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Honoring Ed Roberts and Disability Rights, Advocacy, Self-Advocacy

January 23, 2019
Source: Southeast ADA Center

Celebrate the life and legacy of Ed Roberts (1939-1995), a civil rights leader, an activist and a pioneer in the independent living movement. Mr. Roberts, who passed away in 1995, would have turned 80 on January 23, 2019. On December 15, 2010 the United States House of Representatives declared January 23, 2011 as “Ed Roberts Day.”

Mr. Roberts was a strong advocate and self-advocate, fighting for full access to education, housing, employment, and community participation for people with disabilities who were otherwise shut out from opportunity. He fought for and saw the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities, and served as a mentor for young activists making their way in the world.

Remember and celebrate his leadership, life and legacy by learning about advocacy and self-advocacy, exploring and understanding our rights under the ADA and other civil rights legislation, and supporting young people on their path to full participation. Below are some resources to visit and share:

For questions, information, guidance, and training on the ADA, contact your regional ADA Center in the ADA National Network at 1-800-949-4232 or visit the website:

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