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Texas Disability History Collection

Collected by: University of Texas at Arlington, Special Collections

Archived since: Nov, 2019


The Texas Disability History Collection emphasizes the pioneering role played by a racially and ethnically diverse cast of Texan disability rights activists, many of whom attended or have worked at UT Arlington, in fighting for equal access to education, work, union membership, public transit, and sports.

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Title: Building a Barrier-Free Campus: The History of Accessibility at the University of Texas at Arlington


Description: Building a Barrier-Free Campus traces how UT Arlington became 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—and how disabled students and alums helped drive disability rights activism and adapted sports in Texas and beyond. Curated by Trevor Engel and Sarah F. Rose and available in both digital format (with full text description) and in-person format, the exhibit draws on dozens of oral histories collected as part of UTA Libraries’ award-winning Texas Disability History Collection.

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Subject:   Disabilities Barrier-free design University of Texas at Arlington

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