DO-IT Inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Mentoring Hall of Fame

Scott Bellman, DO-IT Staff

DO-IT is among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Susan M. Daniels Mentoring Hall of Fame award. Granted by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, the award recognizes outstanding leaders who mentor individuals with disabilities. DO-IT has long supported people with disabilities through mentoring, and was among the first in the world to implement internet-based mentoring for youth with disabilities.

The Hall of Fame award is named after longtime disability rights advocate Susan M. Daniels. Daniels spent much of her early life in rehabilitation settings due to complications from polio. She later went on to earn a Ph.D. in psychology. She was an active advocate for disability rights throughout her lifetime.

The award was featured on the “UW Information Technology Stories” website, which included the following comments from DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler: “We are honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Individuals with disabilities make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive. We share this award with the mentors in our programs who serve as advocates, guides, and role models for others. In many ways, DO-IT’s success can be measured by the impressive accomplishments of DO-IT participants over the years.”