On Monday, Google paid homage to the 78th birthday of Ed Roberts, a pioneer for disability rights and activism, with a Google Doodle.
Roberts, who died in 1995, led the early disability rights movement in the United States, according to the Google Doodles blog post.
Born on Jan. 23, 1939, Roberts was diagnosed with polio when he was 14 years old. Since Roberts had to rely on an iron lung, or a full-body ventilator, for his condition, he wasn’t able to attend high school in person and studied via telephone until his senior year.
After graduating, Roberts went on to become the first student with a severe disability to attend the University of California at Berkeley.
At Berkeley, Roberts launched the Physically Disabled Students Program with other college students with disabilities. This was the first college inclusivity program designed for students with disabilities. Read more