The American Association on Health & Disability (AAHD) has posted their scholarship information for 2014-2015.

Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014 in order to qualify. Visit their website for more information. Other scholarship sponsors are beginning to post information and applications, so now is the time to start applying. Visit the DAS scholarship page for some ideas

Summer internship applications are also opening up – if you’re interested in getting an internship this summer, it’s time to start looking!

Are you interested in learning about social justice here at OSU? The Intercultural Student Services office, in cooperation with other offices within the Division of Student Affairs, has started registration for Winter term social justice retreats. Both are detailed below. Please visit the ISS Retreats page for further information.

There will also be an information session for students to learn more about the retreats on Thursday, November 20th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in MU 208.


Racial Aikido Retreat

Racial Aikido seeks to empower Students of Color at predominantly White institutions (PWI) using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that People of Color may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools for People of Color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism. By the conclusion of the retreat students will have a better understanding of White privilege, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of their multiple identities. Students will learn by active participation how to recognize racism, respond to racism in a self-affirming and positive manner that is appropriate for the situation, and replenish by taking care of their needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self. This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR.


Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat

The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat focuses on White identity development, White privilege, and oppression in both personal and institutional contexts, and introduces strategies to dismantle oppressive systems. We will look atways that understanding these issues will help us address White privilege and oppression in ourselves and with other White people and become better allies for social justice.  This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at the B’nai B’rith Camp near Lincoln City, OR.


If you have any questions about either of these retreats, or need to request accommodations, please contact Miguel Arellano at or 541-737-9857


To learn more about the retreats or to apply for a retreat please go to Web address:

Are you interested in BioMedical programs for graduate school? You now can visit with representatives from programs around the country by participating in a free online grad school fair for students with disabilities.

Presented by BioGAP and provided through the online virtual career fair service, CareerEco, the BioMedical Sciences Grad School fair will be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

For additional information or to register, please visit their website. They have also provided a list of schools that will be attending under the “Students/Alumni: Learn More” link.

Disability Access Services is rolling out new testing features for Fall 2014. We have simplified the Testing accommodation process for our students, and streamlined it for our faculty as well.

Students request alternative testing accommodations the same way they always have. After the students’ requests are approved, faculty will receive a Notification of Academic Accommodations email with a link to submit an Alternative Testing Agreement.

The Alternative Testing Agreement identifies all of the information that students, faculty and DAS need to know about administering testing accommodations – whether the faculty member or DAS will be proctoring the exam and providing the accommodations, where the exam will be taken, and what the exam instructions are. This agreement only needs to be filled out once per class – it will automatically be copied to any other students requesting testing accommodations in the class.

This Agreement replaces the Testing Contract, which students & faculty used to fill out together. This new process eliminates one step for students and simplifies it for the faculty, who no longer have to fill out individual contracts for each of their DAS students.

For additional details about the new process, and a full explanation of the student & faculty responsibilities and expectations, please visit our DAS Student Handbook chapter on Alternative Testing, or the DAS Faculty Guidelines.

Have any questions? Please feel free to contact, or call the main DAS office at 541-737-4098.

AAHD Frederick J Krause Scholarship On Health & Disability

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is accepting applications for the AAHD Scholarship Program (2014-2015) which supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education in a field related to disability and health.  Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, behavioral health, epidemiology, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are limited to under $1,000. Scholarships are competitive each year. Please visit the AAHD website at to download application.


Deadline for submission is November 15, 2014.


For information, please contact Maria Manolatos, AAHD Scholarship Coordinator, at


American Association on Health and Disability

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If you’re planning to be on campus over the summer, please be aware that this year’s annual steam system shutdown is scheduled for June 15-18, 2014. The closure could affect hot water and building temperatures.

Contacts and further information can be found on the Facilities Services Outages blog at

If you couldn’t fit it into your schedule before, you get another chance! Kathleen Bogart will be teaching Psychology of Disability once again this fall.

18746 Psychology of Disability–Psy 499/599

T/TH 12:00-1:50, Fall 2014

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One out of five people have or will develop a disability in their lifetime, but we rarely think about society’s underlying assumptions regarding this common human experience. This course will explore disability from social psychological and disability studies perspectives. We will explore the social construction of disability and its inter- and intra-personal ramifications. This course departs from traditional psychology courses that focus on impairments within the individual and attempt to normalize people with disabilities. Instead, this class will explore how society’s conception of disability is the main source of handicap.

If you’re looking for a great opportunity to volunteer, look no further! The Center for Civic Engagement has opened registration for the Day of Caring, Friday May 30th. They have asked to have the following message distributed throughout the OSU community:

“Registration for Day of Caring Service Projects on Friday May 30th is now OPEN! Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in this day of service. Choose from 14 different service projects with 12 community partners. Projects will take place at various times in the afternoon and check-in will be on campus at the Dixon lower courts, with transportation provided from there.  The Center for Civic Engagement is partnering with the United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties to host this event.  Work will include options ranging from outdoor park cleanups and invasive species removal to community garden maintenance to facility cleanup, crafting, program preparation, home building, and much more! Many projects can accommodate children and youth as well.


Registration is required, so be sure to reserve your spot by signing up here:”

For accommodations related to ability, please call 541-737-3041 or email

Come listen to special guest speaker Chris Downey, “an architect who lost his sight and gained a new way of seeing the world.”

Chris Downey at OSU
Chris Downey will be speaking at Oregon State University on Tuesday, May 13th.

An active architect before and after the loss of his vision, Downey is now a member of the board of directors for the San Francisco LightHouse Organization, and also teaches about accessibility and universal design at UC Berkeley. He is one of the few practicing blind architects in the world. With his personal business, Architecture for the Blind, Downey has consulted on the Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center in Paolo Alto, CA; the Duke University Eye Center Clinic in Durham, NC; and the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, CA.

During his trip to OSU, Downey will give four different presentations, with the main event on Tuesday May 13th at 6:30 pm in the Linus Pauling Science Center lecture hall. This event is open to the public.


Accommodations related to disability can be requested at or by calling 925-451-9726.


Presentation Schedule

Tuesday, May 13th:

Academic Presentation, 2:30-4:30 PM, MU Journey Room

Main Presentation, 6:30-7:30 PM, LPSC 125

Wednesday, May 14th:

Design Based Presentation 1, 9:15-10:45 AM, MU 208

Design Based Presentation 2, 11:00-12:30 PM, MU Journey Room