UC Berkeley is famous as the birthplace of the independent living movement. When Ed Roberts first arrived on campus in 1962, he was told by administrators, “We’ve tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” Roberts and other disabled students persevered, forcing UC Berkeley to change for the better. We on the campus are proud of the more than 50 years of legacy that they have left us.
Some may doubt whether the campus is still committed to values of access and inclusion when it comes to disabled students and employees. We write this open letter to underscore that this is not the case.