Snapshots 2013: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 2013!

The DO-IT Center has hosted Summer Study sessions for students with disabilities on the campus of the University of Washington (UW) for more than twenty years. Thanks for sharing them with us! Our success is measured by the achievements of our participants and their interest in staying connected with each other and new participants. We look forward to the next twenty years.

This publication facilitates communication among DO-IT Scholars, Pals, and Mentors. It was developed in July 2013. DO-IT Scholars are high school students with disabilities who are preparing for college and careers. They have interests in challenging fields that include science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and business. They attend a Summer Study program at the University of Washington in Seattle, participate in internships and leadership activities, and communicate via the Internet year-round. Additional high school students with disabilities, the DO-IT Pals, join this electronic community. When Scholars move on to college, they become DO-IT Ambassadors, sharing their experiences with the younger Pals and Scholars. This electronic community is also supported by DO-IT Mentors. Most Mentors have disabilities themselves and are pursuing challenging postsecondary studies and careers.

Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. These and other investors, listed in the DO-IT Funding section on of this publication, sponsor the many activities that DO-IT undertakes. We appreciate their generous support. Those who wish to help fund continued efforts can submit the Support DO-IT: How Can You DO-IT form.

DO-IT has received many awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. We also received the National Information Infrastructure Award in 1995, the Golden Apple Award in 1999, the AHEAD (Association for Higher Education and Disability) Exceptional Program Award in 2001, the Promising Practice Award in 2005, the Trace Research and Development Center's Catalyst Award in 2006, the University of Washington College of Engineering Team Innovator Award, the Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) Robert S. Greenberg Innovation Award in 2007, and the AHEAD Professional Recognition Award in 2011. These awards document the achievements of the DO-IT participants. Together, they are changing the world, making it a more accessible place for all of us.

2013 DO-IT Trailblazers

The DO-IT Trailblazer award highlights DO-IT community members who forge new pathways that will benefit others. Through their work and accomplishments they have changed the way the world views people with disabilities and have increased the potential of people with disabilities to succeed in college, careers, and community life. Congratulations to this year's honorees!

Photo of DO-IT Director Sheryl Burgstahler with DO-IT 2013 Trailblazers Anna Golden, Michael Richardson, and Susan Gjolmesli during the Trailblazers ceremony.

DO-IT Founder and Director (right) Sheryl Burgstahler with 2013 DO-IT Trailblazers (from left to right) Anna Marie Golden, Michael Richardson, and Susan Gjolmesli.

 

Dr. Bea Awoniyi, long-time DO-IT collaborator, works at Santa Fe College as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, where she oversees the Disabilities Resource Center and Student Affairs grant programs. She has partnered with DO-IT to provide a number of challenging internships for students, contributed to products developed through DO-IT grants such as AccessCollege (www.uw.edu/doit/Resources/postsec.html), appeared in DO-IT training videos, and delivered presentations about the full inclusion of students in postsecondary education. Her work brings college and community resources together to better serve student veterans with disabilities, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, for which she is president elect.

 

Anna Marie Golden is named a DO-IT Trailblazer for her work to increase accessibility on the Internet. She is an enthusiastic Mentor in DO-IT e-communities and has recruited many students into DO-IT programs. After completing an AccessSTEM internship with the Deaf-Blind Service Center, she was hired by the Center as an independent contractor to develop an accessible website. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and broadcasting and an associate's degree in information systems and database administration from Bellevue College. At the University of Washington, Anna Marie is currently working toward a web technology solutions certificate through UW Professional & Continuing Education, and is pursuing a master's degree in human-computer interaction and design. Anna Marie manages her own company, AnnAtycal Web Studio, and is on staff at UW-IT's Accessible Technology Services, where she is reaching out to web developers across campus to improve the accessibility of their websites.

Susan Gjolmesli, DO-IT Mentor and project partner, has worked as the director of the Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College for eighteen years, promoting an accessible campus. Susan has partnered closely with DO-IT to help students access internships, tutors, mentors, and leadership roles. She has served on many boards and commissions, and testified at government hearings. Susan was designated as a Living Treasure at Bellevue College in 2009 for her advocacy work. She received national attention for the Autism Spectrum Navigators Program, a project she helped develop. In 2012, she received the Washington State Governor's Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown for her many years of advocacy work.

Michael Richardson, DO-IT Mentor, is honored as a Trailblazer because of his relentless advocacy and enthusiasm for the participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of our community. Michael regularly promotes businesses owned by deaf individuals and always has encouraging words for students in DO-IT's e-communities. Michael currently works for the Northwest ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Center as the co-director and technical assistance lead. He provides technical assistance, continuing education, and consultation services related to compliance with accessibility provisions of the ADA for professionals, businesses, state and local government agencies, and consumers.

Previous DO-IT Trailblazer award winners 

2012

Katrina Carter, DO-IT Ambassador and '98 Scholar, for her advocacy in founding a disability student group at the University of Washington, Bothell; and her work in the National Youth Leadership Network, Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation, National Leadership Conference for Youth with Disabilities and the Army Corps Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Wendy Chisholm, DO-IT Mentor, senior Microsoft strategist, and self-described Accessibility Evangelist, for co-editing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0, which form the basis of most web accessibility policies throughout the world; co-authoring the book Universal Design for Web Applications; and founding Accessibility Camp Seattle.

Dyane Haynes, DO-IT Mentor, DO-IT partner, and director of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Washington, for her tireless efforts in sharing disability resources and promoting universal design through Capacity-Building Institutes, as well as her work within DO-IT Admin, DO-IT Prof, DO-IT College, and AccessSTEM projects.

Conrad Reynoldson, DO-IT Ambassador and '03 Scholar, for his work to raise disability awareness in the community. He was the first person to use a power wheelchair in the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle half marathon, has organized comedy nights to increase the visibility of people with disabilities, completed an internship at Disability Rights Washington, and was a Congressional Intern in Washington, DC.

2011

Laura Bersos, DO-IT Ambassador and '04 Scholar, for developing community among DO-IT Scholars and participants. Laura has attended Summer Study every year since she became involved with DO-IT.

Kayla Brown, DO-IT Ambassador, '05 Scholar, and DO-IT student staff member, has been involved in advocacy work at Bellevue College along with other non-profit work. She advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in Seattle and has traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. Kayla has participated in City Year where she worked with teenage students, and has served on the A-Team leadership group for DO-IT's AccessSTEM project.

E.A. Draffin, research staff in the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science in the United Kingdom, is a Trailblazer for promoting accessibility in e-learning, the web, and mobile devices; providing an international database of accessible technology; and supporting students with disabilities through her efforts to increase accessibility in education, employment, and daily life.

2010

Dr. Martha Bosma, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Washington, for her leadership in the inclusion of people with disabilities in science education and careers, outreach to ensure accessible science labs, and mentoring of DO-IT Scholars in their transition to postsecondary education.

Corinna (Lang) Fale, DO-IT Ambassador and '00 Scholar, for her work promoting self-advocacy for people with disabilities through her position as co-coordinator of the L.E.A.D. Coalition at the Arc of Snohomish County and as a representative for People First of Washington.

Dr. Sang-Mook Lee, Professor of Geophysics at Seoul National University, for promoting access to technology, education, and employment for people with disabilities in South Korea.

Noah Seidel, DO-IT Ambassador, '05 Scholar, UW student, and DO-IT student staff, for his disability advocacy and leadership on the University of Washington Seattle campus and in the Seattle community. He has organized disability awareness events and has spoken on numerous panels regarding inclusion, access, and transition to college and careers.

Priscilla Wong, DO-IT Ambassador and '95 Scholar, for her volunteer work serving people with disabilities at the Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital and ongoing dedication to advocating for accessible programs and environments.

2009

Kim Borowicz, disability rights lawyer at Access Living and DO-IT Mentor, for contributions on a national level to the field of disability law and a commitment to tackling issues of access to transportation, media, and education for people with disabilities.

Loren Mikola, disability inclusion program manager at Microsoft and AccessSTEM team member, for contributions in making Microsoft an inclusive environment for employees with a wide variety of abilities and disabilities and for promoting the design of accessible technology.

Kris Rosenberg, DO-IT Ambassador and '94 Scholar, for contributing to the long-term success of DO-IT's college preview and technology program at Camp Courage by volunteering his time to provide lab set-up, technology support, instruction, and mentoring.

Jessie Sandoval, DO-IT Ambassador and '98 Scholar, for academic achievement and pursuit of a career in disability law.

Chris Schlechty, DO-IT Ambassador and '02 Scholar, for academic achievement, pursuit of a career in computing, and mentoring interns with disabilities nationwide in the workplace.

2008

Daman Wandke, DO-IT Ambassador and '05 Scholar, for leadership in organizing disability awareness activities on a postsecondary campus.

Al Souma, Coordinator of Disability Support Services at Seattle Central Community College and AccessCollege team member, for responding to emerging issues of students with disabilities, including those related to people with mental health impairments and to veterans with disabilities.

Dr. Mamoru Iwabuchi, Associate Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo and Assistant Director of DO-IT Japan, for promoting DO-IT practices internationally.

2007

Dennis Lang, an Associate Director of the Disability Studies program at the University of Washington, persevered in promoting the adoption of a disability studies program at the University, which now resides in the School of Law. He has also mentored dozens of students pursuing the disability studies minor.

Anthony Arnold, a DO-IT Ambasssador and '94 Scholar, has made significant contributions to the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) through his advocacy and career. He has served as a powerful role model for the employment of individuals with disabilities that affect both mobility and speech.

Dr. Ray Bowen, when Dean of the UW College of Engineering, made contacts at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1992 that led to DO-IT's first grant funding. He mentored Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, Director of DO-IT, and facilitated collaborations with the College's award-winning programs for women and minorities. This created an expanded view of diversity that became a model for other departments and institutions.

2006

Imke Durre, DO-IT Mentor, for accomplishments in earning a Ph.D. and pursuing a career in atmospheric sciences, increasing public awareness of the positive contributions of people with disabilities in science fields, and providing strong role modeling and mentoring to students with visual impairments.

Julie Peddy, NOAA Program Manager, for accomplishments in integrating youth with disabilities in service learning programs and promoting the employment of people with disabilities in science fields.

2005

Karen Braitmayer, Architect and DO-IT Mentor, for accomplishments as a business owner and for progressing accessibility efforts within the field of architecture.

Mylene Padolina, Microsoft Senior Diversity Consultant, for accomplishments in the integration of disability in the diversity efforts of businesses and for success in programs encouraging youth to pursue high-tech career fields.

Jessie Shulman, DO-IT Ambassador, '98 Scholar, and University of Washington student, for accomplishments in increasing access and support on the University of Washington campus and providing a strong role model to students with hidden disabilities.

Suzanne Weghorst, Assistant Director for Research at the UW Human Interface Technology Lab, for accomplishments in research and for providing numerous opportunities for students with disabilities to explore the field of human interface technology.

2004

Cheri Blauwet Trek, DO-IT Ambassador, '96 Scholar, and Stanford University graduate student, for achievements in athletics and academics.

Mike Dedman, Education Specialist at the National Parks Service, for improving access in the national parks.

Charity Ranger, DO-IT student staff and University of Washington student, for improving access and support on a postsecondary campus.

Anna Schneider, DO-IT Ambassador, '93 Scholar, artist, businesswoman, and University of Washington graduate, for accomplishments in the combination of fine arts, business, and science.

Phase I Scholars

Group photo of 2013 Phase I Scholars

Seventeen Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2013. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO-IT participants, and DO-IT Mentors. They use the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and business. After completing Summer Study 2013, these participants graduated to Phase II.

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Antonio, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Antonio. I enjoy studying Latin and writing. I have cerebral palsy, which has affected my mobility. I hope to graduate from high school with First Honors, which requires a 3.7 GPA or higher. I enjoy sports, especially baseball, football, and basketball. I am the manager for my high school basketball team. I would enjoy a career in sports broadcasting or journalism. I plan to attend college. My top choices are University of Washington, University of Southern California, and Stanford University.

