Since our very first issue in May 1990, Access Press has published a listing of disability service organizations.
The first issue included two pages of organizations, with names starting from A through H. The directory was the first installment of what was to be a continuing feature. A goal for founding editor Charlie Smith was to compile all of the organizations into a guide.
In the pre-email and fax machine days, Smith asked organizations to mail him information on their letterhead, so that they could be listed. The initial directory was a free service; it eventually became paid advertising space.
Much has changed since that early directory 31 years ago. Just about all of the remaining organizations have moved offices, likely more than once over the years.
Camp Friendship is now part of True Friends. The many local Arc chapters have been merged into one. Handicapped Organized Women, Cloud Nine Therapeutic Horsemanship and the Edina Disabled Citizens Club are no more.
That early directory shows us that organizations change, as does language. We’d never call anyone “handicapped’ or “crippled” today, yet that was in some organizational names.
What has not changed is that the Access Press Directory of Organizations still provides a valuable service for Minnesotans with disabilities, their families and their allies. In print four times a year and online 24/7, the directory provides one-stop shopping for a wide array of resources.
But our directory has lost members, and we’d like them to consider returning. We’d also like others to join.
Cost is just $60 per year for a listing, with an extra charge for additional listings. Organizations get a writeup and web links on the Access Press website.
This month’s directory is on pages 8-9. Join us in providing needed resources and information in the directory.
Questions? Call us at 651-644-2133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org