The DO-IT Summer Student Program Seeks Applicants For 1996

Deb Cronheim

The following article appeared in the Winter 1996 Vol4(1), issue of the Transition Center News. Reprinted with permission.

DO-IT, the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology Program, is seeking applicants for its innovative science and technology program. High school students with disabilities interested in science, engineering and math (SEM) are eligible to apply to become DO-IT Scholars. The DO-IT Scholars Program uses computers, the Internet, and adaptive technology to explore SEM, communicate with mentors, and provide information, resources, and support. Scholars get a taste of college life and community during a two-week, live-in summer study program at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. During the summer program, Scholars live in campus dorms, attend science labs and lectures led by UW instructors, learn to use computers and the Internet, and participate in college transition activities. When summer study ends, Scholars participate from home using computers, modems, and adaptive technology loaned by DO-IT. Throughout the year, Scholars pursue independent science projects, communicate with DO-IT Mentors (college students and professionals, most with disabilities themselves), and attend science events. As one DO-IT Scholar put it, "It's like a summer camp where you never have to go home." Some people believe that college degrees and careers in science, engineering, and math are out of reach for high school students with disabilities. DO-IT Scholars are proving them wrong, and so can you! Here's how... Students with disabilities in the United States who have interests in science, engineering, or mathematics as a career, are encouraged to apply during their Sophomore year of High School. Freshman and Juniors are considered on a space-available basis. Previous work experience with computers is not required to enter the DO-IT program. Computers and adaptive technology will be loaned as needed. Applications are reviewed by Advisory Board members. Qualified applicants are selected for participation based on: demonstrated interest and aptitude in science, mathematics, and engineering; motivation to participate in DO-IT Scholars; and predicted benefit from the program. For further information, contact:

University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (fax)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane