Washington AmbassadorsThe following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT in 1998. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger Scholars and Ambassadors.
Jessie, '98 Scholar
My name is Jessie and I'm a student at the University of Washington, where I am pursuing a degree in engineering. I am also passionate about classical dance and have continued my training throughout college as a double major. This academic combination satisfies both my artistic and scientific urges. I have been very fortunate to work on campus in the Human Interface Technology lab (HITL or Virtual Reality Lab), beginning in my senior year of high school. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Dyslexia slows my reading speed down and makes writing difficult. My philosophy has been to not allow my disability to hold me down and, instead, focus on finding alternative methods for learning and compensating in other areas. I use computers every day for school. I use Dragon Dictates™ software to expedite my writing and books on tape to increase my reading speed. Running helps me reduce stress. DO-IT has helped me gain confidence and achieve many of my goals. This summer, I worked in Washington, D.C. as the Microsoft-AAPD Federal IT intern at the Department of Education. I worked in the Office of the Chief Information Officer with the technology team. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.
Matt, '98 Scholar
My name is Matt. I attend Spokane Falls Community College in Washington. I have a mobility impairment and use a wheelchair. I like all kinds of science and math. I love to dance, read books, and have long conversations. DO-IT is one of the best things that I've participated in because it has opened up many opportunities for me. One of those opportunities was an internship at Summer Study 2001.
Chris, '98 Scholar
My name is Chris. I am from Redmond, Washington. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. I attend Muskingum College in Ohio. I enjoy chatting, hanging out with friends, playing pool, and cracking jokes.
Silas, '98 Scholar
My name is Silas. I graduated from La Connor High School in Washington state. I have a visual impairment. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games. In the future, I would like to program or design computer games.
Arnell, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Arnell. I graduated from South Kitsap High School in Washington. My disabilities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a communication disorder. I enjoy math. In my spare time, I like listening to Prince's music, teaching myself how to play the guitar, and doing stunts on my bike. I have worked at a sign shop, gaining experience with graphic arts, a career I might pursue in college. Currently, I work at Wal-Mart.
Katrina, '98 Scholar
My name is Katrina. I attend Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Currently, I am aiming for an associates degree in integrated studies, combining political science, world history, and cultural anthropology. My disability is a traumatic brain injury from a bike accident at the age of five. My interests include public policy, advocacy, history, science, and especially genealogy. I enjoy helping others through difficult times by sharing my experiences and being a positive example. I work for an organization called Think First, promoting the use of bike helmets. I have been very involved nationally with the National Leadership Conference for Youth with Disability and the President's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.
Shavonne, '98 Scholar
My name is Shavonne. I attend the University of New Orleans, where I plan to earn a degree in psychology. I have glaucoma, an eye disorder. For fun, I like writing poetry, reading books, and acting.
Chanon, '98 Scholar
My name is Chanon. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (near Madison), majoring in social work. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I use an electric wheelchair. Some of my interests are writing short works and poems and performing modern ballet dance. Several summers ago, an Ohio dance company called "Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels" gave me a scholarship to come and study ballet. In the past, I have also received four different writing awards on short pieces that I composed. DO-IT is a wonderful program for students like myself, who have disabilities and are seriously considering higher education.
Marissa, '98 Scholar
Hi all! My name is Marissa. I have Cerebral Palsy and live in Des Moines, Washington. I attend Highline Community College, where I am pursuing an administrative assistant degree with a business emphasis. I hope my degree will lead me to a career in that field. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.
Crystal, '98 Scholar
My name is Crystal, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I am visually impaired. I plan to attend a community college in the Portland area. I enjoy being around my friends in my free time, but I don't get much of that. I love football, movies, and music. I am studying juvenile justice at a summer job at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Reginald, '98 Scholar
Hello. My name is Reginald. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD makes it hard for me to stay focused on whatever I am doing. I like to talk to girls, swim, play soccer, be in the band, and, most of all, make people laugh. There's nothing better than a well-placed joke. I attend Fort Valley State University in Georgia, majoring in biology. This summer, I am working as a lifeguard for Children's Friends Daycare.
Michael, '98 Scholar
My name is Michael. I am the first international DO-IT Scholar. Summer Study was excellent preparation for college. I have multiple learning disabilities and ADHD. I am still working on my undergraduate degree and specializing in physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This past year I have participated more in student life and campus activities which I have found very rewarding. One of these activities is being the Chair of Social Activities in my fraternity. I was also given the opportunity to develop leadership skills by winning a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the Theta Chi Leadership Conference in Nashville. I still plan to study medicine and become a pediatric psychiatrist.
Todd, '98 Scholar
My name is Todd. I attend Edmonds Community College in Washington. I study music at school and I play the bass in my band, Water. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies include music, playing video games, and Magic: the Gathering™ (card game).
Nichole, '98 Scholar
Hi to all! My name is Nichole. I attend The Evergreen State College in Washington. I have my own apartment (YES!). My major is radio broadcasting, but I might pursue acting. I have experienced new and different ideas and challenges... piercings, protest rallies, discovering my feminist roots, and enjoying my disability. I have Scoliosis and Kyphosis with Metatrophic dwarfism and Dysplasia. I also have Condrodystrophy, which means there isn't any cartilage in my joints. I use an electric wheelchair as my main means of transportation, but I can walk. I enjoy swimming, baseball, art, music, my education, theatre, creative writing, photography, public speaking, disc jockeying, and languages. Keep in touch- email me!
