Scholarships, Internships, and Employment, oh my!
This page will post a variety of campus and community events and opportunities that may be of interest or relevant to students with disabilities. Check out opportunities such as scholarships, internships, professional development opportunities and research studies.
With the exception of information presented under “SSD Events”, information included on this page are not endorsed, supported, or connected to SSD in any way.
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Fall 2018 Meeting Dates: Every Monday in the Student Activity Center
On non-meeting Thursdays DASC will be hosting study hours from 6pm-8pm in SAC 3.116! All meetings are held in the Student Activities Center (SAC 3.116) at 6pm. For more information join the Student Coalition (DASC) Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/116905971748511/
The American Association on Health and Disability is accepting applications for the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship for undergraduate (sophomore standing and above) and graduate students with disabilities who are majoring in a field related to disability and health.
Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities. http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/
This scholarship is for financial assistance designed to simultaneously increase awareness about cerebral palsy (CP) and celebrate the achievements of those with cerebral palsy. ABC Law Centers will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who has cerebral palsy. The 2019 Cerebral Palsy Scholarship will be presented to a single applicant who submits the required application and its accompanying essay by the deadline, July 31, 2019.
The HIE Help Center is pleased to offer an annual scholarship for a student (or a small team of students) who is committed to helping people with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy (CP), or another neonatal injury. Being personally impacted by HIE or another disability is not a requirement, as the scholarship focuses on the applicant’s goals to support those who are affected. Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply as well. A scholarship for the amount of $1,000 will be awarded each year to a student or small group of students collaborating on a project.
Internship and Fellowship Opportunities
2019 Autism Campus Inclusion Act (ACI) Leadership Academy
Applications are open for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to engage in disability advocacy on their college campuses. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college. ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019. ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.
Past students have learned new skills and information about topics in different fields, including disability policy, building student groups, intersectionality in activism, and campaign strategies. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to meet with their Senators and Representatives’ offices about policies important to the disability community. After ACI is over, students return to their campuses to share what they’ve learned, improve campus accessibility, and create policy change on a local, state, and national level.
To apply for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI), you must:
- Be on the autism spectrum, or have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (an Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or another Autism Spectrum Disorder). You do not have to have an official autism diagnosis to apply.
- Be a student at a college or university at least one year left before you graduate. Students in TPSID programs (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities), 2-year community colleges, 4-year colleges, and graduate school are eligible to apply.
- Live in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (Please note: the policy sections of the our program will focus on the United States).
We especially encourage students of color, LGBT students, low-income students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other marginalized communities to apply.
To apply, please submit a completed application by Sunday, February 24th, 2019 to Haley Outlaw at email@example.com.
If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Haley Outlaw at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participate in a Research Study
University of Indianapolis, The Social Communication Research Study
University researchers would like your help in investigating cell phone/social media use, social interaction styles, and attitudes towards change! If you are between the ages of 18-25, are enrolled in graduate or undergraduate studies, understand the English language, and use a cell phone or social media platforms, you qualify to participate in this brief (approximately 20-30 minutes) study. Your responses are confidential, and your participation is COMPLETELY voluntary. You may close your browser to end your participation at any time without penalty.
To access the survey, please click on this link: https://uindy.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bqL2gOCzKgt05A9
And remember, another way to help this project (or similar projects) is to share the survey with your friends! We appreciate your help in advancing social science!
- Principal Investigator Name: Dr. Samantha Gray
- Principal Investigator Telephone Number: 317-788-2053
- Principal Investigator Email Address: email@example.com
UIndy Study#: 0899
Study Approval Date: May 28, 2018
Study Expiration Date: June 21, 2019
For many young adults going through cancer treatment, the medical team spends their time focusing on their physical health and don’t focus on young adults’ hopes, how to help them stay engaged in what brings them joy in their life, or how to help them balance their treatment to support reaching their life aspirations.
I am partnering with young adults with cancer (stages III or IV, blood cancers, and those who have metastatic or recurrent cancers) to learn what young adults are hoping for, what keeps them going during treatment, and how providers can better support them in feeling a part of their daily lives during treatment. The interview will last about an hour and will take place wherever the participant would like to meet. Many folks choose their home, a coffee shop, or a bookstore (somewhere quiet enough to talk).
If interested in learning more about the study, please call Jen at (912) 308-4562 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Tech Exploring Civil Engineering Identity & Disability
Our research team, the majority of whom identify as people with various disabilities, is seeking volunteers to participate in a series of 60-90 minute interviews for a nationwide study exploring the professional identity formation of undergraduate civil engineering students who experience disabilities. In particular, we want to further understand how your experiences, skills, activities, values, and inter-personal relationships contribute to your career goals and how they shift over time. The results of this study will be used to enhance the educational policies and experiences of students with disabilities in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines, more broadly.
