Snapshots 1999: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 1999!

Congratulations DO-IT Scholars, Pals, Ambassadors, and Mentors! Your efforts in supporting one another resulted in DO-IT winning The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. In fall of 1997, I accepted it on your behalf at the White House.

Scholars are high school students with disabilities who are preparing for college. They have interests in challenging fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. They travel from across the nation to attend Summer Study programs at the University of Washington in Seattle and communicate via the Internet year-round. More high school students with disabilities, the DO-IT Pals, join this electronic community. DO-IT Scholars who graduate from high school and move on to college or work become DO-IT Ambassadors, sharing their experiences with younger Pals and Scholars. This electronic community is also supported by DO-IT Mentors. Most DO-IT Mentors have disabilities themselves and are pursuing post-secondary studies or are employed.

Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional grants have been received from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, NEC Foundation of America, the Seattle Foundation, the Telecommunications Funding Partnership, US WEST Communications, Visio Corporation, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the AOL Foundation, the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, the Jeld-Wen Foundation, Microsoft, and an NSF Award for Mentoring. The University of Washington also contributes substantial resources to this project.

This publication facilitates communication between DO-IT participants. The Phase I Scholars included in this album began the program in 1999; Phase II Scholars started in 1998; and Ambassadors joined DO-IT in earlier years. Participants submitted their autobiographies via electronic mail and the publication was created using computers during Summer Study 1999.

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

Phase I Scholars

 

Group photo of 1999 DO-IT Scholars
 

Twenty-one Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study sessions at the University of Washington in August of 1999. They learned about college life and participated in college and work preparation activities. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other and other DO-IT participants. They use the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields including science, engineering, mathematics, and technology.

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Kathy, '99 Scholar

My name is Kathy. I will be a junior in high school this coming year. My areas of interest are nursing and writing. My hobbies are playing computer games and reading. My disability is Spina Bifida.

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Roy, '99 Scholar

My name is Roy. I am in the Class of 2000. My disability is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I am interested in science, computers, and computer-aided drafting. I designed wheelchair ramps that were built at my school and church. I am an Eagle Scout and have been class president. I enjoy radio-controlled models and my hovercraft. My future is uncertain, but my hopes are high. DO-IT will help me on my way.

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David, '99 Scholar

My name is David. I will be a senior this year. I enjoy mathematics and really like chemistry and other sciences. I also like history classes, but I have a hard time keeping the information straight. My hobbies are playing a self-produced dominos circuit and trying out new things with computers. The DO-IT program has helped me by teaching me to use e-mail.

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Stuart, '99 Scholar

My name is Stuart. I will be a senior in high school. My disability is Larsen's Syndrome, a mobility impairment. I really like taking computer classes. My academic interests are computers and science. In science I like space exploration and discovering new things that help the world to progress. I am planning to attend community college. I like cars and computers. My hobby is to collect 1:18 scale cars. I also like professional sports. I like DO-IT because we all work together.

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Wolfgang, '99 Scholar

My name is Wolfgang. I'm a senior in high school. I hope to study physics and writing in college. I like to snowboard, bike, play hacky-sack, and READ! I have a learning disability. The DO-IT program has taught me to understand and respect people with other disabilities and also has been amazingly encouraging about my future plans in college!

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Ryan, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Ryan. This is my first year in DO-IT. This year I will be a junior in high school. I want to be an aerospace engineer. My hobbies are mountain biking, football, track and field, and 4-H. I have a learning diability. I hope that DO-IT will help me to get the accommodations I need at school.

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Crystal, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Crystal. I'm 16 years old. My disability affects my speech and learning. I'm going to be a junior in high school. I love to run, FFA (Future Farmers of America), and 4-H. I want to study medicine and work with cancer patients someday. I hope DO-IT will help me make my dream come true.

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Nate, '99 Scholar

Hello. My name is Nate. I am going to be a junior in high school. I live in Federal Way, WA. I enjoy running and watching television. I have aspirations to go to a four-year university and maybe go to graduate school. I believe that DO-IT will give me the training and self-advocacy I will need to go to college and find a career successfully. I have low vision in my right eye.

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Pat, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Pat. I live in Spokane, WA. I'm 18 years old. I will be a senior this year in high school. I like computer science and working with people. My hobbies are talking on the phone and playing football. I have a learning disability. I hope DO-IT will open new doors for me.

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Danielle, '99 Scholar

My name is Danielle, and I'm 17 years old. I'll be a senior this school year. I'm physically handicapped with hearing and speech impairments. I had cancer when I was 16 months old, and that left me with a viral infection which caused these disabilities. I'm interested in computers and English. My hobbies are reading, writing and listening to music. I love school, but I don't like homework!

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Zachary, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Zachary. I am 16 years old and I'm going to be a sophomore in high school on Vashon Island, WA. I have a syndrome called Freeman Sheldon-Syndrome. Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome (also known as "Whistling Face Syndrome") is a rare genetic condition which characteristically includes a small "whistling" mouth, a flat mask-like face, club feet, joint contractures usually involving the fingers and hands, and under-development of the cartilage of the nose. I am interested in computers. I love watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer and listening to music.

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Buffy, '99 Scholar

Hey there! My name is Buffy. I live in Oregon City, OR and will be a senior in high school this fall. My disability is deafness. I can't hear at all so I use an interpreter all the time. I can read lips, and can sign well. I love outdoor activity and all sports. I love basketball the most. I also love to travel. My favorite motto of all time is, it is okay to fail but it is not okay to give up.

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Tynesha, '99 Scholar

Hi. My name is Tynesha. I am a junior in high school in Seattle, WA. I will hopefully be graduating at the end of this year. My plan after I graduate is to go to college and get a degree in acting, study sign language, publish my own poetry book, and study to be a Japanese interpreter. I have Spina Bifida.

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J.W., '99 Scholar

My name is J.W. I'm from Moses Lake, WA. I have Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy. I am going into my junior year in high school. I enjoy watching sports and using computers. I am interested in a career in computer-aided design or video game programming.

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Mi Mi, '99 Scholar

Hi! my name is Mi Mi, I am a junior in high school. I travel 45 minutes from my home town of Yelm, WA to Olympia every day for school. I have a learning disability. My favorite subjects in school are science, then math. My favorite sport is soccer. My favorite hobby is beading. I have my own business in dream catchers, jewelry and bead work. I have Dyslexia. I have a tendency to reverse my letters and mix up similar characters like P's and 9's. I really appreciate DO-IT because it has provided me with Internet access at home.

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Kelci, '99 Scholar

My name is Kelci, and I am a junior. I live in Lind, WA. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I am interested in math and education. I enjoy hanging out with friends and keeping stats for basketball.

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Lacey, '99 Scholar

My name is Lacey. I live in Seattle, WA. I want to study to be a research scientist or a store manager. My hobbies are to ride horses, ride my bicycle, collect rocks, and do art. I have Cerebral Palsy.

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Ali, '99 Scholar

My name is Ali. I am from northern Iraq and I am Kurd. I came to the U.S. in 1997. When I was in my country I didn't go to school. When I came to the U.S. I went directly to high school. I went from nothing to a high grade. This year I am going to be in 11th grade. I know four languages: Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, and English. I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a mobility impairment. I am a quick learner. I like math, science, and computers. I plan to go to the University of Washington to study computer science. My hobbies are watching soccer games, working on computers, watching basketball, and reading books. I like the DO-IT program because it shows me college life, and it tells me what I should do to get into a college that I like.

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Oscar, '99 Scholar

My name is Oscar. I am from Yakima, WA. I am going to be a junior this year in high school. 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.

Phase II Scholars

 

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1998 Washington Scholars

 

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1998 National Scholars

Phase II Scholars attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in July of 1999. During that session they worked closely with University faculty; in small groups they studied genetics, computer science, and technical communication. Throughout the year they continue to communicate via the Internet and participate in DO-IT activities, projects, and internships.

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Katrina, '98 Scholar

My name is Katrina. I live in Bothell, WA. I'll be a senior in high school this fall. My disability is a traumatic brain injury from a bike accident at the age of five. My interests include art, history, science, and especially geneology. 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 and seat belts. In May, I began an internship with Disability Resource Network, doing data entry and Web research.

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Eddie, '98 Scholar

My name is Eddie. I am a senior in high school in Spokane, WA. I am on the golf team and president of the chess team at school. I am also involved in Future Homemakers of America (FHA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

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Shavonne, '98 Scholar

My name is Shavonne and I am 18 years old. This spring I graduated from high school. I live in New Orleans, LA where I have been diagnosed with glaucoma, an eye disorder. For fun I like writing poetry, reading books and acting.

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Matt, '98 Scholar

My name is Matt. I'm going to be in the 11th grade this fall in high school. I like doing high school Knowledge Bowl. My disability is a mobility impairment. I like all kinds of science and math. Having a computer and Internet access has been really great because I write really slow, but I can type really fast.

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Chris, '98 Scholar

My name is Chris. I am 16 and live in Redmond, WA. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexsia, and Dysgraphia. I enjoy chatting, hanging out with friends, playing pool, and cracking jokes.

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Chanon, '98 Scholar

My name is Chanon. I live in Neenah, WI and graduated from high school in the spring of '99. Currently I am attending University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in Psychology, and with the possibility of minoring in English. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. Some of my interests are writing short works and poems and performing modern and ballet dance. I received four different writing awards on short pieces that I have composed. Last June, I was given a dance scholarship to go to the Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels adult workshop held in Ohio. 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

My name is Marissa. I'm 18 years old and this year I graduated from high school in Des Moines, WA (not Iowa). I have Cerebral Palsy. I'm looking forward to attending my first year of college this fall, starting out in a community college and then transferring to a university. My interests are in computer science and creative writing. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry, but most of all I take life as it comes to me, follow my dreams and have fun!

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Crystal, '98 Scholar

My name is Crystal and I am 17 years old. I live in Portland, OR. I am visually impaired. I am a senior in high school. 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 plan to become a child counselor or a teacher once I graduate from college. Maybe I'll do both.

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Reginald, '98 Scholar

Hello, my name is Reginald and I have Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD makes it hard for me to pay attention and stay focused on whatever I am doing. I am eighteen years old and I live in Albany, GA. 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. After high school I plan to go to college and study to become a physical or occupational therapist.

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Khrystal, '98 Scholar

Hi, my name is Khrystal. I live in Spokane, WA where I graduated from high school this year. My disability is Dyslexia. I have four brothers and two sisters. I work at Shopko as a sales representative. I also work at a day care called Kid City. I plan on going to school to get my masters in early childhood development. I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, and basketball, and being with kids.

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Michael, '98 Scholar

My name is Michael. I just graduated from high school this June and I will attend the University of Alberta this fall. I am 17 years old. My disabilities are Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), neuromotor deficits, central auditory processing difficulties, Dysgraphia, and Dyslexia. My interests include computers, video production, other multimedia, disability issues and advocacy, behavioral sciences, public speaking, debate, having fun with friends and singing. This year I took private voice lessons from an opera singer and headed up my own acappella group at school. I believe that the challenges that we take on in life are ongoing battles we must face; those who succeed have found a way to win. For my next challenge I plan to take on the path toward becoming a pediatric psychiatrist.

