THE 2nd annual ed roberts awards

January 23, 2018

On January 23, 2018, the Center for Independent Living celebrated Ed Roberts Day, a California State Holiday, at a gala event where it honored three outstanding individuals for their contributions to the independent living movement: Raymond Lifchez, Cory Lee Woodard, and Zona Roberts.


KQED interviewed The CIL's Deputy Director, Thomas Gregory; special guest, Lowell Bergman; and the three recipients, Ray Lifchez, Zona Roberts, and Cory Lee Woodard, the morning of the ceremony.

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Thanks to our sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Panoramic Interests, Berkeley Haas School of Business, City of Oakland, Equal Justice Society, JC and Joe Hancock, LMS Architecture, Lou and Cheryl Haas, Southwest Airlines, Supervisor Keith Carson, Tom Bates, and Loni Hancock.


Raymond lifchez

Ed Roberts Award

Raymond came to Berkeley as an architect in 1970 during a time of rapidly changing social landscapes. On the streets of Berkeley, he met people with disabilities who changed the way he practiced and taught architecture.



Cory has traveled to 24 countries across six continents, writing about his accessible (and not-so-accessible) journeys.



Zona was born in 1920, and raised Ed Roberts, along with 3 other sons in Berkeley, CA. After Ed contracted polio at 14, Zona became one of the greatest allies to the independent living movement.

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The Ed Roberts Awards are presented by TheCIL, the first independent living center in the world.