PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, January 23, 2017

ILRC News Release: Ed Roberts Day Invitation

Join us on January 23rd, 2017 at the Independent Living Resource Center, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., to celebrate Ed Roberts’ Day, the birthday of one of the most important figures in the national disability rights movement. See videos, join in lively conversations on his contributions to Disability History and enjoy some refreshments. We are located at the Westside Neighborhood Center, 423 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, 93101.

Roberts’ advocacy began when his desire to attend Berkeley was met with resistance from school administration. Through Ed’s persistent self-advocacy, he was finally admitted to the university, but had to stay in the campus hospital because the residence halls on campus were not accessible.

As news of Roberts’ story, spread across the country, other students with disabilities began to apply to Berkeley. These students formed a group, called the “Rolling Quads” to advocate for accessible buildings on campus.

The “Quads” successfully advocated for the creation of the first disabled students program at a U.S. university. This office assisted students with disabilities with finding personal care attendants and other supports needed to live independently.

In 1972 a few of Ed’s associates, founded the Center of Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley, California. The center differed from other disability organizations at the time, because a majority of the staff were people with disabilities. People were able to receive information, about independent living, from others with similar backgrounds.

Within a few years centers like CIL started opening throughout California and in the United States there are over 350 such centers, and other exist throughout the world. His legacy continues strong on the Central Coast with the Independent Living Resource Center.

This event is physically accessible. For further access needs or more information about the event, contact Jacob Lesner-Buxton at (805) 9663-0559 X 105 or

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