A Touch of Understanding

A Touch of Understanding receives grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

A Touch of Understanding recently received a $7,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which will be used to provide character-building in-scho ...

School Bulletin: A Touch of Understanding founder honored

ATOU founder honored A Touch of Understanding Founder and CEO, Leslie DeDora, is among the 10 winners selected by USA Network and its distribution partners for the 2013 Characters ...

Volunteers go above and beyond

They toil away endlessly, doing what needs to be done. They don’t often complain. They take direction willingly. They are volunteers. These are the hardworking souls who do t ...

Golf tourney benefits teachers fund

Golf tourney benefits teachers fund The 22nd annual Roseville Firefighters Columbus Day Golf Tournament takes place beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Timber Creek Golf C ...

School Bulletin: Woodcreek grad earns theater award

Woodcreek grad earns theater award Woodcreek High School class of 2013 graduate Amanda Duisenberg recently received a $1,000 scholarship from Placer Community Theater. Duisenberg ...

Rover and me

Kiersten Schmidt was a painfully shy child and often felt alone, unlike her younger sisters. “Having two siblings that were always going to sleepovers and being invited to b ...

Was Roseville’s ‘Dancing Man’ exploited?

Clifford Keys, known as Roseville’s “Dancing Man” or “Tissue Man,” has become a mini-celebrity. Keys, 60, holding a tissue in each hand, dances on Do ...

Autism documentary features local woman, nonprofit

Amanda Hussa is known as the "computer chip" of her family. The 23-year-old Foresthill resident's memory allows her to act as the family historian, rattling off dates and names. H ...

A Touch of Understanding celebrates 15 years in Granite Bay

“Respect means treating people the way you want to be treated. Everyone should be treated with respect.” That was the message on the whiteboard in the Dry Creek School classr ...

School bulletin: Oakmont hosts book drive

Oakmont hosts book drive Oakmont High School Interact Club’s Literacy Drive ends Friday, March 2. The project aims to promote literacy for young children from low-income familie ...

Granite Bay fifth graders taught to focus on abilities, not disabilities

Volunteers with A Touch of Understanding showed fifth graders at Ridgeview Elementary School in Granite Bay what it’s like to have a disability during multiple presentations last ...

Teen with dyslexia doesn't let disability hold her back

A few years ago, Jordan Heald marched into the office of A Touch of Understanding and said she wanted to be a speaker for the organization. The Granite Bay nonprofit’s Execu ...

Granite Bay organization earns $78,000 grant

Granite Bay-based A Touch of Understanding recently received a $78,156 grant from State Farm. The nonprofit organization supports youth-led disability awareness for local schools ...

Creative Vision and Philanthropy

On Tuesday, eight nonprofits will show their impact in the community through film. Through a project funded by the Placer Community Foundation, these organizations produced short ...

Karate girl kicks her way to third-degree black belt

Kate Wilmarth considers it no big deal if she can’t do every single “insane, flippy-trick thing” that some of her fellow martial artists can do. “It’s OK if you’re not ...