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Johnson Scholarship applications will be available January 2018.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1:26 PM

The Johnson Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made available after winter break. Please note that there has been a completed application deadline change to 03/01/2018!

Your FASFA must be completed by 02/01/2018 in order for your Johnson application to be given full consideration.

Peer Ambassadors are SAS students dedicated to connecting and mentoring other SAS students
Posted by Catherine Newell on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Peer Ambassadors are SAS students dedicated to connecting and mentoring other SAS students to share their knowledge on how to:

• Use their accommodations effectively
• Reach out to faculty to get the most out of their learning experience
• Create connections to the UCF community
• Learn about on-campus resources

If you are a student interested in contacting a Peer Ambassador, please email sasambassadors@ucf.edu. Please be aware that it may take up to 48 hours for a response, so if you have an urgent SAS matter, please call our office at 407-823-2371.

Are you interested in working in the federal government for the summer or after you graduate? If so, you may want to participate in the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).
Posted by Catherine Newell on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

What is the Workforce Recruitment Program?

The Workforce Recruitment Program is for college students with disabilities. It is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated college students, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

To be eligible a student must:

- have a disability and be eligible under the Schedule A hiring authority
- be a United States citizen
- be enrolled in a degree program on a substantially full-time basis OR have graduated with a degree in April 2016 or more recently.

Please visit www.wrp.gov for additional information regarding WRP and click on the student registration button to get started! If you have questions or would like more details, please contact Missy Lesnewski with Student Accessibility Services at 407-823-2371 or Melissa.Lesnewski@ucf.edu.

All application materials must be uploaded to the WRP site by October 17th by 12:00am PST. No late applications will be accepted. You will need time to get your registration approved by your coordinator, gather your resume and transcript, and complete your application, so please don’t delay!

There may be a few days' wait for an available appointment.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8:38 AM

If you are interested in connecting with SAS for the Fall 2017 semester, please note that our busiest stretch of new student meetings is between mid-August through the end of September. While we do everything we can to be as efficient as possible to see as many students as quickly as possible, students may need to wait 7 – 14 days in order to get an appointment during this peak period. We recommend you contact us as soon as possible and schedule an appointment. Please note, if you need to reschedule an appointment for any reason after it is scheduled, you will be rescheduled at the next available time, which may be at least 7 days out.

The 2017-2018 Eccleston-Callahan Memorial Fund Scholarship application is now open!
Posted by Catherine Newell on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 8:25 AM

Eccleston-Callahan Memorial Trust Scholarship is administered through the Central Florida Foundation and not UCF. The scholarship was established to provide funding for students with disabilities in memory of Dr. C.L. Eccleston and Dr. J.B. Callahan, both of Orlando.

Selection Criteria

• Student must be 22 years of age or younger as of August 31, 2017
• Student must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the student's financial aid forms)
• Student must have a physical or mental disability (indicate the nature of the student's disability)


Scholarship Uses:

Each participating school has up to $ 2500.00 to allocate for the academic year. Award must be used on tuition/books.

How to apply:

To access the application, students should follow these steps:

• Go to My Scholarship here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cffoundscholarship

• Click “ Create New Account” and follow the instructions

• Once logged into My Scholarship, type “ ECCL2017” in the box labeled “Access Code” to the right

• “Click Enter Code

• Review the information on the Application Page

• Click “Apply”

• Complete all required fields and click on “submit Application” when done


Note: You may “Save Application” in order to go back to your application at a later time after starting it.


Deadline Information: Nominations and requests must be received by 5:00 on or before August 31, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities
Posted by Catherine Newell on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:36 AM

With internship options for students in a wide variety of majors, TWC provides you with the opportunity to earn academic credit through your college or university while living and working in our nation's capital. TWC's infrastructure is designed to help you experience a smooth adjustment to your new surroundings in Washington, D.C. and to prepare you to transition from being a student to becoming a working professional.

For detailed information on the program, please visit The Washington Center's website here: http://www.twc.edu/campaign/leadership-initiative-students-disabilities

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SAS will be holding an Open House the first week of classes.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 8:22 AM

Welcome to Spring 2017! We hope you had a cheerful and safe winter break!

SAS will be hosting an Open House at the UCF Orlando Campus from Monday, January 9th through Friday, January 13th, from 8 AM- 5 PM. Please plan on stopping by with any questions regarding accommodations, to fill out any of the necessary forms, or to stop by to say hi and enjoy refreshments.

