Category Archives: People with Disabilities

Journey of Hope Cyclists Make Celebratory Stop in Arlington

A team of Push America/Journey of Hope cyclists on a 4,000-mile trek across country made a celebratory stop in Arlington Friday, where they were greeted at City Hall by Deputy City Manager Theron Bowman and representatives from the Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. After reading a proclamation, Dr. Bowman playfully encouraged the riders to eat a hearty lunch before playing a wheelchair basketball game against the 7-time national champion Movin’ Mavs of UT Arlington. The team featured 20 cyclists on this year’s cross country tour, as well as 12 crew members. The crew members drive the vehicles and handle Read more…

Arlington to Welcome Push America/Journey of Hope Cyclists

A team of cyclists participating in Journey of Hope, presented by KRG Capital, will arrive in Arlington today as a stop on their 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities Friday, July 12. This summer marks the 17th consecutive year the City of Arlington will host a team of cyclists from Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Using an escort by an Arlington Police Department motorcycle unit, the cyclists will arrive at Arlington City Hall around noon. After a 3 p.m. tour of the Adaptive Tennis Clinic at 3 p.m., then to the Movin’ Mavs Read more…

Handitran Running Full Schedule on Dec. 26

Although some areas of Arlington are experiencing icy road conditions, Handitran plans to run a full schedule today, Wednesday, December 26. Handitran offers service anywhere within the city limits of Arlington and up to a mile and a half outside of the Arlington city limits for medical and social services trips. There is no limit on the trip purpose except public school trips are not allowed. Work, non-public school, medical, essential personal and recreational trips are all allowed. Note: Handitran will be closed on Tuesday, January 1 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

City of Arlington Employee Honored with Governor’s Trophy for Work in Employment of Disabled

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities has named Stephen Booher, Organizational Development Specialist for the City of Arlington, a top 2012 Lex Frieden Employment Award winner. The award recognizes employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements in hiring, training and maintaining positive working relationships with employees with disabilities. On October 24, Booher will be awarded the Governor’s Trophy during a ceremony and luncheon in Houston. The Governor’s Trophy is the highest honor awarded to an individual who has achieved success in enhancing the empowerment and employment of Texans with disabilities. Booher works tirelessly to help improve and Read more…

Arlington Settles Lawsuit over Americans with Disabilities Act

The City of Arlington has negotiated a settlement in a 2005 lawsuit involving a group of Arlington residents who claimed the City failed to ensure its sidewalks were accessible to people with disabilities. The City reached a settlement based upon a review of all locations listed in the plaintiffs’ complaint and an independent survey on sidewalk accessibility provided during the course of the lawsuit. The City agreed to pay the total sum of $310,321.99 for all of the plaintiffs’ attorney fees and expenses. The parties identified a number of sidewalks that had accessibility issues and improvements will be made to those specific locations within the Read more…

Arlington Teen Builds Visitors’ Guide for People with Disabilities

Chad Williams searched months for the perfect Eagle Scout project, something that would provide long-lasting benefits and affect change. By all accounts, Williams succeeded. On Friday, the 17-year-old senior at Arlington High School unveiled his project to City leaders and earned a certificate of recognition for his work, presented by City Councilmember Michael Glaspie. Williams created the foundation of the Arlington Visitors’ Access Guide, which highlights the accessible amenities of Arlington hotels and will help visitors with disabilities select hotels that best meet their needs. “I feel like I really accomplished something,” said Williams, a member of Boy Scout Troop Read more…

North Texas Day of Giving brings big rewards

Arlington charities and nonprofits got a big boost this week as part of North Texas Day of Giving. Donors gave $14.4 million to more than 900 nonprofits across the region. In Arlington, donations will help fund innovative lesson plans for school children, free community concerts, meals for the elderly, books available to Arlington community members and more. “This day really helps people focus and reminds the community about the need,” said Kathy Jackson, executive director of Arlington ISD Education Foundation. “It gives us a great amount of publicity and helps us get out message out.” The fourth annual Day of Read more…

September 13 is North Texas Giving Day 2012

North Texas Giving Day 2012 is an opportunity for you to partner with several City of Arlington community partners and non-profits. • Arlington I S D Education Foundation • Arlington Public Library Foundation • Arlington Urban Ministries • Boys & Girls Club of Arlington, Inc. • Girls Inc. • Levitt Pavilion Arlington • Meals On Wheels, Inc. • River Legacy Foundation • The Arlington Life Shelter • Theatre Arlington, Inc. • United Way of Tarrant County • University of Texas at Arlington *This is not a complete list of Arlington participants Who can donate on North Texas Giving Day? Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet. Are gifts Read more…

TxDOT Launches Ramp Improvements

Arlington is slated to receive $3.4 million in improvements along several TxDOT roadways within the city—Division Street, Interstate 20, Interstate 30 and State Highway 360. Road crews from the Texas Department of Transportation will be working throughout Arlington to update or construct curb ramps to make street crossings and other pedestrian routes in the public right-of-way accessible to people with disabilities. The effort, which recently started along far west Division Street, will continue until early 2014. It is part of a larger $15 million statewide curb ramp program. The work is designed to bring roadways into compliance with the Americans Read more…

The Treehouse You Always Wanted is at River Legacy Park

Playscape is First of Its Kind in United States  Were you that lucky kid on the block? You know, the one with a treehouse? Even if  you were, chances are it was nothing like what you will now find at River Legacy Park.  The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has just opened a one-of-a-kind playscape which winds into the treetops, integrating nature and adventure with swings and slides. “I always dreamed as a kid of having a treehouse. This is a great way to get kids active and out in nature, said Kurt Beilharz, Project Manager for the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department. “There’s Read more…