Ed Roberts Day
with guest speaker Scot Danforth
Join the Disability Studies minor to commemorate:
Chapman's Second Annual
Ed Roberts Day Event
Ed Roberts, known as the “Father of Independent Living,” was a trailblazing advocate for people with disabilities. Paralyzed by polio as a child, Roberts was considered “unemployable” by the California Department of Rehabilitation, a prejudiced decision he successfully fought to overturn throughout his lifetime.
In 2019, Governor Gavin Newson declared January 23rd Ed Roberts Day for his unwavering commitment to create a more equitable world for those with disabilities.
Dr. Scot Danforth – Guest Speaker
Scot Danforth is a well-known scholar working in the fields of disability studies in education and inclusive education. He is author or editor of more than 70 publications, including 10 books. His scholarship examines political and ethical issues involving disabled young people and schooling. His goal is to foster the development of democratic schools and communities that are accepting, supportive, and caring to all persons.
Professor Danforth’s scholarship is inter- and multi-disciplinary, engaging the disciplines of philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, and education. His publications reach a wide variety of audiences, including public school teachers, parents, policymakers, and researchers in numerous fields of study.