1995 DO-IT Ambassadors
Hello! My name is Rachel. I just graduated from high school
and will be attending community college in Washington in the fall. My
disability occured in 1989, when I was 12. I had an AVM on the left
side of my brain which caused me to hemorrage and, therefore, had a
stroke which paralyzed the right half of my body. I now have a limp
and my right hand does not work very well. I am interested in the
life sciences and anything that has to do with people in particular.
I hope to become a physical therapist or a doctor of some sort. I
enjoy horseback riding (which I never thought I would do until my
physical therapist started having me do it for therapy), writing,
hanging out with friends, dancing, playing on the computer, and just
having a good time! Being in DO-IT has been very valuable to me
because I can find information all over the world. It has helped me
in school and definitely at work! I know the program will help me in
college because I can find many resources pertaining to my major.
My name is Shane. I have Cerebral Palsy and use my computer by
entering Morse code through a sip-and-puff device. I like to give
demonstrations of my computer equipment to other kids with
disabilities and their parents as part of my DO-IT involvement.
My name is Mark. I am attending Big Bend Community College.
I have Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. I use Head Master so
I can access the computer and the Internet using my head. My
interests are astronomy, art, and writing. I have really been
My name is Katie, and I live in Washington state. I have a
hearing impairment. I went to Tijuana, Mexico, in June for a ministry
trip with my church youth group. We taught a Vacation Bible School
there. That trip sure made me thankful for everything we Americans
have! I have also been working at the Special Services Office for the
Kennewick School District. I'm an assistant secretary. I am getting
ready to go off to Washington State University this fall. I really
wanted to help at the DO-IT Summer Study this year, but my dad and I
thought that I should stay home and work. I really need the money.
You know how expensive college is : )
Hi, I am Nhi from Washington state. I will be attending college
this fall in Washington. My plans are to get a BA in computer
science. I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). My vision is limited as the
result of MS. I use large print and voice output programs on my
computer. I am glad to be a participant of DO-IT. It has provided me
with great experiences.
My name is Ryan and I live in Washington state. I have a
specific learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder. The computer helps me with writing and spell checking. I
love all kinds of sports. I will be attending Bellevue Community
My name is Lloyd. I have a hearing impair-ment. I used to
live in Washington state, but recently moved to Idaho. I attend
Spokane Community College. I am interested in electrical engineering.
I am Randy and this is my third year in DO-IT. I am a high
school graduate and will be at The Evergreen State College this fall.
My interests include foreign languages and computer science. I am
totally blind. DO-IT, through the Internet account and computer
laptop given to me, has opened a whole new world for me. It has given
Hi! I am Nadira. I am seventeen and live in Washington. I have
nueropathy and I use a wheelchair. I graduated from high school this
year. I plan to go to medical school. My interests are computers,
music, and reading. By being in DO-IT I have learned so many things
that it is hard for me to mention all of them. I learned a lot about
computers, about disabilities, about believing in myself, and about
how to set my future goals. I am so glad to be a DO-IT Scholar!
My name is Rodney. I live in north Seattle and work for DO-IT.
My interests include computer programming, reading, writing, and
wasting time. My disability is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
(frequently shortened to AMC) which means that my muscles didn't grow
to be fully capable and my joints are frozen in the position they
happened to be in when my biological mother caught the virus. I plan
to go to college in the Fall of '96 and study Political Science and
minor in Journalism.
My name is Eric and I live in Oregon. I graduated from high
school this year. I am blind; I am without any vision and I use
strictly hearing and touch. I use a PC with a speech synthesizer,
scanner, Braille printer and, of course, a modem. My interests are in
biology, communications, radio, and other electronics. I am into
amateur radio and I like to talk to people on the radio.
My name is Anna and I'm just beginning my second year at the
University of Washington. This is because I chose to take summer
quarter for some very strange reason. My major is cellular and
molecular biology and I would like to go into genetics. I've been
blind since a few months before my fifth birthday as a result of a
kind of cancer called retinoblastoma. This summer I'm getting paid to
do research on retinoblastoma. I'm also working in the UW Adaptive
Technology Lab where I'm becoming better acquainted with computers and
the Internet. My computer has been invaluable to me. It reads the
screen to me. I could not write papers or do homework for classes
without it. I use e-mail a lot, which I enjoy, and I have used other
Internet resources. In fact, I've used it to look up abstracts on
Medline for my research project. My other accomplishments of the year
include going for a motorcycle ride, jumping into Drumhiller fountain,
flying over the sculpture in front of Kane Hall, and getting a 3.0 in
calculus even after flunking my first midterm. I have a mom, a dad,
and a brother. I also have a puppy named King Tutt (KT). I enjoy
reading, listening to Mariner games, listening to music, playing
cards, hanging out with friends, sleeping, swimming, and cross country
skiing. Someday I would like to be a working member of the crew on
the space shuttle.
My name is Hollis. I graduated from high school last June in
Oregon. I have Cerebral Palsy and I use a power wheelchair. I also
have impaired speech but I do not have a communication device yet. I
am hoping to get a laptop with communication software sometime in the
near future. I control my computer with a joystick and a footswitch.
I also use Morse code to type text. My interest is in civil
engineering and mechanical engineering. I like to compete in model
bridge building (state and international) competitions Ñ I fare
quite well. My goal is to become a civil engineer. One of the things
that I like about DO-IT is that it has exposed me to lots of different
kinds of engineering fields. But mostly I enjoy meeting the DO-IT
Scholars and staff.
My name is Matthew and I am 18 years old. I live in
Washington. The disability I have is Dyslexia. My hobbies are just
about any sport but I especially like soccer. I will be attending
college this fall and I have no idea what I will be studying.
My name is Mitch. I recently graduated from high school in
Washington state. My primary disability is Spina Bifida. It is
minor, but the secondary condition, Scoliosis, has caused me to be in
the hospital a lot. My greatest scientific interest is genetics. I
hope to receive a degree in molecular genetics and work for a
bio-technology company. The DO-IT program has exposed me to a wide
range of careers in science and given me the opportunity to experience
first hand what it is like to be a scientist. On the Internet I have
access to a whole world of people and information. This is an
experience I will appreciate for the rest of my life.
My name is Sheryl Burgstahler
. I have a husband, Dave, and a son,
Travis. I have Bachelors and Masters degrees 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!
Caption: Hollis and Aimee are all smiles about the DO-IT Summer Study!