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.

Top Eleven Things We Like About DO-IT

  1. We make new friends who have disabilities similar to or different from ours.
  2. We work together to solve problems.
  3. Even though we have to work harder than everyone else, we expect to succeed.
  4. We learn how to socialize with other disabled students.
  5. We gain confidence in people who have disabilities.
  6. We learn how to be independent.
  7. We take fun field trips.
  8. We get a sense of college life and college pace.

DO-IT Kids Go to Work

The DO-IT CAREERS/K-12 project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (grant #H324M990010) to encourage the participation of middle and high school students with disabilities in work-based learning programs. As part of this project we created two new videos, one for young people with disabilities and one for parents, teachers, and mentors.

Learn and Earn: Tips for Teens
Students with disabilities show how they benefit from work-based learning experiences.

DO-IT Does It Somewhere Else

DO-IT has relocated to south campus at the University of Washington. You'll find us on the ground floor of 3737 Brooklyn Avenue N.E. A special thanks goes to Cascade Sign Company for the donation and installation of the signage for our new space. If you're in the area, stop by and check out DO-IT's new home.

DO-IT Dictionary

Confused by some of the DO-IT lingo? Here's a dictionary of some of the DO-IT terms.

adaptive (é-dap'tiv) adj. technology (têk-nôl'è-jee) n. Specialized equipment and software that allows people with disabilities to use computers and networks.

DID-IT (did-it) n. Past tense of DO-IT.


Transition to college is not just a challenge for students with disabilities. It is a challenge for parents as well. Below is a sample of some of the advice parents of DO-IT Scholars have given to one another as part of their active discussion list.