Opportunities! News for University of Washington Students with Disabilities Fall 2019: All Articles

This page features all the articles from the Opportunities! News for University of Washington Students with Disabilities Fall 2019 newsletter. This newsletter can also be viewed article by article on the Opportunities! News for University of Washington Students with Disabilities Fall 2019 page.

UW Career Resources

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Employment Program for Students with Disabilities

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) Recruiter will be interviewing students from your school this fall!

WRP serves as a primary pipeline for bringing new talent into the federal government. WRP is open to students and recent graduates with disabilities. Participating in the WRP is an excellent way to

  • Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies,
  • Explore careers in the federal service, and
  • Gain interviewing experience.

Registration is open now and must be completed by October 11, 2019 at wrp.gov.

For more information visit The Workforce Recruitment Program or contact UW campus coordinator Tami Tidwell at tamitha@uw.edu. Open to students from all three UW campuses

The UW Career & Internship Center

The Career & Internship Centers on each UW campus help students learn about majors, careers, and the labor market. Career counselors are available to help with resume development and improving interview skills. Visit the Seattle website.

UW Career & Internship Centers utilize the web-based system HuskyJobs to manage job and internship listings. Find out more about featured jobs and internships at Career & Internship Center Jobs Page.

The Career & Internship Center website has a resources section with information specific to people with disabilities. It can be accessed by visiting Careers Resource Page and utilizing the “Students With Disabilities” filter.

Career Fairs


Business Career Fair

Thursday, October 10, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

All-Industries Career Fair

Wednesday, October 16, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Location: ARC 2nd Floor, Bothell Campus

All-Industries Career Fair

Thursday, October 17, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: University Y Student Center, Tacoma Campus

Human Centered Design & Engineering Career Fair

Monday, October 21, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: HUB South Ballroom, Seattle Campus

Graduate School Fair

Thursday, October 24, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Diversity Career Fair

Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle Campus

Career Workshops

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Seattle Workshops

The UW Career & Internship Center offers a variety of workshops throughout the year to help students succeed in getting a job, finding a career, and succeeding in their mission. You can find more details on these events and more at Career & Internships Events Page. All workshops are hosted in Mary Gates Hall 134 unless otherwise noted.

Gaining Experience Employers Want

Tuesday, October 1, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: MGH 134, Seattle Campus

Dress for Success: A Pop-Up Event for Free Work Attire

Tuesday, October 2, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: MGH 134, Seattle Campus

Finding Internships

Thursday, October 3, 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: MGH 134, Seattle Campus

Career Fair Success

Tuesday, October 8, 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: MGH 134, Seattle Campus


Friday, October 11, 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: MGH 134, Seattle Campus

LinkedIn Lab

Tuesday, October 15, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: MGH 134, Seattle Campus

How to Talk About Yourself: Small Group Coaching Sessions

These sessions are hosted almost weekly around campus. To find locations and learn more, visit Career & Internship Events Page.

Did you know that you can get resume feedback using the Career and Internship Center’s resume review form? Visit the Career Center Online Resume Review page for more information.

Virtual Workshops & Online Resources

The Career and Internship Center has dozens of videos and virtual workshops to help you prepare for the transition from college to a career. Upcoming events include these sessions, with information on how to attend found on the Career & Internship Events Page.


Wednesday, October 2, 1:30 – 2:00 pm

How to Maximize Handshake

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Job Search

Friday, October 18, 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Finding Internships

Thursday, October 24, 2:30 – 3:00 pm

Cover Letters

Wednesday, October 30, 2:30 – 3:00 pm

Finding Part-Time Jobs

Tuesday November 5, 1:30 – 2:00 pm

LinkedIn Lab

Tuesday November 5, 1:30 – 2:00 pm

For more online resources and video tutorials, visit the Career Center resources page.

Events and Seminars

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Staying Connected Social Events

Join DO-IT on campus to have free coffee and food, share success stories, and ask questions or talk about challenges. This is a great opportunity to get peer support, network, and have fun! Below are dates for 2019:

  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2:00 pm
  • Friday, November 22nd, 2:00 pm
  • Monday, December 16th, 2:00 pm

Event locations will be on or near UW campus. Contact Kayla Brown at kayladb@uw.edu for more information and to RSVP.

Attend the Disability Studies Meet and Greet!

Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering (CSE2) Zillow Commons

The UW Disability Studies Program invites faculty, graduate students, and staff from across the university to learn about the Disability Studies Program and connect with others who have similar interests.

