Featured Oral History Project at UC Berkeley Library

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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!

I create films that explore first-person perspectives of brain injury and disability. My work focuses on performing arts, media, and technology that are accessible to artists and audience members. The arts are used to spark dialogue, shatter stereotypes, and encourage interdependence and cooperative community change.

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3 comments on “Featured Oral History Project at UC Berkeley Library
  1. marcys says:

    Good stuff. I’ve written a fair amount on disability artists, used to publish it in the SF Bay Guardian–profiles of Neil Marcus, Cheryl Wade, and others. They’re also on my blog, http://marcys.wordpress.com/. I’ll link you. Keep us posted esp. when we can see this documentary.

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