Opportunities! University of Washington Spring 2017

Two deaf students learning to code.

Are You a Student With a Disability Attending the University of Washington?

This newsletter comes from the offices that provide resources for students with disabilities on the three University of Washington campuses (Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell) in partnership with the UW Career Centers and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology).  

This newsletter highlights the following:

  • Career and Internship Center events
  • Internship opportunities
  • Accessible technology
  • Campus centers
  • Student groups
  • STEM and computing resources
  • Scholarship opportunities

We sincerely wish you a successful and enjoyable college experience.

To request this newsletter in an alternate format or to make content suggestions, contact Kayla Brown, DO-IT program coordinator, at 206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) or kayladb@uw.edu.

Visit UW Career & Internship Centers!

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The Career & Internship Centers on each UW campus help students learn about majors, careers, and the labor market. Career counselors are available to help with resume development and improving interview skills.
UW Career & Internship Centers utilize the web-based system HuskyJobs to manage job and internship listings. Find out more about HuskyJobs and featured jobs and internships at careers.washington.edu/jobs.

Follow the UW Career & Internship Center on social media.
Twitter: twitter.com/UWCareerCtr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheUWCareerCenter
Instagram: www.instagram.com/uwcareercenter/

Career & Internship Center Websites

UW Seattle Campus

UW Tacoma Campus

UW Bothell Campus

Major-oriented Career Centers

Foster School of Business

Career Center @ Engineering

Summer Career Fair at the University of Washington!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: HUB North Ballroom, Seattle Campus

This fair is open to all majors, class levels, and alumni from all three campuses.
For more information, visit the event page.

Career Development and UW Students with Disabilities

The Career & Internship Center website has a resources section with information specific to people with disabilities. It can be accessed by visiting careers.uw.edu/resources/ and utilizing the “Students With Disabilities” filter.

Resume Book

UW Career Services hosts a resume book that is available to employers who are looking to hire candidates with disabilities. To add yourself to this resource, please follow the directions located at careers.uw.edu/resume-books/. The resume book is available for students and alumni of all three campuses.



The UW has launched the Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC) program to support the growing number of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on campus. MOSSAIC uses an empirically supported intervention strategy (peer mentoring) to provide organizational and social support for UW students with ASD and related challenges. An interdisciplinary team from the UW Speech and Hearing Sciences department trains undergraduate peer mentors to support mentees with ASD to help them reach their individual goals (e.g., navigation to campus resources, assistance with time management strategies and tools, strategies for communication with professors or partnered/group work, etc.).

MOSSAIC mentees meet weekly one-on-one with their mentor, participate in monthly events with other mentors and mentees, build relationships within the group and around campus, and maximize their personal talents and strengths for ongoing success.  

A formal diagnosis of ASD is not a requirement of participation. Students may join the program at any time during their college experience, as part- or full-time students, and as traditional or non-traditional students. There is a nominal quarterly cost for participation, with financial assistance available. For more information, please visit the MOSSAIC website, email mossaic@uw.edu, or call 206-543-5440.

Resources for Student and Alumni Veterans

UW Veterans Center logo.

UW Veterans Center

The UW Veterans Center is a place for veterans to connect with other veterans, gain access to university resources specifically designed for veterans, and find and build their community within the university. Find out more at depts.washington.edu/osfaweb/veterans.

Military Law Association

The Military Law Association is designed to help transition individuals from the military to law school and help those who wish to become military lawyers adjust to military life, by focusing on the social and community aspects of both the military and law school. For more information, contact uwsba@uw.edu.

Husky Veterans logo.

Husky Veterans

Husky Veterans is a student veteran group dedicated to creating unity, pride, and community among its members and the greater campus communities through a variety of social and educational events. To receive additional information, email uw.veterans@gmail.com.

Career Center Support

The Career Center proudly supports UW students and alumni who are veterans of the United States military through free individual career counseling, walk-in appointments, networking events, and career workshops.

NSF-Funded Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering logo.

