It’s Orientation Time!

Nine students are on campus for our Campus Orientation and Transition Assessment (COTA) program. So far, students have done a ton in a few short days. They worked on navigating campus using the Ohio State app on their phones. On a campus this size, navigating will always be a work in progress. Students are eating in one of the university cafeterias and on-campus restaurants. These locations are all-you-can-eat so students have an opportunity to make choices about the food they consume both in type and amount. Today, students rode the campus bus, CABS for the first time. Students have accessed their student accounts and email using their OSU logins. This isn’t always the easiest.

Students have met alumni and current students, as well as a mentor, James. James helped students with the assessments they were completing with the program this week. Students started to think about career potentials but before that how would they learn more about working at Ohio State. Students learned about classes they can take. They were able to make choices about specific classes they were interested in taking.

Students attended the Orientation Resource Fair. This event was very busy and a bit overwhelming. While there students were able to find out about different resources on campus. These resources include dining services, health insurance at OSU, recreational sport, wellness, and so many more.

 

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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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

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!

Upcoming Graduate Student Spotlight: Timmy Clary!

Help us celebrate Timmy!

 

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 Timmy Clary. Below is the interview with Timmy.

What is your name?

My name is Timmy Clary.

When did you start TOPS?

August 2018.

What was your favorite class at TOPS?

Film Studies.

What is one of your favorite memories from TOPS?

Private Movie Night social event I planned.

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

My experience was a little hard, but I learned a lot and I enjoyed it!

What will you miss most about college?

My cubs I’m in on campus!

What was your favorite thing about college?

Being independent. 

What job do you have now?

Working as a Student Assistant at the Bistr-OH!

What is your dream job?

Work in the TV/movie business, or work with marine animals.

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

Fun!

 

Congratulations Timmy! We will miss you!