25 Ways DO-IT Is Changing The World... And How You Can Help

25 Ways DO-IT Is Changing The World

  1. Listening to the concerns of people with disabilities.
  2. Promoting the view that disability is one aspect of the diverse human experience.
  3. Expecting people with disabilities to excel.
  4. Teaching parents to set high expectations for students with disabilities.
  5. Providing resources to precollege and postsecondary educators.
  6. Connecting individuals with disabilities to mentors and facilitating their engagement.
  7. Hosting college-preparation camps for youth with disabilities.
  8. Promoting inclusive learning environments.
  9. Identifying future leaders with disabilities.
  10. Highlighting success stories of people with disabilities.
  11. Hiring people with disabilities as staff and interns.
  12. Partnering with employers to encourage the hiring of individuals with disabilities.
  13. Sharing the history of the disability civil rights movement.
  14. Educating people about legal mandates for access.
  15. Promoting access to empowering technology.
  16. Demonstrating accessible science equipment.
  17. Advancing universal design of instruction, physical spaces, technology, and services.
  18. Promoting accessibility topics within computing and engineering curriculum.
  19. Creating and sharing videos about equal access.
  20. Captioning videos and encouraging others to do the same.
  21. Advocating for accessibility of websites, documents, and software.
  22. Promoting accessible online learning.
  23. Promoting accessible conferences, meetings, and events.
  24. Connecting stakeholders through regional and national workshops.
  25. Publishing best practices for others to replicate.

And How You Can Help

  • Mentor a person with a disability.
  • Learn more about assistive technologies (e.g., screen readers, alternative keyboards and mice) and help people with disabilities get access to them.
  • Share success stories of people with disabilities.
  • Talk about disability as a normal part of the human experience and celebrate disability as one aspect of diversity.
  • Everywhere you go, think about accessibility for individuals with a wide range of abilities, and make suggestions to those in charge.
  • Volunteer at programs for youth with disabilities.
  • Expect people with disabilities to show up in every environment and prepare for them.
  • Attend professional development opportunities about supporting individuals with disabilities.
  • Understand the history of civil rights for people with disabilities.
  • Learn how universal design can impact access to education, physical spaces, services, and technology.
  • Caption your videos and encourage others to do the same.
  • Promote the accessible design of online learning, websites, and documents.
  • Tell parents and teachers to set high expectations for students with disabilities.

Here are some resources to get you started: