DS Report - Vol. 6, No.2 - February 3, 2012

Published by Disability Services
Editor: Jonathon Warnberg

Table of Contents

  • Notice to students who test at the DS Testing Center
  • Google Scholarships 
  • Department of Education Continues Strong Commitment to Children with Disabilities 
  • Captioned films shown at the St. Paul Student Center and U of M Coffman Union Theater – Free!
  • Minnesota Association of Blind Students (MABS) Student Seminar March 31st
  • TSA Helpline established for Travelers with Disabilities
  • Contest Seeks Creative Videos That Challenge Perceptions about Disability and Employment
  • NFB of Minnesota Scholarships
  • 2012 Center for Health Equity and Clinical and Translational Science Institute summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • The Autistic Self Advocacy Network launches Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Training
  • App of the Month - LookTel Money Reader by Ipplex
  • Unsubscribing from DS Report e-mail

Notice to students who test at the DS Testing Center 

Two important clarifications may affect students with testing accommodations:

  • Bubble Sheets
    Bubble sheets are to be filled out during exam time. Students using testing accommodations will not be allowed to fill in bubble sheets after reaching the end of the allotted testing time.
  • Last Minute Studying
    Extended time will not be granted as an additional opportunity to study or review prior to starting an exam. Extended time for testing is an accommodation to be used for testing only. 

Google Scholarships 

Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic years and will be invited to attend the all-expenses-paid annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicants’ academic background and their demonstrated passion for computer science.

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities - Deadline: February 5, 2012

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: February 6, 2012)

 Google AISES Scholarship - Deadline: February 29, 2012

Google Hispanic College Fund Scholarship - Deadline: March 1, 2012

Google UNCF Scholarship - US Application

Canada Application - Deadline: March 18, 2012

Department of Education Continues Strong Commitment to Children with Disabilities 

Today, the Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter and FAQ that help to ensure educational opportunities for children with disabilities are provided free from disability discrimination.

Read the article here

Access to a high-quality education is critical for empowering all Americans to lead rich and productive lives. Every day, the U.S. Department of Education and my office, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), work to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, have equal access to that important benefit

Read the full article here

Captioned films shown at the St. Paul Student Center and U of M Coffman Union Theater – Free!

"Moneyball" [subtitles]
Feb. 9, 2012-Thurs
7:00 pm; Coffman Theatre
Feb. 10, 2012-Friday
9:00 pm; St. Paul Student Center-Terrace

"Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1"
Feb. 16, 2012-Thurs
7:00 pm; Coffman Theatre
Feb 17, 2012
9:00 pm; St. Paul Student Center-Terrace

"Ides of March"
Feb. 23, 2012-Thurs
7:00 pm; Coffman Theatre
Feb. 24, 2012-Friday
9:00 pm; St. Paul Student Center-Terrace

" The Muppets"
March 1, 2012-Thurs
7:00 pm; Coffman Theatre
March 2, 2012-Friday
9:00 pm; St. Paul Student Center-Terrace

Minnesota Association of Blind Students (MABS) Student Seminar - Saturday, March 31st

The Minnesota Association of Blind Students Seminar
9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 31st
National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota Headquarters
100 East 22nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404.

The cost is $10.00 at the door and includes lunch.

The seminar is open to high school students and on, and prospective students are welcome. Topics will include adaptive technology demonstrations, the chance to interact with panels of undergraduate and graduate college students, the opportunity to hear from a variety of blind professionals, several breakout sessions highlighting nonacademic aspects of school such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the go, social life and dating, and demonstrations from CaptionMax, a descriptive video and show company, and much more.

To register, email your name, email, address, phone number, reading medium (print, Large print, or braille), and any food allergies to mnabs.talk@gmail.com If you have any questions or concerns please email us at the same address.

Contest Seeks Creative Videos That Challenge Perceptions about Disability & Employment

The Campaign for Disability Employment has announced the launch of its second nationwide video contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America's workforce and economy.

