Whenever someone speaks about the social rights and welfare one name can never be neglected. He is the person who stood not only for himself but also for others. Ed Roberts activist, a name very well-known to everyone. One of his kind, he was a true motivator himself. He lived a life which left lessons for many.
Ed Roberts activist learned to live as a star but not as a cripple.
After all the struggle and hard work of his mother, he was eventually ready to go to university. In the start he faced difficulties but then he learned to fly.
He was known as ” Father of Independent living movement”.
Ed Roberts activist started his career as an advocate when he was challenged at the college.He was not granted with a diploma because he did not pass through the driving and physical test. People commented that we have tried the cripples and it did not work. He had to fight fo the support.
Ed Roberts activist graduated in 1962. It was exactly 2 years before the free speech movement hit the Berkeley. It was a movement of student protest.
He has to face many hardships to get a position in the public. Due to his heavy iron lung, he was given a separate room in the Cowell hospital. He fought for his rights which gave an inspiration to the other cripple students. With the time the students start getting admission and it turned into a Cowell Residence program.
Ed Roberts activist was a real hero. He worked for the rights of others. He himself suffered from disabilities but he left a lesson for everyone that it is the mind which is not cripple.
During the whole career, Ed Roberts activist has been awarded number of titles.
In 1995, The National museum of American history accepted Roberts’s wheelchair as a commodity of his collections
After that in 2010, the governor of California declared Ed Robert’s activist birthday as a day of related significance.
A center for independent living was opened in 2011 with the name of Ed Roberts campus.
The Berkely Rotary club gave away its annual Rotary peace award to Ed Roberts activist in 2014
In 2017, on his 78th birthday, Ed Robert was honored with google doodle in the recognition of his constant activism.
Eventually, he died but at last his activism paid. He brought up a confidence in those who were disabled physically. His mother always used to say that she saw a rising star in his son. Nonetheless, was one of his kind who lived to lead others. May he be blessed by the best in the seven heavens.