Fairbanks – Upcoming Health Fairs

Access Alaska – Fairbanks will be participating in the following upcoming Health Fairs:

Friday October 3, 2014: Fairbanks Senior Center Community Health Fair (7:00 am – 11:00 am)  – Taking place at the NSCoA Senior Center

Saturday October 11, 2014: Delta Junction Community Health Fair (8:00 am – Noon) – Taking place at Delta Elementary School

Saturday October 18, 2014: North Pole Community Health Fair (8:00 am – Noon) – Taking place at North Pole Plaza Mall

Saturday November 8, 2014: Barrow Community Health Fair (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Taking place at Fred Ipalook Elementary School


Access Alaska – Medicare Open Enrollment

Access Alaska has certified Medicare counselors. They can help you select a prescription drug plan, answer questions, and help de-mystify Medicare.Open enrollment in October 15th – December 7th.
Access Alaska – Anchorage will be hosting two clinics during this time for Medicare Part D.Thursday November 6, 2014: 9 am -1 pm
Thursday November 13, 2014: 1 pm – 5 pm

Call Access Alaska for more information (907) 248-4777


Dan Ducey 1950 – 2013

On Monday we lost a true warrior and amazing spirit – our friend and colleague Dan Ducey – a beautiful man with a disability who never stopped working on our behalf from the minute he accidentally landed in a wheelchair nearly two decades ago. More than anything, Dan was a family man, husband to his wife Linda and father to his son and daughter.

 His was a love story. A LOVE story. Not just a story of epic struggle against ridiculous odds both mental and physical, but most importantly a love story. We would like to honor Dan’s legacy by loving more. And being loved. And yes, struggling harder. But loving more. A sad day closes with his passing.”

 ~Jim Beck

Services will be held on Monday, February 4th at 7pm at the Wasilla Bible Church. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made in Dan’s honor to the Wasilla Bible Church.


Wasilla Bible Church              wasillabible.org

1651 Nicola Avenue

Wasilla, AK 99654



David Jacobson 1950 – 2012


David JacobsonDavid Jacobson spent over 20 years working for Access Alaska as an advocate, mentor, peer, civil rights activist and manager. He was the embodiment of the Independent Living Movement. In November of 2010 David was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

David left us Sunday, Sept 16 around 6:40 p.m. David had a long list of things he wanted to get done before he died.  He managed to check most of them off the list. The Access Alaska endowment fund being his last big project.

Last week David wrote:

My life is now coming full circle and I wish to thank Access Alaska for helping me achieving what I was capable of and thereby live a meaningful life. I wish to set up an endowment fund so that Access Alaska can continue to provide services into the future.

I’m asking you to help and here’s the reason why:

My story is not unusual. Many, many others have similar stories of how Access Alaska taught them that their lives were defined not by their disabilities but by their capabilities and how they then became part of a powerful force to help transform our entire community. All of us, not just disabled persons are the beneficiaries of our strengthened community.

It is difficult to draw a line between “the disabled” and “the rest of us” in any case, and, as we age, that distinction becomes even more tenuous. Access Alaska provides resources & teaches valuable skills to a wide range of people and the ripples thereby created touch us all.

I challenge you to give generously up to the amount you are able to create an endowment for Access Alaska and I pledge that I will match your donation up to $100,000. Your donation is fully tax deductible.

Between us, my friends, we can ensure that Access Alaska remains fiscally able to continue its wonderful work into the future.

A service will be held in November, details about any plans will be forthcoming.

Please share your stories about David on our Facebook page.

Obituary in News Miner, September 23.

Access Alaska is grateful to David and Dena for their generous donation to endow the Jacobson Family Fund. If you would like to contribute to the fund you can do so here.

Please read this News Miner article about David’s last wish.

David loved his cabin in the Alaska Range, one of Dena’s last status updates she wrote about the cabin, “It is such a life affirming awesome place it’s impossible to feel unconnected to events which occurred millions of years ago and it is comforting to know that mountains will endure long after our deaths.”