DO-IT Program Receives Outstanding Program Award from AHEAD

DO-IT was honored with the outstanding program award from AHEAD (The Association on Higher Education and Disability). It was given to us in recognition of our efforts and in helping people with disabilities succeed in postsecondary education and careers. Highlighted was our work in the area of promoting access to computers, the Internet, and assistive technology as empowering tools. Sheryl Burgstahler, DO-IT Director, was the lucky one who accepted the award on behalf of the DO-IT staff, participants, and mentors. It was presented at AHEAD's annual conference in July, which was hosted this year in Portland, OR. AHEAD is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. It is the professional organization of directors and counselors who provide services to students with disabilities on postsecondary campuses.

1994 Scholar Anthony congratulated DO-IT in this way: "Congratulations for yet another award for excellence! I know that my mother often tells people that she believes that I wouldn't be where I'm at today if it wasn't for the DO-IT program. It isn't just the Scholars, Pals, and Mentors who are benefiting by the teachings at DO-IT; it's also the people who come into contact with us like employers. In my case, it's even customers with disabilities and rehabilitation professionals who are also benefiting from my DO-IT days. I believe that there's another lesson to be learned here — whenever you have a program that can benefit many more people than what it was designed to do, you have a program that can and should be a role model to others."