Texas Tech University

Texas Tech to Host Accessibility Week

Lucy Greenberg

September 26, 2022

Weeks Hall

Accessibility is for Everyone! Week will involve events for faculty, staff, students and the public.

Texas Tech University's Student Disability Services (SDS) will host ‘Accessibility is for Everyone! Week' starting Monday (Oct. 3) with events running through Friday (Oct. 7).


The week will highlight the importance of having a diverse and accessible campus and celebrate students with disabilities. The week also will feature a variety of events for students, faculty and staff, including deaf bingo and an art exhibit at First Friday Art Trail (FFAT). 

“Generating awareness of the challenges students with disabilities face on a daily basis ultimately creates a more inclusive and accessible environment for everyone on campus,” said Larry Phillippe, managing director of SDS.  

Events include: 

  • Faculty & Staff Open House: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday (Oct. 3), Weeks Hall. This event encourages faculty and staff to learn more about SDS and the TECHniques Center. Attendees will hear about the experiences from the first ever accessibility challenge at Texas Tech, which will run the week prior. 

  • Create Your Own Art: 1-4 p.m., Tuesday (Oct. 4) through Thursday (Oct. 6) Weeks Hall, room 130. Students can stop by the SDS office and create an art piece that will be sold at the FFAT. All proceeds go toward SDS scholarships.

  • Deaf Bingo: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday (Oct. 5) Wall/Gates residence hall lobby. This is an opportunity to learn or practice American Sign Language while competing for prizes. 

  • Accessibility Challenge: all day, Thursday (Oct. 6), Texas Tech campus. Students are encouraged to use Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant buttons, ramps and parking spots on campus, post a selfie and tag @ttu_sds. When completed they can claim a prize in the SDS office. 

  • Creative Abilities Art Gallery: 6-9 p.m., Friday, (Oct. 7), Christine DeVitt Icehouse Gallery, 511 Ave. K. Student-created art will be on display and the public can enjoy live performances and have the opportunity to purchase some of the art on display. Any money raised will be added to the Alex C. Watkins Endowed Scholarship Fund.

About Student Disability Services 

SDS works to enhance learning through programs and services for students with disabilities. The department's goal is to help students reach their academic, career and personal goals regardless of any physical, learning, psychological or other documented disability. Another department that helps students with disabilities is the university's TECHniques Center. The center provides one-on-one, peer-based tutoring by tutors who have been specially trained to work with students with a specific learning disability, ADD/ADHD, and/or autism spectrum disorders. 

To show support for Accessibility is for Everyone! Week, the Texas Tech community can attend events and share their experiences with the hashtag #ttu_sds