Mentoring Program Honored

This article was previously published in the September 13, 1997 edition of The Seattle Times.

A University of Washington mentoring program for children with disabilities has won an award from the White House.

The DO-IT program, which provides mentors for disabled teenagers interested in careers in science and technology, Thursday received the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Eight other institutions and 10 individuals received the award. Each recipient also gets a $10,000 grant.

The DO-IT program offers summer workshops and labs to disabled high school students. In addition to science lectures and labs, the summer program teaches the teens to take advantage of adaptive technology to participate in science.

The program also keeps track of the students through the school year, connecting them with each other and with mentors through e-mail.