Ed Roberts and the Rolling Quads: Breaking Social and Architectural Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities

The combined forces of the deinstitutionalization and civil rights movements set the stage for a group of students with disabilities, dubbed the Rolling Quads, to shatter institutional barriers to higher education by becoming the first disabled students to attend the University of California, Berkeley. Beyond campus grounds, they broke societal and architectural barriers for individuals with disabilities throughout the City of Berkeley—providing services such as wheelchair maintenance, attendant care, and counseling in addition to implementing the nation's first comprehensive curb ramp plan.

Hannah Tsay

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