Disability activists honor life, legacy of Ed Roberts

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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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The Substantive Impact of Universal Design

If you stare at the periodic table long enough, you find your element — a scientifically natural state of comfort, ease and exemplarity. Your math lecture, her running track, his art studio, the blue denim chair in which I sit as I write — all elements of a periodic peoplehood,
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