DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.
Sam, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Sam, and I am a business major at the University of Portland. I have a strong love for baseball, and I would like to pursue a career in that area. Although I am limited by a neurological disease, Friedreich's ataxia, I do not let that stop me from biking and staying active in the things I love to do.
Lukas, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Lukas. Since my family moved to Hawaii in July 2010, I have been volunteering as an online genealogical indexer, where I index names from census, draft, naval, and birth records. To date I have indexed more than 39,000 names. In Washington State, I completed two years at Yakima Valley Community College studying biology and chemistry. I plan to continue my studies at Leeward Community College or Brigham Young University in Hawaii. I hope to major in zoology.
Peter, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Peter. I was born and raised in Walla Walla. Although my disability can limit me at times, it has helped me gain strong computer skills. I attend Walla Walla Community College where I study computer networking and game design. I would like to work in the computer technology or video game testing fields.
Blake, '07 Scholar
Hello. I am Blake. I am pursuing an urban studies degree at the University of Washington, Tacoma. I also attended St. Martin's University. I am an Eagle Scout. I have cerebral palsy and use an electric wheelchair. I enjoy taking the city bus, going on nature walks, and drinking mocha frappuccinos at Starbucks.Ê
Dylan, '07 Scholar
My name is Dylan. I have left-side hemiplegia, which primarily affects my left hand and arm. I attend Skagit Valley College on South Whidbey Island. I am planning on transferring to one of three universities—University of Washington, Southern Oregon, or Western Washington University. In the future I hope to work with sound, lights, or video, whether it be in theater, movies, or music. Currently I work at the Children's Museum and live in downtown Seattle with my partner.
Robyn, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Robyn, and I am a certified athletic trainer. I graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California. I hope to pursue either a doctorate degree in physical therapy or a master's degree in athletic training. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and watching sporting events. I can often be found at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks. I have a bilateral high frequency hearing loss.
Stefani, '07 Scholar
Hello. My name is Stefani. I attend Spokane Falls Community College and plan to transfer to a four-year school. I love music. Piano is my favorite instrument, but I also enjoy playing trumpet, flute, and guitar. My goal is to be a high school music teacher. I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
Ashlee, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Ashlee. I attend Evergreen State College where I am studying psychotherapy. I hope to earn a doctorate in psychology. I volunteer at the Thurston County Crisis Clinic. I mentored a mentally and physically disabled high school student, and succeeded in reaching him by engaging him in playing musical instruments. I enjoy swimming, biking, soccer, and playing tennis.
Sam, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Sam. I am a student at Olympic College. I discovered DO-IT when I was in high school and have been part of the program ever since. My DO-IT experience has broadened my mind, and it helped me succeed with flying colors in both high school and college.
Cory, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Cory. I graduated from Evergreen State College. I taught English in Shijiazhuang, China. Since my dad was in the Navy, I have lived many different places, including Hawaii, San Diego, Spain, and Italy. For most of elementary and middle school I was bullied and teased, but living in Europe during that time made up for that a little. In 2004, I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome; it took me until junior year to begin socializing. Now, I am happy with the person I am and speak with people naturally. I have discovered a talent for languages, particularly Chinese. I enjoy listening to metal music, long-distance running, and I take great pride in my long hair as a symbol of my individuality.
Melissa, '07 Scholar
Hi! My name is Melissa. I attend Central Washington University where I am working towards earning a bachelor's degree in English and language arts teaching. I was initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. I have spina bifida which affects my mobility and motor skills.
Scott, '07 Scholar
Hi. My name is Scott, and I am from Anacortes, WA. I have a learning disability called dyspraxia, which makes it hard for me to take notes when instructors are speaking or writing on the board or an overhead. As an accommodation, I get a print copy of those materials. I graduated from Skagit Valley College with a certificate in Park Aid. My career goal is to be a park ranger because I like the outdoors and working with my hands. I enjoy tennis, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, cross-country running, hanging out with friends, and playing games. I was a DO-IT Intern during Summer Study 2011.
Megan, '07 Scholar
My name is Megan and I attend Bellevue College. I enjoy art, theater, acting, singing, dancing, writing, and helping the environment and wildlife. I have a neurological condition called Tourette syndrome, which is characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called "tics." In my case, my tics are more severe. Even though my tics can exhaust me, overall I am a positive and energetic person.
Shyla, '07 Scholar
Hey! My name is Shyla, but you can call me Shy. I attend Yakima Valley Community College and have a summer job at (again) the Washington State Department of Transportation. I like taking vacations on the water and in the mountains, being spontaneous, and riding my horse. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2004.
Sara, '07 Scholar
Hi, my name is Sara. I graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia. I studied psychology and economics, and I was heavily involved in the disability awareness and advocacy club on campus called Barrier Breakers. In my free time, I like to write, read books, and work out. I also like to travel and discover new places and eat new types of food.
Heidi, '07 Scholar
My name is Heidi. I am a student at the University of Washington, Bothell and will be graduating next year. I have Asperger's syndrome, nonverbal learning disability, and attention deficit disorder. I am currently studying library science. I am also a writer and active member of my school's disability advocacy student organization called the Disability Strength Awareness and Education Alliance (DSAA). I would like to create an Autistic Self-Advocacy Network chapter.