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Helping Restore Ability Open House

Helping Restore Ability is a comprehensive resource for Texans with disabilities and their families to find the care they need. The organization was founded on the vision of a future in which no Texan with a disability lacks the resources they need to live a full and independent life.

Learn more about Helping Restore Ability by visiting Urban Alchemy on September 18 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. There will all kinds of information about the organization and representatives who can answer your questions.


Helping Restore Ability was founded as the Arlington Handicapped Association in 1977 by a young man with polio, Sam Provence, and his determined friends. Sam is believed to be the last victim diagnosed with polio in Tarrant County.

Sam and his friends believed with an unswerving passion that a physical disability should not keep a person from participating fully in society and living an independent and active life.

As services expanded beyond the city limits, Arlington Handicapped Association was renamed the Handicapped Resource Association in 1988. Beginning in 1999, Arlington Handicapped Association began doing business as Helping Restore Ability, a name that reflects the goals and mission without the implied restrictions of the word ‘handicapped.’ The legal name was changed to “Helping Restore Ability” in 2011.

Earlier Event: September 13
Frost Coffee Day
Later Event: September 20
Sip, Sip, Knit (SSK)