IPSE Day 2022

Join us on May 15, 2022 to celebrate Inclusive Postsecondary Education Day (IPSE) Day!

IPSE Day is a day to raise awareness and spread the word about inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) options for students with intellectual disability. IPSE means that students with intellectual disability can go to college, regardless of their test scores and high school diplomas, just like their peers and siblings.

Students with and without intellectual disability can go to college together. All students learn more academically and socially when taught together in inclusive classrooms (Taylor et al., 2021). “Faculty observed that the inclusion of college students with ID benefited the students themselves, but also benefited other college students, the classroom environment, and the instructors” (p. 6-7).

Today, there are about 5,300 colleges and universities in the U.S., and just over 300 have options for students with intellectual disability. While there are more options now than ever before, we still have work to do. So many students, parents, teachers, and college staff don’t know that college is an option for students with intellectual disability.

IPSE gives students with intellectual disability the opportunity to dream bigger. On May 15, help us tell a new story about inclusive postsecondary education! Share your #IPSEDay2022 story on social media.

Visit Think College to learn more about what you can do to expand inclusive postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disability.

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Upcoming Graduate Student Spotlight: Jake Schoen!

Help us celebrate Jake!

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TOPS wants to recognize all of the hard work and accomplishments of the upcoming TOPS graduates by hearing about their individual experiences. This time, we had the pleasure of speaking with Jake Schoen. Below is the interview with Jake.

What is your name?

My name is Jake Schoen.

When did you start TOPS?

I started TOPS in August 2018.

What was your favorite class at TOPS?

My favorite class was Acting 3 because I love acting and monologues.

What is one of your favorite memories from TOPS?

My favorite memory is the escape room from our summer orientation.

How was your overall experience with TOPS? Was it fun, hard, exciting?

It was pretty good.

What will you miss most about college?

My theatre classes and my internships at Navy ROTC and RPAC. I will also miss my involvement with Autism U at OSU.

What was your favorite thing about college?

My theatre classes and Autism U at OSU

What job do you have now?

I am finishing up my work at the ROTC and RPAC and plan to start working again in the fall.

What is your dream job?

I’m still deciding what career path I want to go on.

If you could describe college in one word, what would it be?

Awesome

Congratulations Jake! We are excited to see what your future holds!

Ohio State Day of Giving

Today, May 3rd, is Ohio State’s Day of Giving. Join our Buckeye community as we create pathways to an affordable, accessible education on Day of Giving. TOPS provides scholarships annually to students, helping them to succeed while at Ohio State. Give now at: Give To OSU. Search for the TOPS Fund (#313451).

Day of Giving for Scholarships 2022

Upcoming Graduate Student Spotlight: Matt Connors!

Help us celebrate Matt!

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TOPS wants to recognize all of the hard work and accomplishments of the upcoming TOPS graduates by hearing about their individual experiences. This time, we had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Connors. Below is the interview with Matt.

What is your name?

Matthew Connors

When did you start TOPS?

August 2019

What was your favorite class at TOPS?

British History

What is one of your favorite memories from TOPS?

My favorite memory was my first day going to a college class, when I never thought I would be able to go to college!

How was your overall experience with TOPS? Was it fun, hard, exciting?

I thought TOPS was very fun. I met new people and had new experiences that I didn’t think I would ever have because of my problems with reading and writing. I am very grateful to TOPS.

What will you miss most about college?

I will miss my teachers a lot because they helped me so much. They helped me with my schoolwork and helped me to decide about jobs and to get a job.

What was your favorite thing about college?

My favorite thing was going to new classes and learning things that I didn’t know. I liked meeting new people.

What job do you have now?

I am working full-time at Ohio State Harding Hospital as a Nutrition Aide.

What is your dream job?

I would like to do food preparation or cook.

If you could describe college in one word, what would it be?

Amazing!

Congratulations Matt! We wish you the best!

Upcoming Graduate Student Spotlight: Connor Silverman!

Help us celebrate Connor!

TOPS wants to recognize all of the hard work and accomplishments of the upcoming TOPS graduates by hearing about their individual experiences. This time, we had the pleasure of speaking with Connor Silverman. Below is the interview with Connor.

What is your name?

My name is Connor Silverman and I’m from Hudson, Ohio. I am a very hard-working and passionate buckeye. I am in my last year and will be graduating on May 8th.

When did you start TOPS?

I started TOPS in August of 2018.

What was your favorite class at TOPS?

My favorite class would be KNSISM 4245 Sport Leadership and Programming last year. I really loved learning about what makes a great team and leader in the Focus 3’s from Tim Knight, Urban Meyer. I liked the “Get Better Mindset”, “Focused Energy”, “Win the Moment”, and “You’ve Been Trained for This” videos. We also discussed a few different forms of leadership like servant leadership, transformational leadership, group leadership dynamics. I would say that I really strive to win the moment everyday. My leadership skills through life are improving everyday.

What is one of your favorite memories from TOPS?

My favorite memories are everything: classes, jobs, internships, sport orgs, social outings, meeting new people, football Saturdays in the packed horseshoe.

How was your overall experience with TOPS? Was it fun, hard, exciting?

My overall experience was really great with all of the jobs, internships, and classes that I did. All of the people that I met too.

What will you miss most about college?

I’ll miss the social interactions and going to many places on campus

What was your favorite thing about college?

My favorite things are first, all of the classes that I took and everything that I learned from them so I can apply it to daily life. My favorite things are second, the internships and jobs at different places and learn new job skills. My favorite things are third, all of the student organizations that will help you with regards to my interest. My favorite things are fourth, the campus community and all of Ohio coming together on football Saturdays to support the buckeyes.

What job do you have now?

Well to answer this the best way possible, I have a paid internship at Value City Arena. I have worked since June of 2021. I really love it because of the people, and you have the opportunity to interact with the other employees. I also get additional shifts, pay for events like concerts, hockey, basketball too. I will be getting a job offer from the supervisor later this month.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is working with in the department of athletics at The Ohio State University and what I am doing that right now at Value City Arena. I will be getting a job offer soon from the supervisor.

If you could describe college in one word, what would it be?

Very fun, academics to internships, jobs to football.

Congratulations Connor! We are so proud of you!

Franklin Park Adventure Center

Goals were scored! Jacks were attacked! Limits were reached!

Thanks to the Adventure Center hosting, fun was had by all.  Two great programs united to “serve up” an evening of adaptive soccer, bocce and volleyball. We had a huge turn out and lots of fun! My personal highlight was the seated volleyball.  The TOPS staff joined the students, approximately 25 in all!

We had two speakers,  Rae Nutter, an adaptive swim and hockey coach for the adventure center told the group about the adaptive fitness center and all the adaptive sports programs that are held there and me, Jason Turner shared my experience of interning  there and  how excited I am to keep working at the Adventure Center after graduating in May!  Thank you all for coming!

Plans were discussed for more events next year. Stay tuned! Jason rolling  out.

Important Dates: Final Days of Spring 2022 Semester

Congratulations Buckeyes! You’ve almost made it to the end of the semester. Here are some things to keep in mind while wrapping up all of your hard work this Spring.

The last day of regularly scheduled semester and second-session classes is Monday, April 25th, 2022.

Final examinations for semester and second-session classes will take place Wednesday, April 27th through Tuesday, May 3rd.

Spring commencement will take place May 8th, 2022.

Have a great rest of your semester and finish off strong!

 

Upcoming Graduate Student Spotlight: Jason Turner!

Help us celebrate Jason!

TOPS wants to recognize all of the hard work and accomplishments of the upcoming TOPS graduates by hearing about their individual experiences. This time, we had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Turner. Below is the interview with Jason.

What is your name?

My name is Jason Turner.

When did you start TOPS?

I started TOPS in 2018 as a freshman.

What was your favorite class at TOPS?

My favorite class was Mythology.  I have always loved mythology ever since I first read Percy Jackson. It is my hope to publish a series for younger readers as an introduction to mythology.

What is one of your favorite memories from TOPS?

My favorite memory is doing stand-up comedy at the TOPS talent show.

How was your overall experience with TOPS? Was it fun, hard, exciting?

My overall experience was terrific!

What will you miss most about college?

What I will miss most is my friends.

What was your favorite thing about college?

My favorite thing about college was the new subjects I learned about, such as ancient medicines and Grimms fairytales.

What job do you have now?

I write for the Nationwide Accessibility program and work the front desk at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.  I occasionally write for them as well.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a published author. 

If you could describe college in one word, what would it be?

To me, college in one word is informational.

 

Congratulations Jason! Good luck on your future endeavors!

Upcoming Graduate Student Spotlight: Anthony Paul!

Help us celebrate Anthony!

TOPS wants to recognize all of the hard work and accomplishments of the upcoming TOPS graduates by hearing about their individual experiences. This time, we had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Paul. Below is the interview with Anthony.

What is your name?

My name is Anthony Paul.

When did you start TOPS?

I started TOPS right after high school, in 2018. (During the 2020-2021 semesters, I took a gap year).

What was your favorite class at TOPS?

My favorite class would have to be Independent Study since I can do it on my own time and get help in Academic Center.

What is one of your favorite memories from TOPS?

My favorite memory during my time in TOPS is that I got to tour the Southwest Airlines Headquarters in Dallas, TX. It was arranged by my professor, and now mentor since he knew my interests in the airline.

How was your overall experience with TOPS? Was it fun, hard, exciting?

I had a good experience TOPS, I thank them for giving me the college experience.

What will you miss most about college?

I will miss seeing my friends that are a year or 2 younger than me that still have a couple years left.

What was your favorite thing about college?

My favorite thing about college was going to different student organizations.

What job do you have now?

I currently work as a Porter(driver) for Dent Magic.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work for Southwest Airlines in either Customer Service or in corporate office.

If you could describe college in one word, what would it be?

Enjoyable.

 

Congratulations Anthony! We will miss you!