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A time of crisis

A time of crisis Almost 28 years ago Charlie Smith saw the need and had the vision of providing a source of news for the disability community, not only in the Twin Cities, but for greater Minnesota. Charlie’s vision came to fruition with the first issue of Access Press in May 1990, just prior to the passage of the ...

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We’re 25, too! Access Press celebrating a quarter-century of our news

We’re 25, too! Access Press celebrating a quarter-century of our news Access Press and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) both reach the quarter-century mark this year. So it’s fitting that we take a look back at our founding editor, Charlie Smith. Smith died in 2001 but his impact on disability issues as a journalist is still felt today. He is not only honored as a determined and resilient fighter for disability and human rights, ...

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Remembering Charlie

Remembering Charlie “If there is one thing that struck me about Charlie it was his good humor. I don’t recall – in all of the times I’ve talked with him – him not having a smile. What a good natured, intelligent man. An extraordinary advocate.” Luther Granquist “It was my good fortune to have known Charlie since the late ‘70’s. Charlie early on was not going to ...

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History Note – A look back through the pages of Access Press

The story of disability in Minnesota, as told through the pages of Access Press, is one of victories and defeats, activism and awards. As the paper approaches its 25th year, it’s worth a look back to see what topics and people were making the news in the paper’s early days. In May 1990 Access Press published ...

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Editor’s Column – November 2011

By the time you read this, Access Press’s annual banquet will once again have taken place, but we’ll have gone to press a couple days before. I’m very excited to share all that happened with you, but it will have to wait until next month. At last count, we were looking forward to about 200 ...

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Acting together is necessary

Acting together is necessary  In 1995 Gov. Arne Carlson’s administration proposed to scale back the Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) program and to decimate personal care attendant (PCA) services. Dozens of persons with disabilities and their friends and family members, including the newly formed Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, spoke out at the capitol and ...

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Charlie Remembered

It’s been 10 years since my friend Charlie Smith passed away. Those of us who knew Charlie know we lost a strong advocate. Without Charlie Access Press would probably not exist. Legislatively, much of what we’re fighting for today, Charlie was involved in authoring the legislation or was there fighting to improve many of those ...

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Access Press Charlie Smith Award banquet an evening of fun & fellowship for the disability community

Access Press Charlie Smith Award banquet an evening of fun & fellowship for the disability community “I learned so much from the 10 years that I worked at Courage Center about peoples’ disabilities and it really reframed the way I look at the world and how I am going to make a difference. . .” -2010 Charlie Smith Award winner, Steve Kuntz [showtime] 2010 Charlie Smith Award winner Steve Kuntz and Access Press founding ...

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We’re taking nominations for the 2010 Charlie Award

Nominate the individual or organization that you believe has significantly contributed to Minnesota's Disability Community.  You can mail or fax in your response.  Please send in your nomination no later than August 31, 2010. Charlie Smith Award Nomination Form Mail to: Access Press, 1821 University Avenue W, Suite S-104, St. Paul, 55104 Fax: (651) 644-2133 Email: access@accesspress.org

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Editor’s Column – June 2010

I hope everyone is having a fine summer. Even though the solstice isn’t here yet, we’ve had a great early time of it in May. We can look forward to several more months of outdoor fun. For most people with disabilities, summer is a much easier time of year to be out of doors. I like ...

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Looking Back on the History of Access Press

It is amazing to me that Access Press has been in existence for 20 years. It seems like just yesterday when I was sitting with Charlie Smith, his mom and dad at the word processing store discussing the concept of a disability paper.  Charlie’s vision back then was there are so many different aspects of the ...

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With our teardrops and our toil

“The world turns, but we don’t feel it turning. And then one night you look up and a single spark turns the sky on fire”— “Gangs of New York” I saw my first Access Press in the doorway of one of my favorite stores, Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, in the fall of 1996. I had ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2009

Editor’s Column – July 2009 The Americans with Disabilities Act has its 19th anniversary this July 24th, and guess what? Access Press is 19 years old now, too. It’s always good to have this annual reminder of how the Minnesota disability movement resulted in this paper at the very same time that the ADA was born on the national front. ...

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Editor’s Column – June 2009

Editor’s Column – June 2009 Our friend Charlie Smith founded Access Press 19 years ago this month. He started the paper as a very positive entrepreneurial adventure that has evolved in many directions and has involved thousands of people. There was a need in the disability community to have a resource for news outside mainstream news and Charlie filled that ...

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Access Press News – The Inside Story

Many of you now we've been working on a new database to help us better keep track of our ever-growing lists of subscribers, friends, and advertisers. Charlie Smith had been working with Jeff on this for some time before Charlie's untimely death this past spring, and last month all our work finally started to be ...

