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New Children’s Book about Ed Roberts Tells Story of Father of Disability Rights

A teacher and disability rights advocate describes the life and achievements of disability civil rights leader, Ed Roberts, in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

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Ed Roberts Childrens Book Cover

This new children’s book profiles the courageous young leader, who would go on to fight for his own rights and the rights of all people with disabilities – a legacy that continues today.

“Ed Roberts: Father of Disability Rights” delves into Roberts’ life, detailing his early days in an iron lung and learning his lessons via the phone, battling school officials about high school graduation and becoming the first person with significant disabilities to attend the University of California at Berkley. Inspired by the civil rights and liberation movements, Roberts fought for equality for people with disabilities. As director of California’s Department of Rehabilitation and sit-ins in San Francisco, he helped bring change that let people live more independent lives, paving the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws promoting equal access.

An illustration symbolism guide details the meanings of symbol-rich drawings by Patrick Wm. Connally. The symbols — unique to Roberts and the disability civil rights movement – portray information via their colorful graphics. For instance, the boy peeking out of the drawing on Page 23 represents Roberts’ son. Readers are invited to find other symbols in the book as well.