Educational Opportunities for Disabled Students in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington

The following article appeared in the February 1, 1993 issue of Bridges, Vol. 4, No. 16.

The University of Washington is increasing efforts to recruit students with disabilities into science, engineering, and mathematics programs.

Applications are encouraged from Sophomores in high schools in the Northwest who wish to participate in a new program called Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

This program enables students to explore careers in science, engineering, and mathematics and to gain prerequisite knowledge to enter these fields of study and employment. The National Science Foundation provides most of the financial support for this program, with additional contributions from NorthWestNet and the University of Washington. Activities include:

Internetworking: Through frequent electronic communications and personal contacts, this program will bring high school students with disabilities together with college students, faculty and practicing engineers and scientists, some with disabilities themselves. Participants will communicate electronically from home using a computer, modem, software, Internet network connections, and, if necessary, special adaptive technology.

Participants who do not have the required technology already will be loaned equipment and software as long as they continue to participate in program activities. Previous experience working with computers is not required.

Summer Study: Each participant will study engineering, mathematics, and science by participating in lectures and labs and using computer applications and educational software, electronic mail, and resources on the Internet network at two live-in summer camps held on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

Students will not be charged for instructional materials, housing, meals, and recreational activities. Meals and housing will be provided for personal care attendants who accompany participants. Accommodations to facilitate a successful academic experience, such as interpreters for those with hearing impairments, will be provided.

Application Process

This program is designed for students with disabilities who have an interest in science, engineering, or mathematics as a career and who are in their Sophomore year of high school. Freshmen and Juniors will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications should be submitted by February 20. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.

For further information or to request application materials in standard print, large print, Braille, or audiotape, contact the DO-IT Project Director, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington, JE-25, Seattle, WA 98195. Phone: (206) 543-0622, Fax: (206) 543-08 31, Email: