It’s Almost Census Time! Are You Ready to be Counted?

Did you know Census Day is April 1st? The Census seeks to include every individual living in the United States, but many people with disabilities are historically left out of the count– harmfully impacting funding, services and supports.

The Arc is excited to share new resources to support people with disabilities and beyond in understanding what the census is, why it’s important for people with disabilities, and how to complete it. Check them out at and make sure you and your community are ready to be counted!

How to Disinfect Your Cell Phone

Keep in mind that some disinfectants like diluted household bleach don’t play well with electronics. According to Apple, many cleaning products and abrasive materials will diminish the fingerprint-resistant coating that keeps your phone from becoming a grimy mess whenever you scroll. Here’s what to do instead:

1. Power down first.

Before doing any cleaning, turn off your phone and unplug from any charger, Goff suggests.

2. Opt for microfiber cloths.

These specially designed cloths have more fibers than other types of cloth, and as a result, can pick up more microscopic particles, including bacteria and viruses, Goff says. That doesn’t mean it kills them—just lifts them off surfaces without the use of water. Think of it as a little virus magnet.

Because of that, be sure to then disinfect the cloth before using it again. The best way is using your dishwasher—that “sanitize” cycle works like a charm—then hanging it up to dry, but you can also throw in the washing machine with warm water. And of course, wash your hands thoroughly after handling the germy cloth.

3. Turn to rubbing alcohol.

If your cell phone is particularly grubby, or you don’t have microfiber cloths available, you can disinfect by creating a solution of about 60% water and 40% alcohol. Use a small corner of a cloth to gently clean the phone. Immediately use a dry portion of the cloth right afterward.

Don’t spray the alcohol directly on the cell phone, and be sure to dilute it. You can also use a microfiber cloth for this for extra cleaning clout. Goff adds that regular soap and water works, too, just be sure to squeeze out excess liquid before using.

4. Don’t use abrasive products.

Using a screen protector is helpful if you want to use other types of cleaning products, says Goff, but if you don’t have one, avoid using products with ingredients that will affect your phone’s screen coating. This includes window cleaner, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

You can use microfiber cloths on any surface, so carry some around to tackle your laptop, office phone, keyboard, even the handle of your coffee mug or knobs on your desk drawers. Just be sure to remember that once you’ve used it, that’s where the viruses live now. So, put the dirty cloths into a sealed plastic bag until it can get cleaned. Then wash your hands.

5. Keep it clean.

Also, be mindful about how you’re using your phone, Goff adds, especially in germy areas like public restrooms. Handling your phone or putting it down in an area that regularly gets a fine spray of toilet water, sneezes, and coughs? Yikes.

“Your phone will pick up whatever is on that surface,” says Goff. “So, keep your phone clean, but also change your habits in terms of how you handle it after that.”

FAFSA Information and Deadlines

Looking for something to do during Spring Break? Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. The deadline to complete the application for the 2020-2021 school year for students in Ohio is October 1, 2020 (by midnight, central time). Visit to learn more about what to expect when applying. The FAFSA application needs to be completed again every year until the student is finished with school. You will need to create an account in order to complete the application. For more information check out the FAFSA website at 

Spring Break: March 9th-13th, 2020

There will be no classes or meetings during Spring Break, March 9-13, 2020, which should be reflected in the Google calendar. The Academic Center will be closed, however the TOPS Office will remain open for the entire week. Please contact the office with questions or concerns. Enjoy your break!

Multiple Perspectives Conference – April 6-7, 2020

Think College at the Multiple Perspectives Conference is an awesome opportunity to learn more about higher education options for people with intellectual disability. The free sessions do not require registration, however you must register for the concurrent events, using the link provided.

For full conference information and registration visit or see the attached flyer.