addition, Three Forks will provide all the micro-brews during the Celebration of Trails Day festival, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City. Everyone who participates in trail activities in the morning will get a voucher for a free drink in the afternoon!

What: Nevada County Celebration of Trails 2015 Day

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30

Where: Tahoe National Forest

Cost: Free

It’s the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and area trail enthusiasts for a community Celebration of Trails on Saturday, May 30. It’s the one day of the year all your favorite trail supporters and outdoor recreation groups will come together to bring the community everything they want to know about trail related topics – a one stop resource for gear, maps, flora and fauna, and more.

This event has it all! We’ll start the day with a lineup of morning outings: a beginner, moderate and intermediate trek; a family bike ride and a run then follow up with a trails day fair in the afternoon. Stop by the Tahoe National Forest headquarters on Coyote Street in Nevada City for a fun afternoon of family activities, food, beverages, live music and more. This is a free event and a great opportunity to get familiar with all the local trails and trail groups in our region.

Learn more here: www.bylt.org


Day’s Schedule

Morning Trail Outings start at 8 a.m.

Depart at 8 a.m. – Missouri Creek to Poorman Creek led by Hank Meals – Challenging (10 miles)

Join Author/ Archeologist Hank Meals on this hike along one of the best and most remote stretches of the South Yuba River. Participants will descend 1.5 miles of Missouri Creek Canyon and then hike about 8 miles upstream on the South Yuba Trail. Most of the trail is on a north facing slope in a mixed conifer forest above the river with beautiful views a few places with easy access to the water. On the way, hikers will cross Missouri Creek, Eastern Creek, Logan Creek, Union Creek and McKilligan Creek. The canyon is a cultural landscape with stories about historical land use patterns evident in the landforms. Mostly the trail undulates but has one 600 foot climb. Anticipate at least five hours on the trail.


9 a.m. – Cultural and Botanical Walk on the Tribute Trail with Nevada City Rancheria, Nisenan Tribe and Sierra Streams Institute

Join Secretary Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Rancheria, Nisenan Tribe and Sierra Streams Institute’s Restoration Ecologist Ori Chafe for this walk along the newest segment of the Tribute Trail. Shelly will tell the story of the area Nisenan and Ori will identify native plants growing along the trails edge. You won’t want to miss this morning walking exploring the beauty of the woods surrounding Deer Creek, just a short distance from downtown Nevada City.


9:30 a.m. Family Hike on the Hirschman Trail with FREED and Sierra Club – Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly, all ability level exploration of Nevada City’s Hirschman Trail. Join Justin Harford of FREED and naturalist Richard Thomas of Sierra Club as we learn the flora and fauna of this popular trail. Kids – we’ll have a nature hunt just for you! Thomas is a longtime resident of the area and will bring his scope for viewing wildlife, such as the resident Western Pond turtles, at the pond. Bring your camera and sketch book. This is a wheelchair, limited mobility accessible trail to the pond (.8 mile round trip). Those who want to go further, will have that option, too.

Individuals can park at the trailhead or Rood Center. This trail can be accessed by Gold Country Stage by taking Route 1, dropping off at the Rood Center at 9:25 a.m. For more information on Gold Country Stage services and schedules go to http://www.mynevadacounty.com or call (530) 477-0103. Qualified individuals can also use Gold country LIFT for door to trail-head services by calling (530) 271-7433. For more information about this hike contact FREED at (530) 477-3333 phone or (530) 477-8194 TTY.


9 a.m. Family Mountain Bike Ride and Clinic - Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC) guide Ellen Lapham will lead this one-hour, six-mile ride designed for families. On this scenic and informational ride families will learn about safety and cycling etiquette, rules of the road and tips for a fun and enjoyable ride. Helmets are required.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center parking lot close to Hirschman’s trail.


9 a.m. Scotts Flat Lake Run – Join Cross Country coaches Sara Freitas and Angie Marino for this moderate, 5-mile trail run on the Scotts Flat Lakeside Trail. Runners can enjoy views of Scotts Flat Lake and explore lower Scotts Flat Trail while getting pointers on trail running techniques.  Runners should be comfortable with a 45-60 minute run. Meet at 9 a.m. on Pasquale Road, 3.9 miles from Red Dog and about a mile from the Cascade Shores Store.


11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Trails Day Fair

Speakers at 1 p.m.

Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke (5 minutes); Tahoe National Forest (10 minutes), Nevada County representative (10 minutes), Ellen Lampham of BONC (5 minutes)

Booths: Bear Yuba Land Trust, Outside Inn, Tahoe National Forest, SYRCL, Gold Country Trails Council, Sierra Club, The Sierra Fund, Friends of Spenceville, BONC & YBONC, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Forest Trails Alliance, Pacific Crest Trails Association, Trkač Running Store

Food Vendors: Musa Musa

Land Trust Watering Hole: BYLT will sell micro-brew beer and electric lemonade – Free drink voucher for every hiker! Kids can peddle the fender blender and blend their own icy lemonade.

Band: Old Time American Music with Ragged but Right

Activities: Maps and book sales, bicycle repairs with Seven Hills Bicycle Recycle Project, equipment demos, Trail Building Volunteer sign ups, Map Reading, Back country basics, Fender Blender, Learn about summer hiking and outdoor opportunities, Meet the Birds of Wildlife Rehab and Release, Meet Smokey Bear and more!

Learn more at www.bylt.org


Disability Capitol Action Day – May 20th!

May 8, 2015

Join us for Disability Capitol Action Day on May 20th at the State Capitol! We will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA with an ADA Forum, Disability Resource Fair, and Education Rally! FREED will be organizing transportation if you need it from both our Grass Valley and Marysville offices. If you have any questions or want to join us please call Justin at 530-477-3333 or email justinh@freed.org



Benefits Planning & Management Training – May 14th from 9am to 3pm at FREED

May 6, 2015

The Department of Rehabilitation is conducting a training at FREED in Grass Valley on Thursday, May 14th, from 9am to 3pm on Benefits Planning & Management. The training will cover information related to “Supporting the Journey for Financial Self-sufficiency – from Home to School to Adult Life Navigating Social Security and other Benefits” and will be presented by: Whittier Union High School District – Career Connection. Call Carly at FREED at 530-477-333 or email carly@freed.org to register and to request reasonable accommodations.


Benefits Planning and Management Training

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 carly@freed.org



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 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)