Black-and-white photo of a bearded Ed Roberts in his motorized chair at a demonstration. Behind him a protester holds a sign, “Civil Rights For Disabled.” Shown next to the photo is a quote from Ed Roberts about changing things and disability pride. Underneath is a linked reference to “Free Wheeling” on YouTube, the DREAM logo, and “Celebrating Ed Roberts Day — January 23, 2018. The quote and link are included in this story.

Ed Roberts and the Legacy of the Rolling Quads

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Jan 29, 2018 · 10 min read

The Rolling Quads: Building Disability Community and Pride

The most important part of [changing things for people with disabilities] is working with other people. Moving away from your own problems to help somebody else. And that liberated me when I realized I could help others. It made me a lot freer to help myself. (“Free Wheeling”)

[The Rolling Quads] realized that we could change some things. [But] first we needed to change our own attitudes about ourselves. Be proud of who we were and what we were. And go out and change things for others and for ourselves. (“Free Wheeling”)

The SDAC Develops Disability Identity with Disability 101

The thumbnail for this embedded PowerPoint slide presentation reads, “Disability Studies 101: Changing Perceptions.” The presentation, which has 37 slides, was developed by members of the Students with Disabilities Advisory Council (SDAC) at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Power2Act Builds Relationships to Create a Disability Community Center

Eleven Stanford University students stand in a group. The front row holds a banner for Power@ACT: Abilities Coming Together. The logo is a wave with the wave’s crest made by a golden spiral. The bottom of the banner reads, “A safe space for Stanford students with disabilities and their allies.” Zina Jawadi, an Arab American undergraduate student, stands in the center of the front row wearing a Stanford tee. Photo: Bryce Tuttle

“By having a physical space for the disability community, we are not only increasing visibility of disability at Stanford but are also emphasizing the role of the disability community and its advocacy initiatives at Stanford,”

Duke Disability Alliance Includes Online Activism in Its Bid to Create Campus Change

This thumbnail shows side-by-side video screens. The first screen shows host Winston Linqwister, an Asian American student with short black hair, wearing headphones. The second screen shows guest Mark Castrodale, a white man with short brown hair, who is a Critical Disability Studies researcher, writer, and instructor at Brock University. Clicking the image will take you to a playlist for the Mad Studies podcast.

The #LiveOn Project at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The thumbnail to Kathleen Downes’ #LiveOn video shows a close-up of her face. She is a white woman with long wavy brown hair and wearing brown eyeglasses. Clicking the image will take you to her video. For a playlist of #LiveOn videos, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpQLor-2Hdg&list=PLrEjVzfBTQtuX7pn2HmtwRzPJ7pPLYXth.

“When I heard about the LiveOn campaign, I thought, ‘That’s awesome. That’s something I want to be a part of.’ We live in a society that is in so many ways discouraging to us . . . It’s important to remind others with disabilities that we can have a good life, in spite of and because of our disabilities,”

Inclusive Leadership for Social Change

“We’re going to develop leadership that has a fundamental difference. That is, it’s inclusive. It believes in people, in our strengths together. And we are going to change our society” (Ed Roberts: His Words, His Vision).

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College While Disabled

College While Disabled is produced by Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring, an organization run by & for college students who are Deaf, disabled, & ill. Opinions are those of individual writers — not necessarily DREAM, NCCSD, or AHEAD — and may change over time!