Disability Rights Advocates Recognized on Ed Roberts Day

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January 23 is a state holiday honoring the birth of the late disability activist Ed Roberts. Roberts, who was paralyzed from the neck down after contracting polio as a child, was the first severely disabled person to attend UC Berkeley. He also co-founded Berkeley's Center for Independent Living, which on Tuesday will honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the disability rights movement. We’ll check in with the three honorees as we discuss Roberts’ legacy and the state of disability rights today.


Thomas Gregory, deputy director, Center for Independent Living

Zona Roberts, mother of Ed Roberts

Raymond Lifchez, professor of architecture and city & regional planning, UC Berkeley

Cory Lee, travel blogger, with focus on travelling in a wheelchair

Lowell Bergman, professor of investigative reporting, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism