Do you need a summer internship? Would you like the chance to work in our nation’s capital? Check out the opportunities offered through the Greater Washington Internship Coalition. You can read their message below, or head straight over to their website,


A Message from Francis Vhay, of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD):

“Participating in an internship is a great way to learn new skills and develop your personal and professional interests. You can expand your network and make connections while gaining valuable work experience. Please consider exploring the Greater Washington Internship Coalition, a group of internship programs based in the greater Washington, DC area that looks to include young people with disabilities. The Coalition is a one-stop opportunity for college students with disabilities and emerging professionals with disabilities to seek and receive information on unique internship programs for them!

“Some of these internship programs are specifically for people with disabilities, while others are looking to include more students with disabilities in their programs. Most programs are based in Washington, DC, though some are nationwide, and many (though not all) provide a stipend, pay, or even housing so that it is easier for all students to come to DC for a semester or the summer. You can explore the webpage here:, and follow the links to each organization’s webpage to find out more the internship requirements and to apply. Questions about specific internship programs should be directed to each organization.

“The nation’s Capital is a great place to do an internship. Washington, DC is home to thousands of awesome opportunities for you to explore as you launch your career. You can intern at federal agencies, on the Capitol Hill, at the White House, in the private or nonprofit sector, and even at a theater company! There are internships available for students with all types of interests and educational backgrounds, from STEM fields, to international development, to political science, to arts management. Many of the deadlines for summer 2014 opportunities are coming up between December and March.  Please explore the webpage and consider applying to one of these fantastic programs!”


Frances Vhay

The HSC Foundation Youth Transitions Fellow

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

2013 H Street NW, 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20006

Tel: 202-521-4306 (Voice/TTY)

Looking to learn more about youth transition and employment opportunities? Follow me on Twitter! @Youth_Fellow


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Due to an unknown database issue, some Faculty Notification Letters were never emailed.

If your instructor has not received his or her notification of your accommodations for Winter 2014, please notify DAS immediately and we will resend your notification letters.

You can contact DAS by calling 541-737-4098, emailing, or coming to the main DAS office at A200 Kerr. Our office hours are 8-5, Monday to Friday. We will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2014.

If you haven’t opted into the new OSU Gmail account, now is the time. By the end of this calendar year, all ONID email addresses will be moved to Google Apps.

If you’ve set up your ONID email to forward, or have turned on the accessibility options that you prefer, you’ll have to adjust your settings on the new Google App as well. Our Assistive Technology Manager, Alex Axelsson, has put together a useful guide to accessibility in the new OSU Google Apps. For assistance in setting up your new account, please contact the Computer Help Desk (in person at the Valley Library, by phone at 541-737-3474, or via email at You can also stop by the DAS office with questions about accessibility settings.


Guide to Google Apps Accessibility

The merger to Google Apps for students may affect accessibility. Here are some links from Google that covers the accessibility aspect for some of the Google Apps.



Google Mail for Oregon State University is not limited to the gmail web interface. A third party application can be used (e.g., Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple Mail).

How to set up your IMAP client using a 3rd party application:


If you wish to use the web interface it is recommended to take a moment to review the keyboard shortcuts that are available for gmail.

Gmail and screen reader setup (web interface):

Learn more about the keyboard shortcuts available:


Google Calendar:

This calendar is somewhat accessible using the web interface, but it is most accessible by using a third party application for your Calendar needs (e.g., Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple Mail).

If students do want to use the web based Calendar interface it is recommended to switch to “List mode” for best results.

How to set up your Calendar to sync with a 3rd party application: 

To sync your calendar with a third party application you will need to find the iCal address for your google calendar. To do this, follow these steps

1. Log in to your Google Calendar account.

2. Go to Settings – Select Settings in the drop down list.

3. Tab until you get to Calendars (next to General).

4. Navigate until you hear the calendar with your user name. Press Enter.

5. Tab until you hear iCal. Press enter. This will open up a new window. Tab until you hear the URL that represents your iCal address. Copy this address.