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Dustine, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dustine, and I have Asperger's syndrome. I attend Roosevelt High School in Seattle as a junior. I play flute with the Roosevelt Symphonic Band and with the marching band. I would like to study either law or computer science. I enjoy sports, particularly the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC. I also bowl competitively in leagues and tournaments. After completing high school, I hope to attend the University of Washington.

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Michael, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael. I attend Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. I am a senior. I enjoy computer programming in Visual Basic and would like to become a programmer analyst. I enjoy taking photos of nature, reading, building plastic models, and playing racquetball. I have autism, which gives me a learning disability. My greatest accomplishments are being accepted into DO-IT, getting a C+ in Spanish 2, and making honor roll.

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Courtney, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Courtney. I'm going into my junior year at Olympic High. I just moved to Washington this past summer and love almost everything about it so far. I have a visual impairment, but I also have a very supportive family. Listening to music is possibly my favorite pastime; I'm doing it almost constantly. I also like to play music; my primary instrument being the flute, which I play in the symphonic band at school. I'm also an avid reader. I will read most anything, but I tend to linger in the sci-fi/fantasy realm. That's just a bit about me; I can't wait to get to know all of your lovely personalities.

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McKenna, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is McKenna, and I have arthrogryposis. I am from Arlington and attend Lakewood High School. Some of my favorite classes include forensics and comparative government. After I graduate high school, I plan on becoming a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. My goal is to compete in the 2016 Paralympics for air rifle shooting and then continue on to college.

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Ryan, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan, and I have Asperger's syndrome. I attend Shadle Park High School in Spokane. I hope to get a degree in mathematics with a focus on engineering of some sort. I enjoy designing and building complicated machinery in Minecraft.

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Julian, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Julian, and I have a traumatic brain injury. I attend Kamiak High School in Lynnwood. My favorite classes are math and creative writing. I hope to eventually go into product design related to the sports industry.

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Ellen, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ellen, and I have a speech-based learning disability. I live in Seattle and will be a senior at Aviation High School this coming school year. I am interested in pursuing a career in either aeronautical science (professional pilot) or mechanical engineering. Last summer, I was an intern for the Blue Angels when they came to Boeing Field. This summer, I was the lead intern (even though the Blue Angels are not coming) for another flight team. Also, I went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) camp. I love to play soccer; I've been playing soccer for over eleven years. I foster kittens at my home for the Seattle Humane Society. When I get the chance, I like to fly airplanes; I actually flew a Cessna twice as the main pilot.

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Clarissa, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Clarissa, and I have cerebral palsy and left-sided hemiplegia. I live in Everett and attend Kamiak High School. I like learning foreign languages; I'm currently learning Japanese. I also enjoy singing and listening to music. In the future I'd like to travel to Japan and other places around the world.

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Brenna, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brenna, and I have a learning disability. I will be a junior at Port Townsend High School in Port Townsend. I was the youngest filmmaker in the Port Townsend Film Festival. I am on a mountain bike team and enjoy photography and sports.

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Nicole, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Nicole Madsen, and I have cerebral palsy. I attend Kentwood High School in Kent. I would like to pursue a master's degree in special education with some studies in business. I am also considering a career as a writer, since I enjoy my English classes.

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Rahil, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rahil, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I will be a junior at Bothell High School next year. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I am interested in science and technology, though not sure which specific field I want to pursue. I enjoy reading books and playing computer games. I like to play car-racing and simulation games like Sim City. I also play Age of Empires III. Some of my favorite series of books are the Warriors series by Erin Hunter and The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore.

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Alex, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, and I have cerebral palsy. I like studying math and science at Walla Walla High School. I'm interested in learning about space travel and understanding the universe. I use my artistic abilities to express myself.

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Karly, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Karly, and I have a non-verbal learning disability and attention deficit disorder. I go to Nova High School in Seattle. My two favorite classes are language arts and advanced French. I participated in a Reel Grrls workshop called Dis This! where my group made a short video about disability awareness.

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Hannah, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah. I will be a junior next year at Skyline High School. I enjoy the sciences and humanities. In my free time, I like to read and enjoy the outdoors, especially during the summer. I also play the flute in my school band. I love to volunteer around the community, and to write. My friend and I started a writers' club at my school. I am also currently in the National Honor Society.

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Kayla, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kayla, and I live in Lynnwood and attend both Mountlake Terrace High School and Edmonds Community College through Running Start. I am interested in math, English and science. I hope to go to law school to pursue a career in disability law. I swim for the U.S. Paralympic National Swim Team, and I hold a world record in the Fifty-Meter Butterfly. In August, I participated in the Paralympic World Championships in Montreal, in Quebec, Canada.

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Olivia, '13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Olivia, and I have cerebral palsy. I attend Mt. Rainier High School and hope to begin Running Start soon. My favorite subject is science. I am very athletic; I played wheelchair basketball as a Junior Sonic, swam with the Shadow Seals, and was on my high school track team.

Phase II Scholars

Group photo of 2013 Phase II Scholars

 

 

Seventeen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO-IT in 2012. They attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington July 2013. During that second session, they continued to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills and prepare for college and careers. They also worked closely with professionals or university faculty in STEM fields such as neurobiology, digital arts, or environmental issues. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO-IT participants, and DO-IT Mentors. They use laptops, assistive technology, and the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business. After completing Summer Study 2013, these participants graduated to Phase III.

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Mikayla, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Mikayla, and I will be a senior at Lynnwood High School. My favorite class is sports medicine. I participate in my high school's robotics team, and we competed in the First Robotics Competition. This year we were in the national competition in St. Louis. My goals are to attend the University of Washington and become a pediatrician. I have a learning disability, dyslexia, and attention deficit disorder.

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Hannah, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah, and I am legally blind in my right eye. I will be a senior at Arlington High School. My favorite class is sports medicine. I would like to be a physical therapist. I spend a lot of time with friends and family. I love sports—basketball is my favorite—and I love to go shopping.

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Peter, '12 Scholar

My name is Peter, and I have autism. I attend Redmond High School, and this year I will be a senior. I am part of the school's Environmental Club and Math Team. I wish to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. I enjoy watching baseball, and during the summer I play for a softball team. My personality and character depend on the environment that I am in. In a friendly, relaxed environment I can be very sociable and humorous. However, if I am not in a friendly environment, and especially if I am in a stressed environment or time crunch, I tend to be more reserved.

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Jennifer, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Jennifer, and I have spastic cerebral palsy. My favorite classes are history and English. I am involved in my high school's Knowledge Bowl. I would like to work in the field of broadcasting and communications. I enjoy making slide shows of famous people; you can view them on YouTube under the user name "accustomcycle." I also like reading, creative writing, and technology.

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Aaliyah, '12 Scholar

Hi, I'm Aaliyah. I am deaf and wear a cochlear implant to help me hear. I graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School. My favorite class is history. I don't know what I want to do for a career yet, but I know I would like to work with kids. I play softball and was a member of the Monroe High School Bearcats bowling team. I plan to attend Edmonds Community College and transfer to a four-year college. I love dogs, especially my American Eskimo Husky named Princess. I competed in the Miss Teen Washington Pageant last year and made it to the top eleven.

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Lucas, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lucas, and I have Goldenhar's syndrome and a hearing impairment. I will be a junior at Sammamish High School and especially enjoy math. I would like to attend the University of Washington or the University of California, San Francisco. My goal is to go into the medical field, specifically to be an anesthesiologist. I ski, wake board, and participate on my high school's soccer and golf teams.

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Cody, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Cody, and I have cerebral palsy. I will be a senior at Gig Harbor High School, where my favorite classes are history and science. I would like a career in a technology field. I enjoy spending time on the computer and playing games. I also like playing power soccer, which I have been doing since 2006.

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Lindsay, '12 Scholar

Hello, my name is Lindsay, and I have Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit disorder. I graduated from Skyline High School and will be attending Pacific University in the fall. I am planning to go into creative writing and environmental sciences. My hobbies consist primarily of writing and reading.

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Eric, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Eric Peddy, and I graduated from Cascade High School. I attended Everett Community College this summer and hope to transfer to Whatcom Technical College for their culinary program. My favorite classes are journalism and French. I would like to become a pastry chef. I enjoy running track, skateboarding, snowboarding, and speed skating. I have a learning disability.

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Colton, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Colton, and I have muscular dystrophy. I graduated from Archbishop Murphy High School, where my favorite classes were math and history. I plan on pursuing the field of computer science at Cascadia Community College. This June through August, I've interned in the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT)'s Young Scholars Program, a cool program for students going into the field of engineering. I like to swim and play video games.

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Alex, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, and I will be a senior at Kingston High School. My favorite classes include American Sign Language, English, and history. I have a passion for acting. I take acting classes and am a part of many productions. My favorite kind of character is one with a huge range of emotions. When I grow up I would like to be an interpreter and an actor. Ideally, I would like to attend a college where I could get both my interpreting degree and later pursue an acting degree in film or theatre. I have cerebral palsy.

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Jessica, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jessica, and I will be a senior at Glacier Peak High School. In this past year I have been in four clubs at my school: National Honor Society, Spanish club, link crew, and Key Club. Next year I will be the president of the Spanish club. My favorite classes are Spanish and chemistry. Also in the past year, I have been a teacher's assistant for the life skills class at my school. I started to take guitar lessons, and I am continuing to improve my skills as a painter. In the future I hope to go into to a science field.

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Dominique, '12 Scholar

Hi there! My name is Dominique, and I recently graduated from Mount Si High School. My favorite classes were art and English, and I would like to be an animator for Disney or Big Idea, Inc. (VeggieTales!). I love to draw, shop, play games, and be with my family. I also maintain an online art portfolio, and I'm adding new artwork all the time. This past year, I worked on a yearlong stop-motion project with a group of other students at my school. The finished animation is on my website: www.djsartpotfolio.weebly.com. In the fall, I will be attending Bellevue College to study digital media arts (animation). I have a rare form of dwarfism called Kniest syndrome, as well as arthritis in all my joints.

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Allison, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Allison, and I graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School. I love studying architecture, interior design, and graphic design; I would like to continue these studies in college. I play tennis, swim, draw, craft, and go to the shooting range. I have a unique skill of putting both socks on with my feet. I have thrombocytopenia absent radius syndrome and Von Willebrand disease.

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Alicia, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alicia, and I am deaf. I will be a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. My favorite classes are math and science. I would like to become an ER doctor. I am a volunteer at Children's Hospital, doing office work and running errands, but I hope to eventually work with kids directly. I am also a member of the Deaf Academic Bowl and have competed on a national level. I would like to attend the University of Washington for pre-med and then attend Johns Hopkins University for graduate school.

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Nolan, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Nolan Wolf, and I am a senior at Nathan Hale High School. I enjoy history, science, and math. I would like to attend a small liberal arts college and eventually be a politician involved in creating laws. I work at the Pacific Science Center in the Discovery Corps Program. I enjoy following politics, hanging out with friends, and boating. I have arthrogryposis.

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Grace, '12 Scholar

Hi, I'm Grace. I am deaf and will be a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. I want to attend the UW or Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in a math, science or engineering field. Dancing has been my passion since I was three, and I teach dance. I'm also a sports enthusiast. I volunteer in the community. I am a member of the National Honor Society and my school's Deaf Academic Bowl team, for which I have competed for three years at Nationals in Washington, DC and won an All-Star Award.

Phase III Scholars

Group photo of 2011 Phase I Scholars
 

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.

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Kim, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kim. I graduated from Lakewood High School in 2013 and will be attending Everett Community College in the fall. I would like to get a degree in human services. I have acted in many plays, including Mad Breakfast, Clue, It's A Wonderful Life, Little Woman, and The Night of One Acts. I am also the captain of my school's improv team. I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Tess, '11 Scholar

Hello, my name is Tess. I live in Seattle and have dysgraphia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am interested in a career that involves my creativity, such as design, communications, or psychology. I am a sophomore at Gonzaga University. I train dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Paige, '11 Scholar

Hi, I'm Paige. I live in Silverdale. I graduated from high school and am attending Central Washington University this fall. I would like to pursue a career in accounting. I love to swim, camp, go to the movies, sew, and explore new places.

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Jae, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jae. I graduated from Issaquah High School and I'm going to attend Bellevue College. I enjoy English and writing. I love writing because it helps me express what I am thinking and feeling. I would like to be an assistive technology specialist who gives people their voices through devices. I have cerebral palsy. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Diego, '11 Scholar

Hello, I'm Diego, and I'm attending Edmonds Community College to earn an associate's degree in science. I play the violin and trumpet. I am a nice and respectful person, but also a jokester. I have a learning disability.

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Cecily, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Cecily. I graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and I'll be attending Spokane Community College in the fall. I would like to be a high school counselor, pharmacist, or psychologist. I enjoy watching movies and hanging out with friends. I have arthrogryposis and can't use my hands so I use my feet for everything. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Mauricio, '11 Scholar

Hi, I'm Mauricio. I graduated from Highline High School, where my favorite subjects were math, science, and history. I am interested in the night skies and helping people. I am considering a career as a police officer or a chemical engineer. I like to play soccer and lift weights. I have a visual impairment and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Joshua, '11 Scholar

My name is Joshua. I graduated from Skyline High School. I enjoy learning about history, literature, philosophy, political science, and languages. I also enjoy reading, writing, and photography. I will be starting school at the University of Washington, Bothell this fall. Last year I joined the staff of my school's newspaper, and I hope to work on the UW newspaper as well. I also intend to join the debate club. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Deicy, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Deicy, and I have spina bifida. I graduated from Eastmont High School. I volunteer with United Way. In my spare time, I like to play basketball, volleyball, bowl, write, and draw; these activities help me get my frustrations out in a positive way. I love hanging out with my youth group at church.

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Emily, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Emily, and I am blind. I graduated from Curtis Senior High School, where I was a member of the National Honor Society. I attend Gonzaga University. I would like to study math and linguistics. I hope to work as an electrical engineer and develop new tools for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

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Erika, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Erika. I graduated from Edmonds Woodway High School. Last year, I participated in the 2012 Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing where I completed two college courses in computing. At University of Washington, I intend to major in biomedical engineering. I am a volunteer at Seattle Children's Hospital. I love talking to people so don't be afraid to talk to me, I don't bite. I am deaf and use cochlear implants. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Sean, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Sean. I graduated from Woodinville High School. I spent my freshman year of college at Bellevue College and plan to enroll in an online school in the fall. I enjoy studying math and chemistry. I have letters in basketball, baseball, and football for being team manager. Which sport is my favorite? They all are—for different reasons! I am an avid cook and enjoy reality TV and movies. I have arthrogryposis. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Macy, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Macy. I'm a sophomore at the University of Washington pursuing a double major in disability studies and speech and hearing sciences. I graduated from Decatur High School and attended Running Start at Highline Community College. I earned an associate of arts degree along with my high school diploma. Ultimately I'm interested in pursuing a master's degree in psychology. I play soccer. I have cerebral palsy and a service dog named Brooklyn. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Kaylie, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kaylie, and I graduated from Edmonds Woodway High School. I intend to study culinary arts at South Seattle Community College in the fall, and then transfer to a university to earn her bachelor's degree in hospitality management. I'd like to operate my own business, Kakes by Kaylie. I am deaf. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Vaughn, '11 Scholar

Hello, I'm Vaughn. I graduated from Glacier Peak High School and I'll be attending the University of Washington, Bothell in the fall. My favorite subjects are science, history, and German. I hope to someday visit Germany and Ireland. I enjoy reading and listening to various kinds of music, including classical. I have a hearing impairment, fine motor weakness, and flat feet, which makes walking long distances difficult. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

2013 Achievement Highlights

Hannah, '13 Scholar

Will represent the US by playing her flute in an international band festival held in Australia in the fall of 2013.

Tony, '07 Scholar

Received University of Idaho's Alumni Award for Excellence and is head of the International Affairs Club.

Maria, '06 Scholar

Keynote Speaker at the Migrant Youth Leadership Conference and the 2013 Women of Color Empowerment Conference.

Alicia and Grace, '12 Scholars, and Erika, '11 Scholar

Won the All-Star Award at the National Deaf Academic Bowl in Washington DC.

Ryan, '09 Scholar

Participated in New York City's Broadway Percussion Seminar this June.

Lindsay, '12 Scholar

Received a full scholarship to Pacific University.

McKenna, '13 Scholar

Won five gold medals in a shooting competition held in Austria.

Erica, '08 Scholar

Received the Vice Presidential Award from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity at the UW for the 2012-2013 school year.

Colton, '12 Scholar

Interning with the Center for Neurotechnology this summer.

Aaliyah, '12 Scholar

Made the top eleven in the 2013 Miss Washington Teen USA Pageant.

Eric and Lindsay, '12 Scholars

Participated in a Youth Leadership Forum this summer.

Joshua, '11 Scholar

Petitioned the White House to urge the 113th Congress to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Yomara, '08 Scholar, and Heidi, '07 Scholar

Made the Dean's list at UW Bothell.

'10 Ambassadors

Group photo of 2010 DO-IT Scholars

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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.

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Shawn, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Shawn, and I am blind. I attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a sophomore in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering. I like wrestling, driving all-terrain vehicles and cars, playing sports, and doing other outdoor activities.

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Rosa'Lea, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rosa'Lea. I recently moved to Spokane and plan to attend Spokane Community College in the Culinary Arts Program. I have a learning disability. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Ryan, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan. I attend Everett Community College where I am expanding my welding skills. I enjoy exploring my creativity with hands-on activities and challenging myself with math and architecture problem solving. I also enjoy designing and creating ceramic art. I have sickle cell disease.

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Damon, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Damon. This fall I will be a sophomore at the University of Washington. I plan to major in American Indian studies and anthropology. My goal is to become a college professor or a K-12 teacher. I enjoy music and camping.

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Marlise, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Marlise. I have Friedrich's ataxia, a genetic neuromuscular disorder. Currently, I am a junior at Western Washington University (WWU), and I plan to declare a major in creative writing. I try to stay active in theatre, and I was in several plays at WWU. To incorporate theatre or film in my life, I would like to have a career as a playwright or screenwriter. My dream job would be writing for Saturday Night Live. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Garrett, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Garrett Lathrop. I hope to study business and economics at the University of Washington. I like studying Spanish, world issues, and problem solving. I enjoy music, video games, movies, and hanging out with friends. I also like Bi-skiing and playing power wheelchair soccer. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Angela, '10 Scholar

Hi! My name is Angela Maccarrone, and I have muscular dystrophy. I attend Gonzaga University and am majoring in psychology in hopes of going into pediatric psychiatry. I enjoy hanging out with friends, cooking new recipes, and watching movies. I completed an internship at the UW Center for Neurotechnology and was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Maximo, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Maximo Mandl. I attend Flagler College where I am pursuing a degree in business. I enjoy art, writing, and music. I play the drums. I have dyslexia, so it is hard for me to read and spell. This past summer, I completed an internship at an entertainment and events company working on graphic arts and stage set up. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Benjy, '10 Scholar

Hello, my name is Benjy, and I am a junior at Washington State University (GO COUGS!). Starting in the fall, I will be the treasurer of two student-run organizations as well as the treasurer of my honor society, Delta Alpha PI. I am interested in hospitality business management with a focus in hotels and restaurants. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Eric, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Eric. I will be a junior at the University of Washington. I enjoy studying math and science, and hope to eventually earn a master's degree in engineering. I enjoy playing golf. I have Crohn's disease.

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Nicco, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Nicco; I study computational physics with a focus on military autonomous robotics, with a minor in European history at Washington State University. I have interned at the National University of Singapore in a computational biology lab. I am involved in many activities, such as training dogs for service work, which includes protection, felony, drug, and explosives searches. I'm also an instructor at an outdoor education and survival organization, where I specialize in trapping, traditional technologies, knife use, and survival, as well as animal and search-and-rescue tracking. I am a grey wolf restoration activist, with experience tracking wolves in the wild.

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Tatsuro, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Tatsuro. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I am attending Seattle Pacific University studying English. I enjoy studying and reading about the creation and evolution debate. I also enjoy art and English classes. I would like to continue learning about these subjects, and hope to become an artist and a writer. I love animals and have a snake, bearded dragon, and two cats. I am a Christian and my faith is the driving force of my life. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Niki, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Niki. I attend the University of Washington where I am studying psychology. I enjoy many types of music and go to concerts with my friends. I have amyoplasia arthrogryposis. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Cristina, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Cristina. I enjoy traveling and participating in community work for underrepresented populations. Last summer, I attended a language school in Guatemala and did community work with the indigenous populations in rural areas. I am studying political science and law, diversity, and justice at Western Washington University (WWU), and I plan to pursue law school afterwards. This academic school year, I will be the new Disability Outreach Center Coordinator for the Associated Students of WWU. I've had a chronic skin condition since 2005. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2013.

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Krysta, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Krysta. I attend Central Washington University. Science and math are my favorite subjects, and I am interested in studying biochemistry and biotechnology. I am bilingual in English and American Sign Language. Tennis is my favorite sport. I enjoy supporting people and helping them follow their dreams. I am deaf, but I use hearing aids and read lips. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Jenica, '10 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jenica. I attend the University of Washington, and I hope to become either an industrial, organizational, or criminal psychologist. I have a visual impairment, and love meeting new people!

'09 Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 2009 DO-IT Scholars
 

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.

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Vanessa, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Vanessa. I attend Yakima Valley Community College. I am working towards a legal assistant degree. I enjoy studying the Bible and am a Bible study volunteer. My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and Sudoku puzzles. I love old movies and TV shows. I have athetoid cerebral palsy and mild hearing loss, but I look at these things as keeping my life from being dull.

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Bilal, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Bilal. I attend Edmonds Community College, where I work as a part-time computer lab assistant. I plan to transfer to the University of Washington. I enjoy studying English, and I would like to be an orthodontist some day. I like to play basketball, stay active, and learn new things. I have a learning disability.

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Reese, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Reese. I have orthographic dysgraphia. I am planning to double major in political science and public relations at Gonzaga University because I want to develop the skills to be an activist for a certain cause. I love hanging out with my friends, composing music, being on the swim team, and going on vacations.

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Anna, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Anna. I attend Shoreline Community College and am working towards a degree in special education. I have a brain tumor; some of the side effects are loss of vision and ataxia. I work at Jet City Improv as a house manager. In my free time I like to sleep and write.

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Ryan, '09 Scholar

Hi, I'm Ryan. I am a junior at Central Washington University, majoring in music performance and minoring in aviation management. I hope to become a professional timpanist and help design beautiful airport terminals that feature live music. I love performing locally and have traveled to Europe to perform in concerts. This summer I went to Broadway in New York City to learn how to work in a professional musical pit. I'm proud to be a DO-IT Ambassador, and I also volunteer with www.InclusionWerks.org to help groups learn to include people with disabilities.

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Louis, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Louis. I'm a sophomore at American University where I'm majoring in biochemistry. I would like to transfer in order to pursue a biochemical engineering or agriculture-related degree. Before starting college, I took one year off. During that time, I lived and worked on a dairy farm in New Zealand, a kibbutz in Israel, and traveled to Oceania and Southeast Asia. I have dyslexia and dysgraphia. In the summer I work as a forest firefighter and shellfish farmer. Some of my interests are rugby, soccer, logging, philosophy, and writing. Someday I would like to be a farmer or writer; be happy and have good friends; and have lots of land to work, hang out, and throw parties on.

