News & Announcements

OAS July 2020 News & Information

OAS Director- Jennifer's junction

Wishing all of our wonderful students registered with our office a wonderful summer! Be sure to take advantage of everything we are offering this summer and request your accommodations as early as possible to take advantage of them in your summer classes. Remember that your summer classes are in shortened semesters, meaning the sooner you make your requests for accommodations the better! Don't hesitate to reach us if you have any questions or need anything!

oas Testing Center- clutter's counsel

COVID -19 Testing Lab Procedures For Fall 2020

The Testing Lab will be available for in-person testing Monday – Friday, from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

  1. The Testing Coordinator will assign seats using current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Schedule face-to-face exams using AIM.
  3. If there are no seats available for your preferred date and time, the Testing Coordinator will work with you and the instructor to coordinate an alternative date and/or time. Every effort will be made to get as close to your class testing time as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by sending an email to oas-testing@fsu.edu.

The sunny Side from Sondossi

Always Remember:
You are Braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
Smarter than you think,
And Loved more then you know.


Upcoming Opportunities

Want to stay engaged with peers over the summer? Our OAS activities, ranging from fun to academic-focused, offer plenty of opportunities to connect with peers. For more information, check out the OAS Upcoming & Past Events page.

Future Events

  1. RAMPED Up Discussion with Reid Davenport, Filmmaker happens Wednesday, July 22nd at 7pm on Zoom. It’s been 30 years of the ADA and we’ve come quite far as a country to promote accessibility. But has it gone far enough? Join ASLC, OAS, & the College of Law for a discussion on the ADA and disability inclusion, as it relates to the film Ramped Up with filmmaker himself, Reid Davenport, and other panelists, including FSU College of Law Alumni and FSU faculty, staff, and students with disabilities. Participants are asked to watch Ramped Up prior to the program and can access it by emailing Amie Runk at arunk@fsu.edu. To join the day of, please RSVP at this link
  2. It's the Finals Countdown! happens Thursday, July 23rd at 1pm on Instagram Live. We're only two weeks away from the end of the semester! Join OAS on IG Live to help you find your finals preparation routine, make adjustments as needed considering changes in our classes, and give yourselves enough time to prepare. 
  3. Studying Abroad with Disability-Related Needs happens Friday, July 24th at 1pm on Zoom.  Have you been interested in studying abroad and exploring the world as an FSU student? Are you concerned about how your disability might impact your ability to or experience in studying abroad? Join OAS and International Programs for a panel discussion on studying abroad at FSU with disability-related needs featuring students registered with OAS who have studied abroad as well as International Programs staff who have experience working with students studying abroad to make the most of their experience. Register for this experience at this link
  4. Fall Family Check-In happens Friday, August 7th at 1pm on Facebook LiveBefore you know it, the fall semester will be here! Check-in with OAS staff as we answer your burning questions about the fall and provide a open forum for family members and students to get mentally-prepared for the fall semester.
  5. Taking Aim: Using the OAS Student Portal & Setting Yourself Up for Success happens Friday, August 21st at 1pm on Instagram LiveDid you know that there is a one-stop-shop for everything you need related to your disability and accommodations? OAS is excited to share all of the unique and helpful tools available to students through our student portal. Jump on for a tutorial of the student portal. a rundown of all the tips and suggestions from OAS for a successful Fall semester, and a discussion about what fall semester might look like!

As we move closer to the fall, we plan to have some additional events and release our plans for Fall programs, so be sure to stay tuned to our Upcoming and Pasts Events page as well as the Weekly Engagement Update email. 

A Look Forward to Fall

OAS is excited to announce some new and returning programs for the fall to help students stay engaged and on-course in their classes! See the announcements and information below, and stay turned through our Get Involved page!

 

Be an Ambassador

If you would like the opportunity to give back to the FSU community and support disability-inclusion and accessibility, consider becoming an OAS Ambassador. All ambassadors will be expected to uphold the tenants of the Seminole Creed.

The OAS goal for student ambassadors is to raise disability awareness and inclusion within the Florida State student population. This is accomplished by:

  • being open and accepting of all people,
  • focusing on educational events,
  • campus-wide campaigning,
  • building a strong social media presence,
  • and outreach.

Requirements include:

  1. Students must be a current undergraduate student at FSU.
  2. Students must hold a 2.5 FSU GPA. 
  3. Students must have completed 2 semesters at FSU (not including summer sessions).
  4. Students must be interested in serving and advocating for the community of people with disabilities at FSU.

You must be willing to commit to monthly Ambassador meetings, as well as extra meetings related to specific programs and student support services  with OAS. Expect to commit to an average of 5 hours a month, perhaps more during special times of the year. 

Apply to be an Ambassador by August 7th. For questions about commitments and requirements, please email Spencer Scruggs at sscruggs@fsu.edu


Profile Photo of AT Lab Specialist, KimBoo York

Tech Talk with "Tech Guru" Kimboo

In the old days, we took notes with paper, pen or pencil and maybe some sticky notes to mark important pages. These days, however, there are many different ways to “take notes” for class, especially if you want them “captured” digitally for you to easily reference from anywhere. Try out a few of the best notetaking apps to help with your productivity. Some of these work with phones or tablets. If you prefer to handwrite over typing, some of these can even capture your on-screen handwriting! Check these out:

  1. MS OneNote: Hey Mac/iOS, Windows, and Android users, MS OneNote is FREE with your student Windows 365 account! This great “snipping” app is also good for organizing notes in “folders”.
  2. Notability: For now, only Mac/iOS users are able to access the many useful features in this fantastic notetaking app.
  3. WiseMapping: How about a great FREE mind-mapping app for non-linear thinkers who prefer some freedom in their notetaking and information organization?
  4. Evernote: This incredibly powerful personal note organizer that has been around for a long time. It can handle notes, information organizeing, and task management.                

It's a Wrap!

OAS Staff Member Marshaun Jackson

Marshaun Jackson

It is an honor to serve as your Accessibility Specialist at OAS. I encourage each of you to continue safe practices while maintaining your academics. Make sure you have requested your accommodations and take pride in being that star student during such unusual times. Do remember that such times should bring out the best in you. Victory is imminent.

OAS Staff Member Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones

I hope your summer semester is going better than imagined! Don’t forget to send your faculty notification letters out, and to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about how your accommodations are being applied online. I hope to see you all in the Fall!

OAS Staff Member Spencer Scruggs

Spencer Scruggs

You have so much to offer FSU and even more to offer the world. Don’t ever take “no” for an answer and use the relationships you have to thrive on-campus. FSU is so much better because you are a Nole!

OAS Staff Member Carla Larriviere Roasas

Carla Larriviere-Rosas

We’re almost halfway through the Summer! OAS is thankful to be happy and healthy and hope the same for all of our students and the faculty we assist. We encourage students to reach out to us with any questions about accommodations and other concerns. Please do not hesitate, OAS is here for you!

OAS Staff Member Josephine Sondossi

Josephine Sondossi

The Spring 2020 semester introduced us to CV-19, self-quarantine, social distancing, Zoom, and a totally different way of living and doing many things. Kudos to you for hanging in there and learning a variety of new skill sets! Don’t forget, we are in this together – so wash your hands, wear your face covering and continue social distancing. If not for yourself, then do it for those around you.

OAS Staff Member Dexter Taylor

Dexter Taylor

Be safe, keep your social distance and remember: “No Mask, No Ride!”