For more information, contact Stephen Meyers at sjmeyers@uw.edu or visit the Disabilities Studies page.

Disability Studies Program Fall 2019 Brown Bag Seminars

CART captioning and ASL interpretation are available for all of the following seminars. If you have questions, please contact Joanne Woiak at jwoiak@uw.edu.

Disabled Community in the Writing Process

Friday, October 11, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Mary Gates Hall 024, UW Seattle
Presented by UW graduate students Sarah Arvey, Jordan Taitingfong, Cindy Bennett, Sayaka Omori, and Gina Tesoriero

Undergraduate Disability Studies Research & Community Engagement Panel

Wednesday, October 23, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Mary Gates Hall 024, UW Seattle
The following topics are featured:

  • “We are Feminists: Making it Work at Humanity & Inclusion” (Rebecca Andrews)
  • “Disability, Ageing, and Development Study Abroad in Jamaica” (Early Fall 2019 LSJ study abroad students)
  • “Starting a Nonprofit: Thurston County Inclusion” (Natalie Stagnone)

International and Local Interface of Disability Rights Movement in China

Friday, November 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location TBA
Presented by Shixin Huang, PhD candidate, Jackson School for International Studies

Public Lecture with Heather Evans: Interdependent Success: Cultivating a Community of Diverse Bodies and Minds

Thursday, January 23, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Kane Hall 120, UW Seattle
Presented by Heather D. Evans,  a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Disability Studies Program and Law, Societies & Justice Department.

Other Resources on Campus

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Access Technology Center

The Access Technology Center (ATC) on the Seattle Campus provides resources to improve access to computing resources for University of Washington students, faculty, and staff. The computers, software, and special equipment in the center and at other locations on UW campuses provide

  • access for blind users via speech output or braille;
  • screen magnification for people with low vision;
  • alternatives to the standard keyboard and mouse;
  • speech recognition software;
  • accessories for comfortable computer use; and
  • the capability to produce documents in alternative formats such as e-text, braille, and large print.

For information about assistive technology on your campus, visit the ATC at the UW Seattle campus in Mary Gates Hall, Room 064, or consult the ATC website.

Center for Technology and Disability Studies

The Center for Technology and Disability Studies (CTDS) is an interdisciplinary program within the Center for Human Development and Disability and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the School of Medicine. For more information, visit The Center for Technology and Disability Studies website.

Accessible Technology at the UW

The Accessible Technology website provides resources and tips related to IT accessibility, as well as opportunities for community involvement. Check it out at the Accessible Technology website.

Join Projects for Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the AccessSTEM and AccessComputing projects are recruiting students in STEM fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, computing, engineering, aerospace, astronomy, geology, anthropology, horticulture, conservation, forensics, and many other social science disciplines. AccessSTEM and AccessComputing team members join an online community to receive a variety of resources and opportunities:

  • Internships: Receive assistance finding and applying for great internships.
  • Career Building: Learn about careers, resumes, job fairs, and networking.
  • Mentoring: Get support from other students, faculty, staff, and professionals.

For more information about AccessSTEM and AccessComputing, contact Scott Bellman at 206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) or swb3@uw.edu.

Disability Groups and Programs

A student uses assistive technology and a computer.

D Center

The UW Disability and d/Deaf Culture Center, located in MGH 024, fosters a climate of social justice and pride, centered on universal design, access, and diversity. It cultivates disability and d/Deaf pride by promoting social justice through an inclusive environment, sharing resources for self-advocacy, developing educational programming, engaging stakeholders with principles of universal design, and promoting a transforming socio-cultural understanding of disability. For more information, email dcenter@uw.edu or visit their website.

ASL Club

For more information on the American Sign Language Club, check out the UW ASL Facebook group.

Mad Campus

Mad Campus is a peer group for students identifying with or experiencing madness, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity. Mad Campus meets throughout the school year. Check the D Center website for updated times.

ASUW Student Disability Commission

The Associated Students of the University of Washington Student Disability Commission (SDC) was established to create communities for individuals with disabilities and their allies by providing programming, resources, and a safe accessible space.

The SDC will be hiring a team of interns for the academic year during the start of fall quarter. If you are interested in applying, the intern positions can be found on the Student Disability Commission website.

