Rapides Parish holds resource fair for high school students with disabilities

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Transition planning is critical for preparing students with disabilities for life after high school. Every year, the Rapides Parish School District holds a fair to show students those opportunities after graduation.

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On Monday the Rapides Parish School District invited more than 100 transitioning students to a fair with colleges and organizations in the area.

Louisiana College and LSUA set up booths to showcase their degree options. The fair also focused on connecting students with their community.

The district's transition specialist said they invited agencies like Team Academy, Eckerd Connects and Pride Industries to help students network in a comfortable setting.

"It's for them, because sometimes they are the last to step forward and ask for help," said transition specialist Donna Frazier. "So, we are providing that help for them. Then to let them know that we are all about success and we help push them. But, once they get out into the real world it is all about access."

Students got to hear from the first minor to join the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. She talked with them about advocacy and letting their voices be heard.

"I know for me, with a ventilator, with a feeding tube, there is so much more that goes into adulting than your average teen," said Lillian Dejean. "So advocacy plays such a big part in that because you have to advocate at doctors offices, at schools, everywhere you go, especially as a disabled person."

Students who missed out on the fair can contact the transition specialist at donna.frazier@rpsb.us.

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