Why We Are Here
A world where every person with a disability is able to direct their own care to live as they choose.
Provide seniors and people with disabilities non-medical emergency services and other essential support to enable and enhance independent living.
The City of Berkeley is known as being the home of the independent living movement. When Ed Roberts fought the University of California in the early 70’s to make the University accessible to students with disabilities, the independent living movement was founded. There are more people with disabilities living in and around the city of Berkeley than any other place in the world.
EDI was a natural offshoot of this movement. Founded in 1994 by a group of people with disabilities and advocates for people with disabilities, the first goal was to create an emergency backup system for times when people were left without attendant support. When an attendant is not able to make it to work a person with a disability (or an elder) can be left without the assistance needed to accomplish important daily tasks.
In 1998 the citizens of Berkeley passed Measure E, a ballot initiative which established a provision for services to assist people with disabilities. With this additional support we expanded our services to address equipment repair, transportation, and senior services.
Today EDI employs over 30 highly trained attendants, drivers, technicians, and dispatchers, supported by our Executive Director, Program Manager, Case Manager, and Office Manager.