Snapshots 2003: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 2003!

This publication facilitates communication between DO-IT participants and was developed in August, 2003. DO-IT Scholars are high school students with disabilities who are preparing for college. They have interests in challenging fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, 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 postsecondary studies and careers.

Along with the challenges and triumphs of DO-IT participants, in this edition of Snapshots, I have some sad news to report. Brandon Arneson, one of our 2001 Scholars, passed away this year. He left this world with a zest for life and a determination to overcome challenges imposed by his disability.

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 White House 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, and the AHEAD (Association for Higher Education and Disability) Exceptional Program Award in 2001. 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

Phase I Scholars

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Twenty-two Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in August of 2003. 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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Patrick, '03 Scholar

My name is Patrick. I will be in the 11th 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 learning anatomy through dissection. I also enjoy studying computer-aided drafting and computer game design.

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Crystal, '03 Scholar

My name is Crystal. I go to Columbia Junior/Senior High School. I use a wheelchair to get around. I like to sit and relax, play on the computer, and watch old movies like "The Man from Snowy River." I also like to talk. I love pizza!

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Justin, '03 Scholar

Hi. My name is Justin. I will be going into the 11th grade. I am involved in swimming and wheelchair basketball. I am an above-the-knee amputee and am missing a finger on my left hand. I really enjoy chemistry and math and would like to pursue a career in one or both of these subjects. The Internet has given me the opportunity to study online and access educational information.

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Zachary, '03 Scholar

My name is Zachary. I will be in the 11th grade. I have a mom and dad, two brothers who are 13 and 3, and one sister who is 6. This past year I participated in the science team and track team at school. I also do taekwondo. My disability is short term memory loss and some fine motor skill loss in my hands due to an anoxic brain injury in March 2002. A helpful accommodation is when people are patient in understanding my short term memory loss. I love math, geometry, star gazing, and computer games. Before my brain injury, I was on the computer a lot playing chess online. I do not use the computer like I used to because it is hard for me to remember all of the steps to access pages where I used to go. I am also relearning how to type. I hope that DO-IT will help me set career goals in math and science.

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Jamie, '03 Scholar

My name is Jamie. I will be a senior next fall. I am an only child. My parents are divorced and I live with both of them. My extra curricular activities are Young Life, Girl's Honor, Key Club, tennis, community service, and Link Crew. I have a learning disability in the areas of math, reading, and writing. The accommodations that have been most helpful have been extra time on tests and being able to take them in another room. Math is one of my favorite classes. I will take physics next year. I am excited to learn more about it. I would like to major in secondary special education teaching. The value of the computer is that I can type faster than I can write, which helps me get my thoughts written down. The Internet has helped because everything is a fingertip away. DO-IT will help me get a feeling for college life.

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Shaun, '03 Scholar

My name is Shaun. I'm from Spokane Valley, Washington. I will be a senior at West Valley High School this fall. My favorite subjects in high school are English, strength training, and science. I also enjoy wrestling, drama club, and quill and scroll. My hobbies include being a muscle car enthusiast, watching drag racing, collecting wolf memorabilia, playing video games, and listening to music.

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Skylor, '03 Scholar

My name is Skylor. I will be a senior at Henry Foss High School. I like to camp, bike, fish, walk, swim, and spend time with family and friends.

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Vanessa, '03 Scholar

My name is Vanessa. I will be a junior at Goldendale High School. My family consists of my mom, dad, and twin sister. My favorite school subject is math. In my spare time I am an active member of Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Youth Group. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a wheelchair. I hope to have a career in social work or accounting. I hope DO-IT will help me find programs that help me use the computer more effectively.

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Joshua, '03 Scholar

My name is Joshua. I will be a junior at Woodinville High School. My family consists of my mom, dad, brother Kevin, and sister Melissa. My favorite school subject is American Sign Language (ASL). I enjoy baseball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and track. I was born with Spina Bifida and use a wheelchair. I hope to attend college and have a career in communications or social services/education. I hope DO-IT will help me learn about accommodations I may need and how to get them.

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Matt, '03 Scholar

My name is Matt. I attend high school in Woodinville, Washington. I am interested in the stock market and real estate. Some of the career fields I would like to be involved in are land development, engineering, and computer science.

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Joshua, '03 Scholar

My name is Joshua. I come from La Push, Washington. For a career, I am interested in video game programming.

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Annemarie, '03 Scholar

My name is Annemarie and I am 16 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy, which limits my mobility and impairs my small motor skills. In school, I enjoy English, math, and Spanish. I am part of the debate and knowledge bowl teams. I am an only child and live in Seattle, Washington with my parents.

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Tressa, '03 Scholar

My name is Tressa. I will be a senior in the fall. My parents' names are Sally and Ron. My older sister, Lacey, has Cerebral Palsy and was a DO-IT Scholar a couple of years ago. I also have a younger sister named Torie. My extracurricular activities are photography, swimming, and soccer. I have a specific language and auditory processing disability and chronic headaches. The accommodations that I have found helpful are more time on work, a reader, and a note-taker. I want to be a marine biologist that specializes in dolphin communication. The computer allows me to do my homework successfully. Access to the Internet gives me information in a way that I can use it. DO-IT will teach me how to create a support system so I can be successful. My sister Lacey encouraged me to join DO-IT because it was so successful for her.

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Conrad, '03 Scholar

My name is Conrad. I am going into the 11th grade. I have a 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, genetic scientist, or architect. I am a member of the National Honor Society. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to movies, playing video and computer games, and reading.

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Andrew, '03 Scholar

My name is Andrew and next year I will be entering the 11th grade. My family is great and they give me all the support I could ever want. My favorite school subject is agriculture. When I grow up, I want to do something involving animals. I love having a computer. Typing is much easier and faster than writing, plus the final product looks much better.

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Jesse, '03 Scholar

My name is Jesse. I live in west Seattle and attend Chief Sealth High School, where I will be a junior this fall. I have several 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.

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Senait, '03 Scholar

Hi! My name is Senait. I am a seventeen-year-old Garfield High School student. At school, I am an officer in the student government. In my free time, I love to listen to music and travel. After high school, I hope to attend the UW where I will study medicine or business. DO-IT will teach me independent living skills, college life tips, and ways to address learning disabilities in a college atmosphere.

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Jamie, '03 Scholar

My name is Jamie. I will be in the 12th grade next year. I have two older brothers and one sister. I like to read, ride my 4-wheeler, work on the computer, and go to youth group. I have Cerebral Palsy and have a hard time writing. I also get tired if I walk too much. Using an Alpha Smart™ has been very helpful in my high school classes. I would like to get a degree in Web design or be a computer network administrator. Having the Internet has helped me with homework and learning about many different careers. DO-IT will help me see what college is like and how I can be independent and have a good life.

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Natasha, '03 Scholar

Hi! My name is Natasha. I am a high school junior. I have 80% hearing loss in both ears and a learning disability. I enjoy school. My favorite subject is biology. I am interested in becoming a teacher of the deaf. I use the Internet for research and communication with family and friends. I think DO-IT will help me because it gives me the chance to meet other teens with special needs.

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Scott, '03 Scholar

My name is Scott. I am 18 years old and live in Orcas Island, Washington. I am a senior at Orcas Island High School. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, but I have not let this disability prevent me from becoming an Eagle Scout in Troop 91, completing two advanced placement classes, and maintaining a place on the honor roll throughout high school.

Phase II Scholars

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Phase II Scholars began participation in DO-IT in 2002 and attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in August of 2003. During that session, they worked closely with University faculty; in small groups, they studied the Game of Life (computer image processing), time zones and map making, 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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Amy, '02 Scholar

My name is Amy. I'm going to be in 12th grade at Burlington-Edison High School. I plan to join the Air Force to become a pilot. I love to go out with my 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'm involved with lots of school programs such as Natural Helpers, group counseling, and peer mediation. I love to help other people. I plan to get a Ph.D. in psychology and education so I can be an 8th grade teacher. In my spare time, I plan to fly and drive race cars.

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Silvia, '02 Scholar

My name is Silvia. I was born in Mexico and I have lived in Royal City, Washington for 12 years. I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones or glass bones), which means that my bones break easily. I'm going to be a freshman at Eastern Washington University. I have two older sisters and two younger brothers. I enjoy traveling, watching sports, playing on the computer, and talking to friends. I plan to major in business and minor in computer technology and/or Spanish/Japanese.

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Rebecca, '02 Scholar

Hello, my name is Rebecca. I'm 17 years old. I live on Camano Island with my mom, dad, and little sister, Lisa. It is a really pretty place. I have a dog named Buck. He is a Golden Retriever/ Blue Healer mix. I really like anime and manga (Japanese cartoons and comics). I have a learning disability. My two favorite subjects are Japanese and math. This fall I will be going to Skagit Valley Community College in Mount Vernon, Washington. I will be going for a degree in Culinary Arts. Other interests I have are reading, writing, music, and playing on the computer.

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Ian, '02 Scholar

My name is Ian and I am a junior at Coupeville High School on Whidbey Island. I'm interested in software engineering and other computer-related occupations. I hope to learn several programming languages including C++ and Java. I plan on going to college at the University of Washington with help from DO-IT. My goal is to write a program that will assist me in world domination, or get a steady job working at Microsoft.

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Saroj, '02 Scholar

Hello! My name is Saroj. I'm 17 years old. I am a senior at Kennedy High School. I have a learning disability. I am interested in becoming a social worker. I am thankful to have my mom (Fransing) in my life. She has helped my life be a success. I like working out, listening to music, dancing, hanging out with friends, and snowboarding. DO-IT has been a really good experience for me.

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Gimmie, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is Gimmie. I'm going into the 12th grade at Lewis and Clark High School in Vancouver, Washington. I'm going to the Skills Center for Career Management. I have a learning disability. I plan to attend a two-year community college and then transfer to a four-year college. Business and fashion design interest me the most. I love to sew and design clothes. My pride and joy is my cat Fuzz, a shorthaired gray and white tabby.

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Scott, '02 Scholar

Hello, my name is Scott. I will be attending my second quarter at Cascadia Community College this fall. The campus is shared with the UW Bothell in Bothell, Washington. I am interested in science and politics. I would like to work in theoretical physics. I enjoy attending Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments in my spare time.

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Leon, '02 Scholar

Hi, I am Leon. I go to Bellingham High School in Washington. I will be in the 11th 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 will be a senior at Kentwood High School in Covington, Washington. I will also be a student at Green River Community College through the Running Start program. 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. I graduated this year from Stanwood High School and will be attending Evergreen State College in the fall. I am going to live on campus. Right now, I am looking at a focus in political science and possibly studying pre-law.

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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. They came up from 67% to 81%. High school was busy. I used my DO-IT laptop to take a creative writing class from Brigham Young University. I will be attending Columbia Basin College this fall. I'm still interested in science the most.

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Andrew, '02 Scholar

Hi. My name is Andrew and I just graduated from Summit K-12 in Seattle. I plan to work in art. I will be attending the visual arts program at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle starting in the fall. I took a graphic art class this summer and plan to study graphic arts there. I enjoy karate, swimming, snowboarding, and going places with my friends. I have a learning disability, but I am an excellent reader.

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Rima, '02 Scholar

My name is Rima. I will be in the 12th grade this coming fall. I have Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia. I love reading, watching movies, and playing on the computer, especially on the Internet. I am in Link Crew (Conk Crew), Honor Society, and the FBLA at school.

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Chris, '02 Scholar

My name is Chris. This fall, I will be a senior at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, Washington. I am presently the State Goodwill Ambassador for MDA and I like helping out with their fundraisers. I have one brother and one sister, Ben and Rachel. At the top of my college list is the University of Washington and I am looking into their engineering programs.

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Carson, '02 Scholar

Hello, my name is Carson. I will be a senior next year at Capital High School in Olympia, Washington. I have a reading disability. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking™ and WYNN Wizard™ to help me get through school independently. I am interested in design/engineering. I have a cat named Muggles and I play the French Horn in musical groups in Olympia.

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Dale, '02 Scholar

I'm Dale. I have Cerebral Palsy. I will be a senior at Kiona-Benton High School in Benton City, Washington. I am a football manager and also enjoy choir. I am currently a student at Columbia Basin College and am working on earning my third consecutive set of 4.0 grades. My favorite subject in school is law, and I hope to be a lawyer someday. DO-IT is helping me to experience what campus life at my college of choice (UW) is like and to continue to hone my academic skills.

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Ryan, '02 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan. I begin my first year at Bellevue Community College this fall. I hope to get a communications degree. I am participating in the Youth Leadership Forum in Olympia this August after DO-IT. I hope to someday be in human resources and be involved in some local job community activities.

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Angela, '02 Scholar

Hi! My name is Angela. I am in the 12th grade at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Washington. I live with my dad and have a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. I am interested in being a high school counselor and attending the University of Washington. I am very outgoing and make friends easily. DO-IT has been a great experience and very educational.

Phase III Scholars

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Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Throughout the year, they communicate with other Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors, and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns in DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences.

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Brad, '01 Scholar

Hello, my name is Brad. I will be a sophomore at Central Washington University in Ellensburg next year. I am hoping to major in video game design somewhere someday, but for now I am working on general requirements. When I'm not at school, I like to read, hang out, and dink around with computers. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Chris, '01 Scholar

Hello. My name is Chris and I graduated from Kelso High School. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which causes the gradual wasting away of my muscles. I enjoy taking difficult courses in school to see how far in life they take me. Last year, I participated in Running Start. I will be a freshman at the University of Washington this fall. My goals in life are to attend the School of Engineering at the University of Washington and become an aeronautical engineer for Boeing or get some other job in the field of engineering. DO-IT has opened up opportunities to accomplish my goals.

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Elizabeth, '01 Scholar

My name is Elizabeth. I will attend Central Washington University as a freshman in the fall. I plan to major in education and minor in creative writing with hopes of becoming a teacher or counselor while pursing a love for writing. I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music, watching the Mariners, and hanging out with friends. Living with Cerebral Palsy (CP) has taught me that I will always have strengths and weaknesses. No matter what, I am still me and will always be me. Having a positive attitude is a way for anyone to meet challenges. GO WILDCATS!

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Jeff, '01 Scholar

My name is Jeff, and I am going into my senior year of high school. I have Attention Deficit Disorder; it is hard for me to stay focused when I need to focus and it breaks my concentration when I need to pay attention to something. 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. I have learned almost everything I know over the Internet. DO-IT helps me a lot.

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Caleb, '01 Scholar

Hi. My name is Caleb. I will be attending Burlington Edison High School next fall as a senior. I am also taking a class at Skagit Valley Community College. I want to work with adaptive technology. Because I am visually impaired and physically disabled, I feel that it would be an interesting career field for me. I have two brothers, one sister, and one sister-in-law. I enjoy reading interesting e-mail messages from DO-IT participants. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Raechell, '01 Scholar

I'm Raechell. I have four sisters and two brothers, all younger than me. I am a C7 quad, profoundly deaf, and respiratory 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. My favorite school subjects include math, science, and jewelry. I love art! And the teacher says that I'm good, considering I only have the use of my right arm. 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. This fall, I will be entering my first year at Bellevue Community College (which I don't feel ready for yet!). I think I will major in library science. The disability that I have is right-sided weakness and a brain tumor. None of that has stopped me from doing what I would like to do, though. I know in the end everything will turn out right in my life just by having all of the people that care about me by my side. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Matt, '01 Scholar

Hi. My name is Matt. I'm going to be a senior at Goldendale High School in Goldendale, Washington. My hobbies include snow mobiling, running, working, and participating in the Future Farmers of America. I show sheep throughout Washington fairs. I work for Bishop Sanitation applying class B sewage in wheat fields. My goal is to go to college and study business management and culinary cooking. My disabilities are Dyslexia and a short term memory defect.

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Brandon, '01 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brandon and I will be a freshman at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. I am going to be majoring in elementary education because I want to be an elementary school teacher. I enjoy reading, playing sports, doing social activities, and being on my computer. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Alex, '01 Scholar

My name is Alexandra, and I'm going to be attending the University of Washington this year. I love to snowboard. I'm deaf, and therefore interpreters are most helpful. Having a computer allows me to talk to my friends over e-mail. 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 am going into the 12th grade at Gulf Breeze High School in Florida. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and bilateral clubfeet. I was in a band for two years and I plan to join the drama class. I am also a member of a church youth group and have been involved in several service projects. I would like a job in the field of science. I'm also interested in learning all that I can about computers. 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 graduated from Snohomish Senior High School. I have Cerebral Palsy, which is a condition that makes me have poor motor skills, so I fall easily. I am very independent. I have a mom, dad, and a brother named Nick. I have a dog named Soffie, she is a 4-year-old Red Merle Australian Shepherd. I was involved in Panther Pals this school year, which is where you mentor 5th graders. My Panther Pal has Cerebral Palsy just like me. I enjoy hanging out with him. I enjoy youth group. I love to swim and ride horseback. I am going to Everett Community College (EVCC) this fall. I will be taking math, English, and study skills. After EVCC, I plan to transfer to Western Washington University to get a teaching degree. I want to teach at an elementary school. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Mike, '01 Scholar

Hi. My name is Mike, and I will be in the 12th grade at Shorewood High School. My family name is Irish. I enjoy reading, golf, and playing card games. I am also interested in computer programming, which I am going to learn more about at school this coming year. My favorite subjects are math and Japanese, and even though it can be hard for me to comprehend some of the simpler ideas, I do understand many of the complicated concepts. My goal is to work for Nintendo. DO-IT is helping me prepare for college.

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Sarah, '01 Scholar

My name is Sarah. I will be starting college this fall at Seattle Pacific University. I am interested in Spanish. I use an electric wheelchair. My disease (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 a Palm Pilot™ to write essays and for various other work. I also have a computer with a special mouse and onscreen keyboard. I use the computer to print assignments from my Palm Pilot. I get on the Internet for research, and to use e-mail. 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

Hello, my name is Brandi. I graduated from Tyee High School in SeaTac on June 17, 2003. Three days later, I moved to California to live a better life and to have a new start. I decided to take a year off from school. When I start college, my major will be something related to computers. By the way, I'm deaf. Email me anytime!

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Trisha, '01 Scholar

My name is Trisha. I have three brothers and one sister. 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 will be a senior at Redmond High School. I am hoping to become an architect. I am on wheelchair track and basketball teams. I owe a lot of the success that I have had in my life to my family, my dad (Kenny), my mom (Susie), my 23-year-old sister (Lisa), and my 25-year-old brother (Kurt). I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Matt, '01 Scholar

My name is Matt and I go to Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. 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 swim on the Toppenish Tarpons 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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The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT in 2000. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger Scholars and Ambassadors.

 

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Tasha, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Tasha. I graduated from Cleveland High School in Seattle. My favorite hobbies are playing games, shopping, talking on the phone, boys, animals, and collecting cards. My disability is Cerebral Palsy.

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Jeffrey, '00 Scholar

My name is Jeffrey. I graduated from Tyee High School in SeaTac, Washington. I attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). My favorite sports are bowling, baseball, and skiing.

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Ryan, '00 Scholar

Hello. I am Ryan. I am from Bonney Lake, Washington. I will be a sophomore this year at the University of Washington, where I plan to major in computer science and/or computer engineering. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a walker and an electric wheelchair for school. I love computers and math. My hobbies include surfing the Internet, fixing/working on computers, playing video games, swimming, and launching rockets. I was an Intern in Summer Study '02.

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Raleigh, '00 Scholar

My name is Raleigh. I graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. I attend Whitworth 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 second year at Eastern Oregon University. I am an education major and plan to teach an E.S.L. or E.S.O.L. classroom at middle level. Some of my other interests are computer and video games, horses, and playing Magic the Gathering™ and Pokemon™ 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 five years ago. I graduated from Eastmont High School in Washington. I was recently selected for a Microsoft job shadow. I am blind. I like to use computers, ride bikes, play guitar, hang out with friends, and listen to music. My favorite music is soft rock. My favorite subject is English. I like navigating the Internet with my computer. I also like to chat on MSN Messenger™. JAWSTM, a screen reader program I use, helps me access other computer programs. I will attend Wenatchee Valley College in the fall. I plan to transfer to the University of Washington and major in computer programming. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

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Brian, '00 Scholar

My name is Brian. This fall, I will be attending the University of Washington as a junior. I am considering majoring in communications or ethnomusicology. I currently have an internship at KISW FM Radio. My future career goals revolve around becoming a professional DJ and running my own night club.

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Ben, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Ben. I plan to attend college and become a lawyer. I enjoy sports and have participated in football, golf, and basketball. I served as a senator in my school's student leadership program. I participate in Young Life and my church youth group. I have a language learning disability and have really benefited from using a computer for my school assignments.

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Jamie, '00 Scholar

My name is Jamie and I graduated from Lind High School in Lind, Washington. I will be attending Spokane Falls Community College, where I will study to become an x-ray technician. My hobbies include playing softball and watching baseball. I love to hang out with my friends. I hope new Scholars have a great time at DO-IT Summer Study!

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Corinna, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Corinna. I work as a People First coordinator at the ARC of Snohomish County. I have Cerebral Palsy. I was an Intern at Summer Study '02. I hope to attend Highline Community College and work in Human Services.

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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, running, and participating in the ASB club. I plan to attend a university, major in psychology and early childhood development, and get a medical degree in psychiatry. I spend much of my time working and doing odd jobs for my neighbors.

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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 second year at the University of Washington in the fall. My favorite classes are women's studies and Spanish. My hobbies are reading, swimming, and playing on my computer. I was an Intern at Summer Study 200

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Deke, '00 Scholar

Hi, my name is Deke. I graduated from Lake Chelan High School and attend Central Washington University. I am looking at majoring in computer science, with a minor in weather, education, or communications. I am a cook at the Hungry Belly. Some of my hobbies are snowboarding, wakeboarding, computer gaming, and working on my high school's computer systems. I have a learning disability called Aphasia. It affects my writing and reading. My computer is my main accommodation. I was an Intern at Summer Study '02. DO-IT helped me make new friends and learn how and where to get help at college.

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Stephanie, '00 Scholar

My name is Stephanie. I am visually impaired. I will be attending Eastern Washington University for my second year in the fall. I hope to go to Portland State University in the vision program for my master's after getting a teaching degree. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading, and jogging.

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Nick, '00 Scholar

My name is Nick. I attend North Seattle Community College, which has been terrific. I am in the culinary arts school because I plan to go into the hotel/restaurant industry. 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 live in Edmonds, Washington. I am a Boy Scout. My favorite academic subjects are science, history, and technology. I graduated from Edmonds Cyber-school and this fall will attend Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. I enjoy bike riding. I have Dyslexia.

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Nohemi, '00 Scholar

My name is Nohemi. I'm Hispanic. I live in Grandview, Washington and my disability is Cerebral Palsy. This fall, I'll attend my third year at Heritage College in Toppenish, Washington. My major is computer science. After college, I plan to work at Microsoft in Seattle as a computer programmer. My hobbies are going to theaters, going shopping, surfing the net, and chatting with friends.

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Crystal, '00 Scholar

This is Crys and I'm hard of hearing. I'm 18 and a sophomore at Eastern Washington University. My major is social work. My career goal is to be a social worker and help others! I love music, drumming, sports, and horseback riding. I live in Spokane, Washington. Take care and God bless!

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Gretchen, '00 Scholar

Hi. My name is Gretchen. In the fall, I will attend Central Washington University. I am interested in science, specifically medical, biology, and athletic health. My hobbies include mountain biking, volunteering at the Y, and rock climbing. I am outdoorsy with a knack for laughing and having fun with friends. I work part-time and enjoy school. I am a volunteer firefighter with a career aspiration of completing college with a doctorate in medicine and education. I am concentrating on becoming a paramedic or a rescue technician. 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.

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Roy, '99 Scholar

My name is Roy. My disability is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I have completed two years at Grays Harbor College in Washington. This fall, I am transferring to Central Washington University. My field of study will be Artificial Intelligence. My interests include science, computers, engineering, and computer-aided drafting. I designed wheelchair ramps that were built at my high school and church. I am an Eagle Scout and a Horatio Alger National Scholar. This summer I interned at SafeHarbor Technology Corporation.

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Crystal, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Crystal. I live in Goldendale, Washington. My disability affects my speech and learning. I attend Northern Idaho Community College in Coeur d'Alene, where I am studying social work. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Kathy, '99 Scholar

Hey! My name is Kathy. I attend Tacoma Community College, where I am majoring in accounting and minoring in public speaking. My career will hopefully involve accounting and some aspect of law. My hobbies are computer games such as Solitaire and Minesweeper.

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Danielle, '99 Scholar

Hi, I'm Danielle, and I'm going to be a senior at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. My major is English and I want to be a young adult book author. It is something I am currently working on achieving as I am a creative writing minor too. My disabilities are a result of nerve damage to my brain stem when I was two and a half and can be characterized as Cerebral Palsy. Personally, I am thankful to DO-IT for deepening my interest in computers because they make communicating with others so much easier for me. I know the saying gets old, but my motto is, "Never give up." Everybody knows life is tough. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

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David, '99 Scholar

My name is David. I attend Seattle Central Community College. I enjoy math, navigating by map, controlling, refereeing, and keeping records of activities. I developed several versions of dominoes, along with a "Games of Chance" series, created by my associates, Barney and Courtney. DO-IT has taught me independent living skills and life-improving computer skills.

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Oscar, '99 Scholar

My name is Oscar. I attend Yakima Community College in Washington. I am interested in science and computers. My disability is Quadriplegia. I use a power wheelchair and have voice recognition software so I can use my computer.

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J.W., '99 Scholar

My name is J.W. I have Muscular Dystrophy. I finished my first year at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. After Big Bend, I hope to transfer to a four-year university and get a degree in criminal justice. My hobbies include using the computer and watching sports.

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Buffy, '99 Scholar

Hello! My name is Buffy and I have been deaf since birth. No one else in my family is deaf. Computers and math are my favorite subjects. This fall, I will be entering my senior year at Western Oregon University, majoring in physical education. My career interests include coaching, teaching, and administration. This summer I am trying out for the basketball team for the deaf Olympics 2005 in Melbourne, Australia! Wish me luck :) All of my life, I have been using interpreters. Without them, I wouldn't be here. I made life-long friends in DO-IT and gained a great deal. The computer was introduced to me and my life became much easier because now I can communicate electronically with others, quickly and easily. DO-IT helped me with planning for college life and a career. DO-IT folks, it's okay to fail, but it's not okay to give up. Go after your dreams!

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Pat, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Pat. I earned a PC specialist A.A.S. degree from Spokane Falls Community College in Washington. I work at a video game store in Northtown Mall called Software, Etc. My hobbies are talking on the phone, playing football, and playing on computers. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Ryan, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Ryan. My hobbies are mountain biking, playing with my five Labrador Retrievers, and hanging out with friends. I'm part of the leadership groups for 4H Klassy K9s and the Indian Education Program at our school. I'm a member of Quinalt Nation and work part-time for Industrial Electric in the motor repair shop. I attend Eastern Washington University. My career goal is to become a science teacher. The three things I learned at DO-IT that helped me with my learning disability are organization, goal-setting, and self-advocacy. P.S.: Smile; it may only last a moment, but the memory will last a lifetime.

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Zachary, '99 Scholar

Hey bub! Wolverine here. I'm Zachary, and I'm from Vashon Island. I attend Seattle Central Community College, majoring in photo journalism. My goal is to get my A.A. degree, then transfer to a four-year college. Reading comic books is my favorite hobby. I love the X-Men, especially my favorites, Wolverine and Phoenix. I was an Intern in Summer Study '02.

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Stuart, '99 Scholar

My name is Stuart. I attend Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington. I plan to get my A.A. degree this winter and then transfer to a four-year college with a business major. My disability is Larsen Syndrome, which effects my mobility. My academic interests are computers, business, and science. I have had interest in computers since I moved to the U.S. Computers give me the ability to communicate, play games, and learn. I had an internship in the UW Adaptive Technology Lab this summer. I am hoping this will lead to a future career.

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Lacey, '99 Scholar

My name is Lacey. I live in Seattle, Washington. I have Cerebral Palsy and some specific learning disabilities. I attend Shoreline Community College and plan to transfer to the University of Washington. My friend Veronica and I started our own business making and selling soap. Our business name is Spinning Wheels & Co. We have sold our soap at the Fremont Market and other places. Besides earning money, our goal is to help the community interact with disabled people in business. My hobbies are riding horses, riding my bicycle, collecting rocks, and doing art. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Nate, '99 Scholar

Hello. My name is Nate and I am visually impaired. I will be a sophomore at the University of Portland. I am a political science major, but I am considering history as a second major. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend law school. I hope to one day be a public servant. I enjoyed my two years as a DO-IT Scholar and my experience as a DO-IT Intern in Summer Study 2001. DO-IT is an extraordinary program that I am proud to be a part of.

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Wolfgang, '99 Scholar

My name is Wolfgang. I study physics and writing at Skagit Valley College. I like to snowboard, bike, play hacky-sack, and READ! I have a learning disability. DO-IT has taught me to understand and respect people with other disabilities and has been amazingly encouraging about my plans in college! I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Kelci, '99 Scholar

My name is Kelci, and I attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, where I am pursuing a degree in elementary education. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Tynesha, '99 Scholar

My name is Tynesha (Ty). I attend Seattle Central Community College where I am finishing my A.A. degree in Psychology and a certificate degree in Child and Family Studies. I plan to transfer to Antioch University in Seattle to get my B.A. degree in a double major in Child Psychology and Child Life so that I can become a certified as a Child Life Specialist and hopefully work at Children's Hospital in Seattle. My hobbies are reading, shopping, talking and hanging out with friends, and writing poetry. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Ali, '99 Scholar

My name is Ali, and I am from Iraqi Kurdistan. I came with my family to the U.S. in 1997. I speak four languages: Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, and English. I have a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which effects my bones. I am a sophomore at Edmonds Community College. I would like to transfer to the University of Washington to study computer engineering. I like math, science, and computers. I completed an internship at Boeing.

'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.

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Maggie, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Maggie. I attend the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), where I am studying chemical engineering. I have a learning disability. I have had two summer internships at NASA and two internships at FIT. Last summer I completed an internship at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT let me see what college is like and what is expected of me.

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Blair, '98 Scholar

My name is Blair and I'm from Rigby, Idaho. I attend the University of Idaho and plan on earning a degree in physics. I am on a two-year mission for my church.

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Emily, '98 Scholar

My name is Emily and I attend Valencia Community College in Florida. My disability is Cerebral Palsy; I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary™ and a laptop computer at school. My hobbies include reading mythology and science fiction, surfing the Net, and e-mailing friends.

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Kimberlee, '98 Scholar

My name is Kimberlee, and I live in Gilbert, Arizona. In the future I would like to attend college. Currently, I am working three part-time jobs. My interests include biology, education, science, math, animals, and lab work. I also like traveling. I have mild Cerebral Palsy and I KNOW THAT WON'T STOP ME FROM DOING ANYTHING THAT IS HARD FOR ME.

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Amy, '98 Scholar

My name is Amy. I live in Mountview, Montana in my own apartment. I finished secretarial school through Courage Center in Golden Valley and I'm currently looking for a job. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies. I'm also writing a novel in my spare time.

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Brian, '98 Scholar

My name is Brian. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I am from San Diego, California, and now attend the University of Washington. I want to major in computer science and minor in business. I have participated in many sports. For example, when I was young, I played little league, karate, and track and field. My favorite sport is baseball. Now I help out with the University of Washington football team. I also have my own Web site. My motto is "Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something."

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Landon, '98 Scholar

My name is Landon. I live in Washington state. I attend South Puget Sound Community College and am majoring in accounting to hopefully become a CPA. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, and Nintendo. I have Methylmalonic Acidemia, which caused a stroke that makes me not able to walk. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

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Jessica, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Jessica. I attend Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy art. I like to play on the computer and spend time with my family and friends.

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Nick, '98 Scholar

My name is Nick. I have a vision impairment. I attended the Indiana School for the Blind and the University of Notre Dame. I double majored in economics and computer applications.

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David, '98 Scholar

My name is David. I am from Portland, Oregon, and I attend Grinnell College in Iowa. I have one younger sister and one wonderful dog. I am an active member of the Grinnell College Young Democrats and the Grinnell Unitarians. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in political science, economics, and history. I am also interested in accessibility! I have an accessibility guide on my Web site. My __hobbies include watching sports and surfing on the Internet. I use a laptop at school to type all my work because I have poor handwriting. I couldn't survive without it. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00. DO-IT has remained a strong force in my life, and I really appreciate its influence.

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Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

My name is Jeffrey. I live in Massachusetts. I have Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deteriorates. I graduated from Middlesex Community College and now attend Northeastern University in Boston with a dual major in biology and geology. I enjoy all sports. I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. This summer I have a job with DCMA. DO-IT and the Internet give me access to resources that help me at school.

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Buddy, '98 Scholar

My name is David (Buddy), and I attend the University of Alaska. I have strong interests in computers and science. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks."

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Wesley, '98 Scholar

My name is Wes. I am a computer science major at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I would like to pursue a career in customer service, technical support, or computer programming. In my spare time, I enjoy surfing the Internet, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and reading.

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John Paul, '98 Scholar

My name is John Paul. I attend the University of Montana, majoring in biology. I like outdoor sports like skiing, hiking, biking, and mountain climbing. I'm deaf. I lost my hearing when I was 11 from a sickness. I want to be a dentist after college.

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Jessie, '98 Scholar

Hi there, my name is Jessie. I attend Arizona State University (ASU), majoring in political science. I am interested in international relations and the impact of globalization on society. I hope to pursue these interests at a more advanced level in law school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I use a wheelchair to get around. In my free time, I enjoy going to dinner and movies with friends. I also work on a project through ASU which helps high school and college students achieve greater independence and self-determination through participant-action research. This work allows me to help students with disabilities reach their full potential, in much the same way as DO-IT did for me.

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Ivan, '98 Scholar

My name is Ivan. I live in Timonium, Maryland. I am a senior as part of the Nitze Scholars Program at St. Mary's College of Maryland. My disabilities are Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability. I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. In my spare time, I enjoy watching baseball and listening to music.

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Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar

My name is Hank. I'm from Spokane, Washington, and I graduated from Shadle Park High School. My disability is blindness. I would like to attend computer or radio broadcasting college. I enjoy listening to old-time radio shows. I set up my own Internet radio station.

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Dustin, '98 Scholar

My name is Dustin. I have Dyslexia. I am a senior at Ball State University (GO CARDS!) in Muncie, Indiana. I am majoring in Physical Education K-12, with an emphasis in elementary education. I enjoy running, playing volleyball, and most sports.

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Isaiah, '98 Scholar

My name is Isaiah. I live in Oregon. I am a senior at Pacific University, majoring in teaching. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include traveling, writing, and reading. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

'98 Washington 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.

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Jessie, '98 Scholar

My name is Jessie and I'm a student at the University of Washington, where I am pursuing a degree in engineering. I am also passionate about classical dance and have continued my training throughout college as a double major. This academic combination satisfies both my artistic and scientific urges. I have been very fortunate to work on campus in the Human Interface Technology lab (HITL or Virtual Reality Lab), beginning in my senior year of high school. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Dyslexia slows my reading speed down and makes writing difficult. My philosophy has been to not allow my disability to hold me down and, instead, focus on finding alternative methods for learning and compensating in other areas. I use computers every day for school. I use Dragon Dictates™ software to expedite my writing and books on tape to increase my reading speed. Running helps me reduce stress. DO-IT has helped me gain confidence and achieve many of my goals. This summer, I worked in Washington, D.C. as the Microsoft-AAPD Federal IT intern at the Department of Education. I worked in the Office of the Chief Information Officer with the technology team. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

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Matt, '98 Scholar

My name is Matt. I attend Spokane Falls Community College in Washington. I have a mobility impairment and use a wheelchair. I like all kinds of science and math. I love to dance, read books, and have long conversations. DO-IT is one of the best things that I've participated in because it has opened up many opportunities for me. One of those opportunities was an internship at Summer Study 2001.

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Chris, '98 Scholar

My name is Chris. I am from Redmond, Washington. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. I attend Muskingum College in Ohio. I enjoy chatting, hanging out with friends, playing pool, and cracking jokes.

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Silas, '98 Scholar

My name is Silas. I graduated from La Connor High School in Washington state. I have a visual impairment. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games. In the future, I would like to program or design computer games.

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Arnell, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Arnell. I graduated from South Kitsap High School in Washington. My disabilities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a communication disorder. I enjoy math. In my spare time, I like listening to Prince's music, teaching myself how to play the guitar, and doing stunts on my bike. I have worked at a sign shop, gaining experience with graphic arts, a career I might pursue in college. Currently, I work at Wal-Mart.

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Katrina, '98 Scholar

My name is Katrina. I attend Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Currently, I am aiming for an associates degree in integrated studies, combining political science, world history, and cultural anthropology. My disability is a traumatic brain injury from a bike accident at the age of five. My interests include public policy, advocacy, history, science, and especially genealogy. I enjoy helping others through difficult times by sharing my experiences and being a positive example. I work for an organization called Think First, promoting the use of bike helmets. I have been very involved nationally with the National Leadership Conference for Youth with Disability and the President's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

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Eddie, '98 Scholar

My name is Eddie. I graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in Washington, where I studied mechanical engineering. My hobbies include bowling, billiards, and hot rods.

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Shavonne, '98 Scholar

My name is Shavonne. I attend the University of New Orleans, where I plan to earn a degree in psychology. I have glaucoma, an eye disorder. For fun, I like writing poetry, reading books, and acting.

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Chanon, '98 Scholar

My name is Chanon. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (near Madison), majoring in social work. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I use an electric wheelchair. Some of my interests are writing short works and poems and performing modern ballet dance. Several summers ago, an Ohio dance company called "Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels" gave me a scholarship to come and study ballet. In the past, I have also received four different writing awards on short pieces that I composed. DO-IT is a wonderful program for students like myself, who have disabilities and are seriously considering higher education.

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Marissa, '98 Scholar

Hi all! My name is Marissa. I have Cerebral Palsy and live in Des Moines, Washington. I attend Highline Community College, where I am pursuing an administrative assistant degree with a business emphasis. I hope my degree will lead me to a career in that field. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

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Crystal, '98 Scholar

My name is Crystal, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I am visually impaired. I plan to attend a community college in the Portland area. I enjoy being around my friends in my free time, but I don't get much of that. I love football, movies, and music. I am studying juvenile justice at a summer job at the Juvenile Justice Center.

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Reginald, '98 Scholar

Hello. My name is Reginald. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD makes it hard for me to stay focused on whatever I am doing. I like to talk to girls, swim, play soccer, be in the band, and, most of all, make people laugh. There's nothing better than a well-placed joke. I attend Fort Valley State University in Georgia, majoring in biology. This summer, I am working as a lifeguard for Children's Friends Daycare.

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Khrystal, '98 Scholar

I'm Khrystal. I graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. I am a full-time mother now and plan to go to college next year. My disability is Dyslexia.

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Michael, '98 Scholar

My name is Michael. I am the first international DO-IT Scholar. Summer Study was excellent preparation for college. I have multiple learning disabilities and ADHD. I am still working on my undergraduate degree and specializing in physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This past year I have participated more in student life and campus activities which I have found very rewarding. One of these activities is being the Chair of Social Activities in my fraternity. I was also given the opportunity to develop leadership skills by winning a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the Theta Chi Leadership Conference in Nashville. I still plan to study medicine and become a pediatric psychiatrist.

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Todd, '98 Scholar

My name is Todd. I attend Edmonds Community College in Washington. I study music at school and I play the bass in my band, Water. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies include music, playing video games, and Magic: the Gathering™ (card game).

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Nichole, '98 Scholar

Hi to all! My name is Nichole. I attend The Evergreen State College in Washington. I have my own apartment (YES!). My major is radio broadcasting, but I might pursue acting. I have experienced new and different ideas and challenges... piercings, protest rallies, discovering my feminist roots, and enjoying my disability. I have Scoliosis and Kyphosis with Metatrophic dwarfism and Dysplasia. I also have Condrodystrophy, which means there isn't any cartilage in my joints. I use an electric wheelchair as my main means of transportation, but I can walk. I enjoy swimming, baseball, art, music, my education, theatre, creative writing, photography, public speaking, disc jockeying, and languages. Keep in touch- email me!

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Corey, '98 Scholar

My name is Corey. I attend Seattle Central Community College in Washington. My main field of study is physics/engineering. I enjoy carpentry, playing music, and building or fixing just about anything I can with my hands. Tourette's, ADD, and panic disorder have caused a number of social difficulties for me over the years, as well as causing difficulties with maintaining concentration. My extracurricular activities include being a member of the Seattle Central Community College Lynx Users' Group and participating in volunteer work. The single most important benefit of my computer usage is that it allows my teachers to read my assignments, which would otherwise be illegible. The computer has also allowed me to maintain a reasonable level of organization which I would otherwise not have.

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Abe, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Abe. I am thinking about majoring in music. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Edmonds, Washington with my parents, sister, and brother. I like reading, biking, playing the drums, and listening to music and books on tape.

'97 Ambassadors

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

Andrew, '97 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Majoring in physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Amanda, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Attending the University of Great Falls, majoring in communications with an emphasis in writing, and minoring in computer systems integration. Plans to be a writer for a newspaper or magazine. Intern in Summer Study '99.

Jennifer, '97 Scholar

Blind
Graduated with a degree in General Studies from the University of North Dakota. Pursuing the possibility of a career in blindness skills education.

Minh, '97 Scholar

Achondroplasia
Attending the University of Washington. Plans to major in international business.

Trent, '97 Scholar

Epilepsy
Attending Bellevue Community College and working at Target as a customer service helper.

Brad, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Attending the University of Arizona, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Ben, '97 Scholar

Quadriplegia
A.A.S. in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate from Green River Community College. Working towards an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Justin, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attending St. Pete Junior College. Enjoys playing guitar and singing country music.

Michael, '97 Scholar

Spina Bifida with Upper Motor Neuron Dysfunction
Pursuing a degree in history and philosophy at Colorado College. Plans to attend graduate school and become a European history professor.

Alexi, '97 Scholar

Profoundly deaf
Double majoring in English and publishing at the University of Connecticut. Plans to pursue a career in editing.

Karyn, '97 Scholar

Dyslexia
Working as a sales consultant for Verizon. Interests include playing on the computer, riding bikes, and watching movies.

Shakethia, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Attending Mississippi State University, majoring in accounting. Plans to attend graduate school.

Steven, '97 Scholar

Severe hearing loss
Economics major from the University of Connecticut. Pursuing an M.B.A. at the University of New Haven.

Chris, '97 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attending Virginia Tech University, majoring in engineering.

Laura, '97 Scholar

Ischemic spinal cord injury
B.A. in physics and philosophy, Hendrix College. Pursuing graduate studies in physics at the University of Arkansas.

Veronica, '97 Scholar

Attending Harvard, majoring in social studies. Hopes to become a political strategist.

Sharon, '97 Scholar

Retinitis Pigmentosa, low vision
Attending Portland State University, majoring in social sciences. Plans to become a teacher for the visually impaired.

'96 Ambassadors

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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

Microbiology major and computer science and chemistry minors from Eastern Washington University.

Cheri, '96 Scholar

Paraplegia
Majoring in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona, with a goal to be a physician who works with disabled children.

Daniel, '96 Scholar

Brain tumor
Senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, majoring in computer science. Plans to pursue a career in computer programming.

David, '96 Scholar

Albinism and low vision
Attending Eastern Oregon State College.

Chris, '96 Scholar

Majoring in graphic communications and interning at Minot State University. Co-author of several books and articles. Also creates Web pages.

Lucas, '96 Scholar

Majoring in public policy and administration at Western Oregon University. Currently working for the Oregon Department of Justice and Benton County Sheriff's Office. Also interested in the Peace Corps.

Maria, '96 Scholar

Deaf
Attending the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Aspires to be a veterinarian, doctor, or marine biologist.

Mike, '96 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder
Attending Pacific Lutheran University.

Rebecca, '96 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Junior at San Diego State University, majoring in political science and minoring in interior design. Hopes to help design accessible homes.

Katrina, '96 Scholar

Diabetes
B.A. in English and Art, Augustana College. Danced with the Dance Company at Augustana for three years.

Jodi, '96 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
B.S. in Biology and Microbiology, Idaho State College. Pursuing doctorate at Iowa State University with focus in genetics and molecular biology.

Anh, '96 Scholar

Larsen Syndrome
Pursuing a major in international business and economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Considering working toward an M.B.A.

Travis, '96 Scholar

Blind
Senior at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in computer science. Worked as a computer consultant intern for the State of Nebraska. Involved with freelance programming.

James, '96 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Graduated from Poquoson High School. Considering attending the University of Pittsburgh. Hopes to open a restaurant or other business.

Dana, '96 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder and learning disability
A.A., Landmark College. Transferring to either the University of Massachusetts Lowell or Northeastern to pursue a B.S. in computer technology.

Joshua, '96 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
A.A.S. in Horticulture Science, Hawkeye Community College. Owns nursery and garden shop, specializing in water gardens and hostas. Also 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 B.S. in Information Technology and a minor in Scientific and Technical Communications from the University of Minnesota Crookston. Pursuing the possibility of a career in the assistive technology field.

Bror, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Helps build steel and Toyota pickups.

CJ, '95 Scholar

Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disability
Working as technical support at Diamond Multimedia.

Jeffrey, '95 Scholar

Psoriatic Arthritis
Plans to attend Shoreline Community College.

Wes, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Studying computer animation at Central Washington University.

Michael, '95 Scholar

Dyslexia
Pursuing architecture, carpentry, and fish and wildlife at Highline Community College.

Jorja, '95 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
B.S. in Recreational Therapy, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. Working at a youth camp.

Aimee, '95 Scholar

Learning disability
Attending Boise State University.

Shawn, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Social service degree, Central Washington Disability Resources. Works at Central Washington Disability Resources as a computer coach and technician coordinator.

Matt, '95 Scholar

Deaf
Working at Washington Energy. Plans to attend a community college to pursue a degree in manufacturing.

Jeremy, '95 Scholar

Brain injury
Attending Spokane Falls Community College.

Bridget, '95 Scholar

Hearing impairment
B.A. in Biology, Whitman College. B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington. Beginning master's program in audiology at the University of Washington. Works in an infant auditory research lab. Hopes to become a pediatric audiologist.

Matthew, '95 Scholar

Epidermolysis Bullosa
Attending the University of Washington, pursing a degree in technical communication.

Jannette, '95 Scholar

Mobility impairment
B.A. in Public Relations, minor in Political Science, Arizona State University. Working for State Farm Insurance.

Bill, '95 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Attending Southern Oregon University.

Rachel, '95 Scholar

Renal failure and hearing loss
Attending Columbia Basin Community College.

Priscilla, '95 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Attending South Seattle Community College. Studying Web design & multimedia and Web administration.

'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
Working in technical support area.

Ben, '94 Scholar

Spinal Muscular Dystrophy
B.A. in English, University of Washington. Attending law school at Pepperdine School of Law. Plans to do community litigation work.

Maria, '94 Scholar

Post-Polio
B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington. Attending Clark College, studying computer networking.

Daniel, '94 Scholar

Learning disability
A.A. in Arts and Science, Pierce Community College. Works for Pacific Office Automation as a shop supervisor.

Travis, '94 Scholar

Health and orthopedic impairments, dwarfism
Majoring in computer science at Utah State University.

Takuya, '94 Scholar

Health impairment, nervous system Dysmorphia, and Congenital Scoliosis
Attending the University of Washington, pursuing career interests in physics, biology, mathematics, and computers.

Sherri, '94 Scholar

Visually impaired
Attending Southern Oregon University, with a major in psychology and a minor in hotel, restaurant, and resort management.

Shawnna, '94 Scholar

Muscular Dystrophy
Working at Columbia Industries.

Nguyen, '94 Scholar

Paralysis from brain injury
Works at Deseret Industries Donation Center.

Sara, '94 Scholar

Dyslexia
Majoring in clinical lab science at the University of Nevada.

Jen, '94 Scholar

Undiagnosed severe neuropathy
Systems Administrator at own Internet service provider business. Runs several other businesses.

Carolyn, '94 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy and low vision
Pursuing teaching science at Shoreline Community College.

Kris, '94 Scholar

Visual impairment
B.S. in Psychology and Chemistry, Oregon State University. Works at Nexus Information Security.

Megan, '94 Scholar

Chronic Lyme disease
B.A. in Biology, Pacific Lutheran University. Works at INTRACEL (biotechnology company) in quality assurance microbiology. Hopes to attend graduate school.

'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 resulting in partial paralysis of right half of body
B.A. in Social Work, minor in Applied Psychology, Eastern Washington University. Working for ShelterCare with mentally ill homeless.

Katie, '93 Scholar

Deaf
B.S. in Biology, Washington State University. Master's degree in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Physical therapist at a Evergreen Hillsboro nursing facility.

Nhi, '93 Scholar

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
A.A.S. in Business, Highline Community College.

Ryan, '93 Scholar

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learning disability
B.A. in Marketing, Seattle University. Working at Nordstrom.

Lloyd, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Graduated from two-year program in engineering at the Washington Electronic Institute. Working in technical field.

Randy, '93 Scholar

Blind
B.S. from Evergreen State College. Working as an Engineer III, User Support Lead at Verisign, Inc.

Nadira, '93 Scholar

Health and mobility impairment
Graduated with a degree in computer information systems.

Rodney, '93 Scholar

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
Pursuing A.A. at Seattle Central Community College. Sole proprietor of a fleet of Web sites.

Eric, '93 Scholar

Visual impairment
A.A.S. in Applied Science, Mount Hood Community College. Working at Stream International as a technical support representative.

Anna, '93 Scholar

Blind
B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Washington. Artist, AmeriCorps employee, and consultant for Mary Kay. Earned a black belt in Aikido.

Hollis, '93 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy
Developing a cooperative group home.

Matt, '93 Scholar

Dyslexia
M.S. Math and Computer Science, minor in Physics, University of Puget Sound. Working as a computer programmer.

Mitch, '93 Scholar

Spina Bifida, Homer's Syndrome, and Thalamic Pain Syndrome
A.A., Wenatchee Valley College. Works as professional recording artist.

In Memory of Brandon, Keaton, Mark, and Andrew

Photo portrait of 2001 DO-IT Scholar Brandon

Brandon was one of our '01 Scholars. 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. Brandon's favorite school subject was mathematics. He looked forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer. We will miss having Brandon as part of our DO-IT family.

 

 

 

Photo portrait of 1997 DO-IT Scholar Keaton

Keaton was one of our '97 Scholars. On December 26, 2001, Keaton died of cancer. He was from Alaska and attended the University of Utah. He planned to pursue a career in Engineering. About DO-IT, Keaton said, "I have found my membership in DO-IT to be empowering. The DO-IT experience helps liberate my mental functions from becoming stagnant or self-limiting. Thanks to DO-IT, I have assimilated the thought patterns, 'I can DO-IT' and 'I will DO-IT'. [Participating in DO-IT also] helps me synthesize strategies pertaining to how I am going to DO-IT. DO-IT ROCKS!"

Keaton is missed by all of us who had the good fortune of knowing him personally or benefiting from his participation in the DO-IT electronic community. We will forever be grateful for his contributions.

 

Photo portrait of 1993 DO-IT Scholar Mark

Mark was one of our '93 Scholars. In December 2001, Mark, who had been ill for some time, died peacefully in his sleep at his apartment in Spokane. In the early days of DO-IT, Mark developed a reputation for promoting philosophical conversations on the DO-IT kids email discussion list. He never found a controversial topic that he didn't like to discuss. He once actually admitted, "I enjoy being screamed at while making a rational argument."

Mark participated in Summer Study in 1993 (our first program!) and 1994 and was an Intern in 1995. We can still picture Mark racing across campus in his power chair with snacks stacked on his lap, while he was guiding (more like dragging) Randy (the co-coordinator of snack breaks and fellow Intern who is blind). Mark succeeded in reaching his goals of attending college and having his own apartment. He attended Big Bend Community College and Eastern Washington University for a total of 4 years and he was busy developing plans for an Internet-based business. As one of the first Scholars, Mark helped make DO-IT what it is today.

 

Photo portrait of 1995 DO-IT Scholar Andrew

Andrew was one of our '95 DO-IT Scholars . . . bright, witty, upbeat, always ready for a new challenge. Some of us still remember his email signature:

Andrew :)
"Nobody said life would be easy.
They only said it would be worth it!"

On May 17, 1996, Andrew, who had Muscular Dystrophy, died of complications from pneumonia. Andrew is dearly missed, and he will always be part of our DO-IT family.

Andrew's parents wanted us to know that "DO-IT was one of the best things in Andrew's life." In an email message to DO-IT participants they said, "We want to thank all of you for making this past year of Andrew's life so much more fulfilling, rewarding, and adventurous. He was so excited by the vision that the DO-IT program offered him. He was always talking about how he was going to go to college and get a degree in computer drafting and he was going to grab the tiger of life by the tail. He was going to set up his own business here at home and conduct his business via all the latest in communication technology. Unfortunately, his life energy ran a little short of his ambitions."

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.

Group photo of Courage Campers

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 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
Director of Admissions
University of Washington
School of Social Work

Sean Barrett
Mobility impairment
Everett 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
Chapman University

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

Roger Bruland
Diabetes
EMT
Hood Canal School District

Len Burns
Computer Consultant
Sasquatch Computer Services

Wendy Chisholm
Web Accessibility Engineer
World Wide Web Consortium

 

Kristina Courtwright
Cerebral Palsy, learning disability
Occupational Therapist

Frank Cuta
Blind
Electrical Engineer
Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs

Thomas Dreschel
Biologist/Science Education Coordinator
Kennedy Space Center

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

Marni Goldman
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Education Director for Science Research
Stanford University

Julie Grant
Paraplegic, Spinal Cord Injury (level L4)
Program Coordinator
University of Washington

Jeff Harris
Blind
Hosting Service Provider

Roger Harris
Stroke, kidney failure
Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy
University of Washington School of Medicine

Nan Hawthorne
Blind
Writer, Content Developer
eSight Career Network

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

Sungeeta Jain
Paraplegic
Law Clerk
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ed Keller
Diabetes, mobility impairment
Professor, Biology Environmental Science
West Virginia University

Mark Koontz
TBI, asthma
Writer, Artist

Douglas Lefever
Cerebral Palsy
Life Instructor

Marciano Lopez
Retired Electrical Engineer

Dean Martineau
Blind
Math Tutor, Internet Resources Assistant

Cindy McAuliffe
Assistive Technology Specialist, Special Educator
Puyallup School District

Robert F. McKellar
Spina Bifida
Author: An Accident of Birth;
Educator; and Counselor

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

James O'Connor
Dyslexia
Teacher
Juanita High School, Kirkland, WA

Bruce Parks
Hearing impairment
School Improvement Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education

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

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

Tracy Rackensperger
Cerebral Palsy
Consultant
Prentke Romich Company

Richard Radtke
Quadriplegia
Researcher and Professor of Oceanography
Hawaii

Andrew Riggle
Cerebral Palsy
Graduate Student

James Ryan
Blind
Programmer/Analyst

Will Schell
Low Vision
Disabled Student Services Support Staff
University of Washington

Terri Scott
Director
Spokane MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)

Greg Smith
C-5 quadriplegia
Software Design Engineer
Microsoft

Carole Snyder
Cerebral Palsy
Software Developer Engineer

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
University of Washington

Dr. Paul Zaveruha
Surgeon

Dr. William Zoller
Brain injury
Professor, Chemistry
University of Washington

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 in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. 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
Sands Point, NY

Jenna Clark
Mobility impairment
Psychology Major
University of Washington

Rebecca Cory
Disability Studies
Ph.D. Candidate
Syracuse University

Steve Harper
Cerebral Palsy
Student and Web Developer

Charity Ranger
Friedreich's Ataxia
DO-IT Office Assistant
Communication and Minority Studies with a focus on Disability Major
University of Washington

Tracy Schramm
Mobility impairment
Computer Science, Spanish Major
Southwest State University

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

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

My name is Sheryl Burgstahler and I am the Director of DO-IT. I have a husband, Dave, and a son, Travis, who are both dedicated DO-IT volunteers (especially Travis, who considers himself at "Phase XI Scholar"). I have a master's degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in higher education. I am an Assistant Director within 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 barrier to success for people with disabilities, and that facing the challenges imposed by a disability can be an isolating experience. DO-IT Mentors and peers support each other on the road to success.

Dan

Photo portrait of Dan Comden of the Access Technology Lab at the University of Washington

I'm Dan Comden. I manage the Adaptive Technology Lab at the University of Washington. I have a wife, Louise, who is a pediatric intensive care nurse, and two sons, Fritz and Zane. My spare time is spent working with my search and rescue dogs.

Marvin

Photo portrait of DO-IT staffer Marvin Crippen

My name is Marvin Crippen. I help with technical support, work on the DO-IT World Wide Web home page, and support the UW Adaptive Technology Lab.

Doug
 

Photo portrait of DO-IT technology specialist Doug Hayman
 

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.

Lyla

Photo portrait of DO-IT counselor/coordinator Lyla Crawford

My name is Lyla Crawford. I have been a Counselor/Coordinator for DO-IT since 1997. I live and work in Eastern Washington in DO-IT's Spokane office. I have a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology. Outside of work I spend my time with my family and working in my garden.

Sara

Photo portrait of DO-IT Program Manager Sara Lopez

My name is Sara Lopez, and I am the Program Manager for DO-IT. I attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and studied Education - specifically Special Education and Physical Education. This past spring, I completed my master's degree in Education Leadership and Policy Study at the University of Washington. This summer marks my fourth DO-IT Summer Study, my busiest but most rewarding time of the year! Most of my time outside of work revolves around family activities and rowing events. After rowing competitively in college, I have been involved ever since, coaching and managing rowing events, including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Michael

Photo portrait of DO-IT staffer Michael Richardson

Hi there. My name is Michael Richardson, and I spend most of my time helping high school and college students with disabilities get involved in work-based learning experiences that enhance their potential for college and career success. I also provide support and information to parents, educators and employers. I have a severe/profound hearing loss and received a B.S. in Health Science from California State University Northridge in 1990. I have spent the last 10 years working in the field of vocational rehabilitation. I have a wife, Chris, and two young daughters, Devon and Emma. My hobbies include restoring and riding vintage British motorcycles and fly fishing for trout.

Scott

Photo portrait of DO-IT Program Coordinator and counselor Scott Bellman

I'm Scott Bellman. I work as a Counselor/Coordinator for DO-IT. I help college students find internships and jobs. I also help people with developing resumes and interviewing skills. I am involved with planning and participating in Summer Study as well. I have been doing career counseling in Western Washington for 5 years. I grew up in the Midwest, where I earned a B.A. in psychology and a master's degree in career counseling. I enjoy traveling and have been to many wonderful places.

Tracy

Photo portrait of DO-IT counselor/coordinator Tracy Jirikowic

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. This year, I completed my doctorate in Special Education from the College of Education at the University of Washington. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, photography, traveling anywhere I can, and reading fiction. I live in Seattle with my husband, Michel.

Val

Photo portrait of DO-IT staffer Val Sundby

My name is Val Sundby. I've worked for DO-IT for the last few years on a variety of projects. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2002 with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. Outside of work, I enjoy horseback riding and spending time with family, friends, and my dog, Cairo.

Terry

Photo portrait of DO-IT technology specialist Terry Thompson

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.

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
  • 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
www.uw.edu/doit
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (fax)
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Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

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