Ed Robert's Wheelchair

Description
Equipped with a sports-car seat, go-cart wheels, and a top speed of eight miles an hour, this wheelchair belonged to disability-rights pioneer Ed Roberts. Roberts was paralyzed by polio in 1953, at age fourteen. In 1962 he enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where he led efforts to establish a program for disabled students. He later founded the Independent Living Movement, a worldwide campaign to secure civil rights, equal access, and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
wheelchair
Date made
1996
associated dates
1966-1999-03
referenced
Independent Living Movement
University of California, Berkeley
user
Roberts, Edward V.
maker
Stanford Rehab Engineering
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
leather (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
blue (overall color)
Measurements
average spatial: 42 in x 24 in x 46 in; 106.68 cm x 60.96 cm x 116.84 cm
Place Made
United States: California, Palo Alto
referenced
United States: California, Berkeley
United States: California
ID Number
1995.0179.01
catalog number
1995.0179.01
accession number
1995.0179
subject
Family & Social Life
Health & Medicine
National Treasures exhibit
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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