I have prepared some updates for you from the Independent Living area!
As a way to get involved and serve in the community, all TOPS students are required to complete 15 hour of community service. A wonderful opportunity that is coming up is the TOPS community service day, which will take place on April 29th, 8am-1pm. If you are interested, please RSVP by April 1st to Steve Varga, Social Coordinator.
Stay tuned for other community service opportunities!
In addition to the weekly group outings, this semester we are pairing each TOPS student with one or two social coaches. This will allow each of you to participate in activities you are interested in that fit your schedule, as well as to interact around campus just like how other OSU students would!
Now is the time to start thinking about roommates and living arrangements for the next academic year! Please plan to attend our parent training on March 23rd at 6 pm. We will highlight University Village and discuss some other options that may be available on Campus.
Please RSVP by March 20th, to Shannon Prince, Independent Living Coordinator.
The Multiple Perspectives Conference is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice; arts and sciences.
I am very excited to announce that Think College will join Multiple Perspectives this year, featuring faculty, staff and students from the TOPS Program. Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.
I would like to highlight 2 sessions in particular:
- Michael Kranak, LEND Trainee, will present in the session titled “Using Technology Supports to Enhance Employment Outcomes for Postsecondary Students.” The session will discuss how technological supports, such as video prompts, models and apps, can enhance and lead to better postsecondary employment outcomes for students with IDD.
- Dr. Diana Clouse, Interim Director of University of Cincinnati’s Transition and Access Program (TAP), will present a session titled “Supporting Social Competence and Dignity of Risk with Adults with Intellectual Disability in Post-Secondary Education.” The session will discuss the components of TAP, the successes and challenges involved in supporting social competence in a postsecondary education (PSE) residential setting, and potential evidence-based tools that can be utilized by other PSE programs.
The Multiple Perspectives Conference will take place from April 13th to April 14th at the OSU Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center. The Think College track will take place on the first day (4/13), and there is a $60 single-day attendance fee for non-OSU persons, including lunch! I strongly encourage you to consider attending this very exciting opportunity, and perhaps invite a friend or two.
For more information, please see the attached flyer: Think College at OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference – April 13 2016