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Texans With Disabilities Rev-Up the Vote!

A recent study from Austin Community College confirms what we already know; Texans  with disabilities are conscientious about their voting rights.


Studies of Political Statistics: Voter Turnout Among Voters with Disabilities in Major Texas Counties in the 2014 and 2016 General Elections

Lamar Hosts Access Transition Fair

RISE Center had the pleasure of participating in yet another annual Access Transition Fair at Lamar University on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Lamar University Disability Resource Center tries every year to make sure that there are plenty of resources and information available to transitioning area high school students so that they are prepared for whatever next steps their futures hold.

Check out some of the great things we captured!


our RISE table, informational brochures, and goodies for transitioning students


Lamar University Disability Resource Center‘s own Kyle Mutz, and local vendor, American Lift Aids



RISE interns trying out some of American Lift Aids‘ adaptive equipment


Other local transition schools that RISE participates with, such as Lamar State College – Port Arthur


and some of the students enjoying their time at the Transition Fair!


RISE looks forward to participating next year!

RISE Center Participates in Lamar Access Transition Fair

Lamar University  hosted an Access Transition Fair on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Transition Fair is designed to educate students with disabilities that are transitioning from high school, to post-secondary education. The turn-out exceeded expectations and RISE, as always, was more than thrilled to take part!

Check out all the fun!








RISE looks forward to what next year holds!

RISE Attended the Lamar University Access Transition Fair. Did You?

RISE Center was invited to attend the Lamar University Disability Resource Center Access Transition Fair for students with disabilities. The Fair is designed to assist students who are transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education (College, Skills Training), and/or Work. The Fair was a great success and had a multitude of vendors with great information for transitioning students. RISE was honored to be a part.

Students and teachers lined the vendor tables that provide valuable information for their future endeavors.


Our RISE Center table featured a few gifts of encouragement, along with our informational brochures and, of course, we were there to discuss options and goals for the future!

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…and there were some guests in attendance as well! A couple of the most popular guests were two of Lamar’s very own celebrities!



Along with the vendor tables, Lamar had some very informative guest speakers.

Are You Gearing Up for College? Here Are Some Things You Might Need to Know…



Getting ready to send your student off to college, or even preparing to go yourself, can be overwhelming! To help navigate the process, we’ve created a place where you can get important information on the topics that are most necessary to going to college, and we’re also going to tell you why these places are “the” place to go!

  • ACT and SAT Testing
  • Applications
  • College Information
  • Financial Aid


Most institutions of higher learning require all incoming students to take college placement exams. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. To register for ACT and SAT Testing, students must go to:


The next step to attending any institution of higher learning, is to apply to the institution’s Admissions Department. ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

On ApplyTexas you can accomplish a multitude of tasks including:

  • Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.
  • Apply for undergraduate, international and graduate admission.
  • Copy a submitted application to another institution.
  • Submit your application essays online.
  • Apply for scholarships from participating universities.
  • Search for and view both general and university specific information.

To utilize the many features ApplyTexas has to offer, you can locate them here:

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Sometimes, going to more than one website to retrieve the information necessary to go to college can be too much! If that is the case, then you might want to visit Peterson’s. This website has information on testing, applications, financial aid, educational programs, and so much more! Even if you are not a one website person, but rather, an individual that would like to research and know all the facts and options – well, you might just want to check Peterson’s out! You can find them here:




College can be very expensive! Many students are so perplexed by how they are going to pay for college that they give up before even trying. This is where the FAFSA website comes in. FAFSA is a free application for federal student aid.

Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

They ensure students and their families can benefit from these programs by:

  • informing students and families about the availability of the federal student aid programs and the process for applying for and receiving aid from those programs;
  • developing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and processing approximately 22 million FAFSA submissions each year;
  • accurately disbursing, reconciling, and accounting for all federal student aid funds that are delivered to students each year through more than 6,200 colleges and career schools;
  • managing the outstanding federal student loan portfolio and securing repayment from federal student loan borrowers;
  • offering free assistance to students, parents, and borrowers throughout the entire financial aid process; and
  • providing oversight and monitoring of all program participants—schools, financial entities, and students— to ensure compliance with the laws, regulations, and policies governing the federal student aid programs.

FAFSA helps students go to college…you can access their website and application here:

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If you are planning on attending college, please check out these websites. They will help you in your reach for higher education.