DO-IT Dictionary

Confused by some of the DO-IT lingo? Here's a dictionary of some DO-IT terms.

adaptive (é-dap'tiv) adj. computer (kûm-pyoot'ér) adj. technology (têk-nôl'è-jee) n. Specialized equipment and software that allows people with disabilities to use computers and networks.

DID-IT (did-it) n. Past tense of DO-IT.

DO-IT (doo- it) n. Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology, a project to increase the successful participation of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers, such as science, engineering, mathematics, business, and technology.

DOING-IT (doo-ing-it) v. In the process of participating in a DO-IT activity.

DO-IT 2-4 (doo- it- too'- fôr') n. A program that helps community college students with disabilities successfully transition to four-year post-secondary institutions.

DO-IT Ambassador (doo- it- âm-bas'é- dôr') n. A previous Scholar who graduated from high school and now continues to participate in DO-IT by helping the program and guiding younger Scholars.

DO-IT CAREERS (doo- it- kè'rirz') n. An acronym that stands for Careers, Academics, Research, Experiential Education, and Relevant Skills. A program that increases the success of individuals with disabilities in challenging careers.

DO-IT Mentor (doo- it- mën'tôr') n. An adult who is in college or employment who helps Scholars and Ambassadors as they pursue academics and careers. The address of their discussion list is

DO-IT News (doo- it- nooz) n. The DO-IT newsletter that features stories, articles, and events about the DO-IT program, participants, and disability-related issues.

DO-IT Pal (doo- it- pal) n. A member of the DO-IT electronic community of teens with disabilities preparing for college and careers.

DO-IT Prof (doo- it- prôf) n. A program that works with a team representing institutions of higher education nationwide to create and deliver professional development that will help faculty more fully include students with disabilities in their classes. The "Prof" part of the title represents "professional," a description of the quality of material created, and "professors," our primary audience.

DO-IT Scholar (doo- it- sköl'ér) n. High school students participating in the DO-IT Scholars program, which includes Summer Study at the University of Washington, Internet communication with mentors, and college/career presentation. See Phase I, II, and III Scholars and DO-IT Summer Study.

DO-IT Summer Study (doo- it- sûm'ér- stûd'ee) n. A live-in summer program at the University of Washington in Seattle where DO-IT Scholars participate in science, engineering, and mathematics lectures and labs; live in residence halls; and practice skills which will help them to be independent and successful in college and careers.

doitkids (doo- it- kidz) n. The name of the electronic list that includes DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors. The full address is

doitpals (doo- it- palz) n. The name of the electronic list that supports communication between DO-IT Pals. The full address is

doitsem (doo- it- sêm') n. The discussion list for anyone interested in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in challenging fields such as science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM). The Internet address is You can join the list by sending a message to In the message text type "subscribe doitsem" followed by your name.

NSF (en- es- ef) n. The National Science Foundation. Grants from NSF have funded many DO-IT projects.

Phase I Scholar (fâz- wûn- sköl'ér) n. A high school student from the time he/she is accepted into the DO-IT Scholars program through the completion of his/her first Summer Study at the University of Washington.

Phase II Scholar (fâz- too- sköl'ér) n. A Phase I graduate who continues his/her DO-IT participation through the second Summer Study at the University of Washington.

Phase III Scholar (fâz- three- sköl'ér) n. A Phase II graduate who retains this title until he/she attends college and becomes a DO-IT Ambassador.

You can DO-IT! (yoo- kan- doo-it) The DO-IT motto.