Snapshots 2012: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 2012!

DO-IT is celebrating its twentieth year of Summer Study sessions for students with disabilities. Our success is measured by the achievements of our participants and their interest in staying connected with each other and new participants. We all look forward to the next twenty years! Thanks for sharing them with us.

This publication facilitates communication among DO-IT Scholars, Pals, and Mentors. It was developed in July 2012. 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.

2012 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!

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DO-IT Founder and Director (center) Sheryl Burgstahler with DO-IT Trailblazers (pictured from left to right) Dyane Haynes, Katrina Carter, Conrad Reynoldson, and Wendy Chisholm.

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

Wendy Chisholm, DO-IT Mentor and self described Accessibility Evangelist, works as a senior strategist for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group. She was a co-editor of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0, which form the basis of most web accessibility policies throughout the world. She also co-authored the book, Universal Design for Web Applications, founded Accessibility Camp Seattle, and was named Geek of the Week by the newspaper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Dyane Haynes, DO-IT Mentor, has served as the director of the office of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Washington and is an invaluable DO-IT partner. She has worked tirelessly to share disability resources and promote universal design with students, faculty, and staff through Capacity-Building Institutes, her work within DO-IT Admin, DO-IT Prof, and DO-IT College projects, and her participation in AccessSTEM—recruiting students, training faculty, and distributing newsletters and other materials.

Conrad Reynoldson, DO-IT Ambassador and '03 Scholar, is named a DO-IT Trailblazer 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 and has organized comedy nights to increase the visibility of people with disabilities. He graduated summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University and is now pursuing a law degree at the University of Washington. He completed an internship at Disability Rights Washington and was a Congressional intern in Washington, DC.

Previous DO-IT Trailblazer award winners:

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 '7 Scholar Sam, a Summer Study Intern, works in the lab on his computer. Phase II Scholars Brianna, Aaron, and Collin with Intern 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. b

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

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Seventeen Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2012. 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 2012, these participants graduated to Phase II.

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Mikayla, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Mikayla, and I will be a junior 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 ADD.

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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 junior at Arlington High School. My favorite subject is history. I would like to be a physical therapist. I enjoy playing basketball and soccer, as well as shopping. I also love spending time with my friends and my family. This summer I went to Hawaii!

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Peter, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Peter, and I have autism. I will be a junior at Redmond High School where I enjoy studying environmental science and math. At school, I am a member of the Environmental Club and Math Team. I would like to have a career in environmental science and would definitely want to do something related to math. During the summer I like to play softball. I am a funny guy with a positive attitude and a global perspective.

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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. Next year I will be a senior at 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 am a member of the Monroe High School Bearcats, a bowling team. I plan to attend Edmonds Community College and transfer to a four year college. I love dogs, especially my Eskimo husky named American. I also competed in the Miss Teen Washington Pageant and won "Most Spirited" award.

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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 sophomore at Sammamish High School and enjoy math. I would like to attend the University of Washington or University of California Los Angeles. 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 junior at Gig Harbor High School and my favorite classes are history and science. I'm not completely sure what I want to do for my career, but I would want it to be in the area of technology. 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 will be a senior at Skyline High School and my favorite class is environmental systems. When I grow up I would like to be an environmental scientist or a writer or both. I would like to attend a liberal arts college and major in environmental science or creative writing. In my spare time I read anything I can get my hands on and enjoying drawing.

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Eric, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Eric, and I will be a senior at Cascade High School. 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 dyslexia.

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Colton, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Colton, and I have muscular dystrophy. I will be a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School. My favorite classes are math and history. I would like work in digital forensics or criminal justice. 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 junior 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 to be is one with a huge range of emotions. When I grow up I would like to be an interpreter or an actor. I'm not completely sure where I want to go to college yet, but I may want to attend the New York Film Academy. I have cerebral palsy.

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Jessica, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jessica, and I attend Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish. My favorite classes are history, Spanish, and English. I would like to attend the University of Washington. I volunteer at the office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. I have spinal muscular atrophy and love archery and painting with acrylics.

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Dominique, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dominique, and I will be a senior at Mount Si High School. I am a member of the student relations board at my school's Associated Student Body. My favorite classes are English and art, and I would like to be an animator for Disney. I love to draw, shop, play games, and be with my family. I also maintain an online art portfolio, and am adding new art work all the time. Check it out at www.djsartportfolio.weebly.com. I have a form of dwarfism called Kniest syndrome.

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Allison, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Allison, and I am a senior at 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 junior 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 want to eventually work with kids directly. I also am 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, and I am a junior at Nathan Hale High School. I enjoy history, science, and math. I would like to attend New York University. When I grow up, I want to be a politician and 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 junior at Edmonds Woodway High School. My favorite classes are math, science, and English. I am interested in attending the University of Washington, Rochester Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Southern California, or University of California Los Angeles. I don't know what I want my career to be yet. I love to dance tap, jazz, hip hop, and other styles. I teach dance to kids, and I am a volunteer at my church and food banks. I am also member of the National Honor Society and my school's Deaf Academic Bowl team.

Phase II Scholars

Group photo of 2011 DO-IT Scholars
 

Sixteen Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2011. 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 2012, these participants graduated to Phase II.

