The following article appeared in the February, 1993, issue of Education News.

UW Seeks H.S. Sophomores with Disabilities

The University of Washington is increasing efforts to recruit students with disabilities into science, engineering, and mathematics programs. The UW is encouraging applications from high school sophomores for entry into a new program called DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) in the three areas of study. Financial support is contributed by the National Science Foundation, NorthWestNet, and the UW.

The DO-IT program enables students to explore careers in science, engineering, and mathematics and to gain prerequisite knowledge to enter these fields of study and employment. Activities include internetworking through frequent electronic communications and personal contacts with college students, faculty, and practicing engineers and scientists, some with disabilities themselves. Participants will communicate from home, using computers software, etc. Equipment and software will be loaned to program participants who do not have their own.

Each participant will also study engineering, mathematics, and science at two live-in summer camps held on the Seattle campus by participating in lecture and labs and using computer applications, electronic mail, and resources on the Internet network.

Students will not be charged for instructional materials, housing, meals, and recreational activities. Meals and housing will also be provided for personal care attendants who accompany participants. The first summer camp will be held in August.

Although the program is designed for students in their sophomore year of high school, freshmen and juniors will be considered on a space-available basis.

Applications, to include recommendations from a teacher or administrator and parent/guardian (and consent), should be received at the UW by Feb. 20. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be reviewed by members of the Advisory Board, who will respect confidentiality.

For more information or to request application materials in large print, Braille, or audiotape, contact project director Sheryl Burgstahler, (206) 543-0622 or SCAN 323-0622, or EMAIL: sherylb@cac.washington.edu.