Appendix O: Phone Interview Questions

Summer Study Planning Questions/Information for DO-IT Scholars
Guideline for Staff: Ask Only Questions That Apply


Name of DO-IT Scholar:______________________ Phase:____________________


Disability: ___________________________________________________________________

Date of Birth:______________________ Career Goal:______________________________

Favorite Classes: #1____________________________ #2 ___________________________

Name of Parent/Guardian:____________________________________________________

Email of Parent/Guardian:_______________________Add to Parent Email List? yes/no

Getting Here

Summer Study Phase I: Tuesday, July 26–Friday, August 5
Registration—3–5 pm Tuesday, July 26
Pick-up time—4–6 pm Friday, August 5

Summer Study Phase II: Saturday, July 30–Friday, August 5
Registration—3–5 pm Saturday, July 30
Pick-up time—4–6 pm Friday, August 5


How will you be getting to Seattle?

Do you need assistance getting to the University of Washington? If you are looking for financial assistance to fund your travel, have you contacted local organizations, schools, community organizations (fund-raisers), businesses, or family members? We are able to pick up Scholars at the train station or airport; however, it is expected that Scholar families will cover other costs of travel to and from the UW. Need-based travel scholarships are available.

Who will be traveling with you?

Have you determined your travel dates and times yet?
Note: Rooms are available for those traveling a distance needing to come on Friday, July 29, or leave on Saturday, August 6. Dorms will not be staffed by DO-IT after 11:00 am on August 6.


Parking will be reimbursed for parents or family members who drop their children at the UW. Details about parking will be described in the next Scholar letter.

Academic Accommodations

Many Scholars will require some type of accommodation in order to participate in class and evening activities.

Academic activities are generally scheduled 9:00-5:00; nonacademic activities are generally scheduled 7:00-9:00 pm with some kind of wind-down option available to the late-nighters between 9:00 and 11:00 pm.

Learning Disabilities

What is helpful to you in a classroom setting?

Hearing Impairments

Do you use

  • ASL interpreter? other type of interpreter? lectures, labs, small-group discussions, meals, field trips, recreational activities, social activities?
  • FM system? If yes, will you be bringing one or should we provide one?

To actively participate, for what activities do you need an interpreter?

Mobility or Visual Impairments

In what format would you like to have the following materials?

  • Summer Schedule
  • Handouts to be used in class
  • Handouts to take home and refer to later

If you use large print when reading written materials,

  • What font size?
  • What style of font is best?
  • What requirements do you have regarding the physical environment?
  • Will you be bringing a service dog? If so,


What is your seating preference?

What additional accommodations might you need during Summer Study?

Getting Around Campus

Will you need transportation to go across campus (more than a quarter mile)?

Will you be bringing a wheelchair? If so, is it

  • Manual?
  • Electric?
  • A scooter?

Is the wheelbase wider than thirty inches? (We advise that Scholars bring a manual backup if they have one, in case of mechanical breakdown or battery problems).

Do you need to use the wheelchair at all times?

Living On Campus

Typically, breakfast runs from 7:30-8:30 am. Classes start at 9:00. Given this information, Scholars need to think about what time they need to get up and how long it will take them to get ready in the morning. DO-IT staff members do not provide personal care assistance unless it is very minor.

Some Scholars need plenty of rest, so we try to match roommates' sleep needs; however, we are not always successful, so we ask Scholars to communicate and respect each other's needs and preferences of their roommates.

What is your normal summer sleep schedule?

  • Night owl?
  • Early to rise?
  • Standard?

Personal Care

Do you need assistance with personal care? Be specific regarding the type of assistance needed:

  • Meals?
  • Bathing?
  • Toileting?
  • Dressing?
  • Other?

