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LU recognized for commitment to employees with disabilities

DARS and LU membersLamar University has been recognized for its commitment to the employment and support of persons with disabilities with the 2015 Business of the Year award from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

“This recognition shows that Lamar University has gone the extra mile,” said Kyle Muts, director of LU’s Disability Resource Center. “We are making the right steps to be a more inclusive campus for everyone. This award is a encouragement to keep innovating as a leader in the Texas State University System by showing how access should be in higher education.”

“We have great staff members who pay attention to detail and the university administration really supports our efforts,” Muts said. “We will continue to set precedents and be known for accessibility.”

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, or DARS, administers programs that ensure Texas is a state where people with disabilities, and children who have developmental delays, enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to live independent and productive lives.

President Evans and Scott Bowman, Division for Blind Services, DARSDARS administers programs that help Texans with disabilities find jobs through vocational rehabilitation, ensure that Texans with disabilities live independently in their communities, and assist families in helping their children under age 3 with disabilities and delays in development to reach their full potential.

In previous years, DARS has honored the accomplishments of the following businesses: Teleperformance Call Center, Abilene; EPD, Inc., Angleton; Hastings Equipment, Amarillo; Café Del Rio, Austin; Beaumont ISD, Beaumont; Cameron County, Brownsville; Reynolds and Reynolds, Shipley Donuts, College Station; CBS Radio, Medical Connections, Dallas; Hewlett Packard, Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board, Wyndham Hotel, El Paso; Amerigroup, Houston Food Bank, Houston; The Courtyards at River Park, Fort Worth; Duval County Pct. #4, Freer; Lowe’s Market, Iowa Park; Communications Services for the Deaf-Relay Texas, United Supermarkets, Lubbock; CVS Caremark, Portfolio Recovery Service, North Richland Hills; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Richardson; Spa Social, Round Rock; Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Disability Support Services of the Southwest, DeZavala-Shavano Vet Clinic, Sea World, San Antonio; Sante Fe ISD, Santa Fe; Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant, Sanger; Walmart Supercenter, Tyler; and Sanderson Farms Processing, Waco.

For more information on services for students with disabilities at LU, visit, email, or call (409) 880-8347.