Activism Social Model

The Rolling Quads: Ed Roberts

One of the people who regularly inspires me to be more of an activist in my approach to making the world more accessible is Ed Roberts.  Termed “the father of the independent living movement”, Ed was instrumental in the first official city wide adoption of curb cuts in Berkley and a champion of the disability rights movement nationwide.  He was the founder of the Rolling Quads, a group of wheelchair riders in Berkley that sought to make their built environment more accessible.  His wheelchair can be seen on the Smithsonian website.  Today, many centers for independent living are derived from his model.  Thank you Ed Roberts for your life and your legacy.

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