DO-IT Dictionary

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

AccessSTEM (ak-sêss stêm) n. An alliance funded by the National Science Foundation to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It joins a series of other DO-IT efforts that include AccessWeb, AccessIT, AccessCAREERS, and AccessDL. Check them out at

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

DO-IT (doo-it) n. Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology, a collection of programs and projects to increase the success of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers and to use technology as an empowering tool.

DO-IT Ambassador (doo-it- âm-bas'é-dér, - dôr) n. A previous Scholar who graduated from high school and now continues to participate in DO-IT by guiding younger Scholars.

DO-IT Mentor (doo-it-mën'tôr', -tèr) n. An adult who is in college or a career who helps Scholars and Ambassadors as they pursue academics and careers. Most communication is online.

DO-IT News (doo-it- ^nooz, ^nyooz) n. The DO-IT newsletter that features stories, articles, and events about DO-IT programs, participants, and disability-related issues. Past issues are at

DO-IT Pal (doo-it- pal) n. A member of an electronic community of teens with disabilities preparing for college and careers.

DO-IT Summer Study (doo-it- sûm'ér-stûd'ee) n. A live-in summer program at the University of Washington in Seattle where DO-IT Scholars participate in lectures and labs; live in residence halls; and practice skills which will help them to be independent and successful in college and careers.

doitsem (doo-it- sêm) n. The discussion list for anyone interested in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM) programs and careers. The Internet address is To join this list, visit

Phase I Scholar (fâz- wûn- skölér) n. A high school student from the time they are accepted into the DO-IT Scholars program through the completion of the first Summer Study.

Phase II Scholar (fâz- too- skölér) n. A Phase I graduate who continues his/her DO-IT participation through the second Summer Study at the University of Washington.

Phase III Scholar (fâz- three- skölér) n. A Phase II graduate who retains this title until attending college and becoming a DO-IT Ambassador.

You can DO-IT! (yoo- kan; ken when unstressed- doo-it) The DO-IT motto.