Paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a wheelchair, Ed Roberts could move only two fingers. A breathing tube draped from his mouth, Roberts slept in an iron lung.
For many who advocate assisted suicide, the challenges of Roberts’ life made him eligible for ending that life early. Instead, Roberts lived a life devoted to promoting the rights and abilities of himself and others.
Robert fought to attend the University of California after it said he couldn’t because of his disability, earning his bachelor’s degree, then his masters.