DO-IT serves to increase the success of people with disabilities, especially in fields where they have been underrepresented such as science, engineering, and mathematics. DO-IT uses technology to maximize the independence, productivity, and participation of students with disabilities in academic programs and careers.
DO-IT activities help individuals with disabilities successfully:
- use computers, adaptive technology, and the Internet for academics and careers;
- pursue challenging fields such as science, engineering, mathematics, and technology;
- transition from high school to college, from two- to four-year colleges, from undergraduate work to advanced studies;
- transition from school to work; and
- gain access to libraries, labs, and information resources.
DO-IT's efforts have been acknowledged with many awards and honors. These include:
- receiving the National Information Infrastructure award for its creative use of the Internet to support education;
- being honored with the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; and
- being showcased at the 1996 National Science Foundation Dynamic Partnerships invitational conference and the 1997 Presidents' Summit on the American Future.
Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation and the State of Washington. Additional grants have been received from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, the NEC Foundation of America, the Seattle Foundation, the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, the Telecommunication Funding Partnership, the U.S. Department of Education, Qwest, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation, and Visio Corporation.