Snapshots: The DO-IT Scholars

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[Deb] I think we can do it.
[Kristin] Do you think we can do it?
[Kathy] I don't know.
[Steve] She thinks we can do it.
[Dan] We can do it.
[Doug] We can do it.
[Sheryl] I think that'll do it.
[Julie] Let's do it!
[All] Yeah, let's do it!
[Andrew] I really enjoy all the college preparation and being able to live on a college campus and in the dorms is a nice experience.
[Music]
[Nhi] I like living in the dorm because you get to know them better and they are your roommate and you share personal things and also school and stuff like that.
[Brad] Being independent is something that's really important to me, and staying in the dorm, it really helps with getting the mindset of being more independent.
[Mike] We found out from past scholars that we finally got phones this year and so everybody was calling everybody, it was really lots of fun.
[Mark] I thought it was great how that everybody could help each other out; like how somebody in a wheelchair could be the eyes for somebody who's blind and somebody who's blind could be their hands.
[Rachel] We just helped each other and worked together and became one big family, in a way.
[Randy] I learned what college life is like, and most importantly, I learned that the early bird catches the shower.
[Janny] The pace of technology has helped people with disabilities a lot, and helped them come to a level with their peers and other people in society.
[Computer talks]
[Jesse] Okay, that's Directory One.
[Dean] That's the directory we're on.
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[Rodney] I like to write lots of things. And were it not for computers and word processing, spell checking and things like that, it would take me ages.
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[Mark] I think it's great that there's a program that can adapt things to people who are disabled so they can be involved, and I'm more involved in computers and with the Internet obviously than a lot of average people that don't have disabilities.
[Music]
[Kris] Today we 're going to talk about some Web searching....
[Minh] I'm really happy to be in this, because I want to learn the Web page so bad, and now they get me into this workshop and I learn like how to do a Web page and like how to write a newsletter article and all those, it's really good.
[Music]
[Jennifer] One thing that I learned was that I can't be afraid of computers. Computers aren't the strong point of my life, they're, you know, they're not my favorite thing to be, to do, but I know that I need to learn how to use them, and I guess just having a little bit of confidence, like with E-mail and that kind of thing.
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[Ben] Through the DO-IT program I have been able to finally use a computer, using voice commands. It....will....start....on....my.... newsletter. Oops.
[CJ] The DO-IT program has helped me get access to the Internet and to friends and to resources out there that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise. And I have to say it's a really fun program to be in, and I'm learning a lot.
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[Sheryl] Have you done everything else on the list?
[Katharine] It has made me aware and loaned different equipment to me, therefore exposing me to programs such as Outspoken; it's exposed me to the Internet, which is helpful for accessing information, and also just getting to know people, other people who can sympathize with what you're going through.
[Jessie] I want the DO-IT logo front and center. Up top.
[Nichole] And then have....
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[Bill] With the computer, it's one of those deals where people can read my writing. The program they gave me, Co:Writer, which you can start typing a word and it gives you a list. If it's on you can just hit the number and it will finish it. 'Cause I'm a really lousy speller.
[Todd] My computer has already helped me achieve independence, getting on line is a source of information; and it'll probably be easier for me to do papers.
[Music]
[Priscilla] Please write back. Choose 4.
[Jenny] The computer and the Internet has really changed my life because I used to be even more shy and more, you know, reserved and stuff than I am now. And now I've got a bigger social group of friends, not only in VR, virtual reality on line, but in real life.
[Mike] Another thing I'm really happy about DO-IT is because I kind of want to go here to college, the University of Washington, and it's got me a chance to see the college and do things like that. And even better, visit Microsoft. That's where I want to work. So that's really nice.
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[Sheryl] Well hi, Barney.
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More than 20,000 resumes are received at Microsoft each month. True. Wrong! We 're on a roll.
[Mathew] When I finish college, I'd like to work for Microsoft or Nintendo and design software and program.
[Shavonne] Some of the lab experiments we do, I haven't really had opportunities to do those types of things at my school, like dissecting a sheep's heart.
[Jessie] I really enjoyed the sheep heart lab that we did at camp. That was interesting. And fun, too.
[Instructor] Today you'll perform three common surgeries on your victim-- excuse me-- patient-who fortunately is already dead. These are sheep hearts. And what it is useful for is seeing the structure of the heart, the human heart is very, very similar in structure to that of a sheep.
