Many college students with disabilities are denied the support they need because their IEPs or 504 Plans are not accepted as proof of their disability. The Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act addresses this problem by amending the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) to ensure that students with disabilities thrive in college. The bill was reintroduced in Congress recently but needs your help to become law.
We need more Members of Congress to show their support in order for the bill to pass. Ask your representatives to sponsor the RISE Act to improve the lives of college students with disabilities.
The RISE Act helps students with disabilities transition to and succeed in college by:
- Requiring colleges to accept a student’s IEP, 504 plan, or prior evaluation as sufficient proof of their disability when seeking accommodations
- Making information about disability services in college more accessible for families and students.
- Supporting a technical assistance center for college faculty to learn more about the needs of students with disabilities.