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Shelby, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Shelby. I will be a senior this fall at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. I am majoring in communications with an emphasis on public relations. I hope to work in the entertainment, health, or nonprofit industries—maybe all three! At school, I am involved in BYU's student leadership and service group as well as the BYU chapter of Public Relations Students Society of America. I was a marketing intern at a Seattle architecture firm. As a part of the internship, I had an article published in the American School Board Journal about involving students in the design process. In my spare time, I blog at www.shelbyhintze.blogspot.com as well as read other blogs, find new bands on YouTube, and hang out with my friends!

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Allegra, '09 Scholar

Hello, I'm Allegra. I took an online course with Penn Foster and have been certified as a freelance writer. I write poetry, short stories, and fiction books. I've been professionally published a few times locally and recently self-published an ebook called Knotted Strings. I have spinal muscular atrophy type 2, so I'm in a wheelchair. If you want to talk, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook.

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Sean, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Sean. I will be a senior at the University of Washington in the fall and am studying psychology. I plan to focus on computer usability. I am a member of the Center for Neurotechnology Student Leadership Council. As an Eagle Scout, I created angled stretching platforms that I donated to Children's Hospital in Seattle. I have Becker muscular dystrophy. I play guitar.

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Leo, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Leo. I enjoy mathematics and literature and would like to earn a degree in animation. Someday I would like to have a job that involves either video editing or animation. One of my personal achievements was that I received more than 350,000 views on videos that I created and posted on YouTube. I like to play video games that require building and strategy. I like learning how computers work and how to use them in multiple ways. I like to listen to most music, with the exception of country. I have a Beagle. I have a spinal cord injury that affects the movements of my body—my right side is more limited than my left. Eventually, I would like to live alone in a small apartment in a relatively large city.

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Josh, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Josh. I just finished my sophomore year at George Fox University. I am a sociology major with a writing minor. I enjoy writing fictional stories, and in the next year I plan to write a couple of children's stories, a few short stories, and, if I find the time and inspiration, a novel or novella. I am a member of the George Fox Jazz Ensemble and joined the symphonic band as well. I am a big sports fan, too. I enjoy playing basketball, baseball, and football. I have Charcot-Marie-Toothe, a form of muscular dystrophy.

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Josh, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Josh. I am a senior at Clark College. I enjoy studying science and English. In the future I would like to be a youth pastor or counselor. I enjoy art, drawing, and building things. I have two dogs. I have spina bifida and a learning disability.

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Kristin, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kristin. I received my associate of arts from Whatcom Community College. My career goals include archeology or working in the mental health field. I like reading, traveling, hanging out with friends, and playing with my three dogs and my rabbit, Puck. I have dyslexia.

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Alex, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex. I graduated from Skagit Valley College with my associate in arts university and college transfer degree, and I would like to transfer to the University of Washington or Western Washington University to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or business administration. In the future, I would like to become a police officer or forensic pathologist. I work part-time at Home Depot as a cashier/returns and special services associate. When not going to school, working, or sleeping, I enjoy working out, cooking, driving, texting, playing and watching sports, listening to and playing music, and just hanging out with friends. I have mild cerebral palsy.

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Joseph, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Joey. I have Asperger's syndrome. I attend Central Washington University where I study computer engineering. This summer I worked on designing and building a keyboard emulator for single-switch assistive devices, thanks to internship funding from DO-IT's AccessComputing project.

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Abby, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Abby. I enjoy French and math. I would like to someday help the blind in other countries access technology. I like most genres of music and theater, reading and writing fan fiction, and fantasy and historical fiction books. I am blind with light perception. This fall I will be attending Clark College in Vancouver, WA.

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Christopher, '09 Scholar

Hi, my name is Chris. I attend Clark College (it's so close to my home that I can ride my bike), and I plan to study forestry. Eventually, I may work in a vineyard. I like science, history, math, reading, Xbox games, and being friendly. Writing remains challenging since I have attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. I have traveled with a group of college students to several countries in Europe. I have two dogs—a big yellow Labrador retriever and a small King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

'08 Ambassadors

2008 DO-IT Scholars
 

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.

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Yomara, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Yomara. Doing well in school has always been my number-one priority, and it has paid off. I attend the University of Washington, Bothell. I have spinal muscular atrophy type 2, which is why I use a power chair to get around. I have a passion for chocolate and the color pink.

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Mack, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Mack. I am studying personal training at Highline Community College. I work at my local YMCA. Basketball, football, track, and baseball are my favorite sports. I have cerebral palsy.

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Erica, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Erica. I have Erb's palsy on my right arm. I am a senior at the University of Washington, double-majoring in biology and public health. I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine, hopefully as a family doctor, to improve healthcare accessibility for families in farming communities like my own. This summer I worked as a research assistant at Seattle BioMed.

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Russell, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Russell. I attend Seattle University. I plan to be involved with law enforcement or be a lawyer. I have Asperger's syndrome. I enjoy playing video games, racing dirt bikes, and driving my car. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Sam, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Sam. I study architectural design and drafting at a community college. I enjoy long-distance running, playing the trumpet, building with Legos, and playing video and computer games such as Harvest Moon, Civilization 4: Colonization, Sims 3, and Minecraft. Even though I have dyslexia, which means I have trouble reading and writing, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter and Sword of Truth books.

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Collin, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Collin. I received my two-year degree from Shoreline Community College, where I played soccer. I attend The Evergreen State College. I would like to go into politics after college. I have dyslexia.

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Emily, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Emily. After three years at Bellevue College, I earned my associate's degree and decided to change majors. I'm currently studying to become a graphic designer at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In my spare time I volunteer for the National Ski Patrol.

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Derek, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Derek, and I am a college student. I have a non-verbal learning disability and dysgraphia. I am interested in political science. I went to Olympia and lobbied a bill for financial education in math classes, and I hope to continue to be involved in politics. During the summer, I am a youth camp counselor, which will help me prepare for a career as a band teacher. I enjoy refereeing soccer games, playing video games, having a good time with friends, and playing a variety of musical instruments. I also enjoy manga and anime.

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Nejowa, '08 Scholar

Hey! My name is Nejowa. I have used a wheelchair for the past eight years. I was recruited to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. My dream is to be a youth counselor. I am a Sounders fan and enjoy music, and, as everyone knows, I am obsessed with Lady Gaga.

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Marco, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Marco. I attend Highline Community College where I am pursuing an associate of science degree. In August 2012, I earned an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in chemistry. My goal is to study biochemistry at the University of Washington and eventually work at a local biotech company or chemical engineering laboratory.

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Chris, '08 Scholar

Hi! My name is Chris, and I will be a senior at Pacific Lutheran University, where I am majoring in history with a minor in Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, basketball, and cycling. I enjoy many types of music, but my favorite type is country, and my favorite artist is Lady Antebellum.

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Carolyn, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Carolyn. I attend Spokane Falls Community College.

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Christine, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Christine. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

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Nate, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Nate. I have a learning disability that affects my reading and writing. I use technology as an accommodation whenever I can. I attend California State University, Chico, where I am majoring in business information systems with an emphasis in management. I plan to incorporate my love of language and continue studying Spanish and Mandarin.

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Aaron, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Aaron. I have dyslexia, which affects my word retrieval skills, and I have an auditory processing delay. I am interested in computer programming, math, science, and choral singing.

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Wesley, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Wesley. I attend Everett Community College and plan to study psychology. I use a wheelchair to get around because I have quadriplegia. I hope to be a psychologist working with children or families. One of my favorite things to do each day is watch Dr. Phil.

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Erik, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Erik. I attend Western Washington University where I am pursuing a degree in history and business. I would like to be an accountant. I am a New England Patriots fan, and I love watching sports. I also enjoy watching the History Channel and playing strategy games. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Brianna, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brianna. I attend Cascadia Community College. I hope to go to a four-year university after I finish. I would like to have a career working with children and adults with special needs. I can walk, but I sometimes use a wheelchair because I have cerebral palsy. I also have some visual and hearing impairments. I use Pidgin Signed English to communicate in large crowds or in a classroom. I love bowling, riding horseback, reading, and knitting. I am in the process of getting a service dog.

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Shelby, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Shelby. I am a sophomore at Western Oregon University, working to earn a bachelor's degree and become an American Sign Language interpreter. I currently work at Ross Dress for Less. I am considering pursuing a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and eventually working with individuals who are deaf.

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Jeremy, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jeremy. I am currently exploring my academic and career options. I am interested in pursing a career that involves working in early childhood education or development.

'07 Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 2007 DO-IT Scholars
 

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

Friedreich's ataxia
Graduated with a degree in business from the University of Portland.

Peter, '07 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned an associate of science degree in networking from Walla Walla Community College. Pursuing jobs in computer repair and troubleshooting.

Liz, '07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy (essential tremor)
Attends community college majoring in sociology.

Blake, '07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing an urban studies degree at University of Washington, Tacoma. Also attended St. Martin's University.

Robyn, '07 Scholar

Severe high frequency hearing loss
Graduated from Chapman University and is a certified athletic trainer.

Stefani, '07 Scholar

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Pursuing a degree in library science at Spokane Falls Community College.

Joshua, '07 Scholar

Autism, Gorlin syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder
Attends Grays Harbor College and would like to become a video game designer.

Ashlee, '07 Scholar

Blind
Attends The Evergreen State College studying psychotherapy. Volunteers at Thurston County Crisis Clinic.

Sam, '07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disability (reading)
Attends Olympic College.

Cory, '07 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Graduated from The Evergreen State College. Taught English in Shijazhuang, China.

Melissa, '07 Scholar

Spina bifida
Earned a bachelor's degree in English/language arts teaching from Central Washington University (CWU). Initiated into the CWU chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. Worked as a teaching assistant last summer at the Robinson Center summer school program on the UW Seattle campus. Plans to study abroad in Dundee, Scotland this fall.

Scott, '07 Scholar

Dyspraxia
Earned a certificate in park aid from Skagit Valley College. Works for the Washington Conservation Corps at Skagit Department of Natural Resources. Wants to become a Park Ranger.

Megan, '07 Scholar

Tourette's syndrome
Attends Bellevue College. Hopes to transfer to Western Washington University.

Shyla, '07 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Attends Yakima Valley Community College.

Luke, '07 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Transferred from Tacoma Community College to the University of Washington.

Sara, '07 Scholar

Visual impairment, legally blind
Earned a degree in psychology and economics from The Evergreen State College. Interested in pursuing a master of social work degree.

Heidi, '07 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome, nonverbal learning disability, attention deficit disorder
Pursuing a degree in library science at the University of Washington, Bothell.

'06 Ambassadors

2008 DO-IT Scholars
 

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.

Brandon, '06 Scholar

Hard of hearing, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysgraphia
Studied mechanical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Works at Sage as a computer production technician.

Brittany, '06 Scholar

Hard of hearing, mild cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease
Earned a degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Worked as a research assistant in the psychology department at RIT.

Ryan, '06 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Pursuing a career as a DJ.

Alex, '06 Scholar

Turner syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder
Studied library sciences at Highline Community College. Attends Central Washington University.

Jenny, '06 Scholar

Right-sided weakness, learning disability
Plans to become a physical therapist or work with children.

Maria, '06 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) with a double major in Spanish and law, diversity, and justice. Founder of the WWU Student Coalition for Immigration Rights. Plans to continue work with migrant youth and families.

Daniel, '06 Scholar

Hand deformity
Earned a degree in political science and economy from the University of Washington. Currently serving as a volunteer on the Washington State Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. Recently served as an advocate for the Andrew Hughes Campaign for Congress.

Oscar, '06 Scholar

Proximal femoral focal deficiency, bone deformities
Will be attending Portland Community College this fall. Works as a social media intern for the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, OR. Also works at Hollister and at a mall information desk. Is very involved in youth activism and in his church as the young adults leader.

Jennifer, '06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing an associate's degree in social work at Green River Community College. Used to Volunteer for the SPARK (Strengthening Partners and Raising Kids) program at the Children's Home Society and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jesus, '06 Scholar

Visual impairment
Studied computer and network technologies at Renton Technical College.

Joey, '06 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Attends Cascadia Community College. Would someday like to start a program similar to DO-IT to work with students with disabilities.

K.J., '06 Scholar

Learning disability
Attends Skagit Valley College and hopes to become a meteorologist.

Tony, '06 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a degree in international studies with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture from University of Idaho. Awarded the Alumni Award for Excellence and the Outstanding Senior Award. Works in the tasting room at Januik/Novelty Hill Winery, and in a children's education program at Oxbow Farms in Carnation, WA.

Taylor, '06 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Earned a bachelor's degree in geography from University of Idaho.

Amrit, '06 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a degree in sociology, with minors in Chinese and anthropology, from Haverford College. At Haverford, he was the president of Sons of Africa, part of the Haverford College Humtones, and a shotput and discus thrower for the track team. Interned at the Department of Defense as a research assistant, and was a seventh grade science teacher with Teach for America.

Gabe, '06 Scholar

Hearing impairment, tetraphocomelia
Attended Cascadia Community College. Motivational speaker who has been featured in many news and television shows. In 2012, co-wrote the book, My Message is C.L.E.A.R. Enjoys music, English, and history.

Zachary, '06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Interning at the University of Washington Experimental Education Unit.

Sam, '06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Took classes in anatomy, physiology and psychology at Shoreline Community College. Participates in the Mount Baker Council and volunteers at the Seattle Marathon each year. As an Eagle Scout, has earned five Eagle Palms and a Venturing Silver Award and is currently pursuing a Venturing Ranger Award. Is training to be on the United States Para-Equestrian Team.

Kaitlin, '06 Scholar

Seizure disorder
Attends Washington State University where she studies management and operations.

Nicole, '06 Scholar

Blind, bilateral hearing loss
Earned a bachelor's degree in computer science with a focus in human-computer interaction from Stanford University. Works at Google improving the accessibility of Google+. Was the keynote speaker at the second Annual Math and Science Conference for Principals of Schools for the Blind; and gave a presentation on the Nemetex Nemeth Back-Translator, the Nemeth (Braille math) back-translation software that she developed. She has a black Labrador named Lexia, her first guide dog.

'05 Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 2005 Scholars
 

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.

Dulce, '05 Scholar

Hearing impairment, cerebral palsy
Attends Seattle Central Community College and plans to become a counselor or a chef.

Shavonne, '05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Pursuing an associate's degree at Yakima Valley Community College and plans to transfer to Central Washington University to pursue a bachelor's degree in law and justice with a minor in physiology. Wants to work in the juvenile court system. Recently married.

Jennifer, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Finishing an associate's degree at Yakima Valley Community College and plans to transfer to Central Washington University to earn a communications degree. Would like to work as a public relations advocate for people with disabilities.

Kayla, '05 Scholar

Central core disease, muscular dystrophy
Graduated in 2013 with a degree in community psychology and disability studies from the University of Washington, Bothell. Plans to pursue a master's degree in social work. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2011. Works at the DO-IT Center.

Daren, '05 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from Green River Community College. Works for Chase Bank as a branch manager.

Bella, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing a certificate or degree in child development at Shoreline Community College. Volunteers at the college's preschool and at the food bank.

Zach, '05 Scholar

Dysgraphia
Earned an associate's degree in fire science. Completed classroom training to become a paramedic. Planning to take the national certification to become a firefighter paramedic.

Marlen, '05 Scholar

Learning disabilities
Works in billing for a house-cleaning service on an island in the San Juans. May pursue a dental program.

Logan, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Enjoys playing bass guitar, working out, and having a good time with friends.

Andrew, '05 Scholar

Tourette's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder
Earned degrees in criminal justice and Spanish from the University of Portland. Traveled to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Currently teaching at a local college in Seattle. He looks forward to going abroad again in the fall of 2013 for an international internship in education or criminal justice fields. Next year he will find his way to South America to see the World Cup in Brazil.

Nate, '05 Scholar

Learning disability
Pursuing a certificate in personal training at Bellevue College, and hopes to get a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Works part-time.

Jesse, '05 Scholar

Learning disability
Pursuing a certificate in personal training at Bellevue College, and hopes to get a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Works part-time.

Noah, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington. Works in North Seattle Community College's Disability Services Office and with other disability rights groups. Member of the Washington State Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2010.

Sakina, '05 Scholar

Graduated from Eastern Washington University.

Kayla, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Volunteers at Kent Commons.

Jesse, '05 Scholar

Morquio's syndrome
Attends Bellevue College and lives in an apartment with a roommate.

Daman, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned master's degrees in business administration and information science from Western Washington University (WWU). Founder of WWU's Students for Disability Awareness. Coordinates Section 508 Compliance at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Appointed to the Washington State Governor's Committee of Disability Issues and Employment. Works as a user interface analyst at SSB Bart Group in McLean, VA. Serves as Chair of the US Business Leadership Network's Student Advisory Council. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2008.

Cassie, '05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Earned an A+ certification and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in information technology security at Western Governors University.

'04 Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 2004 DO-IT Scholars
 

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.

Andrew, '04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in music and vocal performance from Western Washington University; currently pursuing a master's degree in music in vocal performance at the University of Nebraska. Sings opera and would like to perform professionally, educate others in music, and travel the world.

Laura, '04 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Earned a bachelor's degree in humanities for teaching with a minor in mathematics from Seattle University (SU); currently pursing a master's degree in teaching at SU. Worked at The Seven, an Episcopalian program for young adults. Received the DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2011.

Lukas, '04 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogyposis multiplex congenita
Earned a degree in speech communications with a minor in leadership studies from Whitworth University. Currently works for People to People Ambassadors Program doing outbound sales and teaches music part-time.

Kathleen, '04 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Fulfilled requirements for a major in biology and a minor in zoology at Washington State University; working on completing second minor in psychology. Works in a neuro-electrophysiology lab.

Carrie, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from a music business school in Hollywood. Currently studying psychology at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, CA. Would like to pursue a career in forensic psychology.

Tracy, '04 Scholar

Learning disability
Cares for her two children, Jordan and Austin, and her mother-in-law.

Amanda, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Employed as a paraeducator working with young adults with autism. Uses art to express experiences as a person with a disability.

Daniel, '04 Scholar

Dyslexia, diabetic, adrenal failure
Graduated from Western Washington University; currently pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington. Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Julie, '04 Scholar

Spina bifida
Plans on attending Everett Community College.

Meg, '04 Scholar

Graduated from Western Washington University's human services distance learning program. Hopes to travel abroad this year.

Maryann, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Shoreline Community College; was transferring to the University of Washington to study social work and disability law when she died after surgery in July 2010. Engaged with the Arc of Snohomish County and Disability Rights Washington and competed in the Special Olympics.

Alex, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate's degree from Cascadia Community College. Studying society, ethics, and human behavior at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Makenna, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Assistant volunteer coordinator for the Arc of Whatcom County. Volunteers at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, Parent to Parent of Whatcom County, Max Higbee Center, and Down Syndrome Outreach of Whatcom County.

Katie, '04 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder and dyslexia
Earned a degree in English from Western Washington University. Worked with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry in Philadelphia.

Ashley, '04 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Volunteers at nonprofit organizations and bowls for the Special Olympics in South Florida. Hopes to live on her own.

Vishal, '04 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended Cascadia Community College. Completed an internship with the University of Washington's Athletic Department, Women's Crew.

"Bud", '04 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned degrees in economics and math from Gonzaga University; currently pursuing a doctoral degree in

Russell, '04 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Earned a degree in art history with a minor in Spanish from Pacific Lutheran University. Tutored college students in Spanish.

Michael, '04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Would like to find a position as an engineer involved in the use of nuclear fusion

Blanca, '04 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attends Columbia Basin College; plans to transfer to Eastern Washington University to study child psychology.

Jessica, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, ataxia, learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood and family studies from the University of Washington and an associate's degree from Olympic College

'03 Ambassadors

 

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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.

Patrick, '03 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Died in spring 2010 after earning a bachelor's degree in information technology from Central Washington University.

Crystal, '03 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Columbia High School.

Justin, '03 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attends the University of Washington as a chemistry major. Previously attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and swam for the US at the Paralympics in China.

Zachary, '03 Scholar

Short-term memory loss
Graduated from Stanwood High School. Has worked at a food bank and an animal shelter.

Jamie, '03 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Central Washington University, summa cum laude and Presidential Scholar, and a master's degree in education from Lesley University, specializing in curriculum development through the arts. Has worked in the juvenile detention system, and at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teaches elementary school students who have autism.

Shaun, '03 Scholar

Low vision
Attended Spokane Community College.

Skylor, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Centralia Community College, majoring in early childhood education. Would like to study psychology.

Vanessa, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends American InterContinental University online, studying business administration.

Joshua, '03 Scholar

Spina bifida
Passed away in May 2008, after a sixteen-month battle with cancer. Received an honorary degree from Landmark College.

Matt, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works at BHD Construction as an information technology specialist.

Joshua, '03 Scholar

Blind
Attends Clark College, studying broadcasting. Interested in novel writing and becoming a DJ.

Annemarie, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned degrees in English, Spanish, and political science from the University of Portland. Attends law school at Willamette University. Coordinated three DO-IT Summer Study Phase II workshops for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an AccessSTEM Intern.

Tressa, '03 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in social science with a focus on environmental studies from the University of Washington. Works as a professional photographer in Seattle.

Conrad, '03 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Graduated from Seattle Pacific University, summa cum laude, attends the UW School of Law. Vice President of UW's Disability Law Alliance. Interned in Washington, DC, as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship and the Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. Recipient of the 2013 Blackstone Legal Fellowship and will be spending summer in Scottsdale, Arizona and Washington, DC. Involved in fundraising and disability awareness efforts. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012. Was the first person to use a powered wheelchair in the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon.

Andrew, '03 Scholar

Bilateral radial club hand
Graduated from Washington State University with a major in hospitality business management. Working in the hospitality industry.

Jesse, '03 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Goshen College. Works as a software developer for Digital Foundry, creating custom mobile and web applications. Interned at NASA, Microsoft, and IBM. Has taught basic computer skills to adults who are homeless in San Francisco.

Senait, '03 Scholar

Health and vision impairment
Pursuing a bachelor's degree in medical anthropology and global health at the University of Washington (UW). Participating in UW's Newly Emerging Women Leadership Puget Sound Institute. Plans to pursue opportunities to enhance her assistive technology skills, become involved in the medical field, and advocate for people with disabilities.

Jamie, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate's degree in accounting from Big Bend Community College. Works as an office administrator for Blue Sky Management.

Natasha, '03 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Works as a sign language interpreter at an elementary school in Yakima. Is married and has one child.

Scott, '03 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned an associate's degree in machine technology and mechanical engineering from Bellingham Technical College; currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an associate's degree in electrical engineering at Washington State University. Member of Phi Theta Kappa.

'02 Ambassadors

Group photo of 2002 DO-IT Scholars
 

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.

Amy, '02 Scholar

Learning disability, attention deficit disorder
Works as a dental assistant.

Silvia, '02 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta, syringomyelia
Attended Big Bend Community College with a major in business accounting. Passed away January 2011.

Rebecca, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Works at a nursing home as a nurse's aid.

Ian, '02 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Pursuing a degree in applied and computational mathematical sciences at the University of Washington. Interested in software engineering, website construction, and other computer-related occupations.

Saroj, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended Bellevue College. Would like to pursue a career as a social worker.

Gimmie, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Pursuing an associate's degree in business administration at Clark College.

Scott, '02 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Earned a bachelor's degree in political economics and history and a master's degree in policy studies from the University of Washington. Worked at the Defense Contract Management Agency and at the University of Washington's Access Technology Center.

Leon, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Working for the King County Library System.

Alexandra,'02 Scholar

Low vision
Earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington (UW). Worked in the Shendure Lab in UW's Department of Genome Science. Married in October 2011.

James, '02 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a degree in political science from The Evergreen State College.

Jared, '02 Scholar

Health impairment
Earned an associate's degree in liberal arts from Columbia Basin College.

Andrew, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Studies design at Cornish College of the Arts. Works in abstract painting.

Rima, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned degrees in political science and communications from the University of Washington. Interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Chris, '02 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Earned a degree in computer science from the University of Washington. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Works as a software development engineer at Microsoft.

Carson, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in comparative literature with honors. Lives in Washington, DC, and works in new media, analyzing user behavior for a news magazine's website.

Dale, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a law degree from Gonzaga University. Works at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ryan, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a degree in environmental sciences and technology from the University of Washington, Bothell. Commissioner on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

Angela, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Edmonds Community College and studies psychology. Hopes to become a social worker or counselor for teenagers.

'01 Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 2001 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 2001. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Brandon, '01 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Was looking forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer when he died in April 2003 from a respiratory infection.

Brad, '01 Scholar

Generalized anxiety disorder, learning disability
Earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Central Washington University.

Chris, '01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Died in his dorm room in February 2004 after achieving his childhood dream of attending the University of Washington.

Elizabeth, '01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University.

Jeff, '01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attends college in Spokane, WA.

Caleb, '01 Scholar

Visual and mobility impairment
Earned an associate's degree from Skagit Valley Community College; has taken classes at Western Washington University; currently beginning his second year in the computer networking program at Bellingham Technical College. Interested in pursuing a career in assistive computer technology for persons with disabilities.

Raechell, '01 Scholar

C7 quadriplegic, profoundly deaf, respiratorily fragile
Graduated from South Puget Sound Community College; transferred to Evergreen State College to earn an elementary school teaching degree and is currently studying Spanish.

Lauren, '01 Scholar

Neurofibromatosis
Earned a bachelor's degree in social services from Central Washington University; currently pursuing a certificate in library and information services at Highline Community College.

Matt, '01 Scholar

Dyslexia, short-term memory defect
Works for Georgia Pacific's Global Safety and Health Department.

Brandon, '01 Scholar

Mostly paralyzed on left side, epilepsy
Earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Evergreen State College, and a master of education degree in counseling from University of Puget Sound. Works with a nonprofit organization assisting people with disabilities entering the workforce.

Alexandra, '01 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in communication. Works in accounts payable at Holland America Lines.

Jacob, '01 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bilateral clubfeet
Earned a bachelor's degree in archeology from the University of West Florida.

Amy, '01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Central Washington University. Works as a substitute teacher in Everett Public Schools. Has a dog named Edward, who also goes by "Special Ed."

Mike, '01 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Currently between jobs and still doing his best to be creative.

Sarah, '01 Scholar

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
Graduated from Seattle Pacific University. Studied to be a Spanish-English interpreter and translator.

Brandi, '01 Scholar

Deaf
Attends the University of Minnesota, Crookston, majoring in equine science and minoring in flight aviation. Works with people with disabilities at Connections of Moorhead.

Trisha, '01 Scholar

Learning disability
Would like to become a history or science teacher.

Steven, '01 Scholar

Transverse myelitis
Graduated from the University of Arizona. Works at an Internet marketing firm in San Jose. Competed in several events at the 2008 Bejing Paralympics.

Matt, '01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Earned an associate's degree from Clark College; currently studying digital technology and culture at Washington State University.

'00 Ambassadors

Group photo of 2000 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 2001. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Ryan, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington. Works for the Centers for Disease Control as the lead at the Section 508 Help Desk in North Carolina.

Nora, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master's degree in education.

Israel, '00 Scholar

Blind
Earned an associate's degree from Wenatchee Valley College; attends Central Washington University, majoring in public relations.

Brian, '00 Scholar

Mild static encephalopathy, femoral syndrome
Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington. Graduated from the funeral service program at Lake Washington Technical College. Works for a funeral home in Renton.

Benjamin, '00 Scholar

Dyslexic dysgraphic
Earned a bachelor's degree in political science, with honors, from University of Oklahoma. Partner and managing director at Kellner Capital and Arsenal Advisors. Splits time between New York and Phoenix.

Andrea, '00 Scholar

Earned a bachelor's degree in architectural studies. Worked as a computer-aided design (CAD) drafter and architectural assistant for three years. Currently an architectural assistant.

Corinna, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works as a self-advocacy presenter at the ARC of Snohomish County. Lead trainer for the Transition Club at Lake Stevens, Marysville, Arlington, and Monroe. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2010.

Kasey, '00 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington State University and a master's degree in sustainable real estate development from Tulane University. Served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria.

Susanna, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Washington in 2006 and a master's degree from Gonzaga University. Married with a five-year-old daughter.

Deke, '00 Scholar

Aphasia
Earned a bachelor's degree in information technology and administrative management from Central Washington University. Works at Nordstrom.

Stephanie, '00 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University; plans on applying to graduate school in vocational rehabilitation counseling. Is working with her fourth guide dog, Darli.

Nick, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a certificate in culinary arts from North Seattle Community College.

Nathan, '00 Scholar

Dyslexia and other learning differences
Earned an associate of arts degree from Shoreline Community College. Volunteers at Google as a Google Map Maker Advocate, supporting Google Map Maker, Google Places, and Google Maps. Completed the fast conductor course at National Academy of Railroad Sciences. Looking for work that will motivate and challenge him.

Nohemi, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate's degree in art and science in 2013; plans to transfer to Heritage University to major in computer engineering.

Crystal, '00 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. Has a son.

'99 Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 1999 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1999. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Roy, '99 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Earned a degree in computer science from Central Washington University. Works as a contractor for Microsoft testing software, user interface, and accessibility.

Crystal, '99 Scholar

Speech and learning disabilities
Earned a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation from Central Washington University.

Kathy, '99 Scholar

Spina bifida and attention deficit disorder
Pursuing an associate's degree in arts and sciences at Tacoma Community College (TCC), with plans to continue studies in social welfare. Works in TCC's enrollment services office.

Danielle, '99 Scholar

Mobility, speech, and hearing impairments
Earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing from Central Washington University.

David, '99 Scholar

Attended Seattle Central Community College.

Oscar, '99 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attended Yakima Community College.

J.W., '99 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Graduated from Big Bend Community
College and was interested in a career in computer-aided design or video game programming when he passed away in March 2005.

Buffy, '99 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Oregon University (WOU); currently pursuing a master's degree in deaf education at WOU. Plans to work as a coach and teacher.

Pat, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate's degree in computing from Spokane Falls Community College; plans to pursue a bachelor's degree. Works as a lead in the IT department of Numerica Credit Union. He and his wife Jessica have two daughters: Isabella and Paisley.

Ryan, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate's degree from Grays Harbor College.

Zachary, '99 Scholar

Freeman-Sheldon syndrome
Attended Seattle Central Community College. Travels to Taipei to learn Mandarin Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center at the National Taiwan Normal University.

Stuart, '99 Scholar

Larsen syndrome, double amputee with two artificial legs
Earned a bachelor's degree in European studies with a minor in political science from the University of Washington. Works at the National Oceanic and Atmoshperic Administration Fisheries Science Center as an information technology specialist.

Lacey, '99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, language and processing disabilities
Attends Shoreline Community College. Would like to develop a club where people who have physical disabilities can gather, socialize, and participate in events. Has a personal blog about disability and advocacy issues at naynaynews.blogspot.com.

Nate, '99 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Portland. Has worked in nonprofit environments, including a homeless shelter in Uganda. Planning to pursue Peace Corps service in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wolfgang, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended Skagit Valley College and the University of Washington.

Kelci, '99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works as a substitute teacher.

Tynesha, '99 Scholar

Spina bifida
Earned a degree in social sciences from Seattle Central Community College. Works as a child life specialist. Has worked at the Langston Hughes Program for Youth.

Ali, '99 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta
Earned an associate's degree from Edmonds Community College; currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering at Washington State University.

'98 Ambassadors: National Ambassadors

 

Group photo of 1998 National DO-IT Scholars
 

National Ambassadors

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1998. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Blair, '98 Scholar

Brain injury
Earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and a master's degree in industrial technology from the University of Idaho. Works for Goddard Flight Space Center in Maryland.

Emily, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology. Works as a communications consultant in the nonprofit sector.

Kimberlee, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, autism
Winner of second place medals in 50- and 100-yard dash events in Special Olympics. Also participates in Special Olympics bowling. Is a peer mentor with adults with autism, using music therapy.

Amy, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from secretarial school; attends business courses at Anoka Technical College. Manages her own business.

Maggie, '98 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Teaches high school math.

Brian, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Washington and a master's degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. Working as the information technology director for Glostone Trucking Solutions and as chief operations officer and chief technology officer of Med-Safe Management.

Landon, '98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended South Puget Sound Community College.

Jessica, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attended Santa Fe Community College and the University of New Mexico. Studying dance in Spain.

Nick, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

David, '98 Scholar

Congenital stationary night blindness, some motor deficiencies
Earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College; currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public administration and policy at Portland State University.

Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

Ataxia telangiectasia
Earned a bachelor's degree in biology and geology from Northeastern University. Died in April 2006.

Buddy, '98 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned a bachelor's degree in business management from University of Phoenix.

Wesley, '98 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Works for Nebraska's Office of the Chief Information Officer as an Internet application developer.

John Paul, '98 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Montana.

Jesse, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University; and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Works as a lawyer in the Bay area.

Ivan, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from St. Mary's College of Maryland; and law degree from University of Maryland. Works as a lawyer.

Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar

Blind
Hopes to attend college for computer or radio broadcasting.

Dustin, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a degree in physical education from Ball State University. Married and works as a high school physical education teacher and head volleyball coach. Also head coach of the Minnesota One Junior Olympic Volleyball Team.

Isaiah, '98 Scholar

Spinocerebellar degeneration
Attended Pacific University to pursue a degree in education.

'98 Ambassadors: Washington Ambassadors

Group photo of 1998 Washington DO-IT Scholars
 

Washington Ambassadors

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1998. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Katrina, '98 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Earned an associate's degree in integrated studies from Cascadia Community College, and a bachelor's degree in global studies with a minor in human rights from the University of Washington, Bothell. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012. Working to become a freelance professional genealogist.

Eddie, '98 Scholar

Earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Spokane Falls Community College.

Shavonne, '98 Scholar

Glaucoma
Earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans.

Matt, '98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended Spokane Falls Community College. Hopes to become a network security analyst.

Chris, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia
Head technician for AV-Pro, co-owner of Faded Karma Productions, on call front desk supervisor at the Hotel Max, and live sound engineer for Super Geek League's Sci Fi Punk Circus.

Chanon, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Studied social work at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Received a black Labrador service dog named Jersey from Paws With a Cause.

Marissa, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned two associate's degrees and works full time at the Federal Aviation Administration as an office administrator.

Crystal, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Interested in attending a community college in the Portland area.

Reginald, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a bachelor's degree from Fort Valley State University.

Khrystal, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Full-time mother and wife.

Michael, '98 Scholar

Learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned a bachelor of science degree, double majoring in mathematical sciences and physics, from the University of Alberta. Earned a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education. Works for Qi Creative as an education consultant and behavior coach, helping children with special needs, their families, and communities. Runs his own marketing company that specializes in social cause and social norm campaigns.

Silas, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Interested in programing or designing video games.

Jesse, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder
Earned a bachelor's degree in informatics with a minor in dance from the University of Washington. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2005. Works at Amazon.

Todd, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Works as musician.

Arnell, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communication disorder
Worked in retail.

Nichole, '98 Scholar

Scoliosis and kyphosis with metatrophic dwarfism, dysplasia, epilepsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in communication from The Evergreen State College. Will open a specialty bakery in south Puget Sound later this year.

