'95 Ambassadors

[Group Picture of '95 Scholars]

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 | Bror | CJ | Jeffrey | Wes | Michael | Jorja | Aimee | Shawn | Matt | Jeremy | Carly | Bridget | Matthew | Janny | Bill | Todd | Rachel | Priscilla |

[Picture of Jesse] 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.

[Picture of Bror] 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.

[Picture of CJ] 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.

[Picture of Jeffrey] 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.

[Picture of Wes] 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.

[Picture of Michael] 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.

[Picture of Jorja] 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.

[Picture of Aimee] 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.

[Picture of Shawn] 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.

[Picture of Matt] 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.

[Picture of Jeremy] 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.

[Picture of Carly] 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.

[Picture of Bridget] 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.

[Picture of Matthew] 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.

[Picture of Janny] 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!

[Picture of Bill] 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.

[Picture of Todd] 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.

[Picture of Rachel] 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!

[Picture of Priscilla] 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.