How Far Are You Willing To Go?

The news is full of our “leaders” who want to cut benefits, institutionalize us or ignore our basic human rights altogether.  These stories can really get you down, if you let them. We always hear about the legislation and the negative stories, but you rarely see any of the positive news. Continue reading “How Far Are You Willing To Go?”

The Life of Ed Roberts

“We’ve tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” This was the response from the University of California at Berkeley to Ed Roberts when he applied for admission in 1962. This was not the first rejection that Ed received. In 1961, he was considered so severely disabled, that he was labeled “unemployable.” Roberts was significantly disabled, but he knew he could be an Continue reading “The Life of Ed Roberts”

Justin Dart, IL Leader

Wherever Justin Dart went, his ‘signature’ hat was sure to be with him. To this day, his hat still attends events in his absence. He was wearing it on the White House lawn the day the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was signed by President Bush and it was atop his head whenever he was out rallying support for disability rights.

Justin Dart (August 29, 1930-June 22, 2002) is known for being the “Father of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the “Godfather of the disability rights movement,” and the “spiritual leader of the IL [independent living] movement.” Continue reading “Justin Dart, IL Leader”

What is a CIL?

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are organizations run by and for people with disabilities. All CILs offer four core services as well as a host of other programming to assist people with disabilities. The work and services of a CIL are aimed at empowering people with disabilities and making sure that they have access to their communities and can better take control of, and make decisions in their lives.

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are organizations run by and for people with disabilities. All CILs offer four core services as well as a host of other programming to assist people with disabilities. Continue reading “What is a CIL?”

The Independent Living Movement

People with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options and control over choices in their lives as do people without disabilities. This is the core concept that set the Independent Living Movement in action nearly fifty years ago.

People with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options and control over choices in their lives as do people without disabilities. This is the core concept that set the Independent Living Movement in action nearly fifty years ago. Continue reading “The Independent Living Movement”