Sierra Nevada Journeys at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California is a unique summer camp that welcomes children with disabilities to do activities that they would otherwise not be able to do. The camp is ADA accessible, and hosts groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which recently brought 51 campers. 

"Nothing here they have to say 'no' to. They don't have to think about whether or not they have the abilities to," says Peyton Avarrette, the care specialist for the Sacramento Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

A look at some of the paintings done by people with disabilities at High Sierra Industries' iChoose program
Jennie Stokes / High Sierra Industries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of Americans live with a disability.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick introduces us to Jennie Stokes, an activities specialist at High Sierra Industries in Reno. Stokes helps people with special needs get out into the community.

Noah Glick

More than one in five adults in Nevada live with a disability. Yet, most of them looking for work are unable to find a job.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores the barriers to employment for people with special needs and what’s being done to help.

Instructors Spencer Allen (left) and Connor Fogal (middle) work with camp participant Logan Mason (right).
Natalie Van Hoozer

Teens have been participating in an inclusive street art camp for Artown, where artists with disabilities and without disabilities work together to create sculptures for public spaces. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to find out more.

Reno Pizzeria Gives Hope To People With Disabilities

Jun 16, 2016
Luiza Vieira


A pizzeria in Reno called Smiling With Hope is offering more than just classic New York style pizza. It’s giving people with special needs hands-on work experience and independence. Our contributor Luiza Vieira went to check it out.



“Hi, hello, Luiza.”

For this week’s Health Watch segment, we join Susan Hill from the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM)  to learn more about a training program called LEND. It's for professionals and families working with children who have autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Susan spoke with Associate Professor Dr. Debra Vigil as well as Diane Thorkildson, both with the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology for the School of Medicine. 

Local Musician Redefining 'Disability'

Jul 23, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Artown hosts the Biggest Little Music Festival this Sunday at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno, a day-long concert series with musicians of all ages and abilities. Longtime performing group The Note-Ables will be appearing for their third year. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey introduces us to one of the band’s star members.

At a gig earlier this week in Sparks, The Note-Ables played the opening bars to the popular bluegrass standard “Wagon Wheel” as singer Tony Martin tapped his foot ready to belt the first few lines.