Over the last decade, the field of neural engineering has demonstrated to the world that a computer cursor, a wheelchair, or a prosthetic limb can be controlled using direct brain-machine and brain-computer neural signals. Future technologies will enable versatile and highly complex interactions with sophisticated environments.

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), located in Russell Hall, collaborates with partner universities to facilitate advances in this exciting field. The CSNE is recruiting UW students with disabilities who are interested in neural engineering and brain-computer interface to participate in activities.

For more information, contact Scott Bellman, CSNE diversity manager, at swb3@uw.edu or visit the CSNE website.

Join Projects for Students Pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields

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Funded by the National Science Foundation, the AccessSTEM and AccessComputing projects are recruiting students in STEM fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, computing, engineering, aerospace, astronomy, geology, anthropology, horticulture, conservation, forensics, and many social science disciplines. AccessSTEM and AccessComputing team members join an online community to receive a variety of resources and opportunities:

    Internships: Receive assistance finding and applying for great internships.
    Career Building: Learn about careers, resumes, job fairs, and networking.
    Mentoring: Get support from other students, faculty, staff, and professionals.
    Free USB Flash Drive: Given to new AccessSTEM students. Get yours today!

For more information about AccessSTEM and AccessComputing, contact Scott Bellman at 206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) or swb3@uw.edu. Student applications are located online:

AccessSTEM: www.uw.edu/doit/accessstem-team-application
AccessComputing: www.uw.edu/accesscomputing/get-involved/students/join-accesscomputing-team

Accessible Technology Resources on Campus

A student in a wheelchair looks at an accessible document on an iPad.

The Access Technology Center

The Access Technology Center (ATC) on the Seattle Campus provides resources to improve access to computing resources for University of Washington students, faculty, and staff. The computers, software, and special equipment in the center
and at other locations on UW campuses provide

  • access for blind users via speech output or braille;
  • screen magnification for people with low vision;
  • alternatives to the standard keyboard and mouse;
  • speech recognition software as a writing tool;
  • tools to make reading and writing easier;
  • accessories for comfortable computer use; and
  • the capability to produce documents in alternative formats such as e-text, braille, and large print.

For information about assistive technology on your campus, ask your disability services representative. Visit the ATC at the UW Seattle campus in Mary Gates Hall, Room 064, or consult their website.

Center for Technology and Disability Studies

The Center for Technology and Disability Studies (CTDS) is an interdisciplinary program within the Center for Human Development and Disability and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the School of Medicine. For a list of CTDS projects and activities, visit their website.

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Accessible Technology at the UW

The Accessible Technology website provides resources and tips related to IT accessibility, as well as opportunities for community involvement. Check it out here.

Learn about Accessible Science

A collection of accessible science equipment is on display at the Access Technology Center in MGH 064. Come explore the equipment and learn how science can be made more accessible through the application of Universal Design. More information is available online.

Need an Alternative, Accessible Document?

Check out Disability Resource Services’s document conversion tool.

Campus Centers and Student Groups

D Center

D Center logo.

The UW Disability and d/Deaf Culture Center, located in MGH 024, fosters a climate of social justice and pride, centered on universal design, access, and diversity. It betters the UW community by fostering disability and d/Deaf pride, promoting social justice through an inclusive environment, sharing resources for self-advocacy, developing educational programming, engaging stakeholders with principles of universal design, and promoting a transforming socio-cultural understanding of disability. For more information, email dcenter@uw.edu or visit their website. Learn about upcoming D Center events on their Facebook page.

ASL Club

For more information on the American Sign Language Club, check out their Facebook group.

Mad Campus

Mad Campus is a peer group for students identifying with or experiencing madness, mental illness and/or neurodiversity. Meets throughout the school year on a weekly basis in MGH 024. Check the D Center website for updated times.

ASUW Student Disability Commission

The Associated Students of the University of Washington Student Disability Commission was established to create communities for individuals with disabilities and their allies by providing programming, resources, and a safe accessible space. For more information, send an email to asuwswdc@uw.edu.


