DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.
Jesse, '95 Scholar
My name is Jesse. I am a junior at the University of North Dakota. Some of my interests are computer graphics, sound design, and the Internet. Some fun stuff I like are biking, cross-country skiing, listening to and playing rock with my guitar, and playing computer games like Doom. I was an Intern in Summer Study '97.
Bror, '95 Scholar
Hi. My name is Bror. I have a learning disability and right now I am working, building steel buildings, to save up for college this winter. I heard about DO-IT through my math and science teachers. It sounded like a lot of fun and it is a lot of fun.
CJ, '95 Scholar
My name is CJ and I currently reside in Oregon. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) with some learning disabilities in English and spelling. I am currently employed by Diamond Multimedia, a large computer hardware manufacturer, providing technical support over the phone. I hope in the future to use Diamond's tuition reimbursement program to get my college degree. I worked in the DO-IT camps and as an Intern at Summer Study during the summer of '97. During 1998, I worked at DO-IT summer camps, the UW Adaptive Technology Lab, and DO-IT Summer Study as a paid staff member. I enjoy reading, talking online, playing computer games, and using the Internet.
Jeffrey, '95 Scholar
My name is Jeffrey and I live in Washington. I have Psoriatic Arthritis; it affects both my skin and joints. I have very limited range of motion and strength, and I'm sensitive to both extreme hot and cold weather. My interests are science, math, and computers. Since I was a kid, I've always been curious to find out how things work. When not academically engaged, I love playing video games and collecting stuff that catches my interest. Having a computer is great!! It assists me in my education and provides fun at the same time. I love it! I'm planning to go to Shoreline Community College. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.
Wes, '95 Scholar
My name is Wes. I am quadriplegic and use a wheelchair. In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends, draw, listen to music, play video games, and take walks. I will be a senior at Central Washington University this fall. I would like to pursue computer animation as a career.
Michael, '95 Scholar
I am Michael and I attend Highline Community College in Washington state. I have a hidden disability called Dyslexia. I hope to become an architect, carpenter, or go into the Department of Fish and Wildlife. I like basketball, soccer, most all other sports, building, and fishing. The activities that I participated in at school were a club called Earth Corp and the varsity swimming team. The DO-IT program provides a wonderful opportunity to communicate with many different people.
Jorja, '95 Scholar
I'm Blondie... a.k.a. Jorja and I'm a senior at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where my major is recreational therapy. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a wheelchair. My Cerebral Palsy does not stop me at all. I love to travel. Some of my activities include rock climbing, kayacking, camping, waterskiing, and wheelchair basketball. The past two summers I have been a camp counselor. DO-IT has taught me to be involved with what I am most passionate about... never settle for less. I was an Intern at Summer Study '97.
Aimee, '95 Scholar
Hello. My name is Aimee. I have a learning disability. I really love getting to know other people. I think e-mail is the most wonderful thing since the low-fat candy bar. I am diabetic. I like to write letters, read just about anything (besides school work), write poetry, sing, and have a social life, even though I don't get to do that a lot. I am enrolled at Boise State University as a junior this fall.
Shawn, '95 Scholar
Hi. I am Shawn. I attend Big Bend Community College in Washington state. I'm quadriplegic and I use a wheelchair. I hope to become a computer designer. My hobbies include sports, computer, music, and reading. I think the Internet is one of the neatest things the computer industry has made yet. You can learn a whole lot on the World Wide Web. DO-IT is the best thing going. I was an Intern at Summer Study '97.
Matt, '95 Scholar
My name is Matt. You can call me "Lewy." My disability is deafness. I work at Washington Energy, in Washington state. I plan to go to community college and get a degree in manufacturing. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.
Jeremy, '95 Scholar
My name is Jeremy. I like computers, sports, and working on cars. I attend Spokane Falls Community College in Washington state. I have a brain injury from a bicycle accident.
Carly, '95 Scholar
My name is Carly. I have a muscle and joint condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC). Because my wrists are turned under, making it painful for me to use the mouse with my hand, I use my foot instead. I still type with my hands, but sometimes use voice recognition software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. I am 21 years old and recently moved into my first apartment, where I spend my time running an online community for people with disabilities and being "Mommy" to my chihuahua. I plan to start correspondence classes later this year. DO-IT has given me the courage and determination to become more independent.
Bridget, '95 Scholar
I'm Bridget and I'm a senior at Whitman College in Washington. My major is biology and I hope to become an audiologist. I'm hearing impaired and traveling is one of my favorite hobbies. The DO-IT program is valuable in that it helps disabled people gain skills and courage that enable them to live in mainstream society.
Matthew, '95 Scholar
My name is Matthew I attend the University of Washington. I am undecided about my major, but it will have something to do with business. I have a disability called Epidermolysis Bullosa. I don't make enough of a thing called collagen that helps hold skin cells together. I hope to major in computer science. I'd like to design or program software for Nintendo or Microsoft. I like to play video and computer games, listen to music, and hang out with my friends. I was an Intern at Summer Study '97 and worked in the summer of '98 as paid staff for DO-IT. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996. That's basically me.
Janny, '95 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jannette. I am from Washington state. I will be a senior at Arizona State University this fall. I will be majoring in public relations with a minor in political science. I am very active in the choir and traveled to the '96 Heritage Festival in San Francisco! We also sang the national anthem at Candlestick Park. That was a blast! Besides singing, I love to go camping with my older sister and parents. In my spare time, I love to make jewelry for my friends and family. The DO-IT program is a ton of fun!
Bill, '95 Scholar
My name is Bill and I live in Oregon with my mom, dad, and a dog named Chester Manly. I have Cerebral Palsy and very limited use of my left hand. Luckily, I can still do many things. I raise pigs, ride horses, go tubing behind the boat, and ride four wheelers at the Oregon Dunes. My biggest interest is in animal science, and I am particularly interested in the great apes and zoo vet science. I also enjoy computers. I attended Rogue Community College last year. DO-IT has given me the opportunity to have a wonderful computer at home (which helps me tremendously with school work!), and has opened the door to the world through the Internet. My DO-IT summer experiences helped me gain the knowledge I needed to continue my education after high school.
Todd, '95 Scholar
My name is Todd. I live in Washington. I work for a software company on the island that specializes in the medical industry. Some of our products include a continuous speech product, billing software, and a database system which stores records for pathologists. My disability is quadriplegia and my hobbies include public speaking, radio, and fine dining.
Rachel, '95 Scholar
Hi! My name is Rachel. My disabilities are end-stage renal failure and hearing loss. I had a kidney transplant. I enjoy biology, English, reading, and psychology. I attend Columbia Basin Community College in the Tri-Cities, WA. I also got married last year. Having a computer and access to the Internet helps me research and explore career options. I'm very glad to be a part of DO-IT. It's been an experience I will never forget!
Priscilla, '95 Scholar
My name is Priscilla and I attend Seattle Central Community College, in Washington, concentrating on deaf studies. I have Cerebral Palsy as well as a number of other disabilities. I use several different adaptive technologies which include a large print program, an alternate keyboard, an alternate mouse, a voice input program, and voice output software. I love being on the Internet; it has opened a lot of doors for me. DO-IT has given me opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of adaptive technologies at conferences including one in Washington, D.C. in 1996. I was also a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study '97. Summer of 1998 I worked for the American Computer Experience computer camp teaching general computer skills, HTML Web page design and BASIC programming to students ages 8-17 on the UW campus. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.