A couple of reminders to help get the semester started:
• Be sure to submit your Course Accessibility Letters Requests through Knights Access. For more information and step by step instructions. This request will inform your professors that you are registered with SAS. All students will be expected to complete their Course Accessibility Letter requests before taking an exam with our office.
• Submit your test requests as soon as you receive your class syllabi. If there is a change of date, or change of a classroom aid, no need to resubmit them, just log into Knights Access and modify your existing request. If you have any questions in regards to modifying your request email us at sastesting@ucf.edu or stop by during open house!
• If you are taking online classes with exams that are not proctored, after your request your Course Accessibility Letters contact your instructor to let them know if and which accommodations you would like to use during your online exam so that it is properly set up.

***Remember all test requests are due AT LEAST 5 business days in advance by 5pm***

• Students taking online business exams: If you would like to be able to take your exam in the CBA Keon Testing lab with the extended time accommodation ONLY, please remember to submit the appropriate form in the following link: http://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/form-keon and allow at least 48 hours for the form to be processed.

• If you are eligible for E-Text: Now request made from inside of Knights Access when requesting Course Accessibility Letters
o Instructions on how to request e-text from Knights Access
o Students will be send an email when textbook is read for download. Instructions on how to download e-text from Knights Access

• Equipment Loan Request: Complete Loan Request Form. Students will get instructions on where and when to pick up their equipment through their knights email.
• Remember at the beginning of the semester to confirm your need for a Notetaker. You can begin to do this on the first day of classes.
• Request or renew Sonocent Audio Notetaker License for Spring 2017
o Complete Sonocent License Request from the KARS website
o If you already installed the software under our SAS license key, request a license extension by contacting AT services.

For any Regional Campus students, please contact your campus representative http://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/regional

We look forward to seeing you this semester!
The SAS Team

The Johnson Scholarship application period for next year will open in March of 2018.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Are you a student with a disability applying for or currently attending a state university in Florida? You may be eligible for the Johnson Foundation Scholarship.

The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, is a competitively awarded program which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities enrolled in a State University System of Florida (SUS) institution. Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for scholarship selection:

• Be a Florida resident for tuition purposes, based on Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes. (Students who receive the out-of-state fee waiver are not eligible as they are not residents for tuition purposes);
• Be seeking a first baccalaureate degree;
• Complete a Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Application;
• Meet academic requirements;
• Provide documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability; and
• Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA form by the required deadline and be determined to have unmet fiscal need. Students may
submit a FAFSA at: https://fafsa.edu.edu. Be sure that the Federal School Code for your university is designated so that the university has access to your results.


Stop by SAS to obtain your application or contact our office today! The deadline for your completed application is May 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

You may have the opportunity to participate in a research project that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:37 AM

If you are in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) major go to http://www.projectican.net/. Click on the button that says “click here to become a participant” and a member of the project team will contact you. You will receive a gift card at the end of the semester for up to $100 for participating. Some people will receive academic coaching as well as peer and career mentoring during the project.

Accommodation Letters will now be known as Course Accessibility Letters
Posted by Catherine Newell on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Please be on the lookout for email correspondence from our office, as Student Accessibility Services has changed the language of the Accommodation Letter to now be known as the Course Accessibility Letter. Students will need to follow the same procedures to request these letters as used in previous semesters.

Sonocent Has been extended for the Fall 2016 semester.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Students who use Sonocent Notetaking Technology! If you would like to continue use for Fall 2016, please send an email to ATservices@ucf.edu and we will get everything set up for you. The service will open back up on August 15th!

Not familiar with Sonocent? Visit the KARS website to find out more: http://www.kars.sdes.ucf.edu/sonocent

Applications for Peer Ambassadors for Fall 2016 are now open!
Posted by Catherine Newell on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Interested in being a Peer Ambassador? Check out our application at the link below to apply! You can also call our main office at (407) 823-2371, email us at sas@ucf.edu, or visit us in Ferrell Commons with any questions you may have.

Shire recently announced the sixth annual scholarship for individuals with ADHD.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:47 AM

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school in the United States.
The Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in the transition to higher education.

Fifty recipients will be selected in 2016, based on community service, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and a personal essay describing how ADHD has impacted their lives.
Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, sponsors the Scholarship as part of its work to support patients who are diagnosed with ADHD, their families and the professionals who help them.

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Our new system for requesting accommodations is now live!
Posted by Catherine Newell on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Students who are already associated with our office are now able to request accommodations for the Spring 2016 semester through the new Knights Access. Attached is the PDF How-To with step-by-step instructions for the new process. If you have any questions please give our office a call!

Student Accessibility Services is pleased to announce we are making improvements to Knights Access. The process to connect with our office has changed.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Students, if you are new to SAS and seeking accommodations at UCF, please submit the Student Application.

Here is the link to fill out the Student Application: https://olympic.accessiblelearning.com/s-UCF/ApplicationStudent.aspx

The process to request Accommodations for the upcoming semester is also changing; students who are already connected with SAS should monitor their Knights email account for correspondence with more information about the changes in early January.

