UC Berkeley architecture professor recognized for contributions to disability movement

UC Berkeley architecture professor Raymond Lifchez (left) was recognized for pioneering the disability rights movement in architecture.
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UC Berkeley architecture professor Raymond Lifchez (left) was recognized for pioneering the disability rights movement in architecture.

UC Berkeley architecture and city and regional planning professor Raymond Lifchez was recognized Tuesday by the Center for Independent Living, or CIL, with the second annual Ed Roberts Day Award, which honors individuals who have made major contributions to the disability rights movement in the U.S. and internationally.
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Disability activists honor life, legacy of Ed Roberts

Roberts, who had post-polio quadriplegia, decided to attend UC Berkeley in 1962 despite the fact that the campus had no accommodations for people with severe disabilities. His advocacy opened the school to more students with disabilities and created the Physically Disabled Student’s Program and then the Center for Independent Living.
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This is a map showing locations on campus that pose challenges to accessibility: Dwinelle Annex and Hall, Hearst Field Annex, East Asian Library, Faculty Glade, Hearst Mining Circle and Evans Hall.

Students with disabilities battle inaccessibility and isolation

The campus has expanded accessibility in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and requirements imposed after lawsuits. Barriers for students with physical disabilities, however, can often lie less in building plans, which are picked over for potential inaccessibility, than in barriers of the moment.
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New BART car design prompts concern from disabled community

A new car design that seeks to revamp BART trains has raised concerns among the Bay Area’s disabled community — especially a pole featured in the cars that would potentially decrease wheelchair accessibility. Disabled and elderly individuals voiced dissatisfaction with the pole during a Tuesday event at the North Berkeley
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