of disability inclusion at UC Berkeley
1956: First program — staffed by graduate students and overseen by
the Dean of Students — designated to serve students with disabilities.
1958: First architectural modifications to improve access: first
ramp and first curb cuts.
1962: Beginning of the innovative Physically Disabled Students'
Residence Program, which develops life-long independent living skills for
1965: UC system voluntarily decides to comply with ANSI accessibility
standards in all new construction (first legally applicable standards were
five years later).
1969: UC Berkeley's first disabled students group, "Rolling
Quads," started by Ed Roberts and John Hessler.
'60s/early '70s: Earliest UC Berkeley coursework
focusing on disability studies.
1970: The internationally recognized Physically Disabled Students'
Program (later renamed the Disabled Students' Program or DSP) started.
UC Berkeley and City of Berkeley agree on a standard for curb cut design.
1972: UC Berkeley students, alumni and others with disabilities
found the Center for Independent Living, model for hundreds of independent
learning programs across the United States.
1973: Disabled Students and Alumni Placement Program established at
Charter year of "Disabled
Students Union" as a registered student organization supported by the
Associated Students of the University of California.
1974: The campus establishes the Coordinating Committee for the
Removal of Architectural Barriers (CCRAB).
1976: First comprehensive survey of campus buildings' architectural
1978: The campus conducts the first full campus-wide
self-evaluation; produces the UC Berkeley 504 Transition Plan.
1983: DSP Director Sharon Bonney is the 6th
president of the (currently named) Association on Higher Education And
1985: UCB's School of Law, in cooperation with DREDF, begins one of the nation's first
disability law courses.
1989: The campus completes a new, detailed building accessibility
1990: The Campus Policy for Accommodating the Academic Needs of
Students with Disabilities established; becomes national model in higher
Academic Accommodations Policy
1992: The campus produces the Berkeley Campus ADA Title II
Appointment of campus ADA/504
compliance officer, believed to be only the third full-time disability
compliance position in higher education.
1993: The campus produces the ADA Self-Evaluation, laying out
modern plans for disability inclusion.
1995: Edward V. Roberts Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
established at the Department of Public Health.
1996: Following the original idea and vision of Susan O'Hara, UC
Berkeley is funded by NIDRR to develop the Oral History and Archival
Document Project of the Formative Years of the Independent Living and
Disability Rights Movements in Berkeley, at the Bancroft Library.
1998: UC Berkeley is named the 2nd most "disability
friendly" U.S. campus by New Mobility Magazine.
1999: ADA/504 Compliance Officer Ward Newmeyer
is the 22nd President of AHEAD.
The Berkeley Center for Independent Living, Inc. honors UC Berkeley for its
leadership and history in promoting equal access by persons with
disabilities, and its role in the development of the Independent Living
The campus promulgates the new
"Berkeley Campus Plan for Funding Reasonable Accommodations for
Individuals with Disabilities."
Professors Fred Collignon
and Susan Schweik receive University of California Presidential Fellowships to develop a Disability Studies curriculum. They start the
"Disability Studies at Cal"
2000: The Bancroft Library inaugurates its new oral history and
archival document collection, The Disability Rights and Independent Living
Movement. The inauguration is marked by a symposium entitled
"Intersections of Civil Rights and Social Movements: Putting
Disability in Its Place."
UC Berkeley voluntarily agrees to
assess mobility access and to eradicate barriers for its mobility impaired
students. This project is done in cooperation with disability rights legal
advocates as a creative way of avoiding prolonged legal entanglements over
the university's compliance with the ADA.
Source: Office of the Assistant Provost for Equity Standards &