Yesterday I had the great pleasure of attending the opening reception of the Patient No More exhibit at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, CA. The exhibit spotlights the April 1977 occupation of the San Francisco Health Education and Welfare building by disability rights advocates and supporters who were there to demand that HEW Secretary Joseph Califano sign Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. With just one signature, Califano would put into place a law banning discrimination against people with disabilities by any federally funded facilities or programs.
The protesters were there for 26 days.
By the end, however, they had not only persuaded the HEW secretary to put Section 504 into effect, but had shown the world the power of the disability rights movement.
Patient No More runs through December 18th at the Ed Roberts Campus.