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NNVDA helps locals find services
by Andrea Tyrell
Aug 14, 2013 | 2078 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Contributed photo - Amy Auerback stands proudly with her son, Josiah, at his Reed High ROTC graduation. Auerback is the local founder of NNDA.
Contributed photo - Amy Auerback stands proudly with her son, Josiah, at his Reed High ROTC graduation. Auerback is the local founder of NNDA.
For any parent that has a child with a mental or physical disability, finding services can be tough. This is where Northern Nevada Disability Access comes in to help. With its listed resources, parents and caretakers can find services that are specific for a disability. From autism to blindness, music therapy to service animals, visitors to the NNVDA can find what they need in place.

Amy Auerbach, the founder and coordinator of NNVDA, came up with the concept of the site in the mid 1990s when she moved to Sparks from San Francisco.

"It's kind of like the yellow pages for services," said Auerbach. "My son has some developmental disabilities, so I know first hand what it's like to look for different things. You can often get the run around."

For each service listed on the NNVDA, viewers will get a complete synopsis of what the organization has to offer, its present staff and social media pages with some even listing, the pricing of the service. The NNVDA site also features a company event calendar, where different area disability services can post events to the public. There is also ad space Auerbach will let customers rent out for free as well as movie listings with content related to special needs.

"You can look at the movie listings and choose one — "I Am Sam," for example," said Auerbach. "Click on the link and it will take you to its Internet Movie Database page, where you can dig deeper into the movie's subject matter."

As of now, Auerbach's only hope for NNVDA is for it to continue to grow. NNVDA includes the northern Nevada area, stretching from Reno to Elko and she is looking to include the Lake Tahoe region. Auerbach currently works out of her home and is hoping to get sponsors for the site, which will help pay for an office space to host workshops and a part-time assistant.

"The site is like my baby," said Auerbach. "And with your child, you just want them to grow and flourish. I want people to know what NNVDA is. I don't necessarily care how many hits the site gets. I just want to know that NNVDA is helping people find what they're looking for."

Auerbach's son is 17 and a senior at Reed High School. She has faith that her idea will catch fire quickly in the Sparks community and will help lower the stigma of such disabilities, like the one her son has.

"It's so satisfying, helping out others," Auerbach said. "It's a personable and a very human thing to do."

For more information about Northern Nevada Disability Access, visit

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August 23, 2013
Great article. Noticed typos. One correction should be her name Auerbach not Auerback or auberbach. One is NNVDA not NNDA which belongs to another organization. Otherwise great story thanks for publishing.
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