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Silas, '98 Scholar

My name is Silas. I am 16 years old and will be a junior in high school in Washington State. My disability is 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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Jessie, '98 Scholar

Hi! My name is Jessie. I am going to be in the 11th grade in high school in Seattle, WA. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My Dyslexia slows my reading speed down and also makes writing difficult. This means I have to allow more time to complete school work and tests. I am interested in foreign languages and medicine. I enjoy taking ballet class, and running track and cross country. I try not to let my disability hold me down and instead focus on finding alternative methods, learning from it, and compensating in other areas.

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Todd, '98 Scholar

My name is Todd. I will be a senior in high school this fall. I live in Bothell, WA. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies are playing games such as video games and Magic the Gathering (card game). I am currently involved in football, wrestling, and track.

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Arnell, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Arnell. I have just graduated from high school in Washington State. My disability is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and I don't remember things that well. I enjoy math. In my spare time I like listening to Prince's music and doing stunts on my bike. The computer and the Internet help me to do school work.

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Nichole, '98 Scholar

My name is Nichole. I'm in 12th grade. I live in Sumner, WA and I have a brother, mom, and dad. I love playing tennis, swimming, painting, and talking. I have Dwarfism, Scoliosis & Kyphosis, and Metatrophic Dysplasia. I also have no cartilage in any of my joints, so yes it's very painful. I am in an electric wheelchair, but I can walk. I love math. This year I'm going into trigonometry and pre-calc. I love astronomy and marine biology. I have the Internet at home and my own PC, so it's nice to be able to talk to people from different states and countries. DO-IT helps to give me physical independence and college experience.

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Corey, '98 Scholar

My name is Corey, and I graduated from high school in Washington State this year. My extracurricular activities include football, peer mediation, auto club, tech club, fish and roses club (this is a special program, combining biology with construction, aquaculture, and horticulture), and being the Cleveland Web master. Whew! My disabilities are Tourette's Syndrome, panic disorder, and epilepsy. The epilepsy causes me to lose consciousness and information stored in my head. Tourette's and anxiety problems have caused a number of social difficulties. My scientific interests are chemical engineering, biology, botany, and theoretical physics. The single most important benefit of my computer usage is that it allows my teachers to read my assignments - my handwriting and spelling are atrocious. Other benefits are being able to maintain organization (one of my biggest problems) and keeping me entertained (Believe it or not, I actually LIKE doing system setup). I made my computer swear at my dad too!

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Abe, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Abe. I am 19 years old and I will be a senior next year. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Edmonds, WA with my parents, sister, and brother. I like reading, lifting weights, biking, playing the drums, and listening to music and books on tape.

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Blair, '98 Scholar

My name is Blair and I'm from Rigby, ID. I enjoy programming, model rocketry, and puzzles. I am interested in robotics and engineering.

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Emily, '98 Scholar

My name is Emily and I am from Orlando, FL. I am 17 years old and I'll be a senior in high school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary and a laptop computer at school. My favorite class is English. Some of 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, AZ. My interests include biology and education. I love science. I love animals and doing labs. I love math. I am in the 12th grade. I am active in lots of clubs and sports. In the Continental Drift Club, we exchange students from around the world. In Anytown we help other students and discuss multicultural-related topics. I am a manager of Highland High School track team and I know CPR. I also like to travel. I think I'd like to be a teacher or a model. 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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Justin, '98 Scholar

Hi everyone. My name is Justin. I live in the Central Adirondacks, NY. I am 18 years old and am going to be a senior in September. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. My science interests are in the fields of ecology and environmental studies. My hobbies are hiking and mountain climbing. One of my mountain climbing goals is to climb all 46 highest peaks in the world.

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Amy, '98 Scholar

My name is Amy. I'm 18 years old and I live in Minnesota. I graduated from high school this spring. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I was involved in drama at my school. In my spare time I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies.

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Maggie, '98 Scholar

Hi, my name is Maggie. I live in Cocoa Beach, FL. I will be a senior this year in high school. I have a learning disability. In my spare time I participate in my high school's flag corps and in Winterguard. I am also involved in High School/High Tech and the Beta Club. I have a summer internship at NASA. When I graduate from high school, I hope to major in chemical engineering. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT lets me see what a college is like and what is expected of me.

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Brian, '98 Scholar

My name is Brian. I live in San Diego, CA. I'm in 12th grade in high school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I took AP Calculus and AP Physics last year. I am a manager of the varsity football and baseball teams at my school. 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. 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 and I will be in 12th grade this fall. I have Methamalonic Acidemia which makes me not able to walk. I would like to become an accountant. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, legos, and Nintendo.

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Jessica, '98 Scholar

My name is Jessica and I'll be in 12th grade in high school in New Mexico. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy drama. My hobbies are playing on the computer and hanging out with family and friends.

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Nick, '98 Scholar

My name is Nick. I am 18 years old and I graduated from high school this spring. I enjoy math, science, and computers. I enjoy watching Sports Center and hanging out with my friends. I participate in track, wrestling, and swimming teams. I am a huge sports fan and I love a good football game (Go 49ers). I hope to attend college and have a productive career.

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David, '98 Scholar

My name is David and I am a 12th grader from Portland, OR. I have one younger sister and one wonderful dog. I am an active member of my local Unitarian Youth Group and the MAC Club teen committee. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in physics and chemistry. I am also interested in accessibility! I have an Accessibility Guide at my Web site. My hobbies include watching sports and surfing around 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 hope that DO-IT will ease my transition to college and continue to support me through college and through the rest of life.

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Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

My name is Jeffrey. I live in Kansas. In 1985 I was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deteriorates. This year I graduated from high school where I was Co-President of the Science Olympiad Club and a member of the Math and Spanish Clubs. I was one of the top ten in my class and I was chosen to speak at graduation. As a junior I was accepted into the National Honor Society. I am interested in all aspects of science, especially geology, earth science (plate tectonics) and paleontology. I also enjoy all sports. In fact, I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. I have been taking Karate lessons since 1986 and continue this activity from my wheelchair. DO-IT and the Internet give me access to new sources of information and knowledge to help me at school.

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Buddy, '98 Scholar

My name is David (Buddy). I'm from Alaska and I graduated from high school this year. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks."I have strong interests in computers and science.

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Wesley, '98 Scholar

My name is Wesley. I live on a farm between the towns of Wolbach and Cedar Rapids in Central Nebraska. I am totally blind and will be a senior in high school in the fall. I am interested in computers, the Internet, and in physical science. I have learned some valuable lessons from the DO-IT program, and have become more aware of what disabled students can do in scientific fields through it. Some of my extracurricular activities include playing trumpet in our school's band, being on the speech team, and taking part in the Youth Leadership Team at our school. Some of my hobbies include surfing the Internet, e-mailing my friends, reading books and magazines, and listening to music. Next fall I plan to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and major in computer science. I may also take some broadcasting classes. This summer's DO-IT program allowed me to rekindle the friendships I started last year.

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John Paul, '98 Scholar

My name is John Paul and I live in Montana. I am in 12th grade and 17 years of age. I like to do a lot of outdoor sports like skiing, hiking, biking, and mountain climbing. I'm deaf. I lost my hearing when I was 11 from a sickness. I'm a nice guy. I get along well with others. I'm also funny. I enjoy math, science, English, and history, but foreign language classes are kind of hard. What I mostly like to do is outdoor stuff, but I want to be a dentist after college.

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Jessie, '98 Scholar

My name is Jessie and I live in Washington State. I will be a senior in high school. I have Cerebral Palsy and, as a result, use a wheelchair to get around. I enjoy Tae Kwon Do and traveling. I like math, science, and working with computer graphics. The Internet has allowed me to seek out and use reference materials via the computer. It has also allowed me to meet new people and keep in touch through e-mail. DO-IT continues to assist me in achieving my goals.

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Ivan, '98 Scholar

My name is Ivan. I live in Timonium, MD. I graduated from high school and I will be attending St. Mary's College of Maryland in the fall. My disabilities are Cerbral Palsy and a learning disability (LD). I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. I was involved in the Mock Trial, Latin, and Key clubs in high school. 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, WA and I graduated from high school this year. My disability is blindness. The DO-IT program is helping me prepare for college. Having the computer helps me get research information for school work as well as have fun and learn what's out there on the Internet. Some of my hobbies are listening to old-time radio shows and making my own radio shows for my 250-foot radio station.

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Dustin, '98 Scholar

My name is Dustin and I live in Carmel, a northern suburb of Indianapolis, IN. I will be attending Ball State University in the fall. I have Dyslexia, which affects my spelling the most. I enjoy all sports including baseball, basketball, running, volleyball, and swimming.

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Isaiah, '98 Scholar

My name is Isaiah. I graduated from high school this year. I live in Oregon. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include travel, writing and reading.

1997 Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

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Andrew, '97 Scholar

My name is Andrew and I have a mobility impairment. I have a weakness and lack of control on my left side, especially my left hand. I live in State College, PA for the duration of the summer. I graduated after the '98-'99 term. I enjoy programming and music. I will be majoring in Physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Amanda, '97 Scholar

My name is Amanda and I am a paraplegic. I live in Montana and I graduated this year. I will attend the University of Great Falls in the fall. I enjoy algebra, English, biology, chemistry, and journalism. I like to read, write, and go on the Internet. I also enjoy photography. I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

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Jennifer, '97 Scholar

My name is Jenny. My disability is blindness. I graduated in 1998 from a high school in North Dakota. I attended the University of North Dakota, beginning in the fall of 1998. I have joined a sorority and am now a Tri Delta. I love college and hanging out with friends. My major is social work.

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Minh, '97 Scholar

My name is Minh. I graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, WA this year. My disability is Achondroplasia (Little People or Short). Even though I'm 19 years old, my height is only 4'. My hobbies are traveling, watching movies, email, searching the Web for educational information and for personal interest. I also like to chat *smile*. My major interest is medicine.

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Trent, '97 Scholar

Hi, my name is Trent. I graduated from a high school in Washington and am attending North Seattle Community College. I recently finished three computer classes and made a Web site in the Internet class. I enjoy watching and playing sports. I also enjoy video games a lot. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1998 which recognizes Seattle area youth for their services, courage, creativity, and enterprise. My disability is seizures. I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

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Brad, '97 Scholar

My name is Brad. I graduated from high school in 1998. I attended college last year. I want to be an engineer. One of my hobbies is chess. I use a wheelchair because I broke my neck almost 5 years ago. I still do a lot of things for myself. I even drive!

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Ben, '97 Scholar

My name is Ben and I am a quadriplegic. I live in Washington and graduated from high school in 1998. My hobbies are watching sports, working out, and listening to reggae and classic rock music. I hope to pursue architecture in college.

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Justin, '97 Scholar

Hello, my name is Justin and I'm from Florida. I'm blind but it doesn't stop me from taking on new challenges. I am looking forward to getting a guide dog. I graduated from high school this spring and am considering attending the University of Washington. I love to sing country music using the guitar or keyboards. I hope to find a career that involves both music and computers. Last year, I attended the 1998 Intel Conference in Fort Worth, TX and presented DO-IT to an international audience.

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Michael, '97 Scholar

My name is Michael and I hail from Colorado. I have Spina Bifida and Upper Motor Neuron Dysfunction (a fancy way of saying Cerebral Palsy, not from birth). When I'm not found on my computer (either playing or doing homework), I'm eating, sleeping, playing with my black Labrador Retriever, Rosie, studying Spanish, watching TV, or listening to music. I graduated from high school this year and I will be attending Colorado College in the fall. I may create an individualized major which includes history, philosophy, and literature. I received one of forty Boettcher awards for Colorado. That means free schooling (YES!!!). I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

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Alexi, '97 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alexi. I am profoundly deaf and have used cochlear implants since 1993. I graduated from Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut in June of '99 and I will study Engineering at UConn (Honors College) in the fall. As for interests... I'll cheer for the UConn Huskies!

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Karyn, '97 Scholar

My name is Karyn. I graduated from a high school in Washington last year. My learning disability is Dyslexia. My interests are roller-blading, playing computer games, talking in chat rooms, playing soccer and basketball. I collect giraffes, of which I have several hundred.

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Shakethia, '97 Scholar

Bonjour! My name is Shakethia. I recently graduated from a high school in Mississippi. I am a paraplegic from a gunshot wound and use a wheelchair. Some of the things I like to do in my spare time are watching television, talking on the phone, going to the movies, playing with my computer and listening to music. I would like to go to college and major in law or accounting! I am also a major Ken Griffey Jr. fan thanks to Sheryl!

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Steven, '97 Scholar

Hello, my name is Steven. I just graduated from high school in Connecticut. I will be attending the University of Connecticut with a possible major in computer science. I have a severe hearing loss. I played soccer for my school. I love to play all sorts of sports. I also play computer and board games.

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Laura, '97 Scholar

My name is Laura. I live near Cleveland, OH and I recently graduated from high school where I made honor roll all four years. I will attend college this fall. My disability is an ischemic spinal cord injury. My interests include astronomy and biology, and my hobbies include reading, writing and music. I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

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Keaton, '97 Scholar

Hi, my name is Keaton. I'm from Alaska and I'm blind. I like anything scientific. It's like candy to me. I eat it up and I can't stop. I am attending Southern Utah University. My hobbies include collecting key chains, listening to music, and talking to people.

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Veronica, '97 Scholar

I am Veronica. I am 18 years old and recently graduated from high school. I will attend Harvard University beginning this fall. I plan to study biochemistry and eventually go to law school to practice patient law. My other interests include singing, traveling, and having a good time in general!

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Sharon, '97 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sharon. I have Retinitis Pigmentosa, a low vision problem. I live in Pendleton, Oregon. This fall I will attend Blue Mountain Community College. I enjoy my guide dogs and other animals, football, basketball, gymnastics, bike riding, and spending time with family and friends. I am very active with Guide Dogs for the Blind; I volunteer every summer and get to be part of their program. I am still part of my high school basketball team; I help them by taking stats.

1996 Ambassadors

 

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

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David, '96 Scholar

My name is David, my friends call me Trek. I graduated from a high school in Washington and now attend Eastern Washington University. I have Attention Deficit Disorder. I would like to get a degree in Microbiology and eventually a masters in Virology. I am also a Trekie. Throughout last year I have helped with DO-IT exhibits and panels. Last summer I worked at a computer camp for kids which is operated by American Computer Experience. I also won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1998. I was an Intern at Summer Study '99.

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Cheri, '96 Scholars

Hey there. My name is Cheri and I am from Iowa. I am a paraplegic as a result of a farm accident when I was one. I am very active in wheelchair track and I attend the University of Arizona to race and major in molecular and cellular biology. My goals are to someday be a physician who works with disabled children, and to race in the Paralympics. I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

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Daniel, '96 Scholar

My name is Daniel and I'm 19 years old. I live in Connecticut. In 1990, I was in a bicycle accident in which I hit my head. After an operation to remove a brain tumor, I could do absolutely nothing. Now I can do anything that a normal kid can do except my balance is a little bit off. I love computers. I taught myself programming and I like making programs in Visual Basic. I attend Eastern Connecticut State University. Someday I hope to get a job doing computer programming. Last summer I was an Intern at DO-IT in addition to my summer job entering data into the computers at SARAH Inc., Shoreline Employment Service.

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David, '96 Scholar

My name is David and I attend Eastern Oregon State College. My particular disability is what most call "full" Albinism, which includes lack of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes. Consequently, I am extremely sensitive to light and burn easily in the sun. I also have a vision loss which came in the Albinism packet; I have the approximate acuity of 20/200, which can make life interesting at times. For hobbies, I like computers, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and playing video games.

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Chris, '96 Scholar

My name is Chris and I attend the University of North Dakota. My major may be in Atmosphere Science with a minor in Geography. I have had a profound hearing loss since I was born. I enjoy fishing, except for the mosquitoes that are irritating here in North Dakota! I enjoy almost anything outdoors. This summer I worked as an intern at Minot State University. I spend most of my time surfing the Internet. I was an Intern last summer at DO-IT. I look forward to future involvement in the DO-IT program and to hearing from all of you on e-mail.

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Lucas, '96 Scholar

My name is Lucas and I am hard of hearing. I was born in Oregon and have lived there all my life. We have a miniature schnauzer named Satie. Sports are a big part of my life. My favorite is baseball. Others I enjoy are football, basketball, golf, hunting, and tennis. I was an Intern at DO-IT last summer and am working at Camp Courage, Minnesota as a counselor this year.

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Maria, '96 Scholar

My name is Maria. I'm from Maine, born in 1980. I am deaf, profoundly deaf. I graduated from a deaf school known as Model School for the Deaf. I like to play softball and volleyball and to read Harlequin romance books and mysteries. My interests are in mathematics and science and I want to be a veterinarian, doctor, or marine biologist. Even though I am deaf, I must believe that I can do it and try it.

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Michael, '96 Scholar

My name is Mike. I am 19 and live in Maine. I graduated this spring from high school. I love computers, music, sports, and anything else fun! I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which can result in problems in school. Most of my teachers are understanding enough for me to still do well. However, if it weren't for computers, I would not be half as far along as I am now. I appeared in a DO-IT video on designing accessible Web sites, was an Intern last summer with the DO-IT program, and will attend Pacific Lutheran University this fall.

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Rebecca, '96 Scholar

My name is Rebecca. I was born in San Diego, CA and now attend college there. I've had Cerebral Palsy since birth, affecting my limb motion, hearing, and eyesight. My hobbies include hanging out with my friends, listening to music, writing lyrics, and reading. I think I had a better time at the DO-IT summer program than I've had in two years!

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Katrina, '96 Scholar

Hi! My name is Katie. I'm heading into my junior year at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where I am majoring in Art and English (I think!). My favorite pastime is dance. I'm a member of the dance company at my school. Over the past few years, DO-IT has become something very important to me. I think that all their efforts and all the things they do make great differences in many lives. I think I can speak for many others who have been involved in DO-IT when I say I am very grateful for this program. I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

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Jodi, '96 Scholar

Hi! My name is Jodi and I graduated from high school in Idaho. I have eight sisters, two brothers, and two dogs. I have mild Cerebral Palsy which affects my lower extremities. I am so lucky to be a part of the DO-IT program. DO-IT has opened up many opportunities for me. Through DO-IT I have learned so much about myself and others with disabilities. I am majoring in pre-medicine at Idaho State University. My life-long dream is to become a physician.

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Anh, '96 Scholar

My name is Anh. I attend the University of California at Berkeley and am pursuing a double major in Political Science and Business/Economics. I'm planning to start an e-commerce company in a couple of years. I have Larsen Syndrome, which affects the joints in my body. I use an electric wheelchair. Last year, I attended the 1998 Intel Conference in Fort Worth, Texas and presented DO-IT to an international audience.

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Travis, '96 Scholar

My name is Travis and I am blind. I live on a farm in Nebraska. When I am at home, I usually help on the farm with feeding our hogs or with the irrigation of our corn. I am excited about the Internet and happy that I am getting some experience with it. I was an Intern in the summer of 1998 with DO-IT. This summer I worked as a computer consultant intern for the state of Nebraska. This fall I will be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in computer science and will possibly minor in accounting or finance.

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James, '96 Scholar

I'm James. My disability is Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a medical accident when I was two months old. I have a sister, Tiffani, and a brother, Aaron. I graduated from high school and I am considering attending the University of Pittsburgh. I hope to open a business, like a restaurant. My interests are football, television, and mathematics.

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Dana, '96 Scholar

I am Dana from Massachusetts. I like to cruise the 'Net, play soccer, swim, play volleyball, and play my bass. I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and LD (learning disability) which makes it hard for me to write and understand certain things. My best subjects are science, math, and history. My worst subject is English.

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Joshua, '96 Scholar

My name is Josh and I use a wheelchair. I live with my family on a dairy farm in Iowa. My sister and brother use wheelchairs, too. We have Muscular Dystrophy. In my free time I work in my raised garden and my garden pond that I can get up to and feed the fish. I also like to explore the Net, chat, listen to music, and design Web pages. My mom and I have a small nursery and a gift shop at our home. I just completed my first year at Hawkeye Community College to study horticulture/landscape design. When I finish college I plan to further expand our business.

1995 Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

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Jesse, '95 Scholar

My name is Jesse. I am a junior at the University of North Dakota. Some of my interests are computer graphics, sound design, and the Internet. Some fun stuff I like are biking, cross-country skiing, listening to and playing rock with my guitar, and playing computer games like Doom. I was an Intern in Summer Study '97.

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Bror, '95 Scholar

Hi, my name is Bror . I have a learning disability and attend North Idaho Community College. I heard about the DO-IT program through my math and science teachers. It sounded like a lot of fun and it is a lot of fun. I like all sports.

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CJ, '95 Scholar

My name is CJ and I currently reside in Oregon. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) with some learning disabilities in English and spelling. I am currently employed by Diamond Multimedia, a large computer hardware manufacturer providing technical support over the phone. I hope in the future to use Diamond's tuition reimbursement program to get my college degree. I worked in the DO-IT camps and as an Intern at Summer Study during the summer of '97. During 1998, I worked at DO-IT summer camps, the UW Adaptive Technology Lab, and DO-IT Summer Study as a paid staff member. I enjoy reading, talking online, playing computer games, and using the Internet.

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Jeffrey, '95 Scholar

My name is Jeffrey and I live in Washington. I have Psoriatic Arthritis; it affects both my skin and joints. I have very limited range of motion and strength, and I'm sensitive to both extreme hot and cold weather. My interests are science, math, and computers. Since I was a kid, I've always been curious to find out how things work. When not academically engaged, I love playing video games and collecting stuff that catches my interest. Having a computer is great!! It assists me in my education and provides fun at the same time. I love it! I'm planning to go to Shoreline Community College. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.

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Wes, '95 Scholar

My name is Wes. I am quadriplegic and use a wheelchair. In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends, draw, listen to music, play video games, and take walks. I reside in Washington with my father, stepmother, and five sisters. I will be a senior at Central Washington University this fall. I would like to pursue computer animation as a career.

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Michael, '95 Scholar

I am Michael and I attend Highline Community College in Washington State. I have a hidden disability called Dyslexia. I hope to become an architect, carpenter, or go into the Department of Fish and Wildlife. I like basketball, soccer, most all other sports, building, and fishing. The activities that I participated in at school were a club called Earth Corp and the varsity swimming team. The DO-IT program provides a wonderful opportunity to communicate with many different people.

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Jorja, '95 Scholar

I'm Blondie... a.k.a. Jorja and I'm a junior at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where my major is outdoor recreational therapy. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a wheelchair. My Cerebral Palsy does not stop me at all. I love to travel. Some of my activities include rock climbing, kayacking, camping, waterskiing, and wheelchair basketball. My next great adventure is climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro next year. DO-IT has taught me to be involved with what I am most passionate about...never settle for less. I was an intern at Summer Study 1997.

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Aimee, '95 Scholar

Hello. My name is Aimee. I have a learning disability. I really love getting to know other people. I think e-mail is the most wonderful thing since the low-fat candy bar. I am diabetic. I like to write letters, read just about anything (besides school work), write poetry, sing, and have a social life, even though I don't get to do that a lot. I am currently attending a trade school.

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Shawn, '95 Scholar

Hi, I am Shawn. I attend Big Bend Community College in Washington State. I'm quadriplegic and I use a wheelchair. I hope to become a computer designer. My hobbies include sports, computer, music, and reading. I think the Internet is one of the neatest things the computer industry has made yet. You can learn a whole lot on the World Wide Web. DO-IT is the best thing going. I was an Intern at Summer Study in 1997.

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Matt, '95 Scholar

My name is Matt. You all can call me "Lewy." My disability is deafness. I work at a company called American Painting. I work as a roofer. I plan to go to community college, and get a degree in manufacturing. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.

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Jeremy, '95 Scholar

My name is Jeremy. I like computers, sports, and working on cars. I attend Spokane Falls Community College in Washington State. I have a brain injury from a bicycle accident.

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Bridget, '95 Scholar

My name is Bridget and I'll be a junior this fall at Whitman College in Washington State. I'm hearing impaired and my interests include biology, medicine, chemistry, and evolution. As of now, I am planning to pursue pediatric audiology. This summer I have a paid internship at the audiology clinic at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, WA. I love to swim, travel, and work with animals. DO-IT helped make me aware of how to prepare for college and what kind of disability-related issues to be thinking of.

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Matthew, '95 Scholar

My name is Matthew. I attend the University of Washington and work in the Adaptive Technology Lab. I have a disability called Epidermolysis Bullosa. I don't make enough of a thing called collagen that helps hold skin cells together. I hope to major in computer science because I love working with computers. I hope to design or program software for Nintendo or Microsoft. I like to play video and computer games, listen to music, and hang out with my friends. I was an Intern at Summer Study '97 and worked in the summer of '98 as paid staff for DO-IT. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996. That's basically me.

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Janny, '95 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jannette. I am from Tacoma, Washington. I will be a junior at Arizona State University this fall. I am very active in the choir and traveled to the '96 Heritage Festival in San Francisco! We also sang the national anthem at Candlestick Park. That was a blast! Besides singing, I love to go camping with my older sister and parents. In my spare time, I love to make jewelry for my friends and family. The DO-IT program is a ton of fun!

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Bill, '95 Scholar

My name is Bill and I live in Oregon with my mom, dad, and a dog named Chester Manly. I have Cerebral Palsy and very limited use of my left hand. Luckily, I can still do many things. I raise pigs, ride horses, go tubing behind the boat, and ride four wheelers at the Oregon Dunes. My biggest interest is in animal science, and I am particularly interested in the great apes and zoo vet science. I also enjoy computers. I attended Rogue Community College last year. DO-IT has given me the opportunity to have a wonderful computer at home (which helps me tremendously with school work!), and has opened the door to the world through the Internet. My DO-IT summer experiences helped me gain the knowledge I needed to continue my education after high school.

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Todd, '95 Scholar

My name is Todd, and I live on Bainbridge Island, WA. I completed an Associate Degree and I work for a software company on the island. We specialize in the medical field. Some of our products include a continuous speech product, billing software, and a database system which stores records for pathologists. My disability is quadriplegia. My hobbies include speaking, talking, and public relations.

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Rachel, '95 Scholar

Hi! My name is Rachel. My disabilities are end-stage renal failure and hearing loss. I had a kidney transplant. I enjoy biology, English, reading, and psychology. I attend Columbia Basin Community College in the Tri-Cities. I also got married last year. Having a computer and access to the Internet helps me research and explore career options. I'm very glad to be a part of DO-IT. It's been an experience I will never forget!

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Priscilla, '95 Scholar

My name is Priscilla and I attend Seattle Central Community College concentrating on deaf studies. I have Cerebral Palsy as well as a number of other disabilities. I use several different adaptive technologies which include a large print program, an alternate keyboard, an alternate mouse, a voice input program, and voice output software. I love being on the Internet; it has opened a lot of doors for me. DO-IT has given me opportunities to demonstrate a wide variety of adaptive technologies at conferences including one in Washington, DC in 1996. I was also a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study '97. I work part time at the University of Washington Adaptive Technology Lab providing assistance to students with disabilities. Summer of 1998 I worked for the American Computer Experience computer camp teaching general computer skills, HTML Web page design and BASIC programming to students ages 8-17 on the UW campus. I won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.

1994 Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

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Anthony, '94 Scholar

I'm Anthony from Grand Forks, ND. I have Cerebral Palsy. I use a wheelchair and a speech synthesizer. I have been helped by technology, and I want to help others like me use technology. I thank DO-IT for pointing me towards this career. I was a DO-IT Intern at Camp Courage in 1995. My long-term goal is to become a developer of special technology like speaking devices. I was an Ambassador for Prentke Romich and I work at the University of North Dakota.

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Ben, '94 Scholar

I'm Ben. I have Spinal Muscular Dystrophy. I have worked at Battelle Labs for three summers. I am currently a senior at the University of Washington. DO-IT has enabled me to meet people and make contacts over the Internet. This program has opened doors for me that normally would have been impossible to open. Now, there are no boundaries as nothing can hold me back.

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Maria, '94 Scholar

Hi! My name is Maria and I'm from Vancouver, WA. My disability of post-polio requires me to wear a leg brace to make walking easier. This June I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Having a computer has helped me a lot, especially with arranging my classes, and rides with Dial-A-Ride, finding jobs, communicating with professors, doing my homework, and much more!

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Daniel, '94 Scholar

Hi, I'm Daniel. I have a learning disability. I have trouble with word comprehension and spelling. I am going to Pierce Community College in Washington, studying to become a marine biologist or an oceanographer. My hobbies include alpine skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, and other sports. I was an Intern in DO-IT Summer Study.

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Travis, '94 Scholar

Hi, my name is Travis. I originally joined the DO-IT program back in '94 as a Scholar. I just finished my second year of college in Logan, UT. I am studying computer science, and I'm very interested in software engineering, the Internet, operating systems and computer language compiling/interpreting. I am also working on campus as a Software Engineer in the Department of Soils, where I work on data acquisition and analysis software. The nature of my disability includes orthopedic problems with my ankles, possible dwarfism with shortness of my limbs, and kidney and related problems. In spite of all that, I tell myself that I'm no different from anyone else. I just live with it day by day.

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Takuya, '94 Scholar

My name is Takuya. I am a senior at the University of Washington. My disabilities are health impairment, nervous system dysmorphia, and congenital scoliosis. My interests are physics, biology, theory of math, trigonometry, calculus, and computers. My hobbies are collecting stamps and reading books. The Internet helps me find information and gives me the ability to talk to people.

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Sherri, '94 Scholar

My name is Sherri. I am visually impaired. This summer I graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. I graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in hotel, restaurant, and resort management. One of my favorite times in college was when four other people and myself talked about our disabilities to an audience of college students. I am a Front Desk Clerk at the hotel at Crater Lake. I am interested in psychology, math, genetics, Spanish, management, and the Internet. For fun I like to swim, play basketball, watch movies, listen to music and more. I was an Intern at Summer Study '98.

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Shawnna, '94 Scholar

Hi all! My name is Shawnna. My disability is Muscular Dystrophy which attacks the muscles. But I get done what I need to. My hobbies include swimming, collecting baseball cards, watching TV, and working on my computer.

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Nguyen, '94 Scholar

I am Nguyen and I work at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. In 1992, I suffered a gunshot wound to the right hemisphere of my head which paralyzed the left side of my body. I use a one-handed keyboard. I have lived many places, but I like Washington the best. I also won the Seattle Youth Hall of Fame Award in 1996.

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Sarah, '94 Scholar

My name is Sarah. I will be a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas this fall majoring in clinical lab science. My disability is a learning disability called Dyslexia which affects my reading, math, and spelling. The DO-IT program has helped me understand my disability and other types of disabilities. It has made me open more doors for myself in believing I can DO-IT for life!

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Jen, '94 Scholar

My name is Jen and I live in California. My friends and I organized and developed a nonprofit support group for teens with disabilities that largely operates on-line. I plan to go back to college eventually, but for now I work as a Systems Administrator at an Internet Service Provider my friends own. I also do contract work as a Web Developer. My disability is an undiagnosed severe neuropathy.

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Carolyn, '94 Scholar

Hi! My name is Carolyn. I graduated from high school in Washington State in 1997. I attend Shoreline Community College. In the future, I would like to teach science. I also enjoy writing. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and I have a neurological disorder that causes low vision.

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Kris, '94 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kris. I am currently working on my advanced degree in Science Education as well as my BS in Psychology at Oregon State University. I also teach general chemistry there. I love teaching and hope to someday be a high school or middle school science teacher. I spend my summers working with the DO-IT program as an instructor and tech support assistant. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, swimming, music, and most everything else (except mushrooms and tuna fish!). I worked for DO-IT at Camp Courage in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; at Camp Easter Seal in Colorado in 1998; and at the 1996-98 Summer Studies.

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Megan, '94 Scholar

My name is Megan and my disability is chronic Lyme Disease. I am attending Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. My major is biology (premed). I also like piano and swimming. I have enjoyed being part of the DO-IT program; the best part is the people involved in running it and those who participate. One thing that DO-IT has done for me is to spark an interest in sign language; I am now a certified sign language interpreter.

1993 Ambassadors

 

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

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Rachel, '93 Scholar

Hello! My name is Rachel. I will be a senior at Eastern Washington University this Fall. I am studying to become a speech therapist. My disability occurred in 1989, when I was 12. I had an AVM on the left side of my brain which caused me to hemorrhage and, therefore, had a stroke which paralyzed the right half of my body. I now have a limp and my right hand does not work very well. I am interested in the life sciences and anything that has to do with people. I enjoy horseback riding, writing, hanging out with friends, dancing, playing on the computer, and just having a good time! I've worked at Battelle Labs for four summers and I was an Intern at the DO-IT Summer Study program in 1995. Being in DO-IT has helped me in school and definitely at work!

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Mark, '93 Scholar

My name is Mark. I am majoring in Communication Studies at Eastern Washington University. I