Corey, '98 Scholar

Tourette's syndrome, attention deficit disorder, panic disorder
Earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Seattle University.

Abraham, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Plans to pursue a career in music.

'97 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1997 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1997. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Andrew, '97 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned an associate of applied science degree in graphic arts from Monroe Community College. Also studied physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Works as a lead technician at Frontier Communications.

Amanda, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in computer systems integration from the University of Great Falls; graduated with honors. Works as a freelance writer.

Jennifer, '97 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota. Currently lives in Spring Valley, CA. Loves her career as a homemaker, enjoys hosting other people in her home, and is looking forward to receiving her first guide dog.

Cynthia, '97 Scholar

Achondroplasia
Earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington.

Trent, '97 Scholar

Epilepsy
Attended Bellevue Community College. Works at Target as a cashier.

Brad, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Studied business at Northern Arizona University and worked at Pima Community College as a business mathematics tutor.

Ben, '97 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned an associate's degree in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate from Green River Community College; currently pursuing an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Justin, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attended college.

Michael, '97 Scholar

Spina bifida with upper motor neuron dysfunction
Earned a doctoral degree in political theory and international politics from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies.

Alexi, '97 Scholar

Profoundly deaf
Earned degrees in English and publishing from the University of Connecticut. Works for a survey sampling service, supporting market research companies.

Karyn, '97 Scholar

Dyslexia
Works as a sales manager at Verizon Wireless. Married.

Shakethia, '97 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a bachelor of accountancy degree from Mississippi State University and a master of business administration degree from Belhaven University. Works for Lafayette County as the accounts payable clerk.

Steven, '97 Scholar

Severe hearing loss
Earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Connecticut, and a master of business administration degree from the University of New Haven. Lives in San Francisco and works for a hedge fund administrator as a senior fund accountant.

Laura, '97 Scholar

Ischemic spinal cord injury
Earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree in micro-electronics and photonics from the University of Arkansas. Recipient of the Walton Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship.

Keaton, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attended the University of Utah and was pursuing a career in engineering when he died in 2001 after a battle with cancer.

Veronica, '97 Scholar

Earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a law degree from Georgetown University. Worked in the United States Senate. Currently practices corporate law in New York.

Sharon, '97 Scholar

Visual impairment
Graduated from Portland State University with a master's degree in education, a bachelor's degree in social science, and certification for teaching people with visual impairments. Studied orientation and mobility at the University of Northern Colorado. Teaches elementary school children at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB). Vice-president of USDB Education Association. Actively involved in the guide dog community.

'96 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1996 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1996. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

David, '96 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia
Earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology with minors in computer science and chemistry from Eastern Washington University. Works as a research associate in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cheri, '96 Scholar

Paraplegia
Earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona and a medical degree from Stanford University. Internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2004. Competitor in many wheelchair racing events, including the 2004 Athens Paralympics and 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Daniel, '96 Scholar

Brain tumor
Earned a degree in computer science from Eastern Connecticut State University.

David, '96 Scholar

Albinism and low vision
Attended Eastern Oregon State College.

Chris, '96 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in graphic communications and emphasis in multimedia from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Currently working as a web administrator for Daktronics.

Lucas, '96 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Studied public policy and administration at Western Oregon University. Works for the Oregon Department of Justice and Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Maria, '96 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor's degree in social work from the Rochester Institute for Technology; currently pursuing a master of social work degree at California State University, East Bay. Works as a residential counselor at California School for the Deaf in Fremont, CA. Has a daughter.

Mike, '96 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attended Pacific Lutheran University.

Rebecca, '96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended San Diego State University, studied political science and interior design with an interest in designing accessible homes. Mentor for the Center for Emerging Leadership.

Katrina, '96 Scholar

Diabetes
Earned a bachelor's degree in English and art from Augustana College, and a master's degree in teaching from City University. Returned to Washington to pursue a career as a middle school teacher.

Jodi, '96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a doctoral degree and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in exercise physiology at Iowa State University; completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, in phospholipase C-mediated signal transduction. Continuing research of Ras-mediated signal transduction in cancer cells as an assistant professor of biology at Morningside College in Iowa.

Anh, '96 Scholar

Larsen syndrome
Earned a bachelor's degree in economic finances and information technology management and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Travis, '96 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Specializes in software and web accessibility consulting.

James, '96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dana, '96 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a degree in graphic design from the University of Massachusetts. Works as a graphic designer.

Joshua, '96 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Earned an associate's degree in horticulture science from Hawkeye Community College. Works in landscape design and freelance web design. Owns a nursery and garden shop, specializing in water gardens and hostas. Has written several articles for the Hosta Journal, published by the American Hosta Society (AHS). Serves as web editor on the Board of Directors for AHS.

'95 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1995 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1995. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Jesse, '95 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor's degree in information technology from the University of Minnesota, Crookston and a master's degree in instructional design and technology from the University of North Dakota. Is a certified vision rehabilitation therapist. Works as an assistive technology specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind.

Bror, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Has helped build Toyota pickups.

CJ, '95 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, learning disability
Has worked in a technical support role.

Andrew, '95 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Had a strong desire to go to college and open his own computer drafting business when he died of complications from pneumonia in 1996.

Jeffrey, '95 Scholar

Psoriatic arthritis
Attended Shoreline Community College.

Wes, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attended both Central and Eastern Washington Universities.

Michael, '95 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attended college courses and is interested in architecture.

Jorja, '95 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation from Southern Illinois University and a master of social work degree from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Worked as a graduate assistant for GVSU's School of Social Work, and in program development at a child abuse prevention agency.

Aimee, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Completed college coursework and works in the customer service field.

Shawn, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned a bachelor's degree in social services at Central Washington University and a web design certificate from the Art Institute online. Works as a small business owner and as an advocate for people with disabilities. Member of Self Advocates in Leadership.

Matt, '95 Scholar

Deaf
Attended Pierce College and has been working with commercial glass as a journeyman glazier. Plays on a Northwest National Softball Association of the Deaf team and is coaching this year. Is married and has two sons.

Jeremy, '95 Scholar

Brain injury
Pursuing a successful career as a door maker.

Bridget, '95 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned bachelor's degrees in biology and speech and hearing sciences from Whitman College, and a doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Washington. Works as a pediatric audiologist at Children's Hospital in Seattle.

Matthew, '95 Scholar

Epidermolysis bullosa
Attended the University of Washington with an interest in technical communication. Died in the spring of 2012.

Jannette, '95 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from the University of San Diego. Worked for the US Army at Fort Lewis. In 2009, served as Ms. Wheelchair Washington, and was first runner up for Ms. Wheelchair America.

Bill, '95 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended college courses and continues to be interested in computers.

Todd, '95 Scholar

Spinal cord injury, quadraplegia
Entrepreneur and founder of the Todd Stabelfeldt Foundation.

Rachel, '95 Scholar

Renal failure, hearing loss
Earned teaching degree and certificate.

Priscilla, '95 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Worked as a web accessibility specialist, a disability advocate, and personal care assistant. Received Presidential Volunteer Services Award in 2010.

'94 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1994 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1994. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Anthony, '94 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works in technical service department for the Prentke Romich Company. Lectures at universities on augmentative and alternative communication. Received the DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2007. Assisted in writing the book, Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, by David McNaughton and David Beukelman.

Ben, '94 Scholar

Spinal muscular dystrophy
Earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington, and a law degree from Pepperdine School of Law. Passed the Washington State Bar Exam. Worked as a lawyer in Kennewick, WA. Passed away in April 2008.

Jen, '94 Scholar

Undiagnosed severe neuropathy
Founder and director of GimpGirl Community at www.gimpgirl.com.

Maria, '94 Scholar

Post-polio
Works for a utility company and enjoys being a wife and mother in Vancouver, WA.

Daniel, '94 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate's degree from Pierce Community College. Works as the Seattle DC Supervisor for Pacific Office Automation. Is married with five children.

Travis, '94 Scholar

Health and orthopedic impairments, dwarfism
Earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Utah State University. Works for 21st Century Technologies as a software engineer. Plans to receive a kidney transplant. Is married.

Takuya, '94 Scholar

Health impairment, speech impairment, nervous system dysmorphia, congenital scoliosis
Earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in applied mathematics from the University of Washington. Works in Japan at a company that manufactures and sells insecticide products and other items.

Sherri, '94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a degree in psychology from Southern Oregon University.

Shawnna, '94 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Worked at Columbia Industries in Kennewick, WA. Died in October 2003.

Nguyen, '94 Scholar

Paralysis from brain injury
Participates in various volunteer positions in the community.

Sara, '94 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Is married and has a child.

Carolyn, '94 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, low vision
Studied science in college.

Kris, '94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in information technology management from Western Governors University, and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Oregon State University. Works as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Western States. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Lives with his wife Elaine in Wilsonville, OR.

Megan, '94 Scholar

Chronic lyme disease
Earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University and a master's degree and PA-C (Physician's Assistant with Certification) from Pacific University. Works in Seattle as a physician assistant in emergency care.

'93 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1993 DO-IT Scholars
 

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1993. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Rachel, '93 Scholar

Stroke and partial paralysis
Earned a bachelor's degree in social work with a minor in applied psychology from Eastern Washington University; currently pursuing a master of social work degree through an online program at University of Southern California. Is a wife and mother.

Mark, '93 Scholar

Attended Big Bend Community College and Eastern Washington University. Was developing plans for an Internet-based business when he died peacefully in his sleep in 2001.

Katie, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Washington State University, and a master's degree in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Works at Providence Hospital in Portland, OR, as an acute care physical therapist. Has two sons. Received bilateral cochlear implant in January 2012.

Nhi, '93 Scholar

Multiple sclerosis, visual impairment
Works for Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind as an office assistant.

Ryan, '93 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor's degree in business from Seattle University. Started and later sold an auto detailing company; owns one of the largest holiday lighting companies in the state; and has started a commercial services company. Married and owns a home in West Seattle.

Lloyd, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Attended college. Is captain of the local fire department and has been enjoying a lot of responsibilities. Soon up for certification in transportation.

Randy, '93 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College and a master's degree in technology management from City University of Seattle. Works as a senior systems analyst at Transaction Network Services. Is married with two children.

Nadira, '93 Scholar

Health and mobility impairment
Graduated with computer information technology degree. Working as a court and medical interpreter.

Rodney, '93 Scholar

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
Studying to be a Python/Django developer.

Eric, '93 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned an associate's degree in computer applications from Mt. Hood Community College and a bachelor's degree in marketing and information technology from the Portland State University School of Business. Is currently pursuing a career pathways certificate in computer information systems from Portland Community College. Works as an IT help desk intern at the Portland Jewish Academy.

Anna, '93 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology at the University of Washington. Was an artist, consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and black belt in Aikido when she died from cancer in June 2004. She received a DO-IT Trailblazer award the same year.

Hollis, '93 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Is starting his own business selling assistive equipment for wheelchairs.

Matt, '93 Scholar

Dyslexia
Helps lead a team of developers for a multinational company in the education field Enjoys writing software that helps teachers and students all around the world. Lives in Tacoma with his wife and three children.

Mitch, '93 Scholar

Spina bifida, Homer's syndrome, thalamic pain syndrome
Earned an associate's degree from Wenatchee Valley College and has worked as a professional recording artist.

In Memory

Roger Bruland, DO-IT Mentor

Roger Bruland was a DO-IT Mentor for over a decade. Being a DO-IT Mentor was just one of the many ways Roger spent his time volunteering. He also helped as a volunteer firefighter, restored old photos for the Historical Society, and worked with the State Archives.

Roger was born in Bellingham, Washington and graduated from Bellingham High School. He worked for Boeing and served on the Washington State Patrol. Following his retirement, Roger worked as school bus driver, private investigator, health room assistant, security staff member, and secretary.

