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Upcoming ODS, Campus Events, and Related Opportunities!:


The Career Expo for People With Disabilities & Wounded Warriors
 
DATE: Friday, November 17, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Buiding -1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. , Washington, DC

Join us at our Washington, DC Career Expo to meet with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies looking to recruit new talent.  We encourage you to pre-register online to attend this event.

To pre-register, go to www.eop.com/expo
(If you already registered for this event, please disregard email

For further info, e-mail us at info@eop.com

FREE ADMISSION TO CAREER EXPO
You must be dressed in business or military attire when attending the Career Expo.
Bring numerous, printed copies of your resume to give to potential employers.
Must be at least 18 years of age

Here Are Some of the Many Companies that will be Recruiting:

Deloitte (SPONSOR), Northrop Grumman (SPONSOR), Capital One, National Student Clearing, U.S. Department of State, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, American University, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, National Credit Union Administration, American Institute for Research, NCI Inc., Navy Civilian Careers – NAVSEA/NAVAIR, Navy Civilian Careers – SPAWAR, Kaiser Permanente, Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. (FDIC), Smithsonian Institution, National Science Foundation, DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis, Kearney & Company, Social Security Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jefferson Science Associates, and many more…

HOSTED BY:
CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine

ASSOCIATION SPONSORS: 
Association On Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
Career Opportunities for Students With Disabilities (COSD)

MEDIA SPONSOR: 
The Washington Post


DCC Open House

The Disability Cultural Center (DCC) will be hosting an Open House on Friday, October 27th, from 11 am – 1 pm, at the Disability Cultural Center, 230 Schine Student Center. Inclusive snacks provided. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided.  If you require other accommodations, or have any questions, please contact sudcc@syr.edu by October 20, 2017.


Are you an SU student registered with the Office of Disability Services? Are you interested in practicing discussing accommodations with a professor?

I’m a graduate student who has a disability and I’m looking for participants for a research study.  The study consists of a simulation in which you can practice discussing accommodations with an actor who is trained to portray a professor.   

Full details of the study are below.  Please contact Justin Freedman at jefreedm@syr.edu if you are interested or if you have any questions.

Dear Students,

           My name is Justin Freedman and I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Education studying Special Education.  I am working on my dissertation and I am interested in learning about how university students who identify with a disability discuss accommodations with their professors.

            I am inviting you to participate in a research study that will begin with a brief initial interview about accommodations that you receive. Then, the main aspect of participating in this study is the opportunity to practice having a conversation about accommodations through participating in a simulation.  The simulation involves you discussing accommodations for a course with an actor who is trained to play the role of your professor.

In the simulation, you will carry on a discussion with the actor just as you deem appropriate, but the simulation will last no longer than 20 minutes. Afterwards, you will be asked to participate in a small group de-briefing about what it was like to participate in the simulation. The simulations and de-briefing will be video recorded. There will also be an optional follow-up opportunity for you to come back and watch your video of the interactions you had with the actor. Between interviews and participating in the simulation, the total time commitment for participating in this study is approximately 2-3 hours of your time.

          The idea of participating in a simulation may be uncomfortable, but remember that this is only a simulation, and not an actual conversation with one of your professors.

To ensure privacy, all initial interviews will be conducted in a private conference room on the campus of Syracuse University, either in the School of Education or in Bird Library. The simulation and small group de-briefing will be conducting at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Skills Center. Optional follow-up interviews will also be conducted in a private room at the Clinical Skills Center, where you will watch and discuss the video of your simulation with me.

            As a student who identifies as having a disability myself, I am aware that many students choose not to disclose a disability label to others. I want to make you aware upfront that because this study involves small group de-briefings, other participants will be aware of your identity as someone who receives disability related accommodations. At the same time, this small group discussion may be beneficial, as they will allow you to share your experiences with students who may have had similar experiences.

If you agree to participate in this study, you are agreeing to allow me to access the video tape of your simulation and group de-briefing, as well as audio recordings of initial and follow-up interviews. It is very important that you understand that any identify information such as your names will be kept confidential and pseudonyms will be used in any written records. If you agree to participant, I will also ask that you consent to not sharing the identities or personal information of other students who choose to participate in the study.

Lastly, I would like to compensate you for your time. You will receive up to a $25 Amazon gift card e-mailed to you for participating in this study.  Here is how compensation will work:

If you withdrawal before completing the initial interview, you will not be compensated.

If you withdrawal after completing only the initial interview, you will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

If you withdrawal after completing both the initial interview and the simulation with de-briefing, you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

You may choose to participate in a follow-up interview, but you will have already been fully compensated regardless of participating in this final task.

If you are interested in participating in this research project or have any questions, concerns, or complaints about this project, you can contact me at (609) 610-5455, or by e-mail at jefreedm@syr.edu. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, or have questions, concerns, or complaints that you wish to address to someone other than myself, or if you cannot reach me, contact the Syracuse University Institutional Review Board at +1(315) 443-3013, orip@syr.edu.

Thank you for your interest in this project. I look forward to hearing from you­­.

