Amy Auerbach, founder and project manager of Northern Nevada Disability Access, was inspired to create a website to connect people with disabilities and health conditions to easily find services in Northern Nevada.
Amy completed a vocational training as a computer operator in Phoenix, Arizona in July 1987. After a month of working at a database center, she concluded her employment and relocated to San Francisco.
On November 10, 1987, Amy became employed as an administrative assistant for the San Francisco International Toy Museum. She was responsible for the gift shop, accounting for ticket sales, and creating a handbook for docents/volunteers who worked at the museum. The SFITM closed shortly after the Loma Prieta Earthquake October 1989.
Amy met with a gentleman in November 1992 when she was 6 months pregnant with her first child and she was placing for adoption in April 1994. They moved to Reno Nevada. She was not familiar with this area, so she decided to update her computer skills at Truckee Meadows Community College. Her husband worked at a local casino as a mechanical engineer.
Amy was introduced to an adaptive technology advisor of the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living in Sparks, Nevada. They provided her with a handbook of services. Amy developed her website focusing on an accessible online service connecting people with disabilities to services in Northern Nevada.
In January 1996, Amy’s son was born enduring multiple developmental disabilities, then later discovered a chromosomal abnormality. This event took a toll on her marriage and they divorced. Amy accepted this responsibility to focus on being a single mother. During this hiatus, Amy gathered new resources, create a website using WordPress, and connected to services who supported her project. Amy’s inspiration of starting NNVDA was based on her son’s disabilities to help other families who needed an accessible website to connect to service providers.
In July 2010, NNVDA launched the Northern Nevada Disability Access website.
Amy accumulated hundreds of non-paid hours inputting data, interviewing providers, and developing a spectrum of services from Alzheimer’s to Yoga for the Special Child to diverse community in Northern Nevada.