The following is reprinted with permission from the March 10, 1994, issue
of University Week.
DO-IT SCHOLAR A WINNER
Lacey, Wash., high school junior Randy Hammer's world took on new
dimensions last summer when he came to the UW campus along with 17 other
teenagers. As a participant in the UW College of Engineering's novel
DO-IT or Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology
program aimed at encouraging students with disabilities to pursue careers
in science, engineering or math, Hammer, blind from birth, gained access
to the Internet, including UWIN, the UW's online information navigator.
Hammer's essay on the marvels of Internet won runner-up in the grade
10-12 category of a recent national contest sponsored by the National
Science Foundation and others. "In August of last year, a whole new door
was opened to me," he wrote. "Gaining Internet access was the best thing
that ever happened to me. In a way, my computer and access to the net
have become my eyes to the world."