About the event
January 23rd is Ed Roberts Day and beginning last year, TheCIL celebrates Ed Roberts Day with a formal recognition of individuals that have contributed to the flourishing of the independent living movement and disability rights.
Ed Roberts was a charismatic leader of the independent living movement. He was an advocate to be a student at UC Berkeley, an activist participating in the 504 protests for civil rights, and most importantly, encouraged others to be advocates and activists as well.
Last year we presented the artichoke award to former Senator Loni Hancock and former City of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates for their long time achievements and support of the disability rights movement.
In 2018, the event theme is "Toward an Accessible World" . We look forward to celebarting international blogger Cory Lee and UC Berkeley architect Professor Ray Lifchez. We will also honor Zona Roberts with the Ed Roberts Day Lifetime Achievement Award.
Why should you sponsor?
The CIL supports and empowers people with disabilities who aspire to achieve beyond the expectations others place on them and the low expectations they often place on themselves.
Money from the Ed Roberts Day event is used to fund programs designed to create opportunities for those with and without disabilities to communicate, to play together, to learn from one another while engaged in a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to sports, travel, art, music, and cooking. The CIL has a fundamental belief that we should create communities where each individual aspires to achieve their own maximum human potential.
TheCIL has been serving the disability community in the Bay Area since 1972 and we are the model for more than 400 Independent Living Centers worldwide. The CIL works with over 2,000 people annually in Alameda County and we hope to expand in the coming year.