Opportunities! University of Washington Fall 2017

A mentor helps a student with a computing project.

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!

An interpreter works with a student at a career fair.

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 featured jobs and internships online.

Follow the UW Career & Internship Center on social media:

Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Major-Oriented Career Centers

Foster School of Business

Career Center @ Engineering

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 their website 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 on the resume book website. The resume book is available for students and alumni of all three campuses.

Career Fairs

Business Career Fair

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Accessibility & Inclusion Hour, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Science & Engineering Career Fair

Wednesday, October 25, 12:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Graduate School Fair

Thursday, October 26, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Intellectual House, Seattle Campus

Government Job & Internship Fair

Thursday, October 26, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Mary Gates Hall Commons, Seattle Campus

Law School Fair

Thursday, November 9, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Diversity Career Fair

Wednesday, January 31st, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Winter Job & Internship Fair

Thursday, February 15th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Opportunities and Organizations

MOSSAIC

The Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC) program supports the students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on campus. MOSSAIC uses peer mentoring to provide organizational and social support for UW students with ASD and related challenges.

MOSSAIC mentees meet with their mentor weekly, participate in monthly events, 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 their website, email mossaic@uw.edu, or call 206-543-5440.

NSF-Funded Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

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

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

Are You A Student Or Recent Graduate With A Disability Seeking Employment?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) Recruiter will be interviewing students from your school this fall!

WRP serves as a primary  pipeline for bringing new talent into the federal government. WRP is open to students and recent graduates with disabilities. Participating in the WRP is an excellent way to

  • Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies,
  • Explore careers in the federal service, and
  • Gain interviewing experience.

Registration is open now and must be completed by October 16, 2017 on the WRP website.

For more information visit online or contact UW campus coordinator Tami Tidwell at tamitha@uw.edu. Open to students from all UW campuses.

Resources for Student and Alumni Veterans

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.

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 uwmillaw@gmail.com.

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. 

Staying Connected and AccessSTEM

Students chat over coffee at AccessSTEM's Staying Connected.

Join Us for AccessSTEM's Staying Connected

Join DO-IT on campus to have free coffee and food, share success stories, and talk to each other about challenges and questions. This is a great opportunity to get peer support, network, and have fun!

Staying Connected happens once a month throughout the school year. Dates for 2017 include the following:

Monday, October 2nd, 2:00 p.m.

Friday, November 3rd, 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7th, 2:00 p.m.

Event locations will be on or near UW campus. Contact Kayla Brown at kayladb@uw.edu for more information and to RSVP.

A student in a wheelchair looks into a microscope.

Join Projects for Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields

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.

 

Accessible Technology Resources on Campus

An instructor shows a student how to use a specific technology.

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.

A student views a computer close up.

Need an alternative, accessible document?

Check out Disability Resource Services’s document conversion tool.

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.

Accessible Technology at the UW

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

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 from Accessible Technology Services.

Campus Groups

D Center

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.

DASA

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.”

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.

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. 


My Experience with Registered Student Organizations

By K Wheeler, DO-IT Staff

Being a part of a Registered Student Organization (RSO) on campus has been a really important part of my Husky Experience. It’s a great place to make friends, but it’s more than that. Over time, I was able to work my way up the ranks, taking on leadership roles until I became president of my RSO, Harry Potter Club.

According to the RSO Directory, there are 854 Student Organization on campus. We have everything from pop culture clubs, like Harry Potter Club, to cultural clubs, like the African Student Association. We also have major or field centric clubs, like the Neurobiology Club. There’s something for everyone! Find a club that’s right for you on the RSO website.

Navigating Campus

Students with disabilities cross the street.

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 online.

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 use sports wheelchairs.

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 online.

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 on the IMA website.

Scholarships and College-Funding Opportunities

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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. Visit the DO-IT Scholarship site online.

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

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

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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Join our DO-IT Friends Facebook group, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter to stay in touch!

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About this Publication

This publication is a joint venture between DO-IT, the UW Disability Resources for Students offices, and Career Centers on all three UW campuses. Its purpose is to inform UW students with disabilities about some of the many opportunities available to them. It is printed periodically. Submit content suggestions to Kayla Brown at 206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) or kayladb@uw.edu.

This publication was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (#HRD-0833504, CNS-1042260). The contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the U.S. federal government, and you should not assume their endorsement.

Copyright © 2017, University of Washington. Permission is granted to copy these materials for educational, noncommercial purposes, provided the source is acknowledged.