Upcoming OSU Career Fair: Register Now! March 4th from 1pm-5pm

Upcoming OSU Career Fair

Instructional video demonstrating how to register and participate in the virtual career fair on Handshake:

Meet Natalie-Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Student

Hi! My name is Natalie and I am a third year occupational therapy student from Powell, OH. I first became involved with the TOPS program as a freshman completing my undergraduate degree at OSU. I volunteered with the program as a social coach and in-class mentor and became passionate about working with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and helping them achieve success in their daily lives. In graduate school I was able to combine my interest in comprehensive sex education with my love for working with the TOPS students. During my first two years of graduate school, I assisted a PhD student in teaching sex education courses to students in the TOPS program. Now, in my final year, I have collaborated with the TOPS program once again for my doctoral capstone project. For my project I am developing inclusive and accessible sex education curriculum and teaching to the first and second year TOPS students this spring semester. My favorite thing about working with TOPS is getting to know all the amazing, funny, and engaging students in the program. They make teaching so much fun! In my free time I enjoy cooking, going to hot yoga, and reading. A fun fact about me is that during graduate school I bungee jumped in South Africa off the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world. I can’t wait to be able to travel again once it is safe to do so!




DODD Waiver Simplification and Improvement Survey-Link Included

This survey is designed for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families to provide feedback about Ohio’s Level 1 and SELF waivers.

The feedback will be used to inform the Waiver Workgroup as decisions are made about improving and simplifying Ohio’s waivers.

The goal of a simplified and improved waiver will be to include the best of both waivers combined with creative ideas around new supports in order to create a waiver that provides more flexibility in the array of waiver services available.


Meet Kyle-New Student Administrative Assistant

Hi everyone,

My name is Kyle Fox and I recently joined the TOPS staff as a student assistant. I volunteered as a tutor at the TOPS academic center last semester, and absolutely loved getting to work with multiple of the awesome students enrolled in the TOPS program. The students I worked with taught me a lot more than I taught them. I am a fourth year student studying environmental science at the Ohio State University. I plan on graduating with my B.S. in May 2021, and hopefully working for the Ohio EPA post-graduation. I have also considered going into the medical field at some point in the future so we will see what the future holds!

I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and have always loved OSU. A fun fact about me is that I am a triplet and both of my siblings go to Ohio State as well. My sister Olivia will be going to Speech Pathology grad school next fall, and my brother Evan will be going to grad school for Occupational Therapy. I enjoy hiking, playing basketball, working out, and reading in my free time.

I am excited to have the opportunity to work for TOPS and continue to interact with such amazing students and staff. This is such an amazing program and I look forward to continuing to get to know you all!

That’s me on the right


COSI Community Service Event-Great News!

Last semester, we provided community service for COSI, and it was a great experience for both the mentors and the students. We are happy to announce that we have been invited back this semester!

Here is a glimpse of the experience from last time:

Research Survey on Mental Health for people with I/DD

This is a great opportunity for youth and young adults with Intellectual Disability (ID) between the ages of 14-24 to participate in an interview that can help improve the mental health outcomes of adolescents and young adults with ID.

The caregiver and the participant will both receive a $50 gift card for participating!

To learn more about this opportunity, please see the attached flyer below:

Mental Health Interview Flyer

Study for Adults with Autism

Are you an adult with autism?

We would like to hear from you!
Click here to take a 25-30 minute survey on your reading and writing experiences.
If you qualify and complete the survey you can be entered to receive one of five $20 gift cards.

Here is a link to the survey:

For additional information, please see the attached flyers below: