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In 1995, a group of disability organizations joined together to find a way to commemorate Ed Roberts resulting in a universally designed, transit–oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in South Berkeley. The Ed Roberts Campus integrates accessibility and environmentally sustainable development into a beautiful and inviting environment that is a draw for architectural students from all over the world. ...continue reading "Honoring Ed. A New Trend in Architectural Design."

Empty wheelchair in an empty room

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was a major step forward in the struggle for the rights of disabled persons. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability and mandates that reasonable accommodations must be made for government employees with disabilities. It also imposes accessibility requirements on public buildings. Thus, in one stroke, the 101st U.S. Congress undid generations of injustice against disabled Americans. However, the housing market still hasn’t quite caught up yet with improvements made at the public/government level.
...continue reading "Finding the House of Your Dreams: A Tip List for Buyers Seeking Accessible Homes"

A lone wheelchair outside a burnt out home in Coffey Park, Santa Rosa, CA
October 12, 2017. (Karl Mondon/ Bay Area News Group)

I live in Northern California and close to the recent fires in Santa Rosa and Sonoma. The fires were a massive event both during and after. Those of us who live in Sonoma County know many people who have lost everything but their lives. We know people who died in the fire. We’ve visited the shelters and volunteered time or money to help others.
...continue reading "Living in the Fire Zone and What that Means for People with Disabilities."