[Andrew] Ewww.
[Instructor] Somebody here is going to be our ace heart surgeon.
[Music]
That's a coronary artery. That's one.
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[Laura] Here, how about we shorten that up?
[Student] I'd like to do brain surgery.
[Instructor] This is just an idea of where the coronary arteries are and what these bypass vessels might look like. So I see we've got it stuck in one end of the coronary artery.
[Laura] Our blockage? Oh, my gosh.
[Student] Pull it apart.
[Student] Just keep pulling?
[Student] Yeah.
[Student] You sure?
[Student] Yeah.
[Shakethia] This could be our lunch for today.
[Instructor] Two of the experiments we 're doing today are the type of things people would do in a crime lab. We have two different pens by two different makers, and we're going to see if they used the same ink or not.
[Instructor] Now you want to remember which pen is for which piece of paper.
[Instructor] You put this in, and actually, they're really tall, so you can just fold it over.
[Mitch] So we need basically to do the same thing with this one and then go get the liquid and have two inches of liquid.
[Instructor] Yeah, it's a little bit hard, you have to pull.....
[Student] That's enough.
[Instructor] That's enough.
[Instructor] So we're on day 5 and we're going to do two main activities today. We 're going to look at producing a master model that we would use to pour a silicone rubber mold. So this is polyurethene. Looks like a latte. It's warming up nicely. Polyesters actually get so warm that they can start on fire. These type of polymers are pretty passive. This stuff is thickening already, believe it or not. And will be solid to the touch in half an hour. Want to try this? Think you can get it out? If you bend it, it will pop up. There you go. Congratulations. You all made parts today. I had to do the mixing and the weighing, but if you have the skill to bake a cake, you can manufacture parts.
[Instructor] We'll have two results from habitat one and two results from habitat two. And then we can compare, to see how different they are. And then, to maybe see the results a bit better, you can make some graphs.
[Kris] I can do the purples.
[Ben] We got six, multiply by three.
[Carolyn] Right there.
[Kris] Yellow one right there. Back to the "right there" stuff again.
[Instructor] The very nearest star, which has the name Alpha Centauri, is 100,000 times further away than the sun is from us.
[Joshua] Isn't Alpha Centauri like a tri-system, where there's actually three stars there?
[Instructor] Yes, Alpha Centauri is a double star system and maybe a triple; stars often come in pairs, going around each other. The Sun is not that way. So if the other stars are suns....
[Justin] There must be other life forms somewhere else.
[Instructor] Well, that's another question. Let's not get off on that question, although I'm extremely interested in it.
[Student] This is our trestle, it's really simple, and the reason why we're using the fishing line is because they're tension members.
[Class] Ooooh.
[Student] Oh, man, it's losing it.
[Laughter]
[Class] Ohhhhhhh.
[Class] Ohhhhhhh. Whoa....Ohhhhh.
[Applause]
[Ed] To me, being a mentor means being a friend, a supporter, kind of a coach, and it's really a fun thing to do, especially in the DO-IT program, because I've been finding out so much about people with other disabilities than-hearing loss. And so for me, the mentoring opportunity is also a learning opportunity, as well.
[Ed] I have to see your face....
[Bridget] When I met Ed Pottharst, I never really knew any adults that had a hearing impairment. So I wondered what my life would be like, because I have a major handicap. But when I met him, I was so surprised how he had such a normal life and he had a family and he worked for people that had normal hearing, and so that made me feel a lot better about my future.
[Imke] I really enjoy mentoring younger students like teenagers who are aspiring college students and planning on being in science and math, so, you know, just really any type of student that I can help, sort of get the confidence they need to go on to college and do what they'd really like to do.
[Imke] I figured out a way to write, you know, the math on the computer, so that it makes sense to me on the Braille display and on the... and then I can just print it out and the teachers have no problem reading it, either. So that has worked really well.
[Ed] E-mail is a great tool, and I think it's a great way for the mentors and the students to keep in touch during the school year, when we might be thousands of miles apart.
[Kevin] It really helps the kids and me understand each other a lot better. Like myself, it's hard to talk very well, so we communicate much faster that way.