Disability Studies Program

Disability studies (DS) at the UW involves a multi-campus interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, students, and community members, who share an interest in questions relating to society’s understanding of disability. The undergraduate disability studies minor and the individualized studies major in disability studies provide opportunities for students to develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the social, legal, and political framing of disability.

These DS courses are being offered this quarter:

  • DIS ST 230: Introduction to Disability Studies
  • DIS ST 332 D: A Social Construction of Madness & Mental Health in the US
  • DIS ST 430: A Topics in Disability Studies: History of Human Differences
  • DIS ST 434: Civil and Human Rights Law for Disabled People

For more information, visit the DS website.

Navigating Campus

A student goes to board a bus.

ADA Building Access Guide

The ADA Building Access Guide provides information on accessible entrances and facilities for buildings on the University of Washington Seattle campus. View the ADA Access guide on the UW Facilities website.

Accessibility at the Libraries

Upon request, library staff in all units will assist with the retrieval of books and with the use of electronic and other bibliographic resources. Time needed for retrieval will vary depending on staff availability.

Wheelchair accessible study carrels and electronic work stations are available throughout campus libraries.

All computers on the University of Washington Seattle campus come loaded with ZoomText screen magnification software. Specific stations at Suzzallo, Odegaard, Health Sciences, and other locations run more extensive access software suites.

The Media Arcade, located in Allen Library North on the 3rd floor, has video playback equipment capable of displaying closed captioning and one wheelchair accessible VHS/DVD player.

Students play wheelchair basketball.

Dial-A-Ride Shuttle

Dial-A-Ride is a fare-free shared-ride service that operates Monday to Friday from 7:50 a.m. until 7:25 p.m. excluding university holidays. Shuttles provide rides between 125 designated stop locations within the Seattle campus for UW students, staff, faculty, and visitors who have mobility limitations. To find out more about Dial-A-Ride website.

IMA Accessibility

The IMA Building is ADA accessible and features two elevators; ADA showers and dressing areas in the men’s, women’s, and universal locker rooms; easy access to the IMA pool, including a pool lift; telephones at ADA heights; and ADA accessible restrooms on all four levels.

There also are a number of accessible pieces of fitness equipment, including two Nu-Step exercisers, two arm ergometers, Vita-Glide (upper body), Challenge Circuit 700 (multi-station exercises), and many other benches and single station machines that are accessible. Discover more at the IMA Building Recreation website.

CNT and Scholarships

Center for Neurotechnology.

NSF-Funded Center for Neurotechnology

The Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), located in Russell Hall, collaborates with partner universities to facilitate advances in neural engineering. The CNT is recruiting UW students with disabilities who are interested in this complex field and brain-computer interface to participate in activities.

For more information, contact CNT diversity manager Scott Bellman at swb3@uw.edu or visit online on The Center for Neurotechnology website.

Check Out Our Scholarships Website

Learn about scholarships for students with all types of disabilities and interests. Each scholarship includes eligibility, a deadline, and a link to apply. For more information or help applying to scholarships, contact DO-IT to receive editing and support. Learn more by visit our scholarship page.

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Common forms of financial aid include grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. Many students use a combination of these financial aid resources. To learn more about strategies for funding your education, check out College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities.

About DO-IT

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Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computing and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. Based at the UW Seattle campus, DO-IT works with students preparing for college or currently attending any two- or four-year university.

DO-IT, University of Washington
Sheryl Burgstahler, Director
Scott Bellman, Program Manager
4545 15th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105
206-685-DOIT (voice/TTY)

About this Publication

This publication is a joint venture between DO-IT, the UW Disability Resources for Students offices, and Career Centers on all three UW campuses. Its purpose is to inform UW students with disabilities about some of the many opportunities available to them. It is printed periodically. Submit content suggestions to Kayla Brown at 206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) or kayladb@uw.edu.

Copyright © 2019, University of Washington. Permission is granted to copy these materials for educational, noncommercial purposes, provided the source is acknowledged.

Opportunities! News for University of Washington Students with Disabilities Fall 2019

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Are You a Student With a Disability Attending the University of Washington?

This newsletter comes from DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology).

This newsletter highlights the following:

  • Career & Internship Center events
  • Internship opportunities
  • Accessible technology
  • Campus centers
  • Student groups
  • STEM and computing resources
  • Scholarship opportunities

We sincerely wish you a successful and enjoyable college experience.

Below are the articles of the Opportunities! News for University of Washington Students with Disabilities Fall 2019 newsletter. These articles can also be seen all on one page at the Full Newsletter option.