Of the 15  million children growing up in poverty, only 8% will ever graduate from college. That’s ~14 million children missing out on the opportunities they deserve. Join the thousands of others working to combat this inequality with just a resume and a 500 word essay.

Click here to view the application: https://www.teachforamerica.org/online/info/index.jsp

See the impact you can have here: http://www.youtube.com/user/teachforamerica

Benefits include:

  • Full salary and benefits ranging from $30,000-$52,000 (depending on region/cost of living)
  • Two year deferral/forbearance on loans
  • AmeriCorps Education Award of $10,700 over two years
  • Preferred living location, subject area, and grade level for all our teachers
  • Graduate school and employer partnerships
  • We accept ALL academic backgrounds and majors

Benefits of Applying early:

  • Increased chances at receiving preferred regional, subject, and grade level placement (though positions continue to remain open at our last deadline)
  • Acceptance and job notification by November (peace of mind!)
  • Receive full funding for transitional loans and grants (up to $6,000)

To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org or contact Tony Emerson at tony.emerson@teachforamerica.org.




The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) will be holding on-campus interviews Friday Nov 4, for PAID Summer Jobs in 2012. Many positions lead to permanent employment upon graduation. Open to all majors and levels, freshmen through graduates!

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Employers include agencies such as Departments of Defense, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Social Security Administration; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; the Farm Credit Administration, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Many (but not all) positions are outside of Oregon.

Sign up now for an interview if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • have a disability, and
  • are a U.S. citizen, and
  • are enrolled full-time at OSU (unless reduced course load is authorized as a disability-related accommodation) OR you graduated since Fall 2010.

This opportunity is only available to students and recent graduates with disabilities! Hurry, interview spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For application materials and to sign up for an interview, contact Karen Hanson in the DAS office at (541) 737-8582 (voice) or Karen.Hanson@oregonstate.edu (email).

There are many opportunities to go abroad to live, work, and study. Check out the Global Opportunities Fair this Thursday!

Global Opportunities Fair
Thursday, Oct 6, 10am-2pm
MU Ballroom
Come learn about study abroad options, international internships, the International Degree and OSU international student organizations!

Accommodation requests can be made to Lillian Read at Lillian.Read@oregonstate.edu

For more information about accommodations and studying abroad for students with disabilities check out these resources:

International Programs at OSU: http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad/students/disabilities
Mobility International USA: http://www.miusa.org/

Research has found that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy. Further, when the issues involve relationships, group therapy is often more effective, because members can practice new ways of interacting and relating with their peers in the group.

Please call CAPS at 541.737.2131 to set up an introductory appointment to see if the group you are interested in is right for you.

Understanding Self and Others

Come join a safe and energizing group of your peers. Together, you will learn about yourself and better understand your relationships.

Group 1: Thursdays, 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Contact Brett or Isaac.

Group 2: Tuesdays, 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Contact Michele.

Understanding Self and Others: for Non-traditional & Graduate Students

Group for graduate and non-traditional students to process their experiences at OSU.

Women: Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Contact AJ.

Co-ed: TBD. Contact Marcey.

Enhancing Career Decision Making Through a Holistic Model

A 3-week workshop series. $28 fee for formal assessments.

Meets in the Career Services office. Contact Kyle Cassady.

November 1st, 8th, and 15th. 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Contact Career Services at 737-4085 to sign up.

Managing ADHD: Strategies & Support

An educational/support group that assists students in managing difficulties

with time planning, disorganization, procrastination and distractibility.

TBD ASC Waldo 114A. Contact Salaheddine.

Interpersonal Skills & Strategies

Do you feel shy and inhibited in your interactions with peers?  This group helps with building self-confidence and learning how to connect with peers.

Thursdays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Michele (CAPS) or Jo (DAS).

Grief and Loss Support Group

Supportive forum for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss.

Thursdays, 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Contact Beth W. or Salaheddine.

Gay Men’s Support

This is a group for any men along the sexuality spectrum that would like to support one another and create community.  We will address issues like coming out, relationships, staying healthy, substance abuse and dependence, and support within a hetero-centric culture.

Thursdays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Jim.

Bites with Beth

Beth Wasylow, PhD is a licensed psychologist at CAPS and identifies as a lesbian. Please consider joining Beth and others at the kitchen table at the Pride Center on Avenue A to explore, discuss and share our development as members of the LGBTQQIA community. Dessert will be provided at this 90 minute drop-in bimonthly gathering – bring your brown bag lunch.

Meets at the Pride Center, Thursdays, 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Meets during week 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 of the term. Contact Beth W.

•This recurring event is not eligible or meant to meet class requirements for either enrichment or credit.

Women and Body Image

This four session group for women will focus on improving body image.

Tuesdays, 4:00pm to 5:15pm.

November 8, 2011 to November 29, 2011.  Contact Mariette.

Women, Food, and Self-Esteem

Helps women with bulimia make progress toward recovery.

Begins Winter Term, Time TBD. Contact Mariette.

Women’s Empowerment

Offers support for women who have experienced sexual assault or abuse in their lives.

TBD. Contact Linda or Audrey.

Mind/Body Health for Graduate Women

What challenges do we face in accepting and loving ourselves as women? Come and share what it’s like to be a woman and learn how to balance your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The group will meet on Mondays for one hour of sharing/discussion and then on Wednesdays for one hour of yoga.

Meets at the Dixon Recreation Center.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Contact Michele (Inquire at CAPS); Kate Bridges will lead the yoga.

Mind Over Mood

Learn different ways to manage your anxiety and/or depression through cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness.

Wednesdays, 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

Starts October 12th (meets for four weeks) and

November 9th (meets for four weeks). Contact Lilia.


Mindfulness is an ancient meditation practice that facilitates calm, peace and balance in one’s life. The mindfulness group is a beginning group but will fit for all levels of practitioners. The goal of the group is to provide a space and time to learn and practice mindfulness.

Meets at CAPS, Fridays, 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Contact Jim.

SMART Recovery

This is a support group for those individuals who are wanting to stop or cut down on their habits that may be getting in the way of their plans, goals, and aspirations.  The group will be a safe place to explore, talk, and redesign our strategies to thrive.  This group avoids labels and is an alternative to 12-step programs.

CO-ED: Mondays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Jim

DBT Skills

If you struggle with managing your emotions, have chaos in your relationships, or often find yourself engaging in impulsive behaviors, the Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group is a place where you can learn new skills to build a life worth living. Members of the DBT skills group will learn and practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

Thursdays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Contact Diana Ali

International Student Circle

A group/workshop series for students dealing with experiences of adjusting to life in the U.S. and at OSU.  Begins Tuesday, October 11th.

Meets in the International Resource Center, Memorial Union.

Tuesdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Contact Salaheddine.

Group meets for six weeks, beginning the third week of the term.

Calling all students and other interested groups! We want your feedback!

Disability Access Services is collaborating with Facilities Services to purchase furniture for many of our classrooms on-campus. The purpose of this purchase is to make our classrooms more accessible to students with disabilities. Additionally, in the spirit of universal design, we hope that this furniture will provide additional seating options for students who need them because of a temporary injury, condition, pregnancy, etc.  We will be placing signs on the furniture, which will indicate that the seating is preferred for persons with disabilities (much like the language you see in public transportation).

Back in 2009, DAS solicited student feedback about lumbar support chairs. Given the feedback from 2009, we decided to explore the possibility of using a similar chair. We have been working with multiple vendors and have narrowed it down to the chairs and table you will see in the pictures below. Please use the “Leave a Reply” box below to post your feedback or contact us directly at Disability.Services@oregonstate.edu.

Come sit in our sample chair! DAS is located in A200 Kerr Administration Building.

We will be placing an order soon, so please provide your feedback by Friday, May 20th.

Lumbar Support Chair with Arms
Lumbar Support Chair with Arms
Lumbar Support Chair with No Arms
Lumbar Support Chair with No Arms
Crank Height Adjustable Table
Adjustable Table, 18" deep by 45" wide, adjustable from 27"-45"
Crank Height Adjustable Table
Full view of table, which will have a crank to adjust the height on the table.

Unfortunately the newest version of the Firefox web browser, version 4, does not support the DD Reader plug-in that you may have been using to access your E-Text. If you haven’t downloaded Firefox 4, you may want to wait until the plug-in is made compatible.

If you’ve already upgraded your Firefox, please download this portable version of Firefox 3.6:



1. Download the file from the link provided
2. Extract all the files to a folder in a desired location (Desktop, MyDocuments, etc.)
3. Open Firefox.exe and you can access DD Reader through the Tools menu, it is already installed and ready to go!

If you have any questions or need technical assistance please contact our office at 541-737-4098.

Unfortunately SQ3R is not the name of a Star Wars robot. It is a study technique developed in the 1940’s which is still utilized today. SQ3R helps students read strategically and more effectively learn the information.

Interested in improving your efficiency when reading your textbooks? Keep reading….

Here’s how it works…

Survey: Skim the textbook/reading. Pay close attention to the headings, sub-headings, and vocabulary words that are emphasized.

Question: Formulate questions about the chapter or reading based on the headings, sub-headings, and vocabulary. Ask yourself:

  • “What is this chapter about?”
  • “How does this information tie into information from lectures?”
  • “What are the most important points/concepts from the chapter?”

Be sure to write your questions down, so you can answer them after reading the text more thoroughly.

Read: Actively read the chapter/book/article by using a highlighter or taking notes. See if you get more answers to your questions that were formulated in step two.

wRite: Write the answers to your questions you formulated in step 2. If you have a study guide or homework associated with the reading it may be a good time to complete those.

Recall: This is probably the most important step in SQ3R. Challenge yourself by creating a study sheet or notecards and recalling the key concepts, answers to study questions, meaning of vocabulary words, etc. without looking at the answers. If you can’t recall the information out loud or in writing, chances are you didn’t learn the information and you will not be able to recall it during a test. Be sure to tune-up on any questions you missed or had difficulty with.

New Student Programs & Family Outreach is now hiring 2011 START Leaders or U-Engage Peer leader positions.   Both positions allow you to work closely with new students and assist them with their transition to OSU.  You can check out both positions below.

START Leader

START Leaders work throughout the summer assisting with OSU’s orientation, advising, and registration program: START. START Leaders also the opportunity to participate in CONNECT Week programs. START Leaders are required to take a Spring Quarter training course. This position is a paid position, with pay beginning during the summer.

U-Engage Peer Leader

U-Engage Peer Leaders assist in the First-Year Experience course U-ENGAGE. The U-Engage Leader position is not paid, but you are given course credit, you will also be required to take a Spring Quarter training course. This position offers you internship credit.

For more information go to oregonstate.edu/newstudents or attend one of the information sessions below.  Each session last about 30 minutes.

January 13th at 3:00pm in B008 Kerr Admin

January 18th at 12:00pm in B008 Kerr Admin

January 19th at 4:00pm in B008 Kerr Admin

Applications are due on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

You’re done with Finals! Congratulations. I’m willing to bet that there are some things that went really well for you, and perhaps some things that didn’t.

I invite you to do a little self-reflection…

  • How did the term go for you?
  • Did you meet your goals for academic success?
  • Did you meet your goals in other areas (i.e. health, wellness, etc.)?
  • What worked well for you?
  • What didn’t work so well for you?
  • What are some ways that you can learn from your mistakes? What are you looking to improve upon?

If organization is something you want to work on for next term, consider trying a system that was developed at Landmark College specifically for students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD.

Here’s how it works…

Prepare one notebook for each class. The reason why we don’t suggest using only one large three-ring binders for all of your classes is damage control. If you lose the binder for all your classes you’ll be in more trouble than if you only lose one binder for one class.

Set up your dividers with some standard categories:

  • Class notes
  • Assignments
  • Labs/Special Projects
  • Reading notes
  • Handouts
  • Graded Work (homework, essays, exams, lab reports, etc.)

If the above categories don’t make sense for the structure of your class, feel free to change them, but try and keep a consistent system that will be easy for you remember and stay organized.

More tips…

  • Label each binder with the class name, professor, date, and time, as well as contact information for you that is visible. This can help if you leave your binder somewhere.
  • Make sure that you print out your syllabus and include that in each class binder.
  • Create a system and stick to it! If you are constantly changing the way you organize your class materials, you’ll probably end up forgetting something, and you could be using the time you spend on organizing the way you organize on studying for your next exam.

For more tips on staying organized consider scheduling an appointment with an Academic Coach through DAS (541-737-4098) or the Academic Success Center (541-737-2272).

What you’ll need…

Three-hole punch
A Three-hole punch that can be inserted in the binder (Cost $2-$4 )
Notebook Paper
200 loose-leaf sheets of notebook paper (three-hole punched) (Cost $2-$4)
Dividers for a three ring binder, at least 6 (Cost $1-$3)
three-ring binder
1 three-ring binder for each class (Cost $1-$2)

“For people with ADD, to do piles might just as well be called never done piles.” – From Driven to Distraction

Finals are quickly approaching and you have a to-do list cluttered with a variety of to-do tasks to finish the term out strong. You might even have a variety of personal tasks mixed in including cleaning the house, doing laundry, and paying bills.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, disorganized, and unable to prioritize your time effectively try O.H.I.O. Only Handle it Once. O.H.I.O. is a concept taught by Dr. Edward Hallowell  to help his clients with ADD address the tendency to let things pile up, both figuratively and in reality. If you have found yourself creating stacks of mail, papers, even laundry that keeps getting larger and larger, and cluttering up your desk O.H.I.O. can help you get rid of that guilt, anxiety, and resentment surrounding tasks undone.

Here’s how it works…

When you receive a document try to only handle it once. Driven to Distraction, a national bestseller on ADD in adults makes the following three suggestions:

1.       Respond to the document/memo/e-mail/written material right away, or

2.       Throw the document away, or

3.       File it away permanently.

Obviously you wouldn’t want to throw your class syllabus or an important bill away, the key is setting aside a specific time to respond. For example, try setting aside time in the morning and evening to respond to e-mails. Schedule a specific time each week to pay bills. Create a system to organize your school paperwork, returned assignments, etc. so that documents aren’t piling up on your workspace.

If you have a task that is looming and you begin to feel guilt or anxiety about it do that task first. You will feel much better and over time you’ll notice that things are not piling up as much.

If you need help setting up a system of organization, consider Academic Coaching from DAS or the Academic Success Center at OSU. Academic coaches can help you find an organizational strategy that works for you!