A digital version of the UTA Libraries “Building a Barrier-Free Campus” Exhibit is now available at http://library.uta.edu/barrier-freecampus. 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.
“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.