Dr. Sheryl Burgstahleris an Assistant Director within Computing & Communications and a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She directs DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), a project to recruit students with disabilities into science, engineering, and mathematics academic programs and careers. She received bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics and a Ph. D. in Higher Education at the University of Washington. Her doctoral studies and research focus is on computers, adaptive technology, and the Internet network as empowering tools for individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Hellmut Golde is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and has taught Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Washington since 1960. Recently, he has become interested in the application of adaptive computer technology to students with disabilities and is an active participant in the University of Washington DO-IT project.
Kevin Berg has had Cerebral Palsy since birth. He attends Seattle Pacific University and is studying Computer Science. He lives on campus in a dorm; a fellow student is his personal attendant. His interests include multimedia, telecommunications, and computer games. Over the Internet network, Kevin communicates with many people, including his professors. He uses a head-stick and special software to enter double-key commands on his computer.
Karl Booksh is a graduate student and teaching assistant in Chemistry at the University of Washington, expecting to complete his Ph. D. soon. He is a member of the Advisory Board and a mentor to high school students with disabilities in the DO-IT program at the University of Washington. Karl received a graduate fellowship from the American Chemical Society's Division of Analytical Chemistry. Karl has no use of his legs and limited use of his hands as a result of a spinal chord injury. Upon graduation, Karl would like to teach at a small college.
Dr. Lesley B. Olswang is a Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She received her academic degrees at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Washington. Dr. Olswang is also certified as a Speech/Language Pathologist. Her interests have focused on children with communication disorders who function below the age of three. Her research interests include how children learn language and how intervention might alter the language learning process.
Dr. Gay Lloyd Pinder has been deaf for the past twelve years. She uses sign language interpreters to receive information that is presented orally and voices for herself. She uses a TDD for phone conversations. In her doctoral program she was introduced to electronic mail as an alternative for communicating with hearing professors who do not know sign language. Electronic mail allows her to communicate with more people than via TDD because it does not require specialized equipment. She recently completed a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington, with a primary focus on research. Gay Lloyd works as a communication therapist with infants and young children with communication problems that are secondary to their motor disabilities, helping them develop the foundation for communication so they will ultimately be able to use augmentative equipment.
Dr. Wendy (Pava) David has been blind since the age of eight when she experienced an allergic reaction to penicillin. She recently received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She is employed at the American Lake Veterans Administration Medical Center, where she works primarily with Vietnam Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Wendy uses computer systems with speech and Braille output to write notes and reports.
Dr. Mark T. Greenberg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. He received his B.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His research interests concern the early development of family relationships, the prevention of violence and delinquency, and the social development of children who are deaf and hearing-impaired. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and books.