The Disability Advocacy Student Alliance is a student group facilitated for and by students. They represent student interests while working with allied student groups, the UW administration, and the off-campus community. Students with and without disabilities, those who have friends with disabilities, or people who want to learn about disability rights and advocacy are welcome to join the fun! For more information contact dasa@uw.edu or visit the DASA Facebook page by searching for “UW disability revolution.”

Disability Studies Program

Disability Studies at the UW involves a multi-campus interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, students, and community members, who share an interest in questions relating to society’s understanding of disability. The undergraduate disability studies minor and the individualized studies major in disability studies provide opportunities for students to develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the social, legal, and political framing of disability. For more information, visit our website.


Two students work together on a computing assignment.

Disability Studies Events

Brown Bag Seminars: MGH 024
May 5, 12:00 pm
May 12, 12:00 pm
May 18, 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion: The Road to Advocacy, with Mussa Chiwaula, disability rights advocate, May 24, 1:00 pm, ODE 220

Comics & Medicine Conference: Access Points, June 15–17, Seattle Public Library Central Branch. Find more information here.

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18th!

Visit the Access Technology Center and learn more about events being hosted by Accessible Technology Services on their event page.

Join Us for AccessSTEM Staying Connected

Join DO-IT on campus in Seattle or Bothell to have free coffee and food, share success stories, and talk to each other about challenges and questions.
We want to know how you are doing in your classes, jobs, and extracurricular activities you are participating in. This is a great opportunity to get peer support, network, and have fun! Feel free to drop in at any time during the session.

Contact Kayla Brown at kayladb@uw.edu for more information on meeting dates and locations.

Navigating Campus

Two students in power wheelchairs make use of accessible ramps on the University of Washington campus.

ADA Building Access Guide

The ADA Building Access Guide provides information on accessible entrances and facilities for buildings on the University of Washington Seattle campus. View the ADA Access guide here.

Accessibility at the Libraries

Upon request, library staff in all units will assist with the retrieval of books and with the use of electronic and other bibliographic resources. Time needed for retrieval will vary depending on staff availability.

Wheelchair accessible study carrels and electronic work stations are available throughout campus libraries.

All computers on the University of Washington Seattle campus come loaded with ZoomText screen magnification software. Specific stations at Suzzallo, Odegaard, Health Sciences, and other locations run more extensive access software suites.

The Media Arcade, located in Allen Library North on the 3rd floor, has video playback equipment capable of displaying closed captioning and one wheelchair accessible VHS/DVD player.

Two students with disabilities play basketball.

IMA Accessibility

The IMA Building is ADA accessible and features two elevators; ADA showers and dressing areas in the men’s, women’s, and universal locker rooms; easy access to the IMA pool, including a pool lift; telephones and e-spots at ADA heights;  and ADA accessible restrooms on all four levels.

There also are a number of accessible pieces of fitness equipment, including two Nu-Step exercisers, two arm ergometers, Vita-Glide (upper body), Challenge Circuit 700 (multi-station exercises), and many other benches and single station machines that are accessible. Discover more here.

Dial-A-Ride Shuttle

Dial-A-Ride is a fare-free shared-ride service that operates Monday to Friday from 7:50 a.m. until 7:25 p.m. excluding university holidays. Shuttles provide rides between 125 designated stop locations within the Seattle campus for UW students, staff, faculty, and visitors who have mobility limitations. Find out more about Dial-A-Ride on their website.

Paying For College

Check Out the Scholarships Website

Learn about scholarships for students with all types of disabilities and interests. Each scholarship includes eligibility, a deadline, and a link to apply. For more information or help applying to scholarships, contact DO-IT to receive editing and support. Learn more here.

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Common forms of financial aid include grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. Many students use a combination of these financial aid resources. To learn more about strategies for funding your education, check out College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities.

About DO-IT

DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computing and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. Based at the UW Seattle campus, DO-IT works with students preparing for college or currently attending any two- or four-year university.

DO-IT, University of Washington
Sheryl Burgstahler, Director
Scott Bellman, Program Manager
4545 15th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105
206-685-DOIT (voice/TTY)
doit@uw.edu; www.uw.edu/doit/

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