Monday, January 23, 2017

Remembering Ed Roberts

Today, Google is honoring disability rights activist Ed Roberts with a Doodle at the top of its homepage. Born 78 years ago, Roberts contracted polio when he was 14, leaving him paralyzed. He used a wheelchair and respirator during the day and slept in an 800-pound iron lung at night. Roberts was the first person with severe disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he led its Center for Independent Living and obtained his bachelor and master's degrees in political science. He served as the director of the California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and co-founded the World Institute on Disability before dying in 1995. To learn more about Roberts, go to

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Ed Roberts

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