[Roger] I just like to feel that I'm a friend that they can refer to or use for any information they need, or if they get frustrated or, you know, really down about things, I'm here to help.
[Kathy] Please help me welcome the Trenchcoats!
[Applause]
Here we go, now... one two three... all right now.... I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way.... Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.... It's gonna be a bright [bright], bright [bright] sunshiny day. I think I can make it now my pain is gone.... And all of my bad feelings have disappeared.... Now that they're gone.... Here comes that rainbow I've been praying for.... It's gonna be a bright [bright], bright [bright], sunshiny day. Yes it's gonna be a bright [bright], bright [bright] sunshiny day.
[Mike] I found the high point in the camp for me was when everybody clicked. It's important to have a balance between learning and the social.
[Jennifer] People are so incredible. They have disabilities, but no one's bitter about them, you know, they're just normal people and they're just great to be around.
[Jessica] I'm loving every minute of it. It's really great. The people here are so nice, you can relate to them; it's been a wonderful experience.
[Trenchcoats] I can see clearly now the rain is gone.... I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. So I can see clear.... I can see clear... I can see clear.... the rain.... is gone. Back, two, three, and forward, and back.... and turn.
[Dance music]
[Emily] This is just an entirely different atmosphere. At school, you're always looked at because of your disability, and your disability is always... well, almost always what people judge you on, not who you are, not what you're capable of. It's, "Oh, you're in a chair..." and here, it's just not like that. It's much more relaxed, and much more open.
[Announcer] We've had our first complaint from the neighbors upstairs in the library, we 're being too dang loud.
[Volunteer] We'll just take turns going out, we'll take a 15-minute ride, and come on back. We'll scoop you off, put someone else on, and we have two hours to play with the cycles.
[Ed] Hi, Brian, I'm Ed.
[Brian] Hi, Ed.
[Volunteer] Okay, to pedal, you do this.... And then to stop, you don't want to push too hard.
[Volunteer] You go the other way. Just gently.
[Justin] Which way do the gears go on this?
[Volunteer] Um.... you 're going to have to experiment
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[Mentor] Okay, Brian, you're out of here!
[Music]
[Volunteer] Try stopping again, Jessie. Just so you can.... oops....you just want to do it gently. I'll tell you what I'm going to do, I'm going to go and get my bike, and then I can accompany you down this trail. So you just hold on and I'll get my bike.
[Photographer] Is it fun?
[Jessie] Yeah, it's fun.
[Volunteer] Here we go. Let's head out this way here.
[Music]
[Ivan] I really didn't think I was even going to be able to do any of this, because my legs were.... have never been my strong area, but this was really nice, how I was able to do that. It's amazing what all this technology can do for you now.
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[Katie] I've learned how to work with people with disabilities similar and different to mine.
[Isaiah] We're all kind of in the same boat. We all have challenges that we have to overcome.
[Justin] You really realize that no matter what your disability, you're all created equal in some aspect of it.
[Music]
[Mitch] I especially enjoyed this experience because I got to meet other disabled kids really near my own age, with my same interests, and it was really easy to make friends.
[Music]
[Jessie] I've met some good people. People I can hopefully stay friends with and communicate throughout the year over the Internet.
[Music]
[John Paul] I like how they're here to help people with disabilities. I mean, not a lot of people out there are willing to do it. I mean, they think, "Hey, they take too much time, I don't want to help them, I'm just going to get on with my life, who cares about them?" But I mean these people, they're here, and they just don't think about themselves, they think about others. And that's what I like.
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[Anna] This past couple of weeks has been a really good experience for me. I'm going to be kind of sad when it's over. What really stands out in my mind is how fast I made friends here. I do have some sort of friends in high school, but none of them were made as fast, or as easily as the friends I made here. The people here, within a couple days I was part of the group, and I knew it.
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[Karyn] Making friends is really big. I mean, I have friends from all over. And E-mailing them and keeping in touch with them, that's great. I like that. A lot. And having my computer for school work, that's good. Very good.
[Music]
[Shavonne] I just think it's a great program and more students with disabilities hopefully can get a chance to experience what I have and learn from it.
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[Aimee] I think the DO-IT program is excellent. It's been the best experience of my life.
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[Mike] Seeing the stuff with DO-IT makes me feel like it really can happen, like nothing can stop me now.