20 Years of Access Press – Testimonials

Access Press has been presenting the disability community with a forum to exchange ideas and bring actions issues of concern […]

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Access Press has been presenting the disability community with a forum to exchange ideas and bring actions issues of concern for all persons with disabilities. I look forward to a continuation of these opportunities from Access Press for another 20 years. Keep it up!

— Rick Cárdenas, Co-director of ACT


We’re happy to help support the 20th anniversary issue. Your success is something for all of us in the community to celebrate! Thanks for your leadership, and congratulations.

– Jan Malcolm, Executive Director, Courage Center


Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of Access Press. I value Access Press as a trusted source of information, and a barometer of important issues. The diversity of strategies to connect with people, through print as well as through the web, promise success for the next 20 years!

-Alex Bartolic, Director, Disability Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services


I’ve been a contract writer with Access Press since the spring of 2005. It has been a wonderful journey so far, something I hope to continue for years to come. Access Press provides a unique voice to all of our communities in that this is the only newspaper here in Minnesota for and by people with disabilities.

Most publications of or by people with disabilities tend to share information internally specifically among communities made up of people who live with mental illness or blind or deaf or people with spinal cord injuries. Access Press carries the message across community lines. All of us are aging. All of us will become disabled at some point in our life. Few will know in advance what that disability may be. It is truly a blessing that a newspaper like that of Access Press is published monthly. Access Press is a reliable voice for those of us with disabilities.

The electronic version of Access Press also provides readers with another important link to the communication bridge. I also hope Access Press will be around for another twenty years, minimum.

We need this newspaper.

— Clarence Schadegg, Freelance Writer


When I sustained my spinal cord injury more than 16 years ago, I turned to Access Press as a key resource to help me navigate a world that was very foreign to me. Today, both personally and professionally, I find it a vital link to a community of individuals and organizations I’m proud to have joined.” 

— John Tschida, Public Policy Director, Courage Center


Thank you Access Press for being Minnesota’s Disability Newspaper!

— Mary Kay Kennedy, ACT


Access Press works hard to serve as a steadfast voice for people with disabilities and all who are interested in disability issues in our community. Here’s to at least another 20 years of this clear voice reaching all who care about disability issues.”

— Dan Ness, Marketing Director, UCare


For 20 years Access Press has been a leading voice for persons with disabilities. Access Press has consistently provided comprehensive coverage of key issues and challenges and has challenged all of us to become informed and involved. Thank you for providing us with a strong voice.

— Steve Larson, The Arc of Minnesota, Co-chairman, MN-CCD


Access Press has been the gateway, the pathway, and a most important voice for the disability community over this past 20 years of change. The power of information and the resulting discussion and debate has strengthened all who have participated, and surely influenced, the powerful changes made over the past 20 years improve the lives of persons with disabilities in our communities.

The disability community is stronger, better informed and more engaged as a direct result of your stellar work over the past 20 years. We need the power of information and knowledge to be spread now more than ever, as we face the budget challenges of the future. Keep it up! Thank you Access Press!

— Anne Henry,  Attorney at Law, MN Disability Law Center

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