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Charlie Smith Memorialized June 3, 2001

During Charlie Smith's 47 years, he impacted the lives of people from a wide array of backgrounds and persuasions.  On Sunday, June 3rd    "Charlie Smith Day" in the state of Minnesota   more than one hundred of those people gathered at the Phalen Park Pavilion in Saint Paul, Minnesota to remember the life and work of ...

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The Disability Community Loses a Friend

It's hard to know where to begin the daunting task of describing the many facets of Charlie Smith and what he meant to the disability community.  He was an entrepreneur  and the founder of Access Press; he held the position of Editor and Publisher for more than ten years.  He was a passionate and committed ...

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Welcome, New Access Press Editor Tim Benjamin!

Just one week before he died, Access Press founder, editor, and publisher Charlie Smith asked Tim Benjamin to take over as editor of Access Press in case Charlie was unable to return to the job.  Charlie and the Access Press Board of Directors had previously agreed that Tim would be the first choice to take ...

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January 2000 Issue

Table of Contents: Greenfield Leaving House - A Champion of Disability Legislation by Charlie Smith Metro Mobility Hears From the Public by Jeff Nygaard Three Beneficial Medications — No Money To Pay by Joel Ulland Children's Mental Health Association by Christine Tomlinson News in Brief – January 2000 by Access Press Staff Hello Nicole – December 1999 by Nicole Remember Our History by Lolly Lijewski Never Leave a Man Behind by ...

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November 1999 Issue

Table of Contents Light Rail Transit: How Accessible Will It Be? by Jeff Nygaard Cemetary Dedication by Charlie Smith Editor’s Column by Charlie Smith Technology Loan Network by Access Press Staff Y2K and Interdependence by Donna McNamara  Russion Delegates Visit by Christine Tomlinson News In Brief - November 1999 by Access Press Staff Mental Illness Groups by Access Press Staff "Wounded Healers" by Pete Feigal David and Mephibosheth by Linda Larson Kudos ...

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October 1999 Issue

Table of Contents Employment Survey: Research Shows America Benefits When People With Disabilities Work  by Charlie Smith Program Provides Flexible Employment by Amy Farrar Editor’s Column by Charlie Smith Resource Guide Available by Jaime Becker The Key to Y2K:  Be Prepared by Donna McNamara  Advocate Predicts WIIA To Pass With Compromises by Amy Farrar  News in Brief - October 1999 by Access Press Staff What Does It Mean To Be An Ally? by Lolly Lljewski A Star in the Face of ...

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September 1999 Issue

Table of Contents: Losing Our Children: Women with Disabilities Struggle for Custody by Kaye Henry Common Vision Compromise by Charlie Smith Editor’s Column by Charlie Smith Access Press Wins Arc Media Award by Access Press Staff Preparing for Y2K by Donna McNamara  Hmong Outreach Program by Access Press Staff Arts Access Award Nominations by Access Press Staff News in Brief – September 1999 by Access Press Staff Spiritual Growth by Sister ...

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August 1999 Issue

Table of Contents "Homechoice" Programs: Home Buying Made Easier for People with Disabilities by Amy Farrar "Options" for Independence by Jay Johnson Editor’s Column by Charlie Smith Human Rights Settlement Makes Yellow Pages Available by Phone by Access Press Staff The Year 2000 Problem by Donna McNamara  Where Are Those "Golden Years?" by LeAnne Dahl NCD Fellowship Program by Access Press Staff Common Sense Approach to Medical Assistance by Mark Wilde Grants for ...

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July 1999 Issue

Table of Contents Minnesota Leads The Way With New Work Incentive Option by Charlie Smith Decisions Limit Scope OF ADA by Jeff Nygaard Editor’s Column by Charlie Smith Supreme Court Affirms“Integration Mandate” In Olmstead Case; Questions Remain by Bud Rosenfield Gas Station Access by Margot Imdieke Cross Cemetary Dedication by Donna McNamara News In Brief – July 1999 by Access Press Staff Technology Loans Available by Access Press Staff “Can't Find ...

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June 1999 Issue

Table of Contents: Year in Review at Access Press by Charlie Smith Session in Review by Access Press Staff Disability Community Loses Friend by Charlie Smith IDEA '97 Finalized by Sue Abderholden and Dixie Jordan Common Vision Funding Vetoed by Charlie Smith News in Brief – June 1999 by Access Press Staff Ireland Gets Roosevelt Award by Access Press Staff What We Carry by Pete Feigal Non-Disabled Privilege by Linda Wolford Hello Nicole – June ...

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