Thank you Aaron. This is great!
Christine Pisani, M. Spec. Ed.
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
Toll Free: 1-800-544-2433
Yesterday, CA Governor Jerry Brown declared January 23, 2017 Ed Roberts Day in California. January 23, 2017 would have been Ed Roberts’ 78th birthday. Also, Ed Roberts was yesterday’s Google Doodle. Nice national promotion of the Father of Independent Living.
Time article re the Doodle: http://time.com/4643095/google-doodle-ed-roberts/
Governor Brown’s proclamation: https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19666
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring January 23, 2017, as Ed Roberts Day in the State of California.
The text of the proclamation is below:
Ed Roberts is rightfully known as “The Father of Independent Living.” Paralyzed by polio at the age of fourteen, he was labeled “unemployable” by the state when he sought vocational rehabilitation. But Roberts refused to let his physical challenges hold him back. In 1962, he became the first severely disabled student to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
At Berkeley, Roberts blossomed into an advocate for students with disabilities. He worked tirelessly for the accommodations that disabled students needed to receive an education and participate in campus life. The programs he helped to develop eventually became models for independent-living programs worldwide.
In 1975, I appointed Ed Roberts as director of the state’s Department of Rehabilitation, the same department that had once deemed him “unemployable.” He remained in this position until 1983, when he founded the World Institute on Disability in Oakland. Throughout his career, Roberts’ leadership put California at the forefront of the disability rights movement. In 2011, Roberts was inducted into the California Hall of Fame for his pioneering work on behalf of those with disabilities.
Today, on the 78th anniversary of his birth, we remember Ed Roberts for his determination to ensure social justice, equality and independence for people with disabilities.
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim January 23, 2017, as “Ed Roberts Day.”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 20th day of January 2017.