University of Texas at Arlington

Building a Barrier-Free Campus

Black and white image of Jim Hayes worked hard to push a track chair into a stadium.

Building a Barrier-Free Campus

“Building a Barrier-Free Campus” explores how UTA began to become a model accessible campus for students with disabilities starting in the mid-1960s—a time when disabled students had no right to attend K-12 schools or college. The exhibit covers:

  • How disabled UTA students and alumni helped to develop adapted sports in Texas and beyond
  • How the Handicapped Students Association and a wide range of allies pushed for full access to the college experience, including dorms, intramural sports, and honor societies
  • How UTA became a trendsetter in disability accessibility for universities in Texas and other states starting in the early 1970s
  • How disabled UTA alumni drove disability rights activism in the DFW Metroplex, from transportation access to accessible housing

The exhibit covers a broad timeline (mid-1960s to today) and introduces viewers to both UTA’s status as a leader in disability accessibility today and the multi-championship-winning Movin’ Mavs adapted sports program. first panel of exhibit with multiple images“Building a Barrier-Free Campus” also showcases other disability rights initiatives to come out of UTA, such as major non-profit Helping Restore Ability, public transit activism, local K-12 adapted sports programs, and the Arlington Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. 

Monday, October 10th at 12 pm in the Central Library Parlor:

Panel celebrating the 40th anniversaries of Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball and independent living provider Helping Restore Ability (co-sponsored by UTA Libraries, the Office for Students with Disabilities, Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports & Campus Recreation, College of Liberal Arts & the Dept. of History).  Open captioning will be provided.  If you require 
a disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Disability Studies Minor director Dr. Sarah Rose at or 817-272-6843.

Exhibit Dates: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Exhibit Curators: 
Sarah Rose
Trevor Engel
Exhibit Designers: 
Candy McCormic
Dr. Sarah Rose