Snapshots 2005: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

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Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 2005!

This publication facilitates communication between DO-IT participants and was developed in August, 2005. DO-IT Scholars are high school students with disabilities who are preparing for college. They have interests in challenging fields that include science, engineering, technology, and business. They attend Summer Study programs at the University of Washington in Seattle 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 or employment, 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 post-secondary 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 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 refer to the Support DO-IT! section.

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, and the Promising Practice Award in 2005. 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.

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director, DO-IT
College of Engineering/Computing & Communications/College of Education
University of Washington

Trailblazer Awards

Last year we initiated the DO-IT Trailblazer awards to highlight DO-IT community members who have forged new pathways which will benefit others. We have selected individuals who through their work and accomplishments have changed the way the world views people with disabilities and their potential to succeed in challenging careers and activities. Congratulations to this year's honorees!

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Karen Braitmayer (Architect, DO-IT Mentor)
For accomplishments as a business owner and in progressing accessibility efforts within the field the architecture.

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Jessie (DO-IT Ambassador and '98 Scholar)
For accomplishments in increasing access and support on campus and providing a strong role model to students with hidden disabilities.

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Mylene Padolina (Microsoft Sr. Diversity Consultant, DO-IT Partner)
For accomplishments in the integration of disability in the diversity efforts of businesses and programs encouraging youth to pursue high tech career fields.

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Suzanne Weghorst (UW Human Interface Technology Lab Researcher, DO-IT Employer and Instructor)
For accomplishments in research and providing numerous opportunities for students with disabilities to explore the field of human interface technology.

Phase I Scholars

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Twenty Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in August of 2005. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other as well as 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.

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Dulce, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dulce. I am going to be a senior this fall. My favorite classes are math and reading, and I plan to become a computer support specialist. I'm originally from Mexico, but moved here 4 years ago and now know how to speak both Spanish and English. Soccer is my favorite sport; I used to play in Mexico. I also play basketball and last year I went to Arizona to compete and won an award from my coach. I love to listen to music, chat with friends and family, and read and write poetry. I am deaf and also have cerebral palsy, which affects my mobility.

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Shavonne, '05 Scholar

My name is Shavonne. I'm 16 years old and was born with spina bifida. I'll be starting my junior year in high school. My younger sister has been a big support for me as I've struggled to be a normal teenager. I'm an active member of my community and school, and I belong to DECA as well as the Justice and Peace Club. I also volunteer to work with pets to prevent overpopulation. This year I will be my school's football team manager and I plan to earn a school letter. I dream of going to the University of Washington and becoming a podiatrist.

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Jennifer, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am 18 and have Cerebral Palsy. I am going to be a junior in high school this fall. I am involved with choir at school. I like to spend time with family and friends. I love to go shopping and hang out with my grandma. My plans are to attend a local college, get my A.A. degree, then pursue a career in the computer technology field. I am hoping my experiences with DO-IT will help me explore other options and tools that I can use to better my future.

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Kayla, '05 Scholar

Hello. My name is Kayla. I'm 17 years old and will be a senior in high school in the fall. My favorite classes are English, French, and psychology. I will also be attending a Running Start program. At school I am involved with FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America). Outside of school I love to paint, read, walk my dogs, shop, and go to Sonics games. My career goal is to become a psychologist. I really want to go to the University of Washington. My disability is Central Core Disease (Muscular Dystrophy). I hope that the DO-IT program can help me become more independent.

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Daren, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Daren and I have Dyslexia. I will be a junior in high school this fall. I also attend Community College. When I graduate I will have both my high school diploma and an Associates Degree in science. I plan to go on to a 4-year college and major in biochemistry and perhaps obtain my Ph.D. at the University of Washington. I like sports such as swimming and track. I also enjoy putting together puzzles.

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Bella, '05 Scholar

Hi everyone! My name is Bella and I have Cerebral Palsy which affects most of my muscles including my eyes. So I use quad canes, a bugsy walker (only for aerobic exercise), or a wheelchair, and I need visual materials to be enlarged for me to read. I go to high school and will be in the 11th grade next year. Art, language arts, and drama are my three favorite classes, but I also like biology and math. My hobbies include babysitting, acting, reading, playing with my dogs, playing the piano and walking my dogs. I'm part of a Public Theater summer youth program. I acted in a play called "His Dark Materials" this July. My career goals are to be a teacher and an artist. I'd also like to help out in a day care because I love kids. I'm interested in going to community college.

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Zachary, '05 Scholar

I'm Zach and I'm in the 11th grade. My favorite classes are math and weight lifting. I play football and wrestle for my high school. Outside of school, I like to work out and hang out with my friends. I am interested in a career as a firefighter and would like to study fire science in college. I plan to go to a community college or the University of Washington. The disability I have is Dysgraphia which means that I have trouble writing. I'm hoping that in DO-IT I can access technology that will assist me with writing.

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Marlen, '05 Scholar

Hey, my name is Marlen, and I have a learning disability that affects my spelling, grammar, reading, and math. I am going to be a junior this fall. My favorite subject is science and I would like to be a biologist or a dentist. I enjoy swimming in the middle of the night and going to Mount Constitution. I also love all music (with the exception of country)!

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Logan, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Logan. I will be a senior this fall. I can't wait to get into the real world! One of my favorite classes is weight lifting. There's just something about being in a weight room that makes me feel good as a person. As for school activities, I'm on the power lifting team for my high school. I was one of the ten power lifters who were invited to state from my school. I'm the second strongest male in the state for my weight category and the first paraplegic with Cerebral Palsy to compete. Some of my hobbies include playing my bass guitar, working out, and having a good time with friends. In college I plan to either go into the networking or the digital animation field. I hope that DO-IT can help me achieve my college and career goals by allowing me to gain experience in my fields of interest and helping me get a feel for how life will be once I have achieved those goals.

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Andrew, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Andrew and I am going to be a junior this fall. My favorite classes are math, drama, and language arts, and I am involved in Inner City Outings (ICO), school plays, and sports as well as community service. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and playing soccer. I am interested in going to the UW and would like to study law, Spanish, and acting. I hope to be a bilingual lawyer, actor and poet someday. I started a job this summer at a specialty grocery store that I really enjoy as I am very social and like to be around all types of people. I have Tourette's Syndrome and just recently learned that I may also have Asperger's Syndrome. I hope that my experience with DO-IT will help me become more comfortable with my disabilities.

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Nate, '05 Scholar

Hello, my name is Nate. I will be a senior this fall. My favorite subjects are history and language arts. I like hanging out with friends and family. My learning disability has been a challenge, however this year I took Spanish and passed it. I knew that I needed a second language to go to college. I would like to attend the University of Washington and get a degree in business and then pursue a career in real estate. What I hope to gain from the DO-IT program is more strength to help me with my learning disability.

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Jesse, '05 Scholar

My name is Jesse. I'm going into the 12th grade, and my favorite class is chemistry. I used to run track and I am thinking about doing some work with the choir and the drama club. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends or just hanging out at home. I am interested in pursuing a career as a forensic scientist. In college I would like to learn about genetics and maybe entomology. I am hoping to attend the University of Washington or Seattle Pacific University. My disability is Asperger's Syndrome and I feel that I don't need any academic help, although my social skills could use some improvement.

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Noah, '05 Scholar

My name is Noah. I am 16 years old and go to high school. My favorite classes are social studies, world religion, government, and math. At school I am in link crew and croquet club. Last year I was also involved in student government. Outside of school I listen to a lot of music and go to concerts. I enjoy playing video games and basketball. I watch lots of sports on TV and know many sports facts and information. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I hope DO-IT will help me get ready for college and living on my own as well as meet new people.

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Sakina, '05 Scholar

Hi, I'm Sakina. I am going to be a junior this fall. My favorite class is Leadership, and I like music and history. I have a learning disability that impacts my reading, writing, and spelling. I like to shop and support my high school teams; football and basketball games are my favorite because I like to socialize. I'm a pretty cool person!

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Kayla, '05 Scholar

My name is Kayla, and my disability is Cerebral Palsy. I currently attend high school, where I will be a junior this fall. I enjoy computers, listening to music, and watching movies. My favorite subject in school is English. My career goal is to work with computers. I'd like to attend the University of Washington.

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Jessie, '05 Scholar

Hey, my name is Jessie. I'm a senior in high school. My favorite subject is math because it's challenging. I also like hanging out at lunch and socializing with my friends. I enjoy chatting online, sending email, playing games, and talking on the phone. In case you hadn't noticed already, I love to communicate and have a good sense of humor. Feel free to email me anytime. I enjoy DO-IT because of the variety of different disabilities I get exposed to and the people I get to know.

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Daman, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Daman and I will be a junior in secondary school this fall. I plan to go to the University of Washington and would like a career as an architect or a computer engineer when I graduate. I have Cerebral Palsy and am a webmaster for many organizations, including the United Cerebral Palsy of South Puget Sound. I have also been a keynote speaker at fundraising events and parent support groups.

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Cassandra, '05 Scholar

Hi, my name is Cassie. I was born with Spina Bifida. I am 17 years old and will be a senior in high school. I am involved in a club called Multi-Cultural Student Union. I also play tennis on my school team. Outside of school, I swim and play games online. My career goal is to become a computer programmer. This year I have been on four MESA (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement) trips because we do not have a class for juniors or seniors. I got to go to Avista, Itron, Deaconess, and out to the State Patrol Crime Lab. This year a film crew came out from ESPN to film me because I play tennis in my wheelchair on my school team. I look forward to participating in DO-IT this year.

Phase II Scholars

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Phase II Scholars began participation in DO-IT in 2004 and attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in August of 2005. During that session, they worked closely with University faculty; in small groups, they studied the Game of Life (computer image processing), oceans and the atmosphere, accessible design of Web pages, and virtual reality. Throughout the year, they communicate via the Internet and participate in DO-IT activities, projects, and internships.

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Andrew '04 Scholar

Hey guys! My name is Andrew. I'm energetic and easy to talk to. As a senior in high school last year I was extremely busy with choir and performances. I was in every theatre production my school put on, which consumed most of my time. To add to my busy schedule I was a member of Vocal Jazz, and I also squeezed in a very successful track season throwing javelin. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a learning disability in reading and writing. Accommodations, like extra time on tests, have been very helpful. My favorite subjects are theatre and music. I'm going to be a freshman at a state university this fall where I intend to major in musical theatre or performance. I have aspirations to be on Broadway someday, so keep your eyes and ears open!

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Laura '04 Scholar

Hey! My name is Laura and I'm eighteen years old. I graduated from high school in June and will attend a private university this fall. Because of an accident, I am legally blind in my left eye and suffer from a traumatic brain injury. In the past five years, I have faced many challenges both inside and outside of school. One thing that I am truly grateful for is how helpful and caring a lot of my teachers were. While I am at college, I plan to major in secondary education. A lot of things have influenced me to become who I am today. A few of these are God and faith, music, bunnies, sports and my community. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to be a part of the DO-IT community and look forward to getting to know all of you better!

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Lukas '04 Scholar

My name is Lukas. I am a senior at the best high school there is. The full name of my disability is Amyoplasia Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. My favorite classes were math, science, marching band, jazz band, and concert band. Now, because of my teacher, US History (probably going to be AP Government and Politics this coming year), marching band, jazz band, and wind ensemble. Outside of school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing chess, playing on the computer, going to the movies, playing my instrument, and doing family things. I'm looking to minor in music and major in Communications and Finance. I hope to go to the University of Washington, Whitworth College, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, or Harvard. My biggest accomplishment this year were all the things I did wrong. Most people wouldn't say this is their biggest accomplishment, but I feel, because of those wrong-doings, I have become a much better person both on the inside and on the outside. I've learned a lot about myself and other people, especially the people closest to me. I've developed good habits and not so good habits. I'm slowly but surely working on my long list of bad habits so I should be straightened out by the fall.

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Kathleen '04 Scholar

Hi my name is Kathleen. This fall I will be a senior in high school. I am in the marching band where I play the Eb Alto saxophone, and I participate in several events in the Science Olympiad. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I would like to pursue a career in biology, maybe entymology or microbiology. I am looking at the Science and Engineering Institute at Washington State University to continue my schooling when I graduate.

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Carrie '04 Scholar

Hello all, my name is Carrie. I'm 18 years old and recently graduated from high school. In the fall I will attend community college and major in Musical Production. After I have completed the program, I hope to make a name for myself as a music producer.

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Tracy '04 Scholar

Hi, my name is Tracy. I just graduated from high school, and plan to go to a community college for culinary arts. I have already lived on my own for over a year and a half, and it is going really well. One of my favorite hobbies is to play pool. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends and going river rafting. I have a learning disability that makes reading and spelling difficult.

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Amanda '04 Scholar

Hello. My name is Amanda. I graduated from high school this spring. For the last two years I have been very involved in the world of art. I was accepted to an art college in Oregon but will first be attending a local community college this fall to take a few more art classes before I go. One of my paintings won a local high school art show and I went to Olympia, Washington, to compete in the state art show. I love to paint, read and hang out with my friends and family.

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Daniel '04 Scholar

Hi. My name is Daniel. I am 17 and a senior in high school. I am a member of National Honor Society and I am an Eagle Scout. Last year I had tons of fun in my CAD class (Computer Assisted Design). Outside of school, I run cross-country, downhill ski, play ultimate Frisbee, play golf, backpack (as a Boy Scout) and build things. I hope to become a mechanical engineer. I have a reading disability and am diabetic. Through DO-IT I have learned to use new technology that can reduce the time I spend on homework.

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Julie '04 Scholar

Hello to all!!! My name is Julie. I am 18 years old and just graduated from high school. My favorite classes this year were independent living, choir, math, and art. I was a member of the National Honor Society. I have three brothers and a sister; I am the oldest. I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing on the computer, and reading. Last year I went to my first concert to see Sugar Ray and Matchbox 20. I was in the front row and Mark McGrath, the lead singer of Sugar Ray, came down and kissed me twice. Now that I have graduated from high school I plan to go to college and study to become an elementary school teacher.

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Meg '04 Scholar

My name is Meg. I will be a senior this fall. I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy, which affects my balance and depth perception. This past year I enrolled in an AP US history course, which is a vigorous curriculum to keep up with. I am student of the semester in French 2nd year, which really surprised me. I am exploring bioengineering as a career.

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Maryann '04 Scholar

My name is Maryann. I am 19 years old and will be a senior this fall. I want to study disability law or accounting first at a junior college. I have my driving learner's permit and, with TONS of practice, my goal is to drive independently. I am active in 4H with a dog group and my family is currently raising a black lab to be an assistance dog to help someone else like my service dog, Fisher. I enjoy river rafting, water skiing, and snow skiing. I want to do it all!

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Alex '04 Scholar

My name is Alex. I'm involved with Youth Group and Scouts. One accomplishment that I'm proud of is earning my Communication Merit Badge. I successfully used my laptop to do this. Although I will enter 12th grade this year, I will take 2 years for my senior year. By doing so, I hope to not be as rushed this year as in 11th grade. I plan to go to a community college afterwards and work towards something in the field of writing. This summer, the week after DO-IT Summer Study ends, I'm off to Boy Scout camp in the North Cascades!

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Makenna '04 Scholar

My name is Makenna. I attend high school. I will be a senior in the fall. Outside of school I like to hang out with my friends, listen to music, read, and annoy my tutors (just kidding). I also love to travel. I really want to go to Hawaii someday. I plan on attending community college and then a four-year university. I have Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability.

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Katie '04 Scholar

Hi! My name is Katie and I am heading into my senior year. I have two great parents, a younger sister, a bunch of super friends, and three furry cats. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Dyslexia so it often takes me a little longer to do things and I usually ask a lot of questions. I'm on the school play stage crew, and in the National Honor Society, and in Girl Scouts. I'm an active Catholic Girls Club leader as well. During my spare moments, I attempt to collect stamps, write, sing here and there, and hang out with friends. My favorite subjects at school are art (ceramics!!!), creative writing, American Sign Language (ASL), integrated science, and physics. Along with art, music, and writing, I also love nature, reading, my Faith, laughing, and sleeping in! After high school, I plan on attending a four-year college, entering a career that definitely involves working with kids (probably an elementary teacher, maybe an art therapist!), and then going paragliding!

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Ashley '04 Scholar

My name is Ashley. I graduated from high school this year and will be entering a community college in the fall. During my senior year I got numerous awards including a silver cord for graduation, an unsung hero award from the school's Parents, and a recognition award from my drama/thespian society. I was Director of Costumes and Publicity for our last show of the year! At school I was also involved in the Student Government Association and organized the blood drives, pep rallies, elections, and other SGA activities. I like to volunteer at my local animal shelter (especially caring for and feeding all the cute cats), read, surf the web, talk on the phone, shop, dance, and listen to music. I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome.

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Vishal '04 Scholar

Hi, my name is Vishal. I will be a senior this fall. My accomplishments are becoming Associate Student Body president, speaking at school board meetings regarding school closures, and planning a canned food drive, two successful student dances, and a disability awareness week called "Understanding." I spoke in various classes about my disability. I also sold wristbands to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy, which I have. I like to play video games, watch TV, email, talk with people, and surf the 'Net. My career interests include being a sports journalist or broadcaster. Go Seattle sports teams!

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"Bud" '04 Scholar

My name is Garrett and I go by Bud. I have been visually impaired since I was in 4th grade. I am going to be a freshman at a private university in the fall. I will be in an entrepreneurial program, and I'm considering majoring in business. My favorite classes in high school were math, physics, and Spanish. I enjoy sailing and watching baseball.

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Russell '04 Scholar

My name is Russell. I have Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. I am graduating from high school this year and will be attending a private university. I am interested in history, Spanish, and computers. In my spare time I enjoy watching baseball, drawing, reading, playing videogames, and spending time with my family.