Best regards,

Justin Freedman


Watch this!: TEDx Talk

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A hiring opportunity that you might qualify for is below:

“My name is Joan Oh and I am the Program Manager at Integrate – Autism Employment Advisors. Integrate Autism Employment Advisors Inc., formerly ASTEP, Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership, is assisting a private foundation located in New York City in recruiting a college graduate for a full time position as a Finance Associate in their Finance Department as part of the company’s autism hiring initiative. Our client is a non-profit foundation with a focus on research. Applicants should have a degree in accounting and solid understanding and mastery of accounting concepts and processes.

This is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profile.  Integrate provides recruiting, training and onboard support for its clients with the dual objective of creating an autism friendly organization and opportunities for qualified professionals on the autism spectrum. Individuals who are graduating in 2017 or in the last few years are strongly encouraged to apply. More information about the full-time position is provided below.
Please share this information with any and all students or alumni who may be interested and qualified for the position, and have the applicants send the completed application and their resume to my colleague, Tracy Powell-Rudy at Tracy@Integrateadvisors.org.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy at 914-861-2328, or myself via email (joan@integrateadvisors.org) or via phone. I have attached the application to this email for your convenience.”

Integrate job application


RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting  stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, is pleased to announce the hiring of Christopher Trujillo as its new National Leadership Director.

Prior to joining RespectAbility, Trujillo worked at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) as the Member Development Specialist. He managed the recruitment process, was responsible for generating new member revenue, developed recruitment matrixes, processes and strategies, and presented at various conferences nationwide. Before joining GEO, he worked at the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (GEO) as Senior Coordinator of Chapter Development where he served as a coach and mentor to high achieving scholars at universities and community colleges.

Trujillo is a trained educator and holds a bachelor’s degree in visual art studies and a minor in professional development from the University of North Texas. The youngest of 12 children, he has a sibling with developmental disabilities and an aunt with Cerebral Palsy.

Trujillo is excited about serving at RespectAbility, as he will have the opportunity to work with Fellows who are interested in impacting the lives of people with disabilities.

“As a person of color with a learning disability, I know how hard it can be finding a place to fit in,” Trujillo said.“Being part of the RespectAbility team will provide a platform for me to help educate, train and mentor others, fight stigma and inequalities, increase diversity in the disability community and create new opportunities for others like me.”

Said RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, “We had an exhaustive national search for someone with the highest skills, integrity, passion and vision. We are honored and delighted that Trujillo will take the reins of our National Leadership Program. He is an ideal role model and professional to recruit and train young leaders who are committed to people with disabilities and who want to go into public service, media and advocacy. Trujillo will enable leaders to achieve their dreams – while building a diverse talent pipeline for the disability movement.”

Graduates of the program have gone on to work for the White House, think tanks and in public affairs and advocacy, as well as to numerous high-level law schools and masters programs for public policy.

The Fellowship is supported by the Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation, which enabled the Fellowship to hire its first Director in 2015, as well as the Ford Foundation, whose grant now enables RespectAbility to include more participants with multiple minority status and/or low-income candidates who cannot afford unpaid Washington internships.

Applications Open

RespectAbility is accepting applications from potential Fellows to serve within the National Leadership Program. There are several fellowship opportunities:

Trujillo works directly with Fellows to provide them with professional work experiences and resources that will support their career goals and simultaneously advance RespectAbility’s mission. He is responsible for recruiting qualified Fellows, providing training related to their skills development (e.g., writing, research, computer, networking, social media, public speaking, resume writing), and working with Fellows to organize relevant presentations and special events. In addition, he serves as a mentor to aid in the Fellows’ completion of assigned tasks and assists graduates of the program with securing employment and/or entrance to graduate schools.

The National Leadership Program has three cohorts of Fellows – in the fall, spring and summer – for a total of at least 24 Fellows. There are rolling admissions for each cohort. Currently, fall 2017 Fellowship applications are being accepted.

All participants will be trained in advocacy, media and leadership; they will learn how to communicate successfully with people who hold leadership positions in government, commerce or the disability advocacy field. With assistance from the Director, fellows will work with the other professional staff members on various projects throughout the organization, including in employment advocacy, faith inclusion, stigma reduction and development.

“Our fellowship program continues to thrive,” Mizrahi said. “To date, we have had more than 80 fellows, half of whom self identify as a person with a disability, half of whom do not but want to work in the disability field and/or support our agenda. With Trujillo now here to lead our efforts, we are looking forward to a a robust future.”

The National Leadership Program enables young leaders to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or go directly into careers in public policy, media or advocacy. This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. People with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply but applicants must have a strong commitment to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

There are opportunities for both paid and unpaid Fellowships. Unpaid fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend. Lunch is provided daily for all fellows. In addition, all fellows participate in special presentations by guest speakers and intensive strategic communications workshops. RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. Persons with disabilities and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Christopher Trujillo, National Leadership Director, at ChristopherT@RespectAbility.org


Are you interested in Disability Advocacy? Consider joining Delta Alpha Pi! ODS’ Honor Society! Apply here

Undergraduate Students must have a 3.0 or better GPA and at least 24 credits completed to be eligible.

Graduate Students must have a 3.3 or better GPA and at least 18 credits completed to be eligible.


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