Entry Point!, a division of American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be holding interviews on Tuesday, January 29th, 2012, for PAID Summer Internships in 2013.

Companies include NASA, IBM, Merck, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, L’Oreal, and university science laboratories. Sign up now for an interview if you meet the following four requirements (must meet all requirements to participate):

  1. Are a full-time DAS undergraduate or graduate student majoring in science, engineering, computer science, math, accounting or finance field
  2. Have at least one term of school remaining after the internship
  3. Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  4. Are a U.S. citizen (or you have a right-to-work permit)

This opportunity is ONLY available to students 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).

College students with disabilities looking for an opportunity to jump start their career path may need to look no further.

Emerging Leaders, coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships nationwide that provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

“Since NBDC began offering the Emerging Leaders program, qualified applicants have been placed in internship positions at a wide spectrum of businesses all across the United States,” explained, Laura M. Francis, Executive Director at the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center, a comprehensive resource for Fortune 1000 companies seeking to include people with disabilities in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain. “Given the tough competition for jobs at all levels and the fact that people with disabilities continue to be employed at much lower rates than people without disabilities, it is clear that employment preparation and engagement for our younger generation is more important than ever.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Employment Report, the unemployment rate in October for people with disabilities is 12.9%, far greater than the general unemployment rate of 7.9%. In fact, the unemployment rate has been in the 13% range for people with disabilities most of the past year. The BLS report also noted that in October there were 23.3 million people with disabilities who were not working.

Further, people with disabilities who have the educational requirements to find rewarding and satisfying jobs continue to participate in the workforce at a lower rate than the general population. Only 33% of people with disabilities, holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher, are employed versus 80% of those without disabilities.

“Often intelligent, young men and women with disabilities are denied the opportunities for a strong start to their career that other college students enjoy, such as internship experiences,” noted John D. Kemp, President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, “and many studies have proven that volunteering or participating in an internship are the best predictors of future success in the workplace.”

The program gives students priceless insight that can positively impact their career development. “My Emerging Leaders internship was an ideal introduction into corporate America and opened my eyes to possible career paths. My manager and colleagues mentored me and ensured that I had every opportunity to gain new skills, grow my strengths, and network. My experience this summer is invaluable,” said Kylie Long, Emory College, Emerging Leaders Class of 2012.

Jason Lee, a New York University student, summed up his experience, “The internship has prepared me to tackle the real world and have confidence in doing so. Truly, Emerging Leaders is like no other program. You receive guidance and opportunities to grow and learn. I will forever remember this program as the first major stepping-stone to the real world.”

Applications for the program are due by January 18, 2013. For more information about the program and to apply, undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities may visit http://emerging-leaders.com.

Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology. Learn more at viscardicenter.org .


QUESTIONS? CONTACT: Kim Brussell, kbrussell@viscardicenter.org, 516.465.1608

The West Elevator in Cordley Hall is being replaced. The elevator will be out of service starting December 3. It is expected to be finished in March 2013.

Until then, there is another elevator on the northeast side of the building, so the upper and lower floors will still be accessible. If you experience difficulties because of this project, or to express any concerns, please contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


Register now for a great way to see a new place, make new friends, and make a difference!


Alternative breaks are a fun way for students to participate in community service projects in places around the country and around the world. This year, three trips are being sponsored by OSU’s Center for Civic Engagement:


Hunger & Homelessness:   San Francisco, California                  


Explore homelessness issues in major urban areas. Provide service work such as preparing and serving meals. Students will also complete indirect service projects, such as facility improvements and assisting organizations prepare for fundraisers. Spend time learning about San Francisco and all the city has to offer.


Community & Cultural Engagement: Yakima, Washington           


Discover the cultures of the Yakima Valley. Work with new migrant workers with their English language skills, help at afterschool children’s programs or work the land. Visit the Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage Center and learn how the area’s history has influenced its people.


Environmental  Restoration & Conservation: Ashland, Oregon    


Learn about conservation and restoration issues in Ashland, OR. Get hands-on experience participating in restoration projects, meet with local environmental leaders, and learn about the ways humans impact local ecosystems. This trip gets physical – some labor and lots of hiking around outdoors. Bring your rain gear!


