The following article appeared in the 9/6/95, issue of the Idaho World, Reprinted with permission.

Local High Schooler Participated in Summer '95 DO-IT Program at the University of Washington

Garden Valley -- Jorja Jankowski of Garden Valley, participated in a national award-winning program at the University of Washington this month designed to encourage high school students with disabilities to pursue careers in science, engineering, mathematics or technology.

The UW's DO-IT, or Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology Program, now in its third year, is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Jankowski, a high school senior, was among 19 first-time DO-IT participants who were on campus for the full 13-day summer residential program, starting August 6th. For at least a week of this period, they were joined by 18 other students who returned to the UW campus for a second year of participation in DO-IT.

All 37 students came from Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.

The DO-IT program captured first place on July 12 in the educational category of the first annual National Information Infrastructure Champions of Cyberspace awards program. The program focuses on high school students with disabilities who are interested in science, engineering, mathematics or technology. It has two main components:

If a student doesn't own a computer, he or she can borrow one from DO-IT, along with a modem and any other adaptive equipment and software.

The DO-IT program is an undertaking of the UW College of Engineering and the UW Office of Computing & Communications. Its director is Sheryl Burgstahler.

The program's electronic mail address is doit@u.washington.edu ; telephone (206) 685-DOIT.