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Ed Roberts

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Edward Verne Roberts (January 23, 1939 - March 14, 1995) was an international leader and educator in the independent living and disability rights movements.

At 14, Ed Roberts was afflicted with the polio virus which left him in a wheelchair and on a respirator. In 1962, he became the first student with significant disabilities to attend the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley). He moved into Cowell Hospital on campus and was under the supervision of the medical personnel there.

He was a founder of UC's Physically Disabled Students Program, which became the model for Berkeley's Center for Independent Living (CIL) and over 400 independent living centers across the country.[1]

External Links

  • Ed Roberts Campus - universally designed, transit-oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in South Berkeley