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University of California, Berkeley is widely-known as a very accessible college campus. The city of Berkeley has been called one of the most physically accessible cities around. After all, the first Center for Independent Living was founded there by disability activists in 1972. One of the more widely known activists in that movement is Ed Roberts, the first Berkeley student who used a wheelchair. There were certainly others working at the same time, and many have followed. Folks working in disability in Berkeley now represent the whole spectrum of disability, not just physical disabilities.
[Image description: Neil Marcus, Judith Smith/AXIS Dance, and Lynn Manning, photo courtesy of Regional Oral History Office. A light green background with individual photos of the artists composited together.]
Check out the Artists with Disabilities Oral History Project Collection at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library online in the Regional Oral History Office’s collections. They have interviews, videos, transcripts, and links to the artists’ work who are pictured above and as well as even more disabled artists!