Server standing at snack bar on SMART train
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Regularly scheduled SMART Train service kicks off Friday. After a morning ceremony and Grand Opening celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, trains will leave the Santa Rosa airport station at 12:49 pm  headed to San Rafael.  

It’s been a long and winding road for the service, which will be free tomorrow– and half price until Labor Day. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with the CEO of the group providing concession service on the trains about its innovative partnership with SMART. 

It’s a more and more common sight. You’re at the airport or in a store, and you see a dog with a colorful vest walking beside its owner. How do you know the dog is trained and necessary to assist that person? And what’s the problem if a vest or patch was simply ordered off the Web and put on a pet?  Steve Mencher reports about efforts to blow the whistle on service dog fraud.

Exhibit Highlights Disability Rights Activism

Oct 12, 2016

Almost 40 years ago, an unprecedented sit in at the Federal Building in San Francisco helped launch the nationwide disability rights movement.  A special exhibit coming to SRJC details that historic turning point.

The mid-70s were a time when political activism was gaining momentum among people with disabilities, recalls Stan Kosloski, driven in large part by a change in the way they viewed themselves.

Rolling Out an Accessible ‘Hike’

May 17, 2016
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

  A quartet of Sonoma County agencies teamed up last weekend to organize and support a first-ever group outdoor outing for non-ambulatory Nature lovers. KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson tagged along.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  he number of people with autism in Sonoma County is both growing and aging. A newly launched program at Becoming Independent in Santa Rosa is designed to aid young adults on the spectrum in navigating life beyond school.

  Because of the widespread need for programs like becoming Independent’s new “Passport to Independence, CEO Luana Vaetoe foresees a time when they may be able to export it to other sites.

Young Adults with Autism Thrive in Their New Home

Dec 28, 2015

  Eight years in the making, a new living environment for young adults with autism is attracting nationwide attention to their shared homes in downtown Sonoma.

  Better pay for in home health workers is necessary to uphold the rights of their infirm and disabled clients. That’s one of several supportive findings in a new pro-labor report.

Click here to read the full North Bay Worker's Rights Board "Report on Wages, Benefits and Working Conditions of Home Care Providers for the County of Sonoma."

Understanding Dyslexia

Jul 23, 2015

Dyslexia is more common and more complicated than is usually acknowledged. But there are upsides to the condition, too.

  In the classroom, says Susan Barton, founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, teachers should not press students to do things that expose them to embarrassment or ridicule because of their limitations. Instead she offers a series of modest accommodations that can enable those same students to succeed.

Inside a California Mentor Household

May 18, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  California Mentor is a Family Home Agency that pairs local households with adults with developmental disabilities in a family environment. Today the people in one such match tell their story.

   The California Mentor program, which is looking for additional host households, has local offices in Santa Rosa and Napa ,two of  18 in the state. Adam Barngraff, who manages the Napa office, says it is a concept that originated in the Boston area about 40 years ago.

  A new model for integrating adults with developmental disabilities into their surrounding communities has them living with willing families and becoming part of the household. California Mentor is the progam making that happen here in the North Bay.

Not only is there a growing number of clients hoping to find a Mentor household to join, but Adam Barngraff, program manager for California Mentor in their Napa office, explains that they try to have several options to offer each client.

Envisioning a Future for Sonoma's Developmental Center

Apr 29, 2015
Sonoma Land Trust

For more than a century, the state Developmental Center has been a large and complex presence in the Sonoma Valley. But what will become of it in the future is a wide open question.

  It’s become clear to everyone involved that the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center will be quite different from its past or present. So how will that new path be determined?  John McCaull, a land acquisitions manager for the Sonoma Land Trust, explains the process being initiated this weekend to explore answers.

Making Prosthetics Globally Affordable

May 20, 2014
Daria Price

  It’s more important for an artificial foot to work like the limb it is replacing that to look like it, says the man who invented the carbon fiber Flex-Foot prosthetic. Now he's working to bring the price down to make them affordable worldwide.

"Out on a Limb"

May 20, 2014

  Technological advances are rapidly changing the capabilities of artificial arms, legs, hands and feet. But their cost is growing even faster than the need for them.

  Many of the recent advances in prosthetics technology have focused on creating mechanical hands, devices that can not only simulate the many-jointed movements of a human hand, but can be controlled by the wearer’s nerves, and eventually their thoughts. Filmmaker Daria Price continues to monitor progress in the field she documented over the past seven years in Out on a Limb.

Defining Disability Art

Aug 25, 2013
Petaluma Arts Center

As more and more people with disabilities of all sorts are creating all sorts of art, it’s becoming more visible—and harder to classify.

The current shows featuring works by artists with disabilities include:

 Undercover Genius:  The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities

July 12 – Sept. 15 

Petaluma Arts Center,

230 Lakeville Street,

Petaluma, CA  94952

(707) 762-5600