A follow-up to a similar contest held in 2009, this year's competition seeks videos in several categories to supplement the CDE's award-winning "What can YOU do?" public education efforts.

Submit your entry by March 30, 2012.

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TSA Helpline established for Travelers with Disabilities

 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of “TSA Cares,” a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions prior to getting to the airport.

Travelers may call "TSA Cares" toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

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Contest Seeks Creative Videos That Challenge Perceptions about Disability and Employment

The Campaign for Disability Employment has announced the launch of its second nationwide video contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America's workforce and economy. A follow-up to a similar contest held in 2009, this year's competition seeks videos in several categories to supplement the CDE's award-winning "What can YOU do?" public education efforts. Submit your entry by March 30, 2012.

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NFB of Minnesota Scholarships

In addition to the two NFB of Minnesota scholarships, our national organization is awarding thirty separate national scholarships with values ranging up to $12,000. One application can be used to apply for all of the national scholarships, but the application for the national scholarships is not part of the attached application for our Minnesota scholarship. The application process for the national and state scholarships is independent; thus, candidates must complete and submit applications separately when applying to both scholarship programs.

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2012 Center for Health Equity and Clinical and Translational Science Institute summer Undergraduate Research Program 

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Program is to provide promising students from populations under-represented in research with knowledge, skills, and experience in healthcare research. This program provides research training through a structured core curriculum, closely supervised research projects, clinical research seminars and participation in selected additional symposia and scientific meetings. The cornerstone of the research training program is the trainee’s participation in a research project. This will be under the direct supervision of faculty mentors who represent a cross-section of ongoing clinical and translational research in areas such as lab sciences, community health, survey, qualitative, and clinical. With input and oversight from the assigned faculty mentor, the trainee will design a mutually acceptable research training plan, according to his or her career interests and the ongoing research programs of the faculty mentor. URP scholars will have opportunities to present at local, regional and possibly national meetings.

  • Applicants must be University of Minnesota - Twin Cities undergraduate students who are from an under-represented population.
  • Stipend ~ $424/week for a full-time 10-12 week summer experience with a competitive option to continue paid research during the academic year.
  • Up to $1,000 for travel funds to a national meeting within the year following the training program to present research for outstanding projects.
  • Applications due February 15, 2012, with decisions made by March 1, 2012 – start date Summer 2012.
  • Up to 10 students will be selected and paired with a faculty mentor for this prestigious program.

If interested, please contact:

Megan Hoffman
Administrative Director for the Center for Health Equity
612-626-4120
hoff0511@umn.edu

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network launches Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Training

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network with the help of the Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is launching a new program for Autistic college students. In August 2012, ASAN will be inviting 13-18 Autistic students to participate in the Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Training.

Drawing from the powerful Navigating College handbook and the Empowering Autistic Leaders booklet scheduled for release in early 2012, participants will learn valuable skills to affect systems change in their individual campuses and increase their own skills in self-advocacy and self-help.

This is an exciting move forward for ASAN and we hope it can be an exciting move forward for you. If you are a current college undergraduate student who identifies on the Autism Spectrum, including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, with a strong interest in the Disability Rights and Autistic Rights movements, we invite you to apply for this leadership training. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a higher education institute or college in the United States (including the District of Columbia), with at least one year left after completion of the leadership training.

If you have any more questions or comments, please direct them to Melody Latimer at mlatimer@autisticadvocacy.org

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App of the Month - LookTel Money Reader by Ipplex 

LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination. Simply point your iPhone's camera at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time. Several currencies are supported including the US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar.

Featuring LookTel's patented and proprietary object recognition technology, LookTel Money Reader makes it as easy as possible to recognize bills . There's no need to hold the iPhone still or capture a photo and wait for a result - recognition happens instantly, and in real-time. Additionally, the app does not require any internet connection, which means it can read money quickly at any location, anytime.

LookTel Money Reader provides Voice Over support for several languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Korean, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Japanese, Greek, Hungarian, and Mandarin.

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