Graphic: The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement

Cowell Residence Program, University of California, Berkeley

Beginning in 1962, a small group of young people, all wheelchair users with significant disabililities, enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley. In an era prior to accessible dormitories or private housing, they were given living quarters in the campus's Cowell Hospital. Living in the middle of a campus exploding with student protest movements, Cowell became a breeding ground for the Berkeley phase of the independent living movement.

The collection includes oral histories with former students and university and Department of Rehabilitation staff, as well as archival papers documenting the Cowell experience.

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