Ed Roberts was both an advocate and an activist. He was a leader in the civil rights movement and championed the rights of people with disabilities. He was the founder of the first Center for Independent Living and the World Institute on Disability. Ed advocated for his right to attend a university and was a activist in the 504 sit-in held in San Francisco. He was known for a lot of things by a lot of people, but most importantly he believed in empowering others to become advocates and activists.
Ed Roberts Day 2017 is celebrated by a dedicated website, and is A Project of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers at: http://yodisabledproud.org/ed-roberts-day/
Please join a Twitter Chat on Monday, January 23rd - 3pm EST/1pm Central/12pm PST!
Tweeting about the importance of Ed and mentors like him in the disability community.
For more information, videos, interviews on Ed Roberts amazing journey, we have numerous posts over the years:
- Celebrating a Disability Rights Pioneer: Ed Roberts
- Disability Activist Ed Roberts on "60 Minutes" in 1989 with Harry Reasoner (cc)
- Ed Roberts: His Words, His Vision : America's Disability Activist History : video
- Ed Roberts an advocate for inclusion and equality for people with disabilities: "Free Wheeling" video (cc)
- Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann 1984 Video Interview, Disability Rights Movement History