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 worldwide as the birthplace of the Independent Living movement. In the early 1970’s, Ed Roberts successfully fought to make the University of California’s Berkeley campus accessible to himself and other students with disabilities. In the process, he started a movement that has since spread the globe. Easy Does It was a natural outgrowth of the Independent Living movement.
In 1995, Cecelia Weeks, a long-time advocate for Independent Living and Disability Rights, led a group of people with disabilities and advocates for people with disabilities in creating a non-profit organization initially aimed at providing emergency backup attendant services.
In 1998 City of Berkeley voters approved Measure E, authorizing a property tax to finance services for “severely physically disabled persons”. To this day Measure E remains EDI’s principal sponsor, providing virtually all funding for the Attendants, Repair and Equipment, and Emergency Transportation programs. As the recipient of the initial Measure E contract and every one thereafter, EDI would like to thank the City of
Berkeley and its citizens for this indispensable support.
Over the years, EDI has added additional services including Routine Transportation (funded through Alameda County Measure B), Case Management (funded primarily through client fees) and Earthquake Preparedness (funded through government and private grants).
In 2019 Easy Does It inaugurate its FASTER program, providing rescue rides and repairs for people whose wheelchair or scooter has broken down during a trip in Northern Alameda County (Albany, Oakland, Emeryville, Alameda, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Castro Valley). This expansion is a newly formed partnership with the Alameda County Transportation Committee and funded through Measure B.
Today EDI employs approximately 30 highly trained attendants, drivers, technicians, and dispatchers, supported by our Executive Director, Program Manager, Case Manager, and Office Manager.