Students - Chicago

 

Information About the FULL ACCESS Student Summit - Chicago

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN / GAIN?

•    Effective techniques and resources to become better prepared to be competitive in the career search process

•    About COSD Career Gateway as a resource to connect with employers

•    Networking and self-advocacy skills in a “safe” environment

•    Confidence that quality employers will be looking for students with disabilities like me and raising my own personal expectation

•    How to build a potential network of future employment contacts and peer support

•    What employers are looking for, so that your preparation will be most effective

The Summit consists of two half-day sessions. We will begin at 1:30pm on November 8th, 2013 and conclude around 1:30pm November 9th, 2013.

HOW DO STUDENTS RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO ATTEND?
Students will need to submit an application. Instructions on how to apply along with the application will be available shortly.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Level, Doctoral Students, Post-Doc and Professional Degree students and recent graduates with a documented disability.  

As has been stated on this website, this Summit is open only to college students working toward their Undergraduate OR Graduate degrees and recent graduates with disabilities from a college or university. The definition of disability for this Summit is the same as the definition at your individual schools. All disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are welcome. This includes, but not strictly limited to, students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism / Asperger's Syndrome, Chronic Health, Psychological and Behavioral Health disabilities, Sensory disabilities (blindness and deafness / hard of hearing), Physical and Mobility disabilities and Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injuries.

DO STUDENTS HAVE TO PAY TO ATTEND?
Once at the site of the Summit, expenses associated with hotel accommodations (room and taxes only) and meals provided as per the agenda of the Summit will be paid for through the generous support of our lead sponsors, Cisco Systems and Lockheed Martin. However, it will be each attendees responsibility to get to the Summit location. Any costs associated with your travel will be your own, including parking costs. There may be additional students attending the FULL ACCESS Student Summit from your college or university, so we encourage you to ask your campus professional (Disability Services or Career Services contact) about the possibility of carpooling with others.

WILL THIS EVENT BE ACCESSIBLE?
From Check-in, to Check-out, everything should be accessible for all physical and sensory disabilities. The Summit materials will be made accessible to you in alternate formats, but ONLY UPON REQUEST. Please let us know on your application whether you will need a sign language interpreter, captioning services, Braille or large print materials, specific seating requirements or assistance with your hotel room.

If you have any questions about the hotel accommodations or the programmatic accommodations, please call Alan Muir at 865-974-7148 or email at amuir@cosdonline.org.

WHAT DID OTHER STUDENTS SAY AFTER ATTENDING RECENT FULL ACCESS STUDENT SUMMITS?

"The opportunity I was given to attend COSD (the Summit) provided me with new insight and a better grasp of the opportunities out in the world.  There were people who were genuinely interested and concerned with my goals and wanted to help me to move towards them..., rebuilding my spirit and motivation" 

"I was able to express myself, meet employers, and many other students with disabilities much like mine. This summit had such a major impact on me both emotionally and mentally, and since that time I've wanted to reciprocate back to COSD and students with disabilities the same amazing experience that I had been given."

"Prior to coming to the summit I was slightly lost as to where to turn, but after being there I regained a sense of direction and hope. I took every opportunity I had to pursue a search for a career from the employers I connected with at COSD, and applied to many internship opportunities."

"The summit allowed me to interact with employers and peers in various settings including casual (lunch), professional (dinner) and relaxed (game room).  Being able to meet with employers and peers in these three types of settings allowed me to see a different side of the career world and it also allowed me to view the various angles of a person and they interact in various settings."