Applications are due before 5 p.m. Monday, November 26.


Applications and further information on each trip, along with lodging, trip fees and meal information, can be found on the CCE’s Alternative Spring Break webpage at http://oregonstate.edu/cce/alternativebreaks.


DAS has a new tool that may help improve your grades! We are testing a new product, Smartpen by Lifescribe. Students use the pen to take notes as usual but the pen links your notes with an audio of your lecture. The user writes in a special notebook with the pen, and the pen is capable of ‘remembering’ where your instructor was in his/her lecture at the moment you wrote the note, enabling you to read over your notes after class, and replay what the instructor said when the note was written. You are also able to download free software and upload the notes and lecture audio to the program. Then the program will show you the page of notes, and highlight what you were writing as the lecture plays over the computer speakers.

If you believe the Smartpen may be helpful for you, stop by the DAS office for a two week trial with one of our pens. To reserve your pen, please e-mail our office and set up a time to come in for a brief tutorial. We only have a few pens so act fast!


The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) will be holding on-campus interviews Monday, November 5th, 2012, for PAID Summer Jobs in 2013. 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 the following requirements:

  1. have a disability, and
  2. are a U.S. citizen, and
  3. are enrolled full-time at OSU (unless reduced course load is authorized as a disability-related accommodation) OR you graduated since Fall 2011.

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).

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: http://connect.oregonstate.edu

The United States Census Bureau has released updated statistics on the population of people with disabilities in the U.S. According to the new figures, 56.7 million Americans (18.7% of the population) have some type of disability. Of this number, an estimated 38.3 million (12.6%) have a disability characterized as “severe.”

The findings, which are contained in a study based on the Bureau’s 2010 Survey of Income and Program Participation, also provide estimates on the prevalence of different types of disability:

• vision impairment: 8.1 million (3.3%)
• hearing impairment: 8 million (3.1%)
• difficulty walking or climbing stairs: 30.6 million (12.6%), including people who use wheelchairs (3.6 million) and canes, crutches, or walkers (11.6 million)
• difficulty lifting or grasping: 19.9 million (8.2%)
• cognitive, mental, or emotional impairments: 15.2 million (6.3%)

The Bureau’s report, “Americans with Disabilities: 2010,” also covers distribution by age and gender and provides estimates on various economic factors, including employment rate, income levels, program participation, and health insurance coverage. The report and related information are available on the Census Bureau’s website.

Additional telling stats relate to unemployment rates and income:

• unemployed: 59% of people aged 21 to 64 with a disability, of those with “severe” disabilities the unemployment rate rises to 72%
• median income: $23532 for people aged 21 to 64 with a disability, compared to $32688 for those with no disability
• poverty: 29% of people aged 15 to 64 with “severe” disabilities, 18% of people with non-severe disabilities

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Written by: Gabriel Merrell, OSU Office of Equity and Inclusion

Incight, a non-profit organization based out of Portland, OR is looking for job seekers with disabilities to participate in a Live Resume event on August 16.

What: Live Resume is an opportunity for job seekers to present their experiences and credentials in person to 10-15 employers. Selected participants will have three minutes to verbally present themselves to employers. After the presentations there is 45 minutes of networking.

Who: Job ready individuals who want to meet local businesses, work on their networking skills and practice their interviewing technique.

When: August16, 2012 – 7:30a.m. – 9:30a.m.

Where: Selected participants will be informed of the location

Why: To find gainful employment.

How? Please read this carefully – Participation in Live Resume is a competitive process, there are twenty spots for job seekers. Interested individuals with disabilities need to submit their resumes and what type of job you’re are looking for to Tiana Tozer at tiana@incight.org no later than July 20, 2012. Depending on the number of resumes, individuals may be asked to provide additional information. Resumes and additional information, if requested, will be reviewed and selected candidates will be asked to come in for a pre-interview at the Incight office in downtown Portland. Pre-screening interviews will take place July 23-25 and July 30–August 1. Candidates who are selected to participate in the actual event will be expected to attend a practice session also in downtown Portland on Monday August 13. The actual event will take place on Thursday, August 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Please contact Tiana Tozer with any questions at tiana@incight.org or (971) 244-0305.