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Kim, '11 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kim. I am a high school senior and enjoy studying science and health. I would like to pursue postsecondary studies in social science. I am a member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. I have acted in many plays, including Mad Breakfast, Clue, and The Night of One Acts. I have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Tess, '11 Scholar

Hello, my name is Tess. I live in Seattle and have dysgraphia and ADHD. I am interested in a career that involves my creativity, like design, communications, or psychology. I am a college freshman at Gonzaga University. I train dogs for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Paige, '11 Scholar

Hi, I'm Paige. I live in Silverdale. I graduate from high school in one year, and I can't wait to start college in 2013. I would love 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 am a senior at Issaquah High School. I enjoy English and writing. I enjoy writing because it helps me express what I am thinking and feeling. I would like to be an assistive technology specialist to help give people their voices. I have cerebral palsy.

 

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Diego, '11 Scholar

Hello, I'm Diego, and I graduated from Lynnwood High School this year (finally!). I am planning on attending Edmonds Community College in the fall to earn an associate's degree in science. I play the violin and I've also recently started playing the trumpet. I was a member of the Lynnwood High School varsity football team. I was selected Student of the Month for November 2011 and was a member of the National Honor Society. I am a nice and respectful person and I am also a jokester. I have a learning disability.

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Cecily, '11 Scholar

Hi. My name is Cecily. I am a senior at Lewis and Clark High School. My favorite classes are sociology and psychology. 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.

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Mauricio, '11 Scholar

Hi, I'm Mauricio. I'm a super senior at Highline High School, and my favorite subjects are 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 ADHD.

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Joshua, '11 Scholar

Hi. My name is Joshua. I will be a senior at Skyline High School. My favorite classes are social studies and language arts. I also enjoy reading, writing, and photography. I am a member of the National Honor Society. Three years ago I had a singing part in the school play Guys and Dolls, and I am continuing my interest by taking a drama class this year. This year I will be joining the staff of my school's newspaper. As a Phase II Scholar, I look forward to helping the Phase I Scholars out, while still learning necessary skills for college. I have Asperger's syndrome, but I do not let it define who I am.

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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 the United Way. In my spare time, I like to play basketball and volleyball, bowl, write, and draw; I find that 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

Hello. My name is Emily, and I am blind. I am a senior at Curtis Senior High School and am a member of the National Honor Society. I would like to study math and linguistics in college. 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 am a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. This past summer I participated in the AccessComputing Summer Academy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing where I completed a college course in computing. In college, I intend to major in computing or science. I am a volunteer at Seattle Children's Hospital. I love talking with people, playing outside, and reading all kinds of books. I am deaf in both ears and have two cochlear implants.

 

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Sean, '11 Scholar

Hi. My name is Sean. I graduated from Woodinville High School. 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.

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Macy, '11 Scholar

Hi. My name is Macy. I'll be attending the University of Washington in the fall. I graduated from Decatur High School and attended Running Start at Highline Community College. I received my associate of arts degree along with my high school diploma when I graduated. I am interested in pursuing a master's degree in psychology. I play soccer. I have cerebral palsy and a service dog named Brooklyn.

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Kaylie, '11 Scholar

Hi. My name is Kaylie, and I am a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. I intend to study at a culinary arts school and then transfer to the University of Washington to earn a degree in business. I'd like to operate my own business, Kakes by Kaylie. I am deaf.

 

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Jessie, '11 Scholar

Hi, I'm Jessie. This summer I was an intern for the Center for Neurotechnology. This fall, I will be a freshman at the University of Washington. My favorite classes are history, English, and biology. In the future, I'd like to be an animator or an illustrator/author for children's books, because I enjoy watching movies and reading.

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Vaughn, '11 Scholar

Hello, I'm Vaughn. I am a senior at Glacier Peak High School. My favorite classes 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.

Phase III Scholars

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Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Throughout the year, they communicate with other Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Once Scholars complete Phase II Summer Study and graduate from high school they became DO-IT Ambassadors. 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. This fall, I will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study 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 am attending college. My favorite classes are biology and art. I love art because it allows me to work with my hands. I would like to be an animator at Disney. 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 freshman at the University of Washington. I plan to major in American Indian studies and anthropology. My long-term goal is to become either 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 sophomore 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 last year. 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. 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. Bi-skiing and playing power wheelchair soccer are also some things I like to do. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Angela, '10 Scholar

Hi! My name is Angela, and I have muscular dystrophy. I will attend Gonzanga University and hope to major in pediatric medicine. I enjoy hanging out with friends, cooking new recipes, and watching movies. I completed an internship at the UW Center for Neurotechnology. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Maximo, '10 Scholar

My name is Maximo. I attend Flagler College where I am pursuing a degree in business. I enjoy art, writing, and music. I play the drums, and I compete in tennis, wrestling, and golf. I have dyslexia, so it is hard for me to read and spell. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Benjy, '10 Scholar

Hi. My name is Benjy. I will be a sophomore at Washington State University, where I plan to study hospitality business management. I received the Cory Lux Scholarship. My goal is to become a manager of a hotel or resort. I love to listen to music and watch sports. 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 sophomore at the University of Washington, and I enjoy studying math and science. I hope to continue on to 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 graduated from Chief Sealth High School and now attend Washington State University. I plan on majoring in computational physics with a focus on military autonomous robotics with a minor in European history. This summer I interned at National University of Singapore in a computational biology lab. I am involved in many activities, including 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 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 will attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall to study computer science. 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 in college 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, and 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've had a skin condition for the past seven years, but I don't let it become an obstacle in my life. I love traveling and doing community work for minority populations. This summer, I attended a language school in Guatemala and did community work with the indigenous populations in rural areas. Last year I traveled abroad as an International Rotary Exchange Student in the Netherlands, and I'm happy to be back in America involved in DO-IT again! I study at Western Washington University. I plan to continue my studies in law school and practice international human rights law.