Corey, '98 Scholar
My name is Corey. I attend Seattle Central Community College in Washington. My main field of study is physics/engineering. I enjoy carpentry, playing music, and building or fixing just about anything I can with my hands. Tourette's, ADD, and panic disorder have caused a number of social difficulties for me over the years, as well as causing difficulties with maintaining concentration. My extracurricular activities include being a member of the Seattle Central Community College Lynx Users' Group and participating in volunteer work. The single most important benefit of my computer usage is that it allows my teachers to read my assignments, which would otherwise be illegible. The computer has also allowed me to maintain a reasonable level of organization which I would otherwise not have.
Abe, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Abe. I am thinking about majoring in music. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Edmonds, Washington with my parents, sister, and brother. I like reading, biking, playing the drums, and listening to music and books on tape.
National AmbassadorsThe following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT in 1998. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger Scholars and Ambassadors.
Maggie, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Maggie. I attend the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), where I am studying chemical engineering. I have a learning disability. I have had two summer internships at NASA and two internships at FIT. Last summer I completed an internship at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT let me see what college is like and what is expected of me.
Emily, '98 Scholar
My name is Emily and I attend Valencia Community College in Florida. My disability is Cerebral Palsy; I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary™ and a laptop computer at school. My hobbies include reading mythology and science fiction, surfing the Net, and e-mailing friends.
Kimberlee, '98 Scholar
My name is Kimberlee, and I live in Gilbert, Arizona. In the future I would like to attend college. Currently, I am working three part-time jobs. My interests include biology, education, science, math, animals, and lab work. I also like traveling. I have mild Cerebral Palsy and I KNOW THAT WON'T STOP ME FROM DOING ANYTHING THAT IS HARD FOR ME.
Justin, '98 Scholar
Hi everyone. My name is Justin. I am pursing an outdoor recreation degree at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks. I took some time off to work in Sacramento, California. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. My hobbies are hiking and mountain climbing. I am just getting into snow and ice climbing.
Amy, '98 Scholar
My name is Amy. I live in Mountview, Montana in my own apartment. I finished secretarial school through Courage Center in Golden Valley and I'm currently looking for a job. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies. I'm also writing a novel in my spare time.
Brian, '98 Scholar
My name is Brian. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I am from San Diego, California, and now attend the University of Washington. I want to major in computer science and minor in business. I have participated in many sports. For example, when I was young, I played little league, karate, and track and field. My favorite sport is baseball. Now I help out with the University of Washington football team. I also have my own Web site. My motto is "Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something."
Landon, '98 Scholar
My name is Landon. I live in Washington state. I attend South Puget Sound Community College and am majoring in accounting to hopefully become a CPA. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, and Nintendo. I have Methylmalonic Acidemia, which caused a stroke that makes me not able to walk. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.
Jessica, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jessica. I attend Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy art. I like to play on the computer and spend time with my family and friends.
David, '98 Scholar
My name is David. I am from Portland, Oregon, and I attend Grinnell College in Iowa. I have one younger sister and one wonderful dog. I am an active member of the Grinnell College Young Democrats and the Grinnell Unitarians. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in political science, economics, and history. I am also interested in accessibility! I have an accessibility guide on my Web site. My __hobbies include watching sports and surfing on the Internet. I use a laptop at school to type all my work because I have poor handwriting. I couldn't survive without it. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00. DO-IT has remained a strong force in my life, and I really appreciate its influence.
Jeffrey, '98 Scholar
My name is Jeffrey. I live in Massachusetts. I have Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deteriorates. I graduated from Middlesex Community College and now attend Northeastern University in Boston with a dual major in biology and geology. I enjoy all sports. I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. This summer I have a job with DCMA. DO-IT and the Internet give me access to resources that help me at school.
Buddy, '98 Scholar
My name is David (Buddy), and I attend the University of Alaska. I have strong interests in computers and science. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks."
Wesley, '98 Scholar
My name is Wes. I am a computer science major at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I would like to pursue a career in customer service, technical support, or computer programming. In my spare time, I enjoy surfing the Internet, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and reading.
John Paul, '98 Scholar
My name is John Paul. I attend the University of Montana, majoring in biology. I like outdoor sports like skiing, hiking, biking, and mountain climbing. I'm deaf. I lost my hearing when I was 11 from a sickness. I want to be a dentist after college.
Jessie, '98 Scholar
Hi there, my name is Jessie. I attend Arizona State University (ASU), majoring in political science. I am interested in international relations and the impact of globalization on society. I hope to pursue these interests at a more advanced level in law school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I use a wheelchair to get around. In my free time, I enjoy going to dinner and movies with friends. I also work on a project through ASU which helps high school and college students achieve greater independence and self-determination through participant-action research. This work allows me to help students with disabilities reach their full potential, in much the same way as DO-IT did for me.
Ivan, '98 Scholar
My name is Ivan. I live in Timonium, Maryland. I am a senior as part of the Nitze Scholars Program at St. Mary's College of Maryland. My disabilities are Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability. I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. In my spare time, I enjoy watching baseball and listening to music.
Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar
My name is Hank. I'm from Spokane, Washington, and I graduated from Shadle Park High School. My disability is blindness. I would like to attend computer or radio broadcasting college. I enjoy listening to old-time radio shows. I set up my own Internet radio station.
Dustin, '98 Scholar
My name is Dustin. I have Dyslexia. I am a senior at Ball State University (GO CARDS!) in Muncie, Indiana. I am majoring in Physical Education K-12, with an emphasis in elementary education. I enjoy running, playing volleyball, and most sports.
Isaiah, '98 Scholar
My name is Isaiah. I live in Oregon. I am a senior at Pacific University, majoring in teaching. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include traveling, writing, and reading. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.