Upcoming Webinar (11/9/20, 7:00-8:00pm): Charting the LifeCourse

The Charting the LifeCourse framework was developed by families to help individuals with disabilities and families at any age or stage of life develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Charting the LifeCourse Webinar – 11.19.20

Registration link


For more information on Charting the LifeCourse: https://www.frnohio.org/about-lifecourse/

Charting the LifeCourse Videos: https://www.frnohio.org/about-lifecourse/charting-the-lifecourse-training-videos/

Ohio State will Provide Free Transportation to the Polls

Transportation is available to any student who is registered in Franklin County and would like to cast an early vote. Buses will pick up from the 12th Ave Loop, located outside of the Ohio Union, take students to the early vote center, wait for everyone to complete voting, and bring them back to the Ohio Union.  Transportation will be provided at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 24, Monday Oct. 26, and Tuesday Oct. 27. For more information and to sign up for a time slot please visit go.osu.edu/earlyvoterbus.

Meet Jackson – Teacher’s Assistant at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

Jackson has always wanted to work with children and recently began a position as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. He helps the children with naptime, assists with lesson preparation, passes out snacks, and overall ensures children are happy, safe and engaged during playtime and the lessons. Jackson’s amazing work ethic and dedication were recognized by the Jewish Community Center as he was recently promoted to a full-time employee! Jackson shared he loves his job because he loves having the opportunity to work with and help kids.

Jackson smiling in front of a wall of music-related terms

Meet Jason – Intern at Nationwide Insurance

Jason is our first paid intern with Nationwide Insurance. He is working virtually with the Digital Accessibility Team to pilot writing Digital Accessibility newsletters and blog posts to be disseminated amongst their 30,000+ employees. Jason is learning about and researching the importance of digital accessibility and creating accessible newsletter content.

Later in October, Jason and TOPS Program staff Ashlee Leslie, will be attending the 2nd Annual Nationwide Accessibility Awareness Event to be part of a panel discussion on increasing access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Jason will also be speaking about his experience with inclusion. Jason is so excited to have the chance to intern for Nationwide, learn about digital accessibility and continue honing his creative writing skills.

Jason is smiling while sitting at his work station at home

Jason’s work setup as he interns virtually from home

REMINDER: Voter Registration Deadline is TODAY

Getting registered to vote in the upcoming election is the best way to make sure your voice is heard! The deadline to register for this year’s election is TODAY Monday, October 5th, so be sure to follow these easy steps to prepare. To register means filling out a form (either online or on paper) for the Board of Elections telling them that you want to vote and giving them information everyone must give to vote.

How do I register to Vote?
  • Register online or update your address by clicking here.
  • You can fill out a form and mail it or take it to the Board of Elections
  • You can get a form at state agencies like Board of Elections, BMV, JFS, libraries, etc.
  • You can call and ask the Ohio Secretary of State or county board of elections to send you a form. Phone: (614) 466-2655 | Toll free (877) 767-6446)
  • You can print a form from the Ohio Secretary of State website.
What information do I need to register to vote?
  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Signature (if you cannot sign you can mark an X, use a signature stamp, ask someone to sign for you, or sign a form for an attorney in fact who can sign for you)
  • Proof of identification
    o State ID or driver’s license number; OR
    o Last 4 digits of your social security number; OR
    o A copy of a current and valid photo ID; OR
    o Military identification; OR
    o A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck; OR
    o Other government document that shows your name and address

If you are interested in learning more about your voting rights, visit DRO’s website: http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/voting

Source: Musick, Ross. “PLAN YOUR VOTE: Getting Registered.” Disability Rights Ohio – Blog, Disability Rights Ohio, 17 Sept. 2020, www.disabilityrightsohio.org/blog/plan-your-vote-getting-registered.


Increasing Access and Opportunity

Flyer for NDEAM with photos of individuals with disabilities. The flyler states "Increasing Access and Opportunity" celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, we will be highlighting our working students and employer partners.

Source: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam/resources#Proclamation

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Reminder: Complete the 2020 Census

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Participating in this year’s census is incredibly important in creating fair congressional districts as well as determining how much funding our local communities receive for important issues such as education, healthcare, and road construction.
Responding to the census this year is easier and safer than ever, with contactless options to respond online, by paper, or over the phone.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit www.2020census.gov

JCPenney Suit-Up Event (Virtual)

Not only has COVID-19 upended how many of us work and connect, but it’s also changing professional attire. JCP Suit-Up is an event for all students, faculty, and staff of Ohio State to receive discounts on professional attire and accessories. This year, the event will be held virtually from Friday, September 4 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, September 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Man and woman dressed in suits with the words JCPenney Suit-Up Event

See what’s available for the discount on the  JCP Suit-Up Merch List [pdf].

Please note that if you require any accommodations such as live captioning or interpretation to fully participate in this event, please contact asccareer@osu.edu. Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Shop the JCP Suit-Up Website

Students: Please register for this event on Handshake

To get your Coupon Code: Text OSU to 67292
Your coupon code will be active starting September 4, 2020


If you have a Disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using the Handshake application. As the University works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact handshake@osu.edu for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.


SOURCE: https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news-events/events/jcpenney-suit-event-AU2020