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Krysta, '10 Scholar

Hi. My name is Krysta. This fall, I will 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 love to challenge myself to learn and do activities. I enjoy supporting people and helping them follow their dreams. I am deaf, but I use hearing aides 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 Seattle Pacific University, and I hope to become a researcher. I have a visual impairment, and I love meeting new people!

2012 Achievement Highlights

Gabe, '06 Scholar

Co-author of the book, My Message is C.L.E.A.R.

Melissa, '07 Scholar

Initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society.

Jesse, '95 Scholar

Earned a master's degree in instructional design and technology at the University of North Dakota.

Nicco, '10 Scholar

Worked in an internship at the National University of Singapore with Dr. Paul Matsudaira.

Jessie, '11 Scholar

Earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma and an Award of Merit at her regional high school's art show. She was also an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, and obtained an internship through the Young Scholars Program at the Center for Neurotechnology.

Tess, '11 Scholar

Member of her high school's Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.

Heidi, '07 Scholar

Received an All Washington State Academic Team award.

Vaughn, '11 Scholar

Accepted into the National Honor Society, obtained his driver's license, and received an award from his high school's science department.

Chanon, '98 Scholar

Raised $11,000 for Paws with a Cause.

Marlise, '10 Scholar

Acted in several plays at Western Washington University.

Daman, '05 Scholar

Graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor's degree and was accepted into its accelerated one year MBA program. Also was appointed to the Washington State Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.

Diego, '11 Scholar

Was right offensive tackle on his high school's football team, which won the most games since 1999.

Macy, '11 Scholar

Graduated from high school with her associate's degree through the Running Start program.

Ryan, '00 Scholar

Received the Defense Contract Management Agency Commanders Coin and the One Team award.

'09 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.

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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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Bilal, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Bilal. I attend Edmonds Community College and 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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Anna, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Anna. I attend Shoreline Community College and am working towards a degree as a special education major. I have a brain tumor; some of the side effects are loss of vision and partial paralysis. I work at Jet City Improv as a house manager. In my free time I like to sleep and write. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Ryan, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Ryan. I have autism. I am a sophomore at Central Washington University where I am majoring in music performance. I hope to become a professional timpanist, geographer, and filmmaker (designing music for movies). I love performing locally and have traveled to Europe doing concerts. Next year I'm going to Ghana. I also volunteer with www.InclusionWerks.org to help schools learn to include those with disabilities. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Louis,'09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Louis. I attend American University and took one year off before starting college. 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. Some of my interests are soccer, rugby, outdoor sorts, existentialism and writing. I would like to be a smoke jumper, writer, or economist someday.

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Shelby, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Shelby. I will be a junior 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 non-profit 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 of schools. 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! I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Allegra, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Allegra. Due to my health I decided attend an online school, the Penn Foster College, to study freelance writing. My goal is to build up my reputation, land an agent, and have my first novel published in the next five years. I have SMA type 2 so I'm in a wheelchair but I don't let that stop me from doing things. 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 junior at the University of Washington in the fall and would like to study human-centered design and engineering. 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. I am also a member of the Center for Neurotechnology Student Leadership Council. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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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 150,000 views on videos that I created and posted on YouTube. On the computer, I like to play video games that require building and strategy, like the Sims. 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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Josh, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Josh. I just finished my freshman 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 next semester I might decide to join the Symphonic band as well. I am a big sports fan and I enjoy playing basketball, baseball, and football. I have Charcot-Marie-Toothe, a form of muscular dystrophy. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Josh, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Josh. I am a junior at Clark College. I enjoy studying science and English. In the future I would like to be a youth pastor or counselor. I also 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 attend 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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Alex, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Alex. I attend Skagit Valley College full time. After earning an associate of arts transfer degree, I plan on either attending the University of Washington or Western Washington University to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in forensic sciences. In the future, I would like to become a police officer, medical examiner, or a Navy officer. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, working out, hanging out with my friends, and listening to and playing music. I have cerebral palsy. I was a DO-IT Intern during Summer Study 2011.

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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 science. I like computer science because it is concrete and hands on. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Abby, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Abby. I enjoy French and math. I would like to go into the field of Braille proofreading. I like music and musicals, reading and writing fan fiction, and books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I am blind with light perception.

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Christopher, '09 Scholar

Hi. My name is Chris. Last summer I traveled with a group of college students to several countries in Europe. I now 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 ADD and dyslexia. 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 am a junior at 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 junior at the University of Washington, majoring in biology. 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.

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Russell, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Russell. I will attend Seattle University this fall. 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. This fall I plan to 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, and I just completed my third year at Bellevue College. I will be attending Cornish College for the Arts in the fall. In my spare time, I work for the National Ski Patrol and volunteer with the Humane Society. I have dyslexia and dysgraphia, which was diagnosed when I was in third grade.

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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 recently 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, enjoy music, and, as everyone knows, 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's of science degree. In August 2012, I earned an associate's 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 or chemical engineering laboratory.

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Chris, '08 Scholar

Hi! My name is Chris and I will be a junior 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. 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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Wesley, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Wesley. I attend Everett Community College, and I 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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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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 community college. 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 and riding horseback. In my spare time, I like to read and knit. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2011.

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Shelby, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Shelby. I attend Whatcom Community College. My goal is to transfer to Western Oregon University to obtain a bachelor's degree and become an American Sign Language interpreter.

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Jeremy, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Jeremy. This fall I may start my third year at Spokane Falls Community College. I plan to pursue pediatric psychology to work with children with physical disabilities. My biggest accomplishment this year was helping my friends get though some very tough times.

'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.

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Sam, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Sam, and I am a business major at the University of Portland. I have a strong love for baseball, and I would like to pursue a career in that area. Although I am limited by a neurological disease, Friedreich's ataxia, I do not let that stop me from biking and staying active in the things I love to do.

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Peter, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Peter. I was born and raised in Walla Walla. Although my disability can limit me at times, it has helped me gain strong computer skills. I attend Walla Walla Community College where I study computer networking and game design. I would like to work in the computer technology or video game testing fields.

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Liz, '07 Scholar

I am Elizabeth. I attend a community college, and I will be majoring in sociology. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends.

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Blake, '07 Scholar

Hello. I am Blake. I am pursuing an urban studies degree at the University of Washington, Tacoma. I also attended St. Martin's University. I am an Eagle Scout. I have cerebral palsy and use an electric wheelchair. I enjoy taking the city bus, going on nature walks, and drinking mocha frappuccinos at Starbucks.

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Dylan, '07 Scholar

My name is Dylan. I have left-side hemiplegia, which primarily affects my left hand and arm. I attend Skagit Valley College on South Whidbey Island. I am planning on transferring to one of three universities—University of Washington, Southern Oregon, or Western Washington University. In the future I hope to work with sound, lights, or video, whether it be in theater, movies, or music. Currently I work at the Children's Museum and live in downtown Seattle with my partner.

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Robyn, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Robyn, and I am a certified athletic trainer. I graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California. I hope to pursue either a doctorate degree in physical therapy or a master's degree in athletic training. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and watching sporting events. I can often be found at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks. I have a bilateral high frequency hearing loss.

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Stefani, '07 Scholar

Hello. My name is Stefani. I attend Spokane Falls Community College and plan to transfer to a four-year school. I love music. Piano is my favorite instrument, but I also enjoy playing trumpet, flute, and guitar. My goal is to be a high school music teacher. I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).

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Joshua, '07 Scholar

Hello! My name is Josh. I attend Grays Harbor College and would like to become a video game designer. I enjoy reading and playing video games.

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Ashlee, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Ashlee. I attend Evergreen State College where I am studying psychotherapy. I hope to earn a doctorate in psychology. I volunteer at the Thurston County Crisis Clinic. I mentored a mentally and physically disabled high school student, and succeeded in reaching him by engaging him in playing musical instruments. I enjoy swimming, biking, soccer, and playing tennis.

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Sam, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Sam. I am a student at Olympic College. I discovered DO-IT when I was in high school and have been part of the program ever since. My DO-IT experience has broadened my mind, and it helped me succeed with flying colors in both high school and college.

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Cory, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Cory. I graduated from Evergreen State College. I taught English in Shijiazhuang, China. Since my dad was in the Navy, I have lived many different places, including Hawaii, San Diego, Spain, and Italy. For most of elementary and middle school I was bullied and teased, but living in Europe during that time made up for that a little. In 2004, I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome; it took me until junior year to begin socializing. Now, I am happy with the person I am and speak with people naturally. I have discovered a talent for languages, particularly Chinese. I enjoy listening to metal music, long-distance running, and I take great pride in my long hair as a symbol of my individuality.

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Melissa, '07 Scholar

Hi! My name is Melissa. I attend Central Washington University where I am working towards earning a bachelor's degree in English and language arts teaching. I was initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. I have spina bifida which affects my mobility and motor skills.

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Scott, '07 Scholar

Hi. My name is Scott, and I am from Anacortes, WA. I have a learning disability called dyspraxia, which makes it hard for me to take notes when instructors are speaking or writing on the board or an overhead. As an accommodation, I get a print copy of those materials. I graduated from Skagit Valley College with a certificate in Park Aid. My career goal is to be a park ranger because I like the outdoors and working with my hands. I enjoy tennis, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, cross-country running, hanging out with friends, and playing games. I was a DO-IT Intern during Summer Study 2011.

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Megan, '07 Scholar

My name is Megan and I attend Bellevue College. I enjoy art, theater, acting, singing, dancing, writing, and helping the environment and wildlife. I have a neurological condition called Tourette syndrome, which is characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called "tics." In my case, my tics are more severe. Even though my tics can exhaust me, overall I am a positive and energetic person.

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Shyla, '07 Scholar

Hey! My name is Shyla, but you can call me Shy. I attend Yakima Valley Community College and have a summer job at (again) the Washington State Department of Transportation. I like taking vacations on the water and in the mountains, being spontaneous, and riding my horse. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2004.

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Luke, '07 Scholar

My name is Luke. I transferred from Tacoma Community College to the University of Washington. I plan on declaring my major and my minor by the end of the next school year.

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Sara, '07 Scholar

Hi, my name is Sara. I graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia. I studied psychology and economics, and I was heavily involved in the disability awareness and advocacy club on campus called Barrier Breakers. In my free time, I like to write, read books, and work out. I also like to travel and discover new places and eat new types of food.

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Heidi, '07 Scholar

My name is Heidi. I am a student at the University of Washington, Bothell and will be graduating next year. I have Asperger's syndrome, nonverbal learning disability, and attention deficit disorder. I am currently studying library science. I am also a writer and active member of my school's disability advocacy student organization called the Disability Strength Awareness and Education Alliance (DSAA). I would like to create an Autistic Self-Advocacy Network chapter.

'06 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.

Brandon, '06 Scholar

Hard of hearing, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysgraphia
Majoring in mechanical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Enjoys video games, computers, and hanging out with friends.

Brittany, '06 Scholar

Hard of hearing, mild cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease
Fourth year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in clinical psychology. Senior thesis discusses personality and its influence on academic performance, learning styles, and satisfaction with and preference for different instructional environments.

Ryan, '06 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Has a career as a DJ.

Alex, '06 Scholar

Turner syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder
Studied library sciences at Highline Community College. Currently studying at Central Washington University. Enjoys music, playing on the computer, and going to school.

Jenny, '06 Scholar

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

Maria, '06 Scholar

Learning disability
Double major in Spanish and law, diversity, and justice at Western Washington University. Started the campus club Student Coalition for Immigration Rights. Plans to go to law school to be an immigration lawyer.

Daniel, '06 Scholar

Hand deformity
Studies political science at the University of Washington. Serves as a volunteer on the Washington State Governors Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. Also serves as an advocate for the Andrew Hughes Campaign for Congress. Enjoys soccer, basketball, watching TV, video games, and hanging out with friends.

Oscar, '06 Scholar

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

Jennifer, '06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Green River Community College pursuing an associate's degree in social work. Volunteers for the SPARK 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 with a plan to earn an associate's degree and transfer to a four-year university. Passionate about music.

Joey, '06 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Attends Cascadia Community College. Likes reading and playing video games. 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. Enjoys drawing maps, reading, comics, and traveling.

Tony, '06 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attending the University of Idaho. Loves sports, especially skiing.

Taylor, '06 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Attending the University of Idaho. Enjoys geography and math.

Amrit, '06 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attending Haverford College pursuing a sociology major with a double minor in Chinese and anthropology. Interned at the Department of Defense as a research assistant, is the president of Sons of Africa, participates in the Haverford College Humtones, and throws shotput and discus for the track team.

Gabe, '06 Scholar

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

Zachary, '06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Interning at the University of Washington Experimental Education Unit. Likes to read and play video games.

Sam, '06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Shoreline Community College. Active Eagle Scout with several palms. Used to participate in the Mount Baker Council Sea Scout program, and volunteers at the Seattle Marathon every year. Enjoys horseback riding and travel. Training to be on the US Para Equestrian Team.

Kaitlin, '06 Scholar

Seizure disorder
Attends Washington State University and studies accounting. Likes anime and playing video games.

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. Has a guide dog named Lexia.

'05 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.

Dulce, '05 Scholar

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

Shavonne, '05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Enrolled at Yakima Valley Community College to obtain a transferable associate's degree with a primary focus in criminal justice. Plans to volunteer with the Kittitas county guardian ad litem program and eventually pursue a career as a guardian ad litem.

Jennifer, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Working on last year of an associate's degree at Yakima Valley Community College. 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
Attends the University of Washington, Bothell, studying psychology and disability studies. Works as a student assistant in the DO-IT office.

Daren, '05 Scholar

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

Bella, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attending Shoreline Community College and majoring in child development. Currently taking a public speaking class. Volunteer at the college's preschool and a food bank on Fridays.

Zach, '05 Scholar

Dysgraphia
Earned an associate's degree in fire science from Portland Community College. Studying to be a paramedic.

Marlen, '05 Scholar

Dysgraphia
Earned an associate's degree in fire science from Portland Community College. Studying to be a paramedic.

Logan, '05 Scholar

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

Andrew, '05 Scholar

Tourette syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder
Graduated from University of Portland with degrees in Spanish and criminal justice. Spain Study Abroad Student and Norwegian Cultural Expedition International Scholar. President of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society, member of the Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, and events coordinator and performer with the Latin Dance Club. Teacher at James John Elementary School and lead intern with the Vancouver Fire Department's Office of the Fire Marshal.

Nate, '05 Scholar

Learning disability
Attends Bellevue College and studies physical fitness.

Jesse, '05 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Earned a bachelor's degree in forensic psychology from Seattle University.

Noah, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington. Currently works at North Seattle Community College's Disability Services Office. Participant on the Washington State Governors Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and works with other disability rights groups.

Sakina, '05 Scholar

Studies business marketing at Washington State University. Enjoys painting, photography, and fashion.

Kayla, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Volunteers at Kent Commons.

Jessie, '05 Scholar

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

Daman, '05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) where he founded an organization called Students for Disability Awareness. Beginning WWU's accelerated MBA program. Works remotely for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on information technology accessibility and for PAVE, a nonprofit organization, on disability health care for youth. In January 2012, was appointed to the Washington State Governor's Committee of Disability Issues and Employment.

Cassie, '05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Attends Western Governor's University. Has an A+ certification and is now working towards getting a bachelor's degree in information technology security.

'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 and a learning disability
Graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor's degree in music and vocal performance. Working toward his master's degree in music in vocal performance at the University of Nebraska. Signs opera and would like to perform professionally, educate others in music, and travel the world.

Laura, '04 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor's degree in humanities for teaching and a minor in mathematics. Student in Seattle University's master in teaching program. Currently working at The Seven, an Episcopalian program for young adults.

Lukas, '04 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogyposis multiplex congenita
Graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in speech communications and minor in leadership studies. 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-electophysiology lab.

Carrie, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from a music business school in Hollywood. Majoring in political science at Los Angeles Pierce College.

Tracy, '04 Scholar

Learning disability
Takes care of her two children, Jordan and Austin, and her mother-in-law. Enjoys camping trips with her family.

Amanda, '04 Scholar

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

Daniel, '04 Scholar

Dyslexia, diabetic, and adrenal failure
Graduated from Western Washington University and 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

Earned an associate's transfer degree from Whatcom Community College and enrolled in Western Washington University's human services distance learning program.

Maryann, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Shoreline Community College and 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. Competed in the Special Olympics.

Alex, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned his associate's degree from Cascadia Community College. Beginning studies at the University of Washington, Bothell to study in the society, ethics, and human behavior program. Coordinates volunteers for a running club.

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 two nonprofit organizations and bowls for the Special Olympics in South Florida. She recently used her sign language skills to help a special needs theater group that recently put on a production of Who-Mania, based on Dr. Seuss characters.

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
Graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in economics and math. Enrolled in a finance Ph.D. program at the University of Southern California. Interned at Boeing, NASA, and NOAA.

Russell, '04 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in history and a minor in Spanish. Tutored college students in Spanish. Enjoys art and reading.

Michael, '04 Scholar

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

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, and learning disability
Earned associate's degree from Olympic College. Enrolled in an early childhood and family studies program at the University of Washington.

'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. Swam for the U.S. 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 an undergraduate degree from Central Washington University (Summa Cum Laude and Presidential Scholar) and master's degree from Lesley University in curriculum development through the arts. Teaches special education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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 Walla Walla Community College, studying computer technology.

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 and learning disabilities
Working at BHD Construction as an information technology specialist.

Joshua, '03 Scholar

Blind
Attends Clark College, studying broadcasting. Interested in novel writing and DJing.

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 as AccessSTEM Intern for NOAA.

Tressa, '03 Scholar

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

Conrad, '03 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle Pacific University. Attends the University of Washington School of Law. Has participated in multiple internships in Washington, DC, including the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship and the Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. Working as an intern at Disability Rights Washington. Involved in fundraising and disability awareness efforts, including testifying in Washington, DC. First person to use a powered wheelchair in the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon.

Andrew, '03 Scholar

Bilateral radial club hand
Attended Washington State University and majored in hospitality business management.

Jesse, '03 Scholar

Dyslexia
Software developer of custom applications at Digital Foundry, specializing in web and mobile applications. Earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Goshen College. Taught basic computer skills to adults who are homeless in San Francisco. Interned at NASA, Microsoft, and IBM.

Senait, '03 Scholar

Health and vision impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in medical anthropology and global health from the University of Washington. Participating in the University of Washington's "Newly Emerging Women Leadership Puget Sound Institute." Plans to pursue opportunities to enhance her adaptive 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 associate's degree from Bellingham Technical College in machine technology and mechanical engineering. Member of Phi Theta Kappa. Attends Washington State University, and working towards a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an associate's degree in electrical engineering.

'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 and attention deficit disorder
Works as a dental assistant.

Silvia, '02 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta and 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
Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in applied and computational mathematical sciences. Interested in software engineering, website construction, or other computer-related occupation.

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, WA.

Scott, '02 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Earned bachelor's degrees 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. Volunteers at a variety of organizations including the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System.

Alexandra, '02 Scholar

Low vision
Earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington. Works in the Shendure Lab in the department of Genome Science at the University of Washington. Married in October 2011.

James, '02 Scholar

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

Jared, '02 Scholar

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

Andrew, '02 Scholar

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

Rima, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in political science and communications. Completed internships at NOAA and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Chris, '02 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Earned a computer science degree from the University of Washington. Currently works as a full-time software development engineer. Enjoys sailing an accessible boat with Footloose Sailing Association.

Carson, '02 Scholar

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

Dale, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Gonzaga University with a juris doctor in May 2011.

Ryan, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated with a degree in environmental sciences and technology from the University of Washington, Bothell.

Angela, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Edmonds Community College and studies psychology 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
He looked forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer when he died in April 2003 from a respiratory infection.

Brad, '01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder and learning disability
Graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Currently works as a website reviewer.

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
Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a master's degree in social work.

Jeff, '01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attends college in Spokane, WA.

Caleb, '01 Scholar

Visual and mobility impairment
Attends Bellingham Technical College, studying computer networking.

Raechell, '01 Scholar

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

Lauren, '01 Scholar

Neurofibromatosis
Graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor's degree in social services. Attending Highline Community College to pursue a library and technology certificate.

Matt, '01 Scholar

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

Brandon, '01 Scholar

Hemipelegia
Earned master's degree in the psychology of counseling from the University of Puget Sound.

Alexandra, '01 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated from the University of Washington. Works in accounts payable at Holland America Lines.

Jacob, '01 Scholar

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

Amy, '01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Central Washington University. Working as a substitute teacher in the Everett Public Schools. Has a dog named Edward "Special Ed" who is training to be her service dog.

Mike, '01 Scholar

Asperger's syndrome
Pursuing two associate's degrees at Shoreline Community College in computer animation and photography.

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 and 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. 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
Completed 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 and patella femoral syndrome
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington. Working towards a funeral director certificate at Lake Washington Technical College.

Benjamin, '00 Scholar

Dyslexic dysgraphic
Graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in political science from University of Oklahoma (OU). Partner and managing director at Kellner Capital and Arsenal Advisors. Splits time between New York and Phoenix. Avid golfer, Oklahoma University Sooner fan, and foodie.

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 at.

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.

Kasey, '00 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in political science and is currently attending Tulane University studying architecture and sustainable real estate.

Susanna, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended Gonzaga University for a master's degree. Married with a daughter.

Deke, '00 Scholar

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

Stephanie, '00 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. Lives in Edmonds where she 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
Volunteer at Google as a Google Map Maker Advocate to support Google Map Maker, Google Places, and Google Maps. Currently looking for work that excites his mind and will challenge him on a weekly basis.

Nohemi, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Yakima Valley Community College and is pursuing an associate's degree in art and science. Plans to transfer to Washington State University for a bachelor's degree in computer engineering.

Crystal, '00 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned 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 at 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
Working on 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 from Central Washington University with a major in English and a minor in creative writing.

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
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Oregon University. Pursuing a master's degree in deaf education at Western Oregon University with plans to work as a coach and teacher.

Pat, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned associate's degree in computing from Spokane Falls Community College. Worked in the IT department of Numerica Credit Union for five years. He and his wife Jessica have a daughter named 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. Travelling 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
Graduated from the University of Washington with a major in European studies and a minor in political science. Works at NOAA Fisheries Science Center as an information technology specialist.

Lacey, '99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and 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
Graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in political science and philosophy. Worked in volunteer and 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
Attended Seattle Central Community College. Earned a degree in social sciences and became a child life specialist. Worked at the Langston-Hughes program for youth.

Ali, '99 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta
Graduated with an associate's degree from Edmonds Community College. Will attend Washington State University to work towards a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering.

'98 Ambassadors

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Group photo of 1998 National 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. Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in global studies with a minor in human rights at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Eddie, '98 Scholar

Graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in mechanical engineering.

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, and dysgraphia
Co-owner of Faded Karma Productions. Front desk supervisor at the Hotel Max and live sound engineer for Super Geek League (Sci-Fi Punk Circus).

Chanon, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Studied social work at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and plans to eventually finish her college degree. Received a black lab 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
Graduated with a bachelor's degree from Fort Valley State University.

Khrystal, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Full-time mother and wife.

Michael, '98 Scholar

Learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Alberta with majors in physics and mathematical sciences. Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics and Christian theology, while working at the University of Alberta as associate vice president of Student Life.

Silas, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Interested in programing or designing video games.

Jessie, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia and attention deficit disorder
Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in informatics and a minor in dance. Interested in business intelligence and information management. Works at Amazon.com.

Todd, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Musician. Loves video games.

Arnell, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and communication disorder
Worked in retail.

Nichole, '98 Scholar

Scoliosis and kyphosis with metatrophic dwarfism, dysplasia, and condrodystrophy
Graduated from the Evergreen State College with a bachelor's degree in communication. Works as a small business and national accounts coordinator for Verizon Wireless and acts in independent films. Married summer 2011.

Corey, '98 Scholar

Tourette syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and 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
Attended the Rochester Institute of Technology to study physics, but earned an associate of applied science degree in graphic arts from Monroe Community College. Currently works as a lead technician at Frontier Communications.

Amanda, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Graduated with honors from the University of Great Falls with a major in communications and a minor in computer systems integration. Works as a freelance writer.

Jennifer, '97 Scholar

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

Cynthia, '97 Scholar

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

Trent, '97 Scholar

Epilepsy
Attended Bellevue Community College.

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; working towards an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Michael, '97 Scholar

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

Alexi, '97 Scholar

Profoundly deaf
Graduated from the University of Connecticut with English and publishing degrees. 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 her Bachelor of Accountancy from Mississippi State University and her Masters of Business Administration degree from Belhaven University. Currently works for Lafayette County as the accounts payable clerk.

Steven, '97 Scholar

Severe hearing loss
Graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in economics. Earned a Masters of Business Administration 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 Ph.D. in micro-electronics and photonics at the University of Arkansas. Received 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 juris doctorate from Georgetown University. Worked in the United States Senate. Currently practices corporate law in New York.

Sharon, '97 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a degree in orientation and mobility from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's degree in education from Portland State University, a teacher of the visually impaired certification, and a bachelor's degree in social science. 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, and dysgraphia
Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree. Majored in microbiology and minored in computer science and chemistry. 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. Graduated with a medical degree from Stanford University. Internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Competitor in many wheelchair racing events, including the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Maintains a website at www.cheriblauwet.com/.

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. Works as a residential counselor at California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California. Will enter California State University East Bay this fall to finish master's degree in social work. 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 State to pursue a career as a middle school teacher.

Jodi, '96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and completed first postdoctoral fellowship in exercise physiology. Completed 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
Graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in computer science. 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. Owns a nursery and garden shop, specializing in water gardens and hostas and does landscape design and freelance web design. 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 at the University of North Dakota. Certified vision rehabilitation therapist. Works as an assistive technology specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind.

Bror, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Helped build Toyota pickups.

CJ, '95 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder and 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 University.

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. Received master's degree in social work at Grand Valley State University. Worked as a graduate assistant for the 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 medical 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 as a journeyman glazier working with commercial glass for about five years. Plays on a Northwest National Softball Assiciation of the Deaf team and is coaching this year. Is married with two boys.

Jeremy, '95 Scholar

Brain injury
Pursuing a successful career as a door maker.

Bridget, '95 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned a bachelor's degree in biology and speech and hearing sciences from Whitman College. Earned a doctorate 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 U.S. 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 and quadraplegia
Entrepreneur and founder of the Todd Stabelfeldt Foundation.

Rachel, '95 Scholar

Renal failure and 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 and learning disabilities
Works in technical service department for the Prentke Romich Company. Guest lecturer at universities about augmentative and alternative communication. Participated 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.

Jen, '94 Scholar

Undiagnosed severe neuropathy
Founder and director of GimpGirl Community (gimpgirl.com/).

