Dedicating his life to help society see the value, talent, and potential within any individual, regardless of their physical or mental disability, Ed Roberts helped lead a movement where people focused on the person, and not their disability. Ed lived most of his life as a major activist for the disability rights community and a true pioneer of the independent living movement.
Ed Roberts was a true example of a life lived without regard for boundaries, restrictions, or self-doubts, even though so many doubted him. He served as Director of DOR under Governor Jerry Brown from 1976 to 1983 and passed away on March 14, 1995. He will always be remembered as a monumental figure enacting revolutionary changes in accessibility, equity in employment, and inclusion for all.
California officially recognizes January 23rd, the birthday of the disability rights pioneer, as “Ed Roberts Day.” Please join me and the rest of the state in remembering the life and recognizing the accomplishments of Ed Roberts, a true trailblazer in the disability and civil rights movements. DOR is proud to continue the advancement of Ed’s life mission and we look forward to continuing to create a California for all.