DO-IT Programs and Resources

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If you've answered yes to any of these questions, YOU can DO-IT!

What is DO-IT?

Many capable individuals with disabilities face challenges as they pursue academics and careers. They are underrepresented in many rewarding fields, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to

Who Does It?

The following people are key players on the DO-IT team.

DO-IT Scholars are college-capable high school students with disabilities who have leadership potential. DO-IT Scholars learn to select and use adaptive technology, software, and online resources. They experience college life on a university campus in the summer, exploring academics and careers. Throughout the year, they network with peers and working professionals with disabilities; learn reasonable accommodations in school and the workplace; and participate in leadership opportunities that promote accessible environments, worksites, and community activities.

DO-IT Pals are teens with disabilities who participate in an online community of Scholars, Mentors, and DO-IT staff. They are supported in their efforts to explore and pursue postsecondary programs and career goals. The Internet is their door to the information and resources they need for success.

DO-IT Ambassadors are DO-IT Scholar high school graduates who are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with Scholars and Pals through DO-IT online communities, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.

DO-IT Mentors include college students, faculty, and professionals in a wide variety of career fields. Most Mentors have disabilities themselves. Mentors engage with DO-IT participants through online communities and support them as they pursue postsecondary education and careers.

DO-IT Staff, Interns, and Volunteers coordinate programs, resource development and dissemination, and research.

DO-IT Electronic Resources

DO-IT's online resources facilitate communication and provide access to research and information on a wide variety of topics.

To contact staff; request publications; ask questions about the program; or apply to be a DO-IT Scholar, Pal, Mentor>, or volunteer, send email to

To discuss issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities in their pursuit of science, engineering, mathematics, and other high-tech academic programs and careers, subscribe to the doitsem discussion list at

For more information about DO-IT programs, to find publications and training materials, or to view videos, visit DO-IT's website

DO-IT's website focuses on issues for people with disabilities, including universal design; accessible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; postsecondary education; and careers. DO-IT's print resources, videos, and many presentations are available online. Popular content includes

DO-IT Products

DO-IT distributes materials to those who wish to undertake similar activities or enhance existing K-12, postsecondary, and employment programs. Products cover a wide range of topics, including universal design and the accessibility of distance learning, web pages, technology, and postsecondary education. Most products are available online. Print materials and DVDs can be ordered via telephone, mail, FAX, or online.


DO-IT publications are freely available in print or online and include newsletters, instructional brochures, proceedings from Capacity Building Institutes, and other useful resources. Topics cover accessible IT, academics, and careers, among others.


Videos cover a wide range of topics and are freely available online for streaming or download. DVD compilations of videos can be ordered and include accompanying print publications. All videos are open captioned for those with hearing impairments and are audio described for people with vision impairments.

Books and Training Materials

DO-IT has developed comprehensive presentation and program development materials to help make postsecondary education, electronic resources, libraries, science and mathematics classes, and careers more accessible to individuals with disabilities. Most include program development and presentation guidelines, videos, handouts, presentation templates, and other support materials. Most materials are available online; all can be ordered from DO-IT.

DO-IT Workshops, Presentations, & Events

DO-IT sponsors programs and delivers presentations and workshops to enhance the lives of people with disabilities throughout the world. DO-IT activities are hosted at conferences, K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, corporations, and state agencies.

DO-IT delivers activities in the following areas:

College Transition—helping pre-college students with disabilities, parents, teachers, and service providers develop college preparation and success strategies.

Disability Awareness—ensuring access to educational opportunities for all students by providing educators and administrators the resources and the knowledge they need to be successful.

Employment Access—making cooperative education programs, internships, and other employment opportunities accessible to people with disabilities.

Library and Lab Access—making libraries, computer labs, and science labs accessible to people with disabilities.

Online Communities—creating and sustaining successful communities on the Internet.

Tailored—tailoring presentations to audiences interested in education, transition, employment, and technology for people with disabilities.

Technology—demonstrating adaptive computer technology and showing how web pages, distance learning courses, and other online resources can be made accessible to everyone.

Universal Design—making web pages, classroom instruction, distance learning courses, multi-media, and other electronic and information technology accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

DO-IT Awards

from the University of Washington's College of Engineering for outstanding work toward increasing the participation of students with disabilities in computing careers.

from the Trace Research and Development Center for promoting the development and use of technology for people with disabilities.

from the Association for Higher Education and Disability for efforts in helping people with disabilities succeed in postsecondary education and careers.

from KCTS television for exemplary contributions in educating youth.

for embodying excellence in mentoring underrepresented students and encouraging their significant achievement in science, mathematics, and engineering.

for those whose achievements demonstrate what is possible when the powerful forces of human creativity and technologies are combined.

Additional Information

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. DO-IT is a collaboration of UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington.

To order free publications or newsletters use the DO-IT Publications Order Form; to order videos and training materials use the Videos, Books and Comprehensive Training Materials Order Form.

For further information, to be placed on the DO-IT mailing list, request materials in an alternate format, or to make comments or suggestions about DO-IT publications or web pages contact:

University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (fax)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane

Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

DO-IT Funding and Partners

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