Maria, '94 Scholar

Post-polio
Lives in Vancouver, WA, with her husband and child. Works for a utility company and enjoys being a mother.

Daniel, '94 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate's degree from Pierce Community College. Works as a sales technician for Pacific Office Automation. Is married and has three children.

Travis, '94 Scholar

Health and orthopedic impairments and dwarfism
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from Utah State University. Works for 21st Century Technologies as a software engineer. Receiving a kidney transplant. Married.

Takuya, '94 Scholar

Health impairment, nervous system dysmorphia, and congenital scoliosis
Studied physics, biology, mathematics, and computers at the University of Washington. Lives in Japan, pursuing a technology career.

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. Married and has a child.

Carolyn, '94 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and low vision
Studied science in college.

Kris, '94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Graduated from Oregon State University and is currently working on a Masters of Business Administration in information technology management at Western Governors University. Works as Chief Information Officer for the University of Western States. 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 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
Completed a bachelor's degree in social work with a minor in applied psychology at Eastern Washington University. Is currently attending the University of Southern California through the online program to attain a master's in social work.

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
Completed a bachelor's degree in biology from Washington State University and earned 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 two bilateral cochlear implant in January 2012.

Nhi, '93 Scholar

Multiple sclerosis
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 an auto detailing company, which he sold. Owns a holiday lighting company, which is one of the largest in the state as well as a home and commercial services company. Married and lives in West Seattle.

Lloyd, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Attends Missouri Southern State University and is majoring in computer forensics. Works at a taxi company. Volunteers at the American Red Cross and is a firefighter for Sheldon Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Is married to a woman who has been deaf most of her life.

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 and has two children.

Nadira, '93 Scholar

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

Rodney, '93 Scholar

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
Studying to be a Python/Django developer, enjoys graphic design, and writes for various publications.

Eric, '93 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned an associate's degree in computer applications from Mt. Hood Community College and bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing information technology from Portland State University. Worked as a temporary help desk technician at the Oregon Commission for the Blind, and is now pursuing positions in information technology such as IT help desk and desktop support.

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.

Hollis, '93 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Starting own business selling adaptive equipment for wheelchairs.

Matt, '93 Scholar

Dyslexia
Works as a software developer and is pursuing a second degree in international political economy (IPE). Plans to use IPE and computer science degrees to reduce global poverty. Lives with his wife in Tacoma.

Mitch, '93 Scholar

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

In Memory

Doug Lefever, DO-IT Mentor

Long-time DO-IT Mentor Doug Lefever died from injuries sustained when hit by a hit-and-run driver while in a crosswalk on a Seattle street. DO-IT, which began in 1992, had barely started when Doug volunteered to mentor DO-IT Scholars. He was an excellent role model when it came to earning a college degree and making positive contributions to DO-IT and to the Seattle community overall.

Doug received the DO-IT Mentor Award (pictured left) as well as the Hunthausen Humanitarian Award. Doug was also profiled in the University of Colorado alumni magazine.

Doug will always be missed by the DO-IT family and especially by those for whom he provided encouragement and guidance. We will also remember his great sense of humor that was apparent when he was hit in the chest by a foul ball during a DO-IT Summer Study trip to a Mariners game in the Kingdome. Doug later confided that getting that signed ball made it worth getting hit. In true mentor form, he stated that if the ball was to hit someone in the row of wheelchair-users that night, it was good that it was him; everyone else in the row was a DO-IT Scholar.


Matthew Porter, '95 Scholar

Matthew Porter, '95 Scholar and DO-IT Ambassador, passed away this spring. When Matthew first joined DO-IT he said his passion was computers; this remained true in all of his academic, employment, and recreational activities. After graduating from high school, Matthew went on to pursue an education in IT at the University of Washington. He also worked in the UW's Adaptive Technology Lab, helping other students with disabilities access technology.

Matthew was awarded the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Pemco Scholarship. Matthew valued his participation in DO-IT. After his death his father shared with DO-IT Director Sheryl Burgstahler, "Your program opened the door and showed him that he could attend college...he was always proud of having attended the UW. Thanks again." Matthew will be forever missed by his DO-IT family.

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.

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, AIA
Osteogenesis imperfecta
Architect, Business Owner
Studio Pacifica

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
Manager of Disability Services
North Seattle Community College

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's 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
Assistant Director/Counseling Services Coordinator
Disability Resources for Students
University of Washington

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
Disability Services Coordinator
Clover Park Technical College

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

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 Accessible Technology Services 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 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 is a student majoring in accounting and information management systems. The '93 Scholars remember Travis when he was three years old hanging around DO-IT Summer Study.

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 and 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 nerd 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.
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, work on DO-IT websites, and support the University of Washington's Access Technology Center.
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.
Penny Hinke
Penny

My name is Penny Hinke. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. My primary role at DO-IT is as an acadmic coach. As a coach, I work one-on-one with college students who have disabilities to help them develop strategies that will enable them to achieve their academic goals. I recently moved to Seattle from Manchester, England, where I lived for sixteen years. I earned a master's degree in French from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (the other UW!). I enjoy running, writing, practicing yoga, and playing the piano.

Terry Thompson
Terry

My name is Terry 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 work as a counselor/coordinator for DO-IT. My main role is to help students and employers create quality work-based learning experiences, including internships, informational interviews, and job shadows. I enjoy working closely with DO-IT Scholars during Summer Study and beyond. I was born and raised in Cowtown (a.k.a. Ft. Worth, TX). I have my degree in psychology from Texas Christian University.
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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