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:
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which first authorized independent living centers and programs, was signed into law.
Many advocates consider Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the nucleus of all ensuing progress in obtaining disability rights.
The American with Disabilities Act was signed into law.
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To contact the Independent Living Section, call (916) 558-5775 (Voice), or (916) 558-5778 (TTY), or send an email to ILInfo@dor.ca.gov