Summer Academy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students—Year Two!

Michael Richardson, DO-IT manager

A highlight of summer 2008 was the second Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing held on the UW Seattle campus.

Nine bright deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all over the U.S. attended the nine-week academy, where they took classes in computer programming and animation, and met deaf and hard-of-hearing role models already working in the fields of computer science and engineering, information science, information systems, and information technology. The students also participated in corporate site visits to Microsoft, Google, Valve, and Adobe. More information on this program is available at

The Academy was sponsored by the AccessComputing project and was co-directed by DO-IT Director Sheryl Burgstahler and Dr. Richard Ladner, a professor of Computer Science, and is funded by the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (grant #CNS-0540615 and #CNS-0837508) of the National Science Foundation. Rob Roth coordinated the academy.