Phase I DO-IT Scholars
My name is Anthony. I'm from Grand Forks, ND. I will be in the
eleventh grade in the fall. I also work for a little computer factory
where we customize computer systems for peoples' homes. I use a
left-handed keyboard guard to use my computer and have a Liberator for my
"voice." I have Cerebral Palsy. The main reason why I'm in DO-IT is to
help start my primary goal in life -- getting a career in computers.
My name is Ben. I would like to write about how the DO-IT Program
has changed my view on life. For years I haven't been able to walk or
lift my arms. So I let my fingers shine and played video games. But
whenever the word computer came into conversation I couldn't relate
because I couldn't hold my arms up to type. One of the worst feelings I
had was when I watched someone else's enjoyment using a computer, because
I couldn't. But with the DO-IT Program, the only thing we have on our
minds is, "What can we not do?" We are all going to succeed, are all
smart enough, and now that we have the power of a computer, the gold that
was always just out of reach can now be grasped.
My name is Jenny. My disability is not specifically diagnosed yet.
No one really knows exactly what I have. They call it Peripheral
Neuropathy. It affects my arms and legs. I am in a wheelchair. My goals
are to become an ecologist or something of that sort. I am hoping the
DO-IT Program will help me reach this goal. The Internet allows me to
access files on different issues concerning the earth from all over the
world. With the net I can also talk to people all over the world and get
a first hand account of the happenings.
My name is Maria. I'll be a senior this school year in
Vancouver, WA. I have post-polio in my right leg and use a brace for
mobility support. My mom and I moved here from the Philippines almost
five years ago. Some of my hobbies include camping, swimming, and writing
friends back home. I am interested in the medical field. I want to go to
college. Ten years from now I hope I have my own family, am truly
content, helping people, and my mom is still around to help me spend my
money shopping! Having a computer around could help me to cut my research
time in half, especially this school year with my four science classes.
Hi, my name is Daniel. I will be in the eleventh grade this year
in Olympia, WA. I have a specific learning disability. I am interested
in scuba diving, and am certified as an open water diver. I am also an
Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. I like to hike and camp in the
out- doors. I am on my school's track and cross country team. I want to
become a forest ranger or an oceanographer. I want to go to college to
major in forestry and minor in law enforcement. My computer helps me with
my spelling, writing, and research for school projects. Having access to
the Internet helps me go more in-depth with my school projects and work
with my mentor.
My name is Travis. I am a high school senior in Monteview, ID.
Like Rodney, I am a confessed computer addict. I enjoy programming and I
hope to be a professional programmer or software engineer. Right now I am
writing programs in the C++ Language on the PC. My disability is that I
have achondroplasia, shortness of the limbs. I also have some urinary
problems. I have to wear braces on my feet. But, what's a disability?
All I know is that I like computers and my car, a Cavalier Z-24 (black).
My name is Takuya. I will attend high school as a senior
beginning September, 1994. I live in Kirkland, WA. I am looking forward
to attending the University of Washington. My major and career might be
computer science or medical care. My interests are trigonometry, physics,
biology, chemistry, laboratory work, and the theory of math. My hobbies
are collecting stamps and playing tennis. The nature of my disabilities
are health impairment, congenital scoliosis, and nervous system
dysmorphia. The value of computer use, as a disabled student, is grammar
and spell checking.
My name is Sherri. I am 17 years old. I live in the small town
of Rogue River, OR. It is located in southwestern Oregon. I am going to
be a senior in high school. This year I am going to study health, global
studies, analysis, physics, psychology, and sociology. I also have
interests in chemistry, genetics, biology, and most other fields of
science and computers. I am legally blind and use special software to
enlarge characters on my computer screen.
My name is Mike. I go to high school in Keizer, OR. I have
a learning disability and use grammar and spell checking features to help
with writing. I ride my bike all of the time...I like DO-IT!
