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.
In early November 1992, Amy was 6 months pregnant with her first child who was placed for adoption. Amy and her husband moved to Reno, Nevada. She was not familiar with this area. Amy attended Truckee Meadows Community College to learn new computer skills. While she was enrolled at TMCC, Amy introduced herself to an adaptive technology advisor of the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living in Sparks, Nevada. The advisor
In January 1996, Amy’s son was born enduring multiple developmental disabilities. Then in his early teenage years a chromosomal abnormality was discovered. This new discovery took a toll on her marriage. Amy focused on being a single mother. During this hiatus, Amy spent countess hours gathering information on resources, created a website, and networked with service providers in Northern Nevada. Amy’s inspiration of starting NNVDA was formed from her son’s challenges to encourage families who need access to reach these 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.