Independent Living History

The birth of the independent living movement has been attributed to a group of students at U.C. Berkeley with disabilities. In 1962, the first severely disabled student was admitted to U.C. Berkeley. By 1969, there were twelve severely disabled students. The medical surroundings were familiar to the new tenants, who had spent countless days and nights in custodial institutions.

The results of some of the efforts of these advocates, and those who followed, include:


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