Will you need a personal care assistant to help you with personal care tasks in the morning, evening, or throughout the day? If so,

  • Will your assistant be staying overnight during Summer Study? All nights? If not, which nights specifically?
  • Will the assistant be male or female? Are they over eighteen? A family member? If not a family member, do you need financial assistance to pay a personal care assistant? (We may have funding for up to $350/week.)
  • Do you prefer to room with your assistant or with another Scholar? Dorm rooms have two single beds. We try to pair up two Scholars and have assistants room together, unless the Scholar and family prefer to have the Scholar and assistant room together.

Would you like a hospital bed (moves up/down/various positions)? Note that a standard bed has railings.

Tell me anything else we should know about your personal care needs.

Bathroom Use

The dorm rooms do not have bathrooms in them. Bathrooms are community bathrooms across the hall from the rooms with communal sinks and individual toilet and shower stalls. The dorms put raised toilet seats in one wheelchair-accessible toilet stall on each floor. Flexible shower handles are usually available in one stall. The doors to the rooms are wide enough to accommodate a standard manual or motorized wheelchair in most cases. Scholars may need a roll-in shower or a transfer bench.

Do you shower or use a bathtub? Alone or with help? Will your helper be male or female?

How long does it take you?

What time of day do you usually shower/bathe?

  • Morning?
  • Afternoon?
  • Evening?

How often?

Do you use a shower chair? If so, describe style. Flexible shower head/hose? Hoyer lift? What will you be bringing with you?

Will your personal care assistant be bringing a vehicle? If so, we will provide a parking pass for them for the dates they are here. Do you need a wheelchair accessible parking space or just a disability space? Do you have an oversized vehicle?

Medications and Health Care

DO-IT does not have a doctor or nurse on staff. We are unable to administer medications to Scholars. If Scholars need assistance with medications, we urge them to come with someone who can help them. We urge Scholars and their families to devise independent ways to remember and administer medications if they are necessary—alarms, dated pill cases, calendar, etc. If someone needs shots administered, is not coming with a personal care assistant, and cannot administer the shots themselves, we need to know this so we can explore making arrangements with health care providers at Hall Health Medical Center or the UW hospital.

The schedule is packed with activities for Scholars to participate in from morning to evening. However, it is intentionally modular so that those who need rest periods will be able to jump back in at any time. We ask that Scholars monitor their own health and activity levels and excuse themselves if they need to rest, informing DO-IT staff on duty at the time of their need to rest.

Is it necessary for you to have time during the day to rest, do therapy, or attend to personal care needs? What time usually and how long?

Is there anything else we should know about medications or health issues?

Eating During Summer Study

Meals are eaten as a group. Each Scholar will get a meal card to cover costs of meals for themselves and personal assistants. Breakfast is generally 7:30-9:00 am, lunch is 12:30-1:30 pm, and dinner is 5:30-7:00 pm. Lunch is typically food-court style in the Husky Den, with a wide array of choices. Breakfast and dinners are served cafeteria/food-court style in McMahon Hall, with a selection of main entrees, salads, beverages, and desserts. DO-IT also provides snacks (juice, soda, water, fruit, sweet or salty snack foods) during two half-hour snack breaks (10:30-11:00 am and 3:30-4:00 pm) and in the evening.

Do you have any dietary considerations that if not met during the two weeks of Summer Study would be harmful to your health? Is your diet typically

vegetarian? vegan? low salt? low-fat? other?

Generally each food service area can accommodate these needs. Refrigerators can be made available in a dorm room if a Scholar needs to refrigerate medication or special dietary items.

Do you eat independently or with help? Do you need adaptive equipment during meal-time? (If yes, please be sure to bring and label it.)

Do you require a straw for drinking beverages?

Is there anything else we should know about your diet or eating issues?

Religious Services

Attendance at a religious service is an option for Scholars. We try to match Scholars to a service but may not always be successful. Would you like to attend a service? If so,

  • What denomination?
  • What day is the service?

Do you have family or friends that you would go with, or would you like DO-IT to try to find a volunteer to go with you?


Phase I only: What is a fun fact about you that can be used for an icebreaker activity on the first night of Summer Study?

Phase II only: What is your progress on your

Phase II project?

  • Résumé?
  • Work-based learning experience?