Louis Frick, Executive Director
In 1977, at the age of 19, Louis Frick became a quadriplegic as the result of an automobile accident. He wrestled with issues and questions about his future, and his ability to take care of himself and lead a fulfilling life. For more than three years Louis struggled to create a life for himself while dealing with the isolation of his disability until the day he discovered the Community Service Center for the Disabled (CSCD), now known as Access to Independence. For the first time since his accident, Louis was introduced to a community of people living full, active, and independent lives. His experience with Access to Independence provided Louis with the support he needed to succeed, showed him a future filled with hope and possibilities, and inspired him to dedicate his life to helping people with disabilities.
The organization educated Louis about the concept of independent living and provided him with attendant care services and training that both empowered and motivated him to return to work. In 1981, after having developed experience and expertise in the field of independent living, he became a full-time employee at Access to Independence.
Today, Louis is executive director of this non profit agency, and oversees the development and management of the organization’s $2.2 million annual budget. Through his personal and professional experiences, Louis is uniquely qualified to lead an organization that provides possibilities to people with all types of disabilities. He serves as the organization’s chief spokesperson, and is featured frequently in the media as an expert in the fields of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Universal Design.
Louis has been involved with the organization for more than 30 years and has 14 years of leadership and management experience in the areas of finance, strategic planning, business operations, consulting, education, and health care. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education (BVE) from San Diego State University.
A lifelong resident of La Mesa, Louis is married and has raised a family of his own.
- Chairman of the Mayor’s Committee on Disability for the City of San Diego
- Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Independent Living Council
- Executive Committee Member of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
- Former board member and elected officer for the National Council on Independent Living
- Member of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XXXVII, held in San Diego
- Awarded Peacemaker Award by the National Conflict Resolution Center for work on San Diego’s innovative ballpark Petco Park