My name is Shawnna. I live with my dad, Gary Lane, in the
Tri-cities area of Washington. I have four sisters and two brothers. I
go to Kennewick High School and I really enjoy it. I use large print and
Sticky Keys on my computer. I am 16 years old and have Muscular
My name is Nguyen and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore in high
school. In 1992 I suffered a gunshot wound to the right hemisphere of my
head which paralyzed the left side of my body. I use a one-handed
keyboard. DO-IT has given me a lot besides a Powerbook, printer, and
modem. I'm very confident about a college career because of all the
beneficial resources presented during the two weeks. The people have been
very resourceful and helpful. I am fortunate to be part of such a
My name is Sarah. I will be a Junior in high school in Vancouver,
WA. Next year I will be enrolled in an alternative education program at
Bay called Eagle's Wing. We learn by completing special research projects
rather than attending class all day. I have a learning disability called
Dyslexia. This affects my reading and math. I definitely plan on
attending college. The University of Washington is my first choice
because it is a big school and I really like Seattle. I am interested in
the law, government, and working with underprivileged people. I hope that
the DO-IT Program will help me learn how to use the computer so I can read
My name is Carolyn. I live in Lake Forest Park, WA. I'll be a
Junior in high school. My family includes my mom and dad, Kim and Bob, my
younger brothers, John and Cameron, and my cousin, Scott. We also have a
black poodle named Kristen. I was born with Cerebral Palsy. In addition
to that, I have a neurological condition, similar to Multiple Sclerosis,
which has not yet been diagnosed. It causes me to have low vision. Some
day I would like to be a biology or chemistry teacher. I also have an
interest in genetics and medicine. My other hobbies include reading and
writing poetry and short stories.
I'm a 17 year old redhead named Katherine. I'm going to be a
Junior in high school. I don't participate in team sports at
school, but I'm extremely active and love the outdoors. I love to bike,
ride, ski, hike, jog, jump on my trampoline, swim, and much more. Besides
using my body, I love to use my mind. Math and my mind seem to really
like each other! Until I came to DO-IT, I thought I wanted to use math in
the business world -- I may re-evaluate now. The DO-IT Program has been
excellent in making me aware of how we can cope with specific disabilities
and of how many options are available within the realm of math, science,
and technology. DO-IT is GREAT!
My name is Kris and I live in Ashland, OR...yes, that famous
Shakespeare town. I enjoy computers, programming, science and, well, you
name it I probably like it. I enjoy classical music (Mozart is the best!)
and I also enjoy gymnastics. I am a coach, and I used to compete in
Junior Olympics. I now mostly spend my time running my business. I own
and operate a computer store in Ashland. It is fun, but it takes a lot of
time. If you are curious as to my disability, I am visually impaired, but
it doesn't bother me at all.
My name is Kristin. I live in the valley of Spokane, WA. I will be a Junior this year at East
Valley High School. I am 17 years old. I am hard of hearing and partly blind. I wear two hearing aids, can
read large print and have special glasses for reading small print at home. I can see color and hear low
sounds. I had a kidney transplant almost five years ago. My favorite subjects at school are math and
history. The computer is good for me in school and at home because it is easier and faster to type than
handwrite. I am interested in becoming a lab technician or an artist. I've gotten really good at drawing crazy
cartoons and giving them names.
My name is Megan and I live in Caldwell, ID. My interests include
biology, medicine, and algebra. On the non-academic side I enjoy piano,
voice, and relaxing. I attend Treasure Valley College just outside my
hometown. I receive dual credits for high school and college. It has
been a great alternative to high school. I hope to pursue a career in
medicine, preferably in pediatric cardiology. Now I am a biology major.
My disability is chronic Lyme Disease. It affects my immune system and
energy level along with other more minor symptoms. I am much healthier
now due to a diagnosis and treatment. That is, basically, me.
My name is Erofei. I will turn 16 this year in October. I go to
high school where I will be a Junior. I am in DO-IT because I have
an interest in computers and am disabled. I lost both of my arms in a
farm accident. I live in Woodburn, OR which is about a forty-five minute
drive from Portland.
My name is Sheryl Burgstahler
. I have a husband, Dave, and a son, Travis.
I have a Bachelors and a Masters degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in
higher education. I am an Assistant Director within Computing &
Communications and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of
Washington. I am particularly interested in how people with disabilities
can make use of computers and networks and how the Internet can be used to
create an electronic community...and, of course, I'm very interested in
the "doitkids." Oh, by the way, I direct the DO-IT Project!