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Sixth Annual Transition Fair to break participant average

Lamar University is hosting the Sixth Annual Transition Fair on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Setzer Student Center. This event provides local junior and senior high school students with disabilities an opportunity to discover state and community resources as well as regional post-secondary educational Transition Fair 2options.

The Transition Fair has grown significantly. The first year 60 people attended; however, since that time average attendance has been 200. This year’s attendance is expected to be the biggest yet. Nearly 300 are currently registered from 15 different school districts.

“The Transition Fair is held to bring awareness of the opportunities for students with disabilities as well as to ease the transition between high school and the student’s next steps,” said Erin Tabor, associate director of the Disability Resource Center. “Any student with a disability, who meets admission’s standards and is accepted to the university is eligible for accommodations once documentation is provided and they complete the process of registering with the Disability Resource Center.”

Transition FairEvery student who attends will have opportunities to see the Lamar University campus, interact with staff, use some of the amenities and learn about campus resources as well as other opportunities and resources. One of the Transition Fair’s most popular features is the resource fair which allows students to connect with campus and community resources invaluable in creating a support network as students with disabilities move out of secondary education.

“We accommodate all types of disabilities – physical mobility, learning, neurological, blind or low vision, deaf or hearing loss, psychological, ADD and ADHD, seizure disorders even temporary disabilities such as severe illnesses like cancer,” said Tabor. “There is no defined list of diagnoses that are covered or not. We just work with each student and meet their individual needs.”

Additionally, post-secondary opportunities will be available including recruiting and disability services teams from Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College - Port Arthur and Lamar State College-Orange.

Register for the event.