Do I qualify to participate? You are eligible to participate in this study if you:
1. are 18 years old or older
2. are enrolled in (or intending to enroll in) a civil engineering program
3. experience some form of a disability such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, or developmental disabilities
Individuals who experience disabilities may participate in this study. Your disability does not need to have been officially diagnosed by a healthcare professional; documentation from your doctor and reporting your disability to your institution are NOT required. Disabilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Visual Differences (e.g., Stargardt’s Disease, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and other forms of complete or partial blindness)
- Hearing Differences (e.g., chronic buzzing or ringing in ears, deafness in one or both ears, and other forms of complete or partial hearing loss or difference)
- Learning or Developmental Differences (e.g., autism, asperger’s, obsessive compulsive disorder, dyslexia, or other forms or learning or developmental differences)
- Auto-Immune Disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, lyme disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), type I diabetes, or other auto-immune diseases)
- Limb Differences (e.g., limb amputee or born without a limb)
- Mobility Differences (e.g., needing a walker, wheelchair, cane, or crutches or experiences difficulty walking or lifting/moving objects due to paralysis, stamina limitations, cerebral palsy, or other neuromuscular or orthopedic reasons)
If you are interested in participating in this study, please fill out and submit the following survey: http://bit.ly/2ylSic9 or visit our website at blogs.lt.vt.edu/exploringidentity/. Participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential; your responses may be used in research published in professional journal articles, but your identity will not be revealed to anyone outside of the research team.
Conferences and Projects
Leading & Learning Student Educator Forum
BeVocal and Sanger Learning Center request your support for the second annual Leading & Learning Student Educator Forum. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 23, in the Perry Castañeda Library.
The Student Educator Forum is a free, one-day conference, with panels and presentations by student educators and peer mentors designed with other student educators and peer mentors as the target audience.
This forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their professional experience, share their legacy, network with other student educators, and help make UT Austin a better place for future generations of students by working to create a culture of care. Last year’s conference had topics such as empathetic leadership, inclusive best practices, time management, and increasing student engagement.
CMHC Mobile App Thrive
The mobile app Thrive at UT is currently recruiting students for a video project. We are looking for students who have experienced some sort of disappointment or challenge during college and are willing to share their stories to help encourage other students who may be encountering similar experiences. Your stories may be featured in future versions of our app where they can inspire students at UT schools across the state. For more information about our project, contact: email@example.com.
SAFE Seeks Blogs and Videos
Disability Services of SAFE, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, is seeking blogs or short videos from adults with disabilities. If your work is accepted, it may be posted on the SAFE website, social media, YouTube, and/or online newsletter.
Blogs or articles can be 300-500 words. Videos can be 1-2 minutes. Submissions can cover safety, recovering from domestic or sexual violence, consent, building respectful relationships, or related topics. Other examples follow.
- RE.S.P.E.C.T. We all want it. Here’s how I give it and get it in my relationships.
- What I want my friends without disabilities to know about violence and people with disabilities.
- What my world would feel like if it was safe for everybody, including me.
- Someone I trusted abused me. What I need is:
- I want my partner relationship to be healthy, so what I do is….
- I was bullied (at school, at work). This is what I did about it.
- When my friend was physically hurt by someone they loved, this is how I helped.
- I had a stalker, and I was terrified. This is what helped.
- Yeah, I could get hurt dating. What my family needs to understand is…
- Don’t overprotect me when it comes to having a relationship. I need to be able to take risks too.
- If I told someone that my caregiver was emotionally abusive, I’d lose the help I needed to get out of bed, pay my bills, eat, and get out of the house. What could I do?
For more information, email or call Diane King at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-369-5944.
Haven Allen Artist of the Year Award
Each year, the Artist of the Year Award is given to one artist with a disability in Texas who, through a one-time creative act or a substantial record of achievement, embodies the spirit and vision of VSA Texas. This individual challenges perceptions of how people contribute by demonstrating artistic excellence or leading the way as a community catalyst for change.
Nominations are open to any artist with a disability over the age of 16 years in any discipline including visual art, dance, music, performance, craft, writing and more! Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019. Read about & Apply!
Preparing Powerful Stories
Saturdays, March 30th – May 18th, 1:00-4:00 PM
AGE Building, Room 101
3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX 78705
Opening Minds, Opening Doors is now accepting applications for its 2019 program! This intensive six-week writing workshop is for adults with disabilities who are interested in writing and presenting their story at public events. The deadline is Monday, March 4th at 5 PM. Download an application and learn more here. Email Eric Clow if you have any questions.
Microsoft Inclusive Hiring Opportunities
From the very first days of our company, Microsoft has sought to enable individuals and organizations around the world to do great things.
Autism Hiring Cohort:
Autism Hiring Event in early March located in Fargo, ND. The event will be focused on Support Engineers and Field Engineers. This will be for Full-time positions. Please apply by sending resumes to MSautism@microsoft.com.
“It’s a talent pool that really hasn’t been tapped,” said Jenny Lay-Flurrie, the chief accessibility officer at tech giant Microsoft outside Seattle.
Check out our inclusive hiring site and take a look at our Autism Hiring One-Pager.