Building a Barrier-Free Campus – Digital Exhibit Now Available


A digital version of the UTA Libraries “Building a Barrier-Free Campus” Exhibit is now available at The exhibit 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.

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