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Michael '04 Scholar

My name is Michael. I recently graduated from high school, where I was involved in percussion ensemble and Honor Society and enjoyed computer, math, science and band classes. I completed a senior project in plumbing and a job shadow at Habitat for Humanity as well as helped remodel two of the bathrooms at my house. Outside of school I am a computer/console nerd; I love video games. I also like to go fishing, to baseball games, swimming, to water parks, and camping. I really enjoy being with my family and I love playing golf. My career goal is to be an engineer involved in the use of nuclear fusion as an energy source. I plan to attend community college. After I complete an Associates degree I would like to go on to a state university and get a Ph.D. in engineering. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which means I have trouble sitting still and focusing on the current task at hand. I also have small motor and large motor disabilities, so I have a difficult time writing. DO-IT helps me be more independent and find creative ways to type out homework such as math and physics problems.

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Blanca '04 Scholar

My name is Blanca. I'm 17 years old and will be a senior this fall. My favorite subject in school is math, and I also enjoy ceramics. I live with my parents, two brothers, and a sister. I am thinking of becoming a child psychologist because I enjoy working with children. I love to read, watch TV, and play on the computer. I was in an accident where I suffered a spinal cord injury, and I've used a wheelchair for 4 years. One of the things I enjoy about DO-IT is meeting people with similar and different disabilities who have gone on to do many creative and interesting things with their lives.

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Jessica '04 Scholar

My name is Jessica. I will be a senior this fall. I enjoy being with my family, playing with my animals and babysitting. I hope to have a career in education, possibly as a kindergarten teacher.

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, Pals, and Mentors, and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns in DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences.

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Patrick, '03 Scholar

My name is Patrick. I will be in the 12th grade. My hobbies include using the computer, going to church, and hanging out with my friends. I have two brothers and a sister. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which weakens my muscles over time. Useful accommodations are a lift, a wheelchair, and a shower chair. I enjoy taking classes in the business field, computer-aided drafting, and computer game design.

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Crystal, '03 Scholar

Howdy y'all. My name is Crystal. I graduated from high school. For my senior project I job-shadowed at Wal-Mart. I thought it was cool, but I do not see myself at Wal-Mart for the rest of my life. I like to play on the computer and watch good old movies and Country Music Television. I use a wheelchair to get around, but I work hard at therapy so I can walk again.

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Justin, '03 Scholar

Hi. My name is Justin. I will be attending a state university, where I was accepted in the Honors Pre-Business Major program. I look forward to continuing swimming and keeping in touch with all of you online.

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Zachary, '03 Scholar

I am originally from Korea. My American parents, David and Karen, adopted me. I like playing computer games. I will be a senior this coming fall. Math is my favorite subject. I participated on the track team. My disability is short term memory loss and some fine motor skill loss in my hands due to an anoxic brain injury in 2002. I am very patient with any situation and am a good friend. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Jamie, '03 Scholar

Hi. My name is Jamie. I am an only child, but I have five step-sisters. My extra curricular activities are tennis, and community service. I have a learning disability in the areas of math, reading, and writing. The accommodations that have been most helpful are extra time on tests and being able to take them in another room. I can type faster than I can write; a computer helps me get my thoughts written down. DO-IT has helped me get a better understanding of what college will be like and how to succeed in that environment. I will be a state university. I am excited to major in Special Education.

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Shaun, '03 Scholar

My name is Shaun. I just graduated from high school and will be a freshman at community college. I like to lift weights, wrestle, play video games, go to drag races and hang with friends. Some of my interests are conservation and wildlife, hotrods, tattoos, and body piercing.

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Skylor, '03 Scholar

My name is Skylor. I will be starting community college this fall. I enjoy working with people and plan to major in either Psychology or Earth Science. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Vanessa, '03 Scholar

My name is Vanessa, and I just graduated from high school. In the fall, I'll be attending a community college. My family is made up of my mom, dad, twin sister and my soon-to-be brother-in-law. I can't wait for college. It will just be my roommate and I living together, and I feel that I'm ready for the new changes that are ahead. I feel very blessed to be in the DO-IT family! It's changed my life for the better, and it's helping me make all my dreams come true! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my DO-IT journey. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Joshua, '03 Scholar

My name is Joshua. I will be a senior in high school this fall. My family consists of my mom, dad, brother sister. The class I am most excited to be taking next year is a 2-period career- oriented class called The Teaching Academy. I enjoy baseball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and track. I was born with Spina Bifida and use a wheelchair but I can walk with forearm crutches. I plan to attend a community college and then transfer to a 4-year college. I would like to study for a career in communications or social services/education.

Matt, '03 Scholar

My name is Matt. I hope to go to community college to study business. I am interested in the stock market and real estate land developing. Some of the career fields I would like to be involved in are engineering and video editing. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Joshua, '03 Scholar

My name is Joshua. I am interested in video game programming. This year at school I joined my school track team and achieved personal records in the three events that I participated in. I am going into my senior year of high school. I have had a ton of fun in DO-IT the last two years.

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Annemarie, '03 Scholar

My name is Annemarie and I am 18 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy which limits my mobility as well as some of my small motor skills. Next year I will be attending a private university. I hope to graduate with a double major in Communications and Biology with a minor in Spanish. Then I intend to either go on to medical school or get my masters degree and go into the profession of editing and publishing. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Tressa, '03 Scholar

My name is Tressa and I'm interested in dolphin communication. My older sister, Lacey, was a '99 DO-IT Scholar. DO-IT has created a support system that makes the real world successful for me and my disability. I have specific language disabilities which affect my comprehension and processing abilities, and I have chronic headaches. I plan to major/minor in psychology and biology, and eventually study and interact with dolphins for the rest of my career.

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Conrad, '03 Scholar

My name is Conrad. I am going to be a freshman at a private university this fall. I have a recently retired service dog named Yahtzee. My favorite subjects in school are biology, Spanish, and history. Some of my career interests include employment as a political analyst, defense analyst, or linguist. I am actively involved in political campaigns, and voter registration. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to movies, and reading. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Andrew, '03 Scholar

My name is Andrew and I will be entering the 12th grade. My family is great and they give me all the support I could ever want. My favorite school subjects are agriculture and business. I love having a computer. Typing is much easier and faster than writing, plus the final product looks much better. When I grow up I want to do something involving animals.

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Jesse, '03 Scholar

My name is Jesse, and I attend high school, where I will be a senior this fall. I have many computer interests, including Linux, C, and computer security. I also enjoy technical theater, especially audio design. At school I manage the school's sound system and help maintain the computers. Last summer I interned at Microsoft with a group that beta tests networking features in international versions of Windows. It was a lot of fun.

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Senait, '03 Scholar

Hi! My name is Senait. I will be attending my second year at a state university this fall. In my free time I love to listen to music and travel. I am planning to major in Health Administration and Pharmacy.

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Jamie, '03 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jamie. I am working on an associate degree in Accounting a community college. I am interested in working as a bookkeeper for a local business after I receive my degree. I was an Intern in Summer Study 2005. If any Scholars are thinking about accounting, I would recommend it, even if you don't like math. The good part of accounting is that the computer can do most of the calculations for you!

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Natasha, '03 Scholar

Hi! My name is Natasha. I have been accepted to a community college where I will be taking classes towards earning a degree in Elementary Education. I plan to transfer my junior year to a state university and graduate with a degree in Special Education and a minor in Deaf Education. The DO-IT program has taught me that it's easy to interact with other people with disabilities and helped me stay focused on school and not to give up. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2005.

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Scott, '03 Scholar

My name is Scott I am a graduate of high school. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), but I have not let this disability prevent me from becoming an Eagle Scout in Troop 91 and getting accepted to an engineering college.

Scholar Achievements

Anh '96 Scholar
"In June 2005, I traveled to give a presentation at the Planner Network Conference titled 'Justice By Design?'. I will also be participating in a panel titled 'Transportation Equity: Advocating for Accessible Transit for People with Disabilities'."

Kathleen '04 Scholar
"This year I participated in the Science Olympiad where I won several medals at the state level competition, first in Don't Bug Me, second in Fossils, and fourth in Forestry. I also received 'The most dedicated' award."

Ryan '00 Scholar
"I will be returning to my second internship with a Federal Agency. I will be working on special projects for the Defense Contract Management Agency during the summer of 2005."

Tynesha '99 Scholar
"I received the Jackie Robinson Scholarship for the 2004-2005 school year. Over the summer I will be participating in an internship at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center."

Jennifer '05 Scholar
"I wrote a paper for my high school that got printed in the paper about being in a wheelchair and how it assists me getting around at school as well as at home."

Katie '93 Scholar
"On March 25th, 2005 my husband Ryan and I became proud parents to Aidan 7 lbs. 2 oz. 19 3/4 inches."

Russel'04 Scholar
"I was accepted to a private university and received an academic scholarship after missing 6 weeks of school for back surgery and still managing to graduate! I was also nominated as one of the top 20 seniors at my high school."

Kayla '05 Scholar
"This year my greatest accomplishments were getting into the DO-IT program and getting the student of the month award from the Rotary Club."

Meg '04 Scholar
"I began taking AP college prep courses and was awarded Student of the Semester in my French class!"

Minh (Cynthia), '97 Scholar
Received January Employee Excellence Award after 5 months at Washington Mutual Bank.

Alex '04 Scholar
"I earned my Communication Merit Badge this year through Boy Scouts through successfully using my laptop."

Logan '05 Scholar
"I was one of ten power lifters who were invited to State from my school and the first paraplegic with Cerebral Palsy to compete. I took second in state in my weight division while competing against able bodied peers."

Noah '05 Scholar
"This year I got a 3.5 GPA and helped start a croquet club at my school."

Cassandra '05 Scholar
"This year a film crew came out from ESPN to film me because I play tennis in my wheelchair on my school team."

Maryann '04 Scholar
"This year I participated in 3 events in Special Olympics - bowling, basketball, track and field. I was also voted 4H Treasurer, had my artwork selected by jury for display at a local Art Festival, and was selected to attend the Governor's Forum on Disabilities."

Jessie '98 Scholar
"This summer I'll be working at the World Bank as an intern in the Information Solutions Group! I feel very lucky to have also spent the two previous summers interning in Washington DC."

Michael '04 Scholar
" I completed a senior project where I learned many things about plumbing and I used this to help remodel two bathrooms in my home."

Dale '02 Scholar
"I have just completed my first year at a state university where I am majoring in Political Science and managed to make the President's Honor Roll! I have also been selected to become a peer advisor to five incoming freshman who are interested in Political Science."

Kayla '05 Scholar
"My greatest accomplishment this year was be accepted into the DO-IT program."

Amanda '04 Scholar
"In May 2005, I received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy (magna cum laude). Last year I was also the General Manager of the campus radio station."

Steven, '01 Scholar
"I compete on the wheelchair track and basketball teams my university and will be traveling to Washington D.C. and Finland this summer for track. I am working to make it to the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing."

Nadira '93 Scholar
"I got a job at the Federal Aviation Administration as a Program Assistant."

Daren '05 Scholar
"I was on the honor roll this year which is very important to me because it makes my parents proud"

Vishal '04 Scholar
"I was elected the ASB student body president, and I spoke at school board meetings regarding the proposed school closings. I also organized a canned food drive, planned 2 successful school dances and created a disability awareness week called 'Understanding' at my school."

'02 Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary 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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Amy, '02 Scholar

My name is Amy. I graduated from high school and attend a school for dental assistants. I love to go out with friends and see everything there is to see in life. I have a learning disability that interferes with my reading and writing. I also have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which interferes with many things at school and home. I love to help other people.

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Silvia, '02 Scholar

My name is Silvia. I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone or glass bones), which means that my bones break easily. I'm attending a state university and pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in business. I enjoy listening to all sorts of music and hanging out with friends.

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Rebecca, '02 Scholar

Hello, my name is Rebecca . I live with my mom, dad, and little sister, Lisa. I have a learning disability. I have worked one year at a nursing home. I really like Anime/manga (Japanese cartoons and comics). I also enjoy reading, playing the computer, and baking.

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Ian, '02 Scholar

My name is Ian. I graduated from high school a year ago. This year I will be a sophomore at a state university. I'm interested in software engineering image processing, and other computer-related occupations. I hope to learn several programming languages including C++ and Java at the College of Engineering. The DO-IT program will assist me in world domination or in getting a steady job working at Microsoft, where I had an internship last summer.

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Saroj, '02 Scholar

Hello! My name is Saroj. I will be a freshman at community college this fall. I have a learning disability. I am interested in becoming a social worker. I am thankful to have my mom in my life. She helps me be successful. I like working out, listening to music, dancing, hanging out with friends, and snowboarding. I was an Intern in Summer Study 2004. DO-IT has been a really good experience for me.

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Gimmie, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is Gimmie and I have a learning disability. I just finished my first year in college. I'm working on getting my Associates degree in business administration. I want to be in business, but I also love animals and am thinking of becoming a vet. I was an Intern in Summer Study 2004.

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Scott, '02 Scholar

Hello, my name is Scott . I am attending my last quarter at community college this fall. I am interested in computer science and politics. I enjoy attending trading card game tournaments (Magic the Gathering.) I was an Intern in Summer Study 2004.

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Leon, '02 Scholar

Hi. I am Leon. I go to high school where I will be in the 12th grade this fall. I like to play on the computer, hang out with friends, read, and watch TV. My favorite subject in school is English. I'm interested in criminal psychology and working for the federal government.

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Alexandra, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is Alexandra and I have a visual impairment. I enjoy swimming, working with computers, knitting, scrap booking, and other crafts. I will be a sophomore at a public university this fall. I plan to major in biology. My career interests lie in medical laboratory work and, if I'm still feeling ambitious after four long years, medical research.

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James, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is James. It will be my second year in college in the fall. I'm going to focus on law classes next year.

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Jared, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is Jared. This past year has been exciting. I was operated on twice and got a new lead for my heart. The doctors placed it right inside the center of my heart. It has increased my oxygen levels from 67% to 81%. I use my DO-IT laptop in all my classes at college. I'm interested in science the most.

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Andrew, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is Andrew and I attended a private art school last year. I found that I am more interested in fine arts than graphic art. I painted quite a bit last year. I enjoy being with friends and watching wrestling on TV. This summer I swam, went boating, floated the Yakima River, and visited the Oregon Coast.

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Rima, '02 Scholar

My name is Rima. I will be a sophomore at a state university this fall. I enjoy taking Classics class. I have Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia. I love reading, watching movies, and playing on the computer, especially on the Internet. I was an Intern in Summer Study 2004.

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Chris, '02 Scholar

My name is Chris, and I am a sophomore at a public university. I am planning on double majoring with degrees in Computer Science as well as Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms. I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. Last summer I was an intern at Microsoft working with an E-Business team, and this summer I'm interning at Western Wireless working in the Vital Operations group of the call center.

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Carson, '02 Scholar

I'm Carson, and I just finished my first year at a state university. I was well prepared thanks to DO-IT. Although, with my learning disability, it was tough, I had the confidence to persevere and the will power to work hard. I was determined to get an internship experience this summer so during Winter break I spent a lot of time filling out applications. I was offered a position with NASA through a program called Entry Point!, and I'm working at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi right now! It has been a great experience so far. My hobbies are French horn and tennis.

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Dale, '02 Scholar

I'm Dale. I have Cerebral Palsy. I graduated from high school, where I was a football manager for four years and also enjoyed choir. I have just completed my first year at a state university, where I am majoring in Political Science and managed to make the President's Honor Roll. My favorite subject is law, and I hope to be a lawyer someday. In the fall I will be a peer advisor to five incoming freshmen who are interested in Political Science.

Ryan, '02 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan. I participate in the Youth Leadership Forum and just completed my second year at a community college. I am working on my communications degree. I hope to someday be in human resources. I am looking forward to some good job shadowing experiences. I was an Intern in Summer Study 2004.

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Angela, '02 Scholar

Hey everyone! I am Angela. I have a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. I am currently at the end of my third quarter at community college where I am studying psychology to become a social worker or counselor for teenagers. I am also looking into doing some modeling for agencies in the next couple of months. I live at home with my father. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2004, which I really enjoyed! It was a great experience that I recommend to anyone with any type of disability.

'01 Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary 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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Brandon, '01 Scholar

On April 3, 2003 Brandon died from a respiratory infection. A high-energy kid, many of us will remember him racing around campus in his power wheelchair during Summer Study. Brandon's favorite school subject was mathematics. He looked forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer.

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Brad, '01 Scholar

Hello. My name is Brad. I just finished my third year at a state university. My major is Sociology, but I am not sure what I want to do with my life so that may change. I spend most of my time these days at my computer gaming with friends, chatting with friends, or just roaming the Internet. See y'all at Summer Study!

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Chris, '01 Scholar

Chris reached his childhood dream of attending a state university. Chris, who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, died in his dorm room on February 18, 2004.

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Elizabeth, '01 Scholar

My name is Elizabeth. I have Cerebral Palsy. I am currently a sophomore at a state university. I plan to major in family studies and minor in creative writing with hopes of becoming a social worker or counselor while pursuing a love for writing. I enjoy writing short stories and poetry, reading, listening to music, watching the Mariners, and hanging out with friends.

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Jeff, '01 Scholar

My name is Jeff. I attend college. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I also have an auditory processing disorder, which makes it hard for me to figure out the meaning behind things I hear. I like engineering, math, and technology. I like using math and computers to make art, and I like figuring out how stuff works. I want a career working with computers and electronics. DO-IT helps me a lot.

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Caleb, '01 Scholar

I'm Caleb. I just finished my second year at community college. I was a Summer Study Intern in 2003. I use adaptive technology because I am visually impaired and physically disabled. A career working with these technologies would be an interesting to me. I enjoy reading email messages from DO-IT participants.

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Raechell, '01 Scholar

I'm Raechell. I am a C7 quad, profoundly deaf, and respiratorally fragile. I speak English as well as American Sign Language. I love math and science; it's all logical and there's always an answer. I love art! I'd like to be either an elementary school teacher or a math teacher. I love kids. I used to help out in Sunday school. I'm online 40-45 hours a week if there's school, more than that if not. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Lauren, '01 Scholar

Hey there, my name is Lauren. I'm entering my second year at a state university. I don't know my major yet but would like to do something in the health care area. In my free time I love going shopping and going to movies with friends. I was an Intern for Summer Study '03.

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Matt, '01 Scholar

Hi. My name is Matt. I am currently attending a state university and majoring in administration management. My hobbies include snow mobiling, running, working, and participating in the Future Farmers of America. I work for Bishop Sanitation applying class B sewage in wheat fields. I also work in a mobile kitchen feeding firefighters on the line. My disabilities are Dyslexia and short term memory defect.

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Brandon, '01 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brandon. I will be close to senior status this fall at a state university. My major is English/Secondary Education, and I would like to be an English teacher.

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Alex, '01 Scholar

My name is Alexandra. I'm going to be attending a state university this year. I love to snowboard. I am deaf and use interpreters in class. A computer allows me to talk to my friends over email. DO-IT has helped me prepare for college. I love to have fun, dance, and be with my friends.

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Jacob, '01 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jacob. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and bilateral clubfeet. I was in a band for two years. I am also a member of a church youth group and have been involved in several service projects. I would like a job in a science field. Computers and the Internet have opened opportunities to learn about new and exciting happenings around the world. They have also helped me learn of opportunities that I can take advantage of. For instance, I learned of DO-IT from the Internet. DO-IT is helping me decide what my career should be and giving me an idea of what college will be like. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Amy, '01 Scholar

Hi, my name is Amy. I have Cerebral Palsy and will be 21 years old on August 1st. I will complete my Associates Degree in Education next spring at a community college. I plan to transfer to either Central Washington University or Western Washington University to get my teaching degree in Special Education. My favorite things to do are volunteering and going to movies. I have been working/volunteering once a week at a Learning Center, which is a daycare/preschool for disabled and non-disabled children.

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Mike, '01 Scholar

Hi. My name is Mike, and I will be in my 2nd year at a community college. My family name is Irish. I enjoy reading, golf, and playing games (even though I am trying to study as much as possible). I am also interested in computer programming, which I learned more about at college this summer. My favorite subjects are math and Japanese. My goal is to work in the computer gaming industry.

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Sarah, '01 Scholar

My name is Sarah. I will be a sophomore this fall at a private university. I am interested in Spanish. My disease, Fibro Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), causes bone to form in my muscles. I can't walk because my hips and knees are locked. My arms are also locked, almost in front of my face. I use an electric wheelchair. I use an ipaq to write essays and for various other work. I also have a computer with a special mouse and mini wireless keyboard. I use the computer to print assignments from my ipaq. I get on the Internet for research and email. I also like to play games. After college, I would like to be a Spanish/English interpreter or translator. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Brandi, '01 Scholar

Hi. My name is Brandi and I am nineteen. I recently moved from California. I am looking for a job, finding scholarships and financial aid so I can go to college soon. I would like to major in something that involves animals, computers, photography or digital photography art.

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Trisha, '01 Scholar

My name is Trisha. My disability is a learning disability. I'm interested in science, engineering, math, history, and technology. I would like to become a history or science teacher. DO-IT helped me understand how I can use computers in college.

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Steven, '01 Scholar

My name is Steven. I am attending a state university where I will be a sophomore. I compete on the wheelchair track and basketball teams. I will be traveling to Washington D.C. and Finland this summer for track. I hope to make it to the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing.

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Matt, '01 Scholar

My name is Matt and I go to a private college. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. In my free time I like to play computer games, watch movies, surf the net, and make 3-D art on the computer. I am a huge Star Trek fan. I also collect die cast 1:18 scale cars with my uncle. I currently have 35 cars in my collection; my favorite car being a 1948 Woody Wagon. I would like a career in computer graphics.

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Alicia, '01 Scholar

My name is Alicia. I enjoy long-distance running in track. In the summer, I am on the swim team. I have a learning disability in math. I like science and computers, but my favorite subject in school is English. I am considering a major in literature. I might want to become a counselor. Having a computer and Internet access is really great. DO-IT helped me transition to college. I learned what is expected and how to face the real world. I made friends and had a good time!

'00 Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary 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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Tasha, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Tasha. I graduated from high school. My favorite hobbies are playing games, shopping, talking on the phone, boys, animals, and collecting cards. I have Cerebral Palsy.

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Jeffrey, '00 Scholar

My name is Jeffrey. I graduated from high school. I attend a college for the deaf. My favorite sports are bowling, baseball, and skiing.

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Ryan, '00 Scholar

I have Cerebral Palsy. I will be a junior next year at a state university. I am interested in political science and economics. This summer I returned to the Defense Contract Management Agency for a second internship. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2002.

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Raleigh, '00 Scholar

My name is Raleigh. I graduated from high school and now attend a private college, where I play football. My hobbies are singing in the school choir, at church, and in the community. I draw, build, mold, and dance. My goal is to become a professional singer. I have a learning disability. I thought that my disability couldn't be helped, but DO-IT showed me the light and opened doors for me.

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Nora, '00 Scholar

My name is Nora and I finished my third year at a state university. I am an education major and plan to teach E.S.L. or E.S.O.L. at the middle school level. Some of my other interests are computer and video games, horses, and the Magic the GatheringTM and PokemonTM trading card games. I enjoy talking to others who share my interests, so write to me. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Israel, '00 Scholar

Hi, my name is Israel. I moved from Mexico to America eight and a half years ago. I graduated from high school in 2002 and am currently attending college. I plan to transfer a state university in 2006 and major in computer programming. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03. I am blind and like to use computers, ride bikes, play guitar, hang out with friends, and listen to music. My favorite music is soft rock, and my favorite subject is English. I like navigating the Internet with my computer and chatting with friends on MSN MessengerTM. I use JAWSTM, a screen reader program that helps me access other computer programs.

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Brian, '00 Scholar

My name is Brian. This fall I will be attending a state university as a junior. I am considering majoring in communications or ethnomusicology. I had an internship at KISW FM Radio. My future career goals revolve around becoming a professional DJ and running my own nightclub.

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Ben, '00 Scholar

My name is Benjamin. I am entering my senior year at a state university. During my time there, I have participated with student government organizations, minority student organizations, and student academic/advisory boards. Also, I serve on a youth board for the Institute for Educational Leadership working to advance the position of people of disability. My undergraduate degrees will be in Political Science and Economics and will come with honors distinction. This summer I am interning at the Environmental Protection Agency through DO-IT's AccessSTEM program and the Washington Center working to improve and enforce environmental compliance in Indian Country.

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Jamie, '00 Scholar

My name is Jamie and I graduated from high school. I attend community college where I am studying to become an x-ray technician. I like to play softball, watch baseball, and hang out with my friends.

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Andrea, '00 Scholar

Hi, my name is Andrea. In the fall, I will be a senior at a state university I will graduate in June with a B.A. in Architectural Studies. I was an Intern in Summer Study '04.

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Corinna, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Corinna. I work as People First Coordinator at the ARC. I have Cerebral Palsy. I was an Intern at Summer Study '02.

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Kasey, '00 Scholar

Hi. I am Kasey. My favorite classes are history and science. My hobbies are playing football and basketball. I plan to attend a university, major in psychology and early childhood development, and get a medical degree in psychiatry.

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Susanna, '00 Scholar

Hi, my name is Susanna. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a power wheelchair. I will be in my fourth year at a state university this fall. I am majoring in Communications and getting my minor in Disability Studies. My hobbies are reading books by Diana Gabaldon, playing with my dogs in Spokane, playing The Sims 2 on my computer, and spending time with my boyfriend. I was an Intern at Summer Study '02.

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Deke, '00 Scholar

Hi, my name is Deke. I will be a junior at a state university. I went snowboarding over break. It was great. During the summers I have been working at Hungry Belly but this summer I completed an internship in Washington DC. I worked in the Department of Transportation and Security with the IT Department.

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Stephanie, '00 Scholar

My name is Stephanie. I am attending a state university for my fourth year this fall. I am interested in a career in Vocational Rehabilitation for persons who are visually impaired and blind. I have been working for the Bridge program three years. This is a program for future blind college students to experience life during their university years the summer before they enter their chosen college or university. I am visually impaired and use a yellow lab as a guide.

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Nick, '00 Scholar

My name is Nick. I attend community college, which has been terrific. I am in the culinary arts school where I am now working on my business plan after earning my certificate. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a power chair. I am an avid Mariners fan and a Spencer mystery book fan. I am also an N64 addict.

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Nathan, '00 Scholar

Hello. I am Nathan. I am a Boy Scout. My favorite academic subjects are science, history, and technology. I graduated from Cyber-school and attended college last year. I enjoy bike riding. I have Dyslexia.

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Nohemi, '00 Scholar

My name is Nohemi and I am Hispanic. I attend college currently. My hobbies are shopping, listening to music, surfing the Internet, and chatting with friends. After college I would like to get a job at Microsoft as a computer programmer, go to Mexico to visit the rest of my family and meet the famous Mexican wrestler, El Santo.

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Crystal, '00 Scholar

Hey ya'll I'm Crys and I'm going to be a senior at a state university. I'm hearing impaired. I live in with my husband and one year old son. I'm majoring in social work with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies, I will also have a certificate in Suicide Prevention. I love music, drumming, running, and horseback riding. Take care and God bless!

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Gretchen, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Gretchen. My hobbies include mountain biking, volunteering at the YMCA, and rock climbing. I am outdoorsy with a knack for laughing and having fun with friends. I attend a state university. I am interested in science, specifically medical biology and athletic health. I am a volunteer firefighter. I am concentrating on becoming a paramedic or a rescue technician. I plan to complete college with a doctorate in medicine and education. I have a bilateral profound hearing loss.

'99 Ambassadors

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

Roy, '99 Scholar

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Senior at a state university majoring in computer science and minoring in math.

Crystal, '99 Scholar

Speech and learning disabilities
Attends a state university studying criminal justice.

Kathy, '99 Scholar

Spina Bifida and ADD
Attends community college, majoring in accounting and working in the Admissions office.

Danielle, '99 Scholar

Mobility and speech impairments
Graduated from a state university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing.

David, '99 Scholar

Attends community college.

Oscar, '99 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attends a community college.

J.W., '99 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
Attending community college, with plans to transfer to a four-year school.

Buffy, '99 Scholar

Deaf
Completing senior year at college, majoring in physical education. Career interests include coaching, teaching, and administration.

Pat, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a PC specialist Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from community college. Currently working as assistant manager at Software, Etc, video game store.

Ryan, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Works part-time for Industrial Electric in the motor repair shop. Attends a state university, with a career goal to become a science teacher.

Zachary, '99 Scholar

Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome
Attends community college majoring in photo journalism. Intends to get an Associate degree, then transfer to a four-year college.

Stuart, '99 Scholar

Larsen Syndrome
Attends a state university, pursuing a degree in International Studies and works in the Access Technology Lab.

Lacey, '99 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy and learning disabilities
Attends community college, and would like to run her own social club where people who have physical disabilities can get together and socialize and participate in interesting events.

Nate, '99 Scholar

Visual impairment
Graduated from a private university with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy and plans to participate in a variety of volunteering opportunities in Uganda, Africa and to go to graduate school.

Wolfgang, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Studies physics and writing at college.

Kelci, '99 Scholar

Entering her final year at a state university, majoring in early childhood education and a minoring in special education.

Tynesha, '99 Scholar

Will be a senior in college and completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Interested in child development.

Ali, '99 Scholar

Osteogenesis Imperfecta
A sophomore in community college, would like to transfer to a state university to study computer engineering.

'98 National Ambassadors

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

Blair, '98 Scholar

Brain injury
After on a two-year mission for his church, will return to a public university for a degree in physics.

Emily, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Attends community college.

Kimberlee, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Works part-time, with interests in biology, education, science, math, and animals.

Amy, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Graduated from secretarial school through Courage Center. Writing a novel in spare time.

Maggie, '98 Scholar

Learning disability
Studying chemical engineering.

Brian, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Attends a state university, studying in technical and business fields.

Landon, '98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attends community college, majoring in accounting.

Jessica, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attends community college.

Nick, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Attended the a School for the Blind and a private with majors in economics and computer applications.

David, '98 Scholar

Congenital Stationary Night Blindness and some Motor Deficiencies
Graduated from college with a Bachelor's Degree.

Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

Ataxia Telangiectasia
Graduated from community college and from a university with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Geology.

Buddy, '98 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attending a state university with strong interests in computers and science.

Wesley, '98 Scholar

Attends a state university, majoring in Management and Information Systems, minoring in Computer Science.

John Paul, '98 Scholar

Deaf
Attends a state university, majoring in psychology. Would like to be a neuropsychologist.

Jessie, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Studied abroad in Dublin and Paris; graduated from a state university with a B.S. degree in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) and is now a second-year law student.

Ivan, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy, a learning disability
A senior as part of the Nitze Scholars Program with interests in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar

Blindness
Graduated from high school. Hopes to attend computer or radio broadcasting college.

Dustin, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Lives with his wife and works as a high school Physical Education teacher and head volleyball coach. Also Head Coach of one Junior Olympic Volleyball Team. Graduated in May of 2004 with a degree in Physical Education.

Isaiah, '98 Scholar

Spinocerebellar Degeneration
A senior at a university, majoring in teaching.

'98 Washington Ambassadors

Group photo of 1998 Washington DO-IT Scholars
 

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

Katrina, '98 Scholar

Traumatic Brain Injury
Attends community college, working toward an Associates Degree in Integrated Studies and going for an Anthropology degree. Participated in the National Youth Leadership Network as a peer mentor.

Eddie, '98 Scholar

Graduated from community college in Mechanical Engineering.

Shavonne, '98 Scholar

Glaucoma
Attends a university, working toward a degree in psychology.

Matt, '98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Plans to either attend an institute of higher learning or seek gainful employment before continuing education.

Chris, '98 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia
Attends college in Ohio.

Chanon, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy

Marissa, '98 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Graduated from community college with both an Administrative Assistant and Office Management degree. Completed an internship at Amazon.com.

Crystal, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Planning to attend a community college.

Reginald, '98 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attends a state university, majoring in biology.

Khrystal, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Full-time mother and wife who will soon move overseas with husband, who is in the military.

Michael, '98 Scholar

Learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Completed Bachelor of Science degree with majors in physics and mathematical sciences. Attended World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany.

Silas, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Graduated from high school. Would like to program or design video games.

Jessie, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attends a state university, pursuing a degree in informatics. After completing my BS, may join the Peace Corps before attending graduate school.

Todd, '98 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attends community college, studying music.

Arnell, '98 Scholar

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a communication disorder
Plans to attend college to study integrated Multimedia.

Nichole, '98 Scholar

Scoliosis and Kyphosis with Metatrophic Dwarfism, Dysplasia, and Condrodystrophy
Graduated from with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and English Literature. Seeking a teaching position in Italy.

Corey, '98 Scholar

Tourette, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and Panic Disorder
Attends a private university, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Abe, '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 in 1997. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger Scholars and Ambassadors.

Jennifer, '97 Scholar

Blind
Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies and is pursuing a possible career in blindness skills education.

Andrew, '97 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Majoring in physics.

Amanda, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Graduated with honors and with a degree in communications and a minor in computer systems integration. Currently working as a free-lance writer for a magazine.

Minh, '97 Scholar

Achondroplasia
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Currently working at Washington Mutual Bank, but looking for a job in security investment.

Trent, '97 Scholar

Epilepsy
Attends community college and working at Target as a customer service helper.

Brad, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Attends the a state university, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Ben, '97 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate and is now working towards an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Justin, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attending community college.

Michael, '97 Scholar

Spina Bifida with Upper Motor Neuron Dysfunction
Graduated with a Bachelor's degree and now pursuing an M.A.-Ph.D. program in Political Theory and International Politics.

Alexi, '97 Scholar

Profoundly deaf
Graduated with English and Publishing degrees. Plans to pursue a career in editing after spending the summer in Greece as a camp counselor for an Ionian Village.

Karyn, '97 Scholar

Dyslexia
Studying to be a registered nurse at community college.

Shakethia, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Attends a state university, majoring in accounting.

Steven, '97 Scholar

Severe hearing loss
Economics graduate; pursuing an M.B.A.

Chris, '97 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attends a tech university, majoring in engineering.

Laura, '97 Scholar

Ischemic spinal cord injury
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and philosophy and is now pursuing graduate studies in physics.

Keaton, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attended a state university pursuing a career in engineering. Passed away in 2001 after a battle with cancer.

Veronica, '97 Scholar

Attends a private university, majoring in social studies and pursuing a career as a political strategist.

Sharon, '97 Scholar

Retinitis Pigmentosa, low vision
Attends a university, majoring in social sciences and plans to become a teacher for the visually impaired.

'96 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1996 DO-IT Scholars
 

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

David, '96 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and minors in Computer Science and Chemistry. Working for Midwest Research Institute as an assistant scientist.

Cheri, '96 Scholar

Paraplegia
Majoring in molecular and cellular biology, with a goal to be a physician who works with disabled children.

Daniel, '96 Scholar

Brain tumor
Senior, majoring in computer science with plans to pursue a career in computer programming.

David, '96 Scholar

Albinism and low vision
Attends a state university.

Chris, '96 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Majoring in graphic communications with an emphasis in multimedia design. Co-author of several books and articles.

Lucas, '96 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Majoring in public policy and administration. Working for the Oregon Department of Justice and interested in the Peace Corps.

Maria, '96 Scholar

Deaf
Attends the a national institute for the deaf and aspires to be a veterinarian, doctor, or marine biologist.

Mike, '96 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder
Attends a private university.

Rebecca, '96 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Junior, majoring in political science and minoring in interior design. Hopes to design accessible homes.

Katrina, '96 Scholar

Diabetes
Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art and performs with a Dance Company.

Jodi, '96 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Completed a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Microbiology and is now pursuing a doctorate with focus in genetics and molecular biology.

Anh, '96 Scholar

Larsen Syndrome
Working toward a Master's in City and Regional Planning.

Travis, '96 Scholar

Blind
Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and now works as a software engineer and entrepreneur.

James, '96 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Graduated from high school and may attend a private university. Hopes to open a restaurant or other business.

Dana, '96 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and learning disability
Completed an Associate of Arts degree and will transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a Bachelors degree in computer technology.

Joshua, '96 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
Completed an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Horticulture Science. Owns nursery and garden shop, specializing in water gardens and hostas, and does landscape design.

'95 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1995 DO-IT Scholars
 

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

Jesse, '95 Scholar

Blind
Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and a minor in Scientific and Technical Communications. Pursuing a career in assistive technology.

Bror, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Helps build steel and Toyota pick-ups.

CJ, '95 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and learning disability
Works in a technical support position at Diamond Multimedia.

Andrew, '95 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
Died of complications from pneumonia in 1996. Had a strong desire to go to college and open his own computer drafting business.

Jeffrey, '95 Scholar

Psoriatic Arthritis
Plans to attend community college.

Wes, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Finishing up a degree at a state university.

Michael, '95 Scholar

Dyslexia
Pursuing architecture, carpentry, and fish and wildlife at a community college.

Jorja, '95 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy and now facilitates recreation programs for kids with disabilities.

Aimee, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Attends a state university.

Shawn, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned a Social Service degree and now works at campus Disability Resources as an independent living advisor and technician coordinator.

Matt, '95 Scholar

Deaf
Works at Washington Energy and plans to attend a community college to pursue a degree in manufacturing.

Jeremy, '95 Scholar

Brain injury
Attends community college.

Bridget, '95 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Master's degree in Audiology. Now completing Au.D. degree and doing an internship in a pediatric audiology clinic.

Matthew, '95 Scholar

Epidermolysis Bullosa
Pursing a degree in technical communication.

Jannette, '95 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, with a minor in Political Science and now working for State Farm Insurance.

Bill, '95 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Attends a public university.

Rachel, '95 Scholar

Renal failure and hearing loss
Attends community college.

Priscilla, '95 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Completed an Associate's degree in technology and now works as a Web Accessibility Specialist for DO-IT and as a Disability Advocate.

'94 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1994 DO-IT Scholars
 

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

Anthony, '94 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy and learning disabilities
Works as Remote Troubleshooter for the Technical Service Department at Prentke Romich Company (PRC), on the board at Options Independent Living Center, and volunteer to different groups.

Ben, '94 Scholar

Spinal Muscular Dystrophy
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Attends law school and plans to do community litigation work.

Jen, '94 Scholar

Undiagnosed Severe Neuropathy
Interests include biology, business and bioinformatics. Volunteers in related fields.

Maria, '94 Scholar

Post-Polio
Completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and is now studying computer networking.

Daniel, '94 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an Associate of Arts degree in Arts and Sciences and now works for Pacific Office Automation as a shop supervisor.

Travis, '94 Scholar

Health and orthopedic impairments, Dwarfism
Majoring in computer science.

Takuya, '94 Scholar

Health impairment, Nervous System Dysmorphia, and Congenital Scoliosis
Attended a state university, studying physics, biology, mathematics, and computers and is now pursuing a technology career in Japan.

Sherri, '94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Attends a state university, with a major in psychology and a minor in hotel, restaurant, and resort management.

Shawnna, '94 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
Worked at Columbia Industries. Passed away in 2004.

Nguyen, '94 Scholar

Paralysis from brain injury
Attends community college and participates as LEAP Project (Leadership, Education & Advocacy Program) Advisory Board Member and in Church Service Missionary.

Sara, '94 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from college and currently works for ConAgra foods as a Marketing Development Representative.

Carolyn, '94 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy and low vision
Pursuing science at a community college.

Kris, '94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Chemistry and an MBA in Information Technology Management. Now working as Computer Manager.

Megan, '94 Scholar

Chronic Lyme Disease
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and now works at INTRACEL biotechnology company in quality assurance microbiology.

'93 Ambassadors

Group photo of 1993 DO-IT Scholars
 

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

Rachel, '93 Scholar

Stroke; partial paralysis
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and minor in Applied Psychology and now working for ShelterCare with mentally ill homeless adults and at The Child Center with mentally ill and emotionally disturbed children.

Mark, '93 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
Attended community college and a state university and was busy developing plans for an Internet-based business when he passed away peacefully in his sleep in 2001.

Katie, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Completed Bachelor's degree in Biology and Master's degree in Physical Therapy. Now working as Physical therapist.

Nhi, '93 Scholar

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Completed an Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees.

Ryan, '93 Scholar

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learning disability
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and is now working at Nordstrom.

Lloyd, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Graduated from two-year program in engineering and now working as a Power Technician at Electronic Institute.

Randy, '93 Scholar

Blind
Completed a Bachelor of Sciences degree and now works as an Engineer III, User Support Lead at Verisign, Inc.

Nadira, '93 Scholar

Mobility and health impairments
Graduated with Computer Information Technology degree and currently works at Federal Aviation Administration as a Program Assistant.

Rodney, '93 Scholar

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Pursuing an Associate of Arts degree and is now sole proprietor of a fleet of websites.

Eric, '93 Scholar

Visual impairment
Completed an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in computer applications and is now taking classes to get a degree in business administration with an emphasis in information systems and ultimately work in a computer-based job such as a technical writer, network administrator, or technology instructor.

Anna, '93 Scholar

Blind
Completed a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Cell and Molecular. Worked as an artist, AmeriCorps employee, and consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics and earned a black belt in Aikido. Anna passed away from cancer in June, 2004.

Hollis, '93 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Developing a cooperative group home.

Matt, '93 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a Master of Sciences degree in Math and Computer Science and a minor in and now works as a computer programmer. Got married in August 2003.

Mitch, '93 Scholar

Spina Bifida, Homer's Syndrome, and Thalamic Pain Syndrome
Earned an Associate of Arts degree and now works as a professional recording artist.

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 World Wide Web is their door to the information and resources they need for success.

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DO-IT Campers learn to use the Internet at Camp Courage, MN. DO-IT Pals have been recruited from summer camps where DO-IT offers Internet and college preparation instruction.

DO-IT Staff Mentors

Mentors encourage DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Some Mentors are still in college; others are pursuing careers in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Most have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants.

Sheryl Burgstahler
Sheryl

Hi. My name is Sheryl Burgstahler and I am the Director of DO-IT. I have a husband, Dave, and a son who are both dedicated DO-IT volunteers (especially my son, who considers himself a "Phase XII Scholar"). I have a master's degree in mathematics, with a strength in computer science and a Ph.D. in higher education. I am Director of Accessible Technology Services and Outreach with in Computing & Communications and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington. My personal and professional experiences with young people and adults with disabilities have taught me that low expectations and negative attitudes of others are the greatest barriers to success for people with disabilities. DO-IT Mentors and peers support each other on the road to success.

sherylb@u.washington.edu

Scott Bellman
Scott

I'm Scott Bellman. I work as a Program Coordinator and Counselor for DO-IT. I help students find challenging internships and jobs throughout the year. My career path has been in psychology. I completed a Masters degree in 1996. I am currently a licensed mental health counselor in Washington state. My discipline is cognitive behavioral psychology. I enjoy my work at DO-IT, which includes career counseling, writing, planning events, coordinating projects, supervising interns, mentoring, and of course Summer Study! My interests include performance art, camping and hiking, carpentry, and travel. I have been to many wonderful places including Peru, Thailand, India, Jamaica, Holland, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.
swb3@u.washington.edu

Dan Comden
Dan

I'm Dan Comden. When not serving as a technical nerd for DO-IT, I manage the Access Technology Lab (ATL) at the University of Washington. At the ATL we help students, faculty, and staff with disabilities access computing resources. I have a wife, who is a pediatric intensive care nurse, and two sons. Apart from work and family, my spare time is spent working on cars and listening to music, usually at the same time.
danc@u.washington.edu

Profile of Marvin
Marvin

My name is Marvin Crippen. I help with technical support, work on the DO-IT World Wide Web home page, and support the UW Access Technology Lab.
mcrip@u.washington.edu

Lyla Crawford
Lyla

My name is Lyla Crawford. I am a Counselor/Coordinator for DO-IT. I help students transition from two-year to four-year colleges with DO-IT 2-4. I work in the Spokane office supporting DO-IT efforts in Eastern Washington. I have a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology. I have a husband, Shawn, and a son.
lylac@u.washington.edu

Doug Hayman
Doug

My name is Doug Hayman. I'm the technology specialist for the DO-IT Scholars, Pals, and Campers in Washington state. When not at work, I play guitar, hike, and hang out with friends.
dhayman@u.washington.edu

Carole Isakson
Carole

My name is Carole Isakson. I've worked at DO-IT part-time for the past few years while I've been working on my Ph.D. in Special Education. Before I worked with DO-IT, I taught educational technology classes to pre-service teachers and I was an assistive technology specialist at a vocational school that served adults with disabilities. In my free time, I love to be out on the water. Last summer my husband, Patrick, and I sailed our boat up the inside passage to southeast Alaska. It was an awesome trip! I also love gardening, animals, and spending time with my two adult children.
cli@u.washington.edu

Tracy Jirikowic
Tracy

Hi. My name is Tracy Jirikowic. I started working for DO-IT in 2000 as a Counselor/Coordinator. I grew up in Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Occupational Therapy. I also have a doctorate in Special Education from the College of Education at the University of Washington. I have a husband, Michel, and a daughter. I enjoy reading, traveling, and photography.
tracyj@u.washington.edu

Mike Lewis
Mike Lewis

My name is Mike Lewis and I am part of the DO-IT summer study staff. I am finishing up my graduate degree in Special Education at the University of Washington and plan to help students with disabilities find jobs. My interests are traveling, cooking and going to sporting events.
lewism513@hotmail.com

Sara Lopez
Sara

My name is Sara Lopez, and I am the Program Manager for DO-IT. I moved to the Northwest from southern California after attending Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. More recently, I completed my Masters degree in Education at the University of Washington. This summer marks my sixth DO-IT Summer Study, my busiest but most rewarding time of the year! Outside of work my time revolves around family, boats and water. I rowed competitively in college and now coach an adult team. My favorite vacations involve going to the San Juan Islands or Lake Powell in the Southwest where we keep busy boating, water-skiing, kayaking, and fishing.
lopezsl@u.washington.edu

Lisa Stewart
Lisa

Hi. My name is Lisa Stewart and I am a Counselor/Coordiantor for DO-IT. I moved to Seattle several years ago from the Midwest where I grew up. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Psychology. I have spent the past fourteen years working in the human service field, and it has been, and continues to be, an honor and a privilege to meet and learn from all the amazing youth and young adults that I have been lucky enough to cross paths with along the way. I always enjoy a good conversation, going to see live music, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.
lstew2@u.washington.edu

Val Sundby
Val

My name is Val Sundby. I work for DO-IT as a Program Coordinator/Counselor and 2005 is my 5th Summer Study. During the rest of the year, I work on a variety of projects, particularly those related to making science more accessible. I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. Outside of work, I enjoy horseback riding, traveling, shopping, attending shows, and spending time with friends and family.
vsundby@u.washington.edu

Terry Thompson
Terry

My name is Terry Thompson. I am a Technology Specialist for DO-IT. Prior to my work with DO-IT, I served as Coordinator of Assistive and Information Technology at North Carolina State University; and as Coordinator of the Computer Learning Center at Independence, Inc., the independent living center in Lawrence, Kansas. When I am not working, you can usually find me hiking in the mountains, playing my guitar, or spending quality time with my family.
tft@u.washington.edu

Tami Tidwell
Tami

Hi! My name is Tami Tidwell. I work as Program Coordinator/Counselor for DO-IT. My main role is to help students find and employers create quality work-based learning experiences. I enjoy working with the Scholars during Summer Study. I was born and raised in Cowtown (aka Ft. Worth, Texas). I have a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University. Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with friends taking in live music, shopping, reading, gardening, spending time with family and relaxing.
tamitha@u.washington.edu

Debra Zawada
Debra

My name is Debra Zawada. I started working at DO-IT in January 2004. My background is as a high school teacher and transition counselor. Outside of work, when not spending time with friends and family, I love to garden, create things and take my dog Lena for walks.
dzawada@u.washington.edu

DO-IT Volunteer Career Mentors

Mentors encourage DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Some Mentors are still in college; others are pursuing careers in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Most have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants.

Sue Yasuko Abe
Cerebral Palsy
Youth Services Coordinator
Center for Independent Living

John Armstrong
Post-Polio quadriplegic

Sean Barrett
Mobility impairment
Independent Living Center Manager
Washington Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

Kevin Berg
Cerebral Palsy
Motivational Speaker

Arthur Blaser
Hemiplegia, brain injury, impaired speech from stroke
Professor of Political Science

Karen L. Braitmayer, AIA
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Architect, Business Owner
Studio Pacifica, Ltd.

Roger Bruland
Diabetes
Emergency Medical Technician

Ben Brynildsen
Learning disability
Career Advisor at Boeing

Len Burns
Computer Consultant
Sasquatch Computer Services

Wendy Chisholm
Web Accessibility Engineer
World Wide Web Consortium

Frank Cuta
Blind
Electrical Engineer
Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs

Don Daughtry
Visual impairment
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Diedrich
Spina Bifida
Technical College (student)

Thomas Dreschel
Biologist/Science Education Coordinator
Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Imke Durre
Blind
Physical Scientist
NOAA National Climatic Data Center

John Gardner
Blind
President and CEO, ViewPlus Technologies

Marni Goldman
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Education Director for Science Research

Julie Grant
Paraplegic, Spinal Cord Injury (level L4)

Roger Harris
Stroke, kidney failure
Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy

Ted Henter
Blind
President, Henter Math, LLC

Dr. Todd Heywood
Hearing impairment
Computer Specialist
IBM Power Parallel Systems

Dr. Mamoru Iwabuchi
Asst. Professor

Sungeeta Jain
Paraplegic
Law Clerk
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ed Keller
Diabetes, mobility impairment
Professor, Biology Environmental Science

Mark Koontz
Traumatic Brain Injury, asthma
Writer, Artist

Douglas Lefever
Cerebral Palsy
Life Instructor

Dean Martineau
Blind
Math Tutor, Internet Resources Assistant

Robert F. McKellar
Spina Bifida
Author, Educator, and Counselor

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

Bruce Parks
Hearing impairment
School Improvement Coordinator

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

Ed Pottharst
Deaf
Neighborhood District Coordinator

Tracy Rackensperger
Cerebral Palsy
Consultant
Prentke Romich Company

Michael Richardson
Hearing impairment
University of Washington
Human Resources

Andrew Riggle
Cerebral Palsy
Graduate Student

James Ryan
Blind
Programmer/Analyst

Will Schell
Low vision
Disabled Student Services Support Staff

Greg Smith
C-5 quadriplegia
Software Design Engineer
Microsoft

Carole Snyder
Cerebral Palsy
Software Programmer/Technical Writer

Keith Stegbauer
Bioengineer

Vicki Stemper-Allen
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator

Virginia Stern
ENTRY POINT! and ACCESS Director
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Bill Taylor
Retired Software Engineer

Aimee Verrall
Research Coordinator
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

Dr. Paul Zaveruha
Surgeon

DO-IT Volunteer Postsecondary Student Mentors

Mentors encourage DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Some Mentors are still in college; others are pursuing careers. Most have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants.

Bapin Axbhatta
Deaf/blind
Supervisor of Technology Department
Helen Keller National Center

Rebecca Cory
Disability Studies Ph.D. Candidate

Steve Harper
Cerebral Palsy
Student and Web Developer

Charity Ranger
Friedreich's Ataxia
Communication and Minority Studies with a focus on Disability

Tracy Schramm
Mobility Impairment
IBM
Software Engineer

Key Electronic Resources

  • To contact staff, request electronic copies of DO-IT NEWS, request publications, or ask questions about the program, send electronic mail to: doit@u.washington.edu
  • Parents of DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals can join a special discussion list for parents by sending a request to doit@u.washington.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 postsecondary education, access the DO-IT Web site at http://www.washington.edu/doit/

About DO-IT

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, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. DO-IT is a collaboration of UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington.

Grants and gifts fund DO-IT publications, videos, and programs to support the academic and career success of people with disabilities. Contribute today by sending a check to DO-IT, Box 354842, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4842.

Your gift is tax deductible as specified in IRS regulations. Pursuant to RCW 19.09, the University of Washington is registered as a charitable organization with the Secretary of State, state of Washington. For more information call the Office of the Secretary of State, 1-800-322-4483.

To order free publications or newsletters use the DO-IT Publications Order Form; to order videos and training materials use the Videos, Books and Comprehensive Training Materials Order Form.

For further information, to be placed on the DO-IT mailing list, request materials in an alternate format, or to make comments or suggestions about DO-IT publications or web pages contact:

DO-IT
University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
doit@uw.edu
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888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
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