About Us

Life is what you make it. This is where you make it better.

People want the freedom to make decisions about their health, independence  and lifestyles. Disability and age should not limit that freedom. We help Alaskans find information and access resources, advocate for change, hire personal care attendants, secure funding, training and services to lead the most independent, inclusive, productive, and satisfying lives possible.

About Access Alaska

Our Mission

Access Alaska is a private, non-profit, consumer-controlled organization that provides independent living services to people who experience a disability. As an Independent Living Center, our mission is to encourage and promote the total integration of people who experience a disability and Alaskan elders to live independently in the community of their choice. Through our assistance and support individuals with disabilities can identify and obtain needed services in an effort to maintain their independence as opposed to living in an institution.

Access Alaska was formed in 1983 to serve the Anchorage area. Services were later expanded in 1984 and 1998 when offices in were opened in Fairbanks and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

“Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves, do not need anybody or like to live in isolation. Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are in line with our education and interests, and raise families of our own. We are profoundly ordinary people sharing the same need to feel included, recognized and loved.” Dr. Adolf Ratzka