Roger fought a long and courageous battle against diabetes.

DO-IT Pals

DO-IT Pals are high school students with disabilities who form an electronic community on the Internet. They communicate year-round with each other and with DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Mentors, and staff members. They are supported in their efforts to explore and pursue postsecondary programs and career interests. The Internet is their door to the information and resources they need for success. Become a DO-IT Pal by requesting an application from doit@uw.edu.

DO-IT Mentors

Mentors encourage DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Most Mentors have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants.

Adanna Abakporo
University of Washington

Sean Barrett
Mobility impairment
Region Manager
Rehabilitation Services Administration

Kevin Berg
Cerebral palsy
Nonprofit Director

Anindya "Bapin" Bhattacharyya
Deaf/blind
Supervisor of technology department
Helen Keller National Center

Kim Borowicz
Disability rights lawyer
Access Living

Karen L. Braitmayer
Osteogenesis imperfecta
Architect, business owner
Karen Braitmayer, FAIA

Belinda Brandon
Blind
Retired research economist

Ben Brynildsen
Learning disability
Career Advisor
Boeing

Gina Ceylan
Visual impairment
Ph.D. candidate
University of Missouri

Wendy Chisholm
Senior Accessibility Strategist
Microsoft

Rebecca Cory
Learning disability
Faculty Program Coordinator
City University

Frank Cuta
Blind
Electrical engineer
Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs

Don Daughtry
Visual impairment
Assistant Professor
University of North Dakota

Jennifer Diedrich
Student
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Imke Durre
Blind
Climatologist
NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Samantha Estrada
Physical disability
Student of Applied Mathematics and
Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso

Cheryl Field
Occupational Therapist
Mukilteo School District

Kathryn Finton
Myasthenia gravis
Ph.D. candidate, biomolecuar structure and design
University of Washington

John Gardner
Blind
President and CEO
ViewPlus Technologies

Kajari Ghosh Dastidar
Ph.D. candidate, computer science
University of Iowa

Marni Goldman
Spinal muscular atrophy
Education Director for science research
Stanford University

Julie Grant
Paraplegic, L2 spinal cord injury
University of Washington

Steve Harper
Cerebral palsy
Student and web developer

Roger Harris
Stroke, kidney failure
Associate Professor Emeritus, retired
Biological Structure
University of Washington, School of Medicine

Mamoru Iwabuchi
Associate Professor
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Tokyo

Sungeeta Jain
Paraplegic
Director
The Orphan Project, India

Joshua Lessing
Ph.D. candidate, physical chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sara Lopez
Program Administrator and Lecturer
University of Washington, Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program

Robert F. McKellar
Spina bifida
Author of An Accident of Birth, educator, and counselor

Theresa Mina
Learning disability
Graduate student

Stephanie Moore
Project scientist
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Jennifer Mundl
C1-ventilator dependent, quadriplegia
Assistive Technology Specialist
Courage Center Rehabilitation Facility

Monica Olsson
Cerebral palsy
Outreach and Access Advocate
Reel Grrls

Bruce Parks
Hearing impairment
School Improvement Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education

Tracy Peterson
Mobility impairment
Computer science, Spanish major
Southwest State University

Gay Lloyd Pinder
Deaf
Program Director and Speech Language Pathologist
Children's Therapy Center

Ed Pottharst
Deaf
Neighborhood District Coordinator
City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods

Tracy Rackensperger
Cerebral palsy
Research and Information Coordinator
University of Georgia

Charity Ranger
Friedreich's ataxia
Independent Living Program Staff
Alliance of People with disAbilities

Sally Richards
Workforce Specialist: disability program
Northwest Employment and Training Center

Michael Richardson
Deaf
Co-Director and Technical Assistance Lead Northwest ADA Center
2013 DO-IT Trailblazer Award Recipient

Andrew Riggle
Cerebral palsy
Graduate Student

Keith Routley
Deaf
Park Ranger

Marcia Sipe-Dan
PTSD and brain damage
Master's candidate rehabilitation counseling
Western Washington University

Greg Smith
C-5 quadriplegia
Software design engineer
Microsoft

Carole Snyder
Cerebral palsy
Software developer engineer

Keith Stegbauer
Bioengineer
University of Washington

Vicki Stemper Allen
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator

Val Sundby-Thorp
Associate Dean
Clover Park Technical College

Aimee Verrall
Research Coordinator
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
University of Washington

Jennifer Weisbart-Moreno
Ph.D. candidate
Claremont Graduate University

Vasanth Williams
Software engineer

Paul Zaveruha
Surgeon

Staff Mentors

Sheryl Burgstahler
Sheryl

My name is Sheryl Burgstahler, and I am the founder and director of the DO-IT Center and the Access Technology Center at the University of Washington (UW). I am also an affiliate professor in the College of Education. I have a master's degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in policy, governance, and administration of higher education. DO-IT allows me to apply my personal, academic, and professional interests and experiences. I have a husband, Dave, and a son, Travis, who are both dedicated DO-IT volunteers and UW Huskies. Dave is a professor of accounting and Travis recently graduated from the UW with a double major in accounting and management information systems, and a minor in mathematics (to please his mom-grin) and is now employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Seattle. The '93 Scholars remember Travis hanging around DO-IT Summer Study when he was three years old.

Scott Bellman
Scott

I'm Scott Bellman. I am the program manager at DO-IT. I completed a master's degree in 1996 in rehabilitation counseling and earned my undergraduate degree in psychology and business. I am currently a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State. I enjoy my work at DO-IT, which includes career counseling, writing, planning events, coordinating projects, supervising others, mentoring, and of course Summer Study! I serve on several boards and committees, including the Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. I learn a lot from my colleagues, and have co-authored several papers about work-based learning. Outside of work, my interests include performance art, camping, hiking, carpentry, and travel.

 

Brianna Blaser
Brianna

My name is Brianna Blaser, and I am a counselor/coordinator at the DO-IT Center. Originally from the East Coast, I moved to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington, where I earned my Ph.D. studying women in science. I like to spend my free time practicing yoga, riding my bike, and watching reality television.

Dan Comden
Dan

I'm Dan Comden. When not serving as a technical resource for DO-IT, I manage the Access Technology Center (ATC) at the University of Washington. At the ATC we work directly with students, faculty, and staff with disabilities who need to access computing resources, and we also help web and application developers make exciting and accessible online resources.

 

Lyla Crawford
Lyla

My name is Lyla Crawford. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. I work in the Spokane office. I have a master's degree in developmental psychology. I have a husband, Shawn, and a son, Joshua.

 

Profile of Marvin
Marvin

My name is Marvin Crippen. I help with technical support and web design for DO-IT. In my free time I enjoy biking, skiing, cooking, and TSD Road Rallying.

 

Doug Hayman
Doug

My name is Doug Hayman. I'm the technology specialist for DO-IT. When not at work, I play guitar, hike, and hang out with friends.

 

Terry Thompson
Terry

My name is Terrill Thompson. I am the technology accessibility specialist for DO-IT. In this position I help to educate K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions, technology vendors, government agencies, and others on how to ensure that technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities. I also teach accessible web design to students through our ongoing series of Web Accessibility Trainings. I live in Bellingham and work most of the time from an office at Western Washington University. When I am not working, you can usually find me hiking in the mountains, playing guitar, or spending quality time with my family.

 

Tami Tidwell
Tami

Hi! My name is Tami Tidwell. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. I enjoy working closely with DO-IT Scholars during Summer Study and beyond. Throughout the year, it is fun to get to work with high school and college students on topics like college admissions, scholarships, internships, accommodations, and disclosure strategies. Being able to build long and lasting relationships is one of the best parts of working at DO-IT. Outside of work, I like to design and sew, knit, garden, support our local live music, and spend time with my family and friends. I have my degree in psychology from Texas Christian University. I was born and raised in Cowtown (a.k.a. Ft. Worth, TX).

 

Debra Zawada
Debra

My name is Debra Zawada. I have worked as program coordinator at DO-IT since 2004. I completed my undergraduate work in special education in Buffalo, NY and my graduate work at the University of Washington. My background is as a high school teacher and transition counselor with students with disabilities.

Key Electronic Resources

  • To contact staff, request electronic copies of DO-IT NEWS, request publications, ask questions about the program, join DO-IT Pals, or become a Mentor, send an email to doit@uw.edu.
  • Parents of DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals can join a discussion list for parents by sending a request to doit@uw.edu.
  • Anyone who wishes to discuss issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities and their pursuit of science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM) and other high-tech academic programs and careers can subscribe to the doitsem discussion list at http://mailman.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/doitsem/.
  • For information resources related to DO-IT, disabilities, adaptive technology, science, engineering, mathematics, and post-secondary education, access the DO-IT website at http://www.uw.edu/doit/.

DO-IT Funding

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. The University of Washington also contributes substantial resources to this project.

Additional grants and gifts have been received from The Boeing Company; The Dole Foundation, Telecommunications Funding Partnership; The Institute for Human Centered Design; Dynamac Corporation; Eisenhower Professional Development Program, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Jeld-Wen Foundation; Microsoft Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation; NASA; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); NEC Foundation of America; Samuel S. Johnson Foundation; The Seattle Foundation; U.S. Department of Labor; and Visio Corporation.

DO-IT has partnered with more than fifty postsecondary institutions. It has also received donations or gifts in-kind from many other corporations and individuals, they include 3Com Corporation; American Computer Experience; AOL Foundation; Apple Computer; Ashland Kiwanis Club; Boxlight Corporation; The Braitmayer Foundation; Cascade Sign Company; Compaq; ComputerGear Inc.; Connectix Hooker Northwest; Courage Center; Digital Vision; DTP Micro Systems; Ephrata School District; Fessenden Booster Club, North Dakota; Ford Motor Company; Honda; Honeywell International Foundation, Inc.; Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy; Intel Corporation; Klickitat County Retired Teachers Unit 10; Macrostaff; Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.; Nike, Inc.; Nintendo of America, Inc.; Northwest Fisheries Science Center; Olathe East High School; Olathe East National Honor Society; Outdoors for All; P. Roger Hillerstrom, Inc.; Pacific Science Center; Poquoson High School Key Club; PTI Communications; Sun Microsystems; Sundog; University Book Store; University of Colorado at Boulder; US West; US West Foundation; Washington Department of Services for the Blind; and Whatcom Community College.

Additional partners include dozens of primary and secondary schools as well as Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN); Alaska/Idaho/Oregon/Washington Science Teachers Associations (ASTA/ISTA/OSTA/WSTA); Allying Companies, Communities, and Employees with Skills for Success (ACCESS); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (ACM SIGACCESS); Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD); Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE); Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs); Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) activity hosts; Disability Support Service Council (DSSC); Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Emerald City Rotary Club; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment; Highline School District – Secondary Special Education; Idaho Assistive Technology Program (IATP); Idaho Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC); Incight; Independent Living Centers; Life Sciences Education Achievement Partnership (LEAP); Math and Engineering Science Achievement (MESA); Medtronic; Minorities in Science and Engineering Program (MSEP); National Center for Secondary Education and Transition; National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Support, University of Hawaii; Northwest Engineering Talent Expansion Partnership (ETEP); Northwest Girls Cooperative; One-stop Resource Centers; organizations from Japan, Korea, and India; Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER); Pediatric Critical Care program of Seattle Children's; Puget Sound ESD Transition Specialist Group; Renton School District, Life Management Program, Secondary Special Education; RDE Regional Alliances for Persons with Disabilities (RADs); Seattle School District – Transition/Secondary Special Education; UW Genomics Outreach for Minorities (GenOM) Project; Washington Access Services; Washington Assistive Technology Alliance; Washington Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (WAPED); Washington Library Network; Washington PAVE – Project CORE; Washington School Information Processing Cooperative's WEdNet; Washington State Business Leadership Network (WSBLN); Women in Science and Engineering (WISE); and Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).

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