SDES announces merger of two offices
Student Accessibility Services & Inclusive Education Services
Posted by SDES IT on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) announced the merger between Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and Inclusive Education Services (IES) on November 20, 2015. The new office will strengthen our ability to provide support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities and promote awareness of disability issues. Dr. Adam Meyer has been promoted to executive director and will lead the new office.

Dr. Meyer has served as director of SAS since June 2013 and interim director of IES since July, 2015. In partnership with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Florida International University and Florida State College of Jacksonville, Dr. Meyer helped secure a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education to create and expand high-quality transition and postsecondary programs for students. UCF is the lead institution for the consortium. During his tenure, students accessing SAS has increased by 51%. IES, which was successfully launched this fall, will increase enrollment to 10 students in spring 2016.

Model Syllabus statement for faculty to use on their syllabi.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:19 PM

The statement included below is available for professors and other faculty to use on their syllabi in reference to our office.

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UDOIT: An easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 11:15 AM

UCF's Center for Distributed Learning has developed an easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability. It's called The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It"), and this workshop will go over the history and give a demonstration of the tool. After the demonstration, you will have an opportunity to run UDOIT on your own course, and we can show you how to make the most of your results.

Session Dates:

Monday, November 9th, 1-2pm (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/udoit-techtime-workshop-november-9th-2015-tickets-18908795717)

Monday, November 16th, 10-11am (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/udoit-techtime-workshop-november-16th-2015-tickets-18908968233)


Both sessions will be in the Faculty Multimedia Center (CL1-202), and computers will be provided.

Google is holding an information session about what they look for when hiring students and what its like working at Google!
Posted by Catherine Newell on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Lauren Pugliese, a former UCF student, is coming to talk about what Google is looking for when they hire students, and what working at Google is like.

This year, more than ever, Google is looking for diversity in their applicants.

Students who attend this session are encouraged to bring resumes.

The event will be held on October 15th, 12pm-1pm in Classroom Building 2, Room 101.

Information Session coming soon for the Workforce Recruitment Program
Posted by Catherine Newell on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Are you a student or recent graduate with a disability seeking employment? A WRP Recruiter will be interviewing students from UCF this Fall! If you're interested in this program, we are having an information session on October 2nd at 10 AM. For more information, contact Missy Lesnewski at (407)823-2371.

Florida Blue representatives will be on site in the CFE Arena on Tuesday September 29th from 10 AM - 3 PM
Posted by Catherine Newell on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Florida Blue is an innovative health solutions company with the aim of helping individuals and communities acheive better health. If you are unable to attend the event on the 29th, you can get started on the Florida Blue website here: jobs.floridablue.com

The Orlando Chapter of the National Stuttering Association presents a night of spoken word and storytelling
Posted by Catherine Newell on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 9:51 AM

This event brings together family, friends, members of the community, and speech therapists to listen, learn, laugh, and cry with the realities faced by people who stutter. This event is being held Wednesday October 21st, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the UCF Student Union Cape Florida Ballroom. All are welcome to attend!

Send your Accommodation Letter Request through our website in order to receive your accommodations for the Fall semester.
Posted by Catherine Newell on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 8:40 AM

It's fall semester again! Remember, each semester SAS requires students to submit their Accommodation Letter Requests in order to receive their accommodations. It takes up to four (4) business days for SAS to prepare your accommodation letters, so it is to your benefit to complete the form as soon as possible!

The page is found here: http://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/form-letter

The Center for Distributed Learning is holding the UDOIT TechTime Workshops for faculty!
Posted by Catherine Newell on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11:43 AM

The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in Webcourses@UCF. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues.


The workshops will start with a presentation and demonstration of UDOIT, and the rest of the hour will be hands-on.

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Student Accessibility Services
Creating an Accessible Environment
Posted by SDES IT on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Student Accessibility Services will be celebrating the official changing of the office name on April 27th from 3:00pm - 3:45 pm in the Courtyard at Ferrell Commons.

This name change represents the university’s continue commitment to become more inclusive. It also represents a new emphasis of delivering services to UCF students where the focus is on creating an accessible environment and not on an individual’s disability. Please join us in this historic event.

The why, what and how to access documents that are needed (by all) in an ever-changing digital world.
Posted by Brad Held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:31 PM

This interactive workshop explains the basics of accessibility. This discussion begins with addressing the reason behind creating accessible materials (not just the boring legal issues). The workshop will examine the key components of different material formats. Participant will learn about the needs of those who benefit from accessible materials. A demonstration will be given to explore the assistive technology tools used by individuals. Finally, UCF employees will be provided with resources and a list of tips on what can be done to make sure materials are accessible. Register Now for SDES06!

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