6. Start your 3rd party application (e.g., Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, etc.)

7. In the application of your choice, find the option to import calendar. Select from internet or web address.

8. Paste the iCal address into the required field.

9. Your application should now sync with your Google Apps calendar.

Using the web interface and the calendar with a screen reader

List of keyboard shot cuts for Calendar using the web interface


Google Drive:

Google recommends users to use the Google screen reader (ChromeVox) in use with the Google Chrome web browser for best result in accessing Google Docs and Google sheets from an accessibility standpoint.

It is possible to use another screen reader with different web browsers but content may be limited.

How to use Google Docs (Word like) with you screen reader:

How to Use Google Sheets (Excel like) with your screen reader:

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is asking for participants in a survey on disability and employment.

Follow this link to take the survey.

The survey takes about 10 minutes, you can opt-in for a chance to win $500.

From NCIL: “The survey questions are well designed and have the power to shape debate about disability policy. Power and control of policies can be ours for the taking, but we need a very large sample size and strong participation from the grassroots disability community to ensure that the results are valid.

“The results of this poll will be shared with the White House, all 50 Governors, top media, disability groups, and more!

“Anything that you can do to engage a broad range of stakeholders to fill out the survey would be greatly appreciated. Please share the survey with your Twitter, Facebook and email followers.

“The results of each individual will be confidential, but the overall results will be made public.

“For further information, please contact Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at or 202-365-0787.”

Visit for more information about the National Council on Independent Living.

Attention, college students graduating next year who are legally (or totally) blind. The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) is pairing students nationwide with mentors who are also legally blind and working in a similar field of interest.

Opportunities include face-to-face mentoring, job shadowing, and networking.  They offer career preparation resources and student incentives to participate.

Students must be under age 35 and should sign up by December 2013.  Professionals who are blind and interested in serving as mentors are also encouraged to apply. For more info, visit For questions, contact Jamie O’Mally at, or call 662-325-2001 or toll free at 1-800-675-7782.

Please share this information with anyone you think may be interested!

Come see the new OSU Disability Network space in Milam 306.

The space was created in conjunction with the School of History, Philosophy & Religion’s renovation project, and is shared with the school’s new “Ethics pod,” but they hope to plan to expand in the future.  The space can be used for reading groups, meetings, socializing… ideas are welcome!

Stop by any time, or come in this Friday, Nov. 15 from 3-5 PM during the SHPR Open House for treats and door-prizes.

Fall term is quickly approaching and Oregon State University has planned some exciting events to help you get CONNECTed to campus. The Scholar Symposium events can help you brush up on your math skills. You can also take a tour from experienced students who will point out the best study spots on-campus.

On Friday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. in the MU Quad you can join other new and returning students to be Powered by Orange (Juice) and help break the world record for number of individuals drinking orange juice at once.

Dixon Recreation Center is also hosting free “Fit Pass” classes all week.

Check out these great events and more at:

Have you ever struggled with anxiety? Are you shy but feel like you could get more out of your college experience? Want to build skills to be a more effective student? Sign up for a group from CAPS by calling 541-737-2131. Here are some examples of groups for Spring 2012:

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.
Group 1: Monday 12-2 (Emotion Regulation Skills). Contact Diana or Ali
Group 2: Wednesday 3-5 (Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness skills). Contact Diana

Managing ADHD: Strategies and Support
Group for graduate and non-traditional students to process their experiences at OSU. Time and Day: TBD Contact Salaheddine

Mind Over Mood
Learn different ways to manage your anxiety and/or depression through cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness. Contact Lilia
Group 1: Wednesdays, 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Meets weeks 3, 4, 5, 6,
Group 2: Wednesdays , 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Meets weeks 7, 8, 9, 10

Student Life with Bipolar Challenges
Vania Manipod, DO is a Psychiatry resident physician at CAPS and SHS. Join Vania in this supportive/educational group to discuss the challenges and strategies of living with bipolar disorder during the university years. Time and Day: TBD. Contact Vania

Social Skills
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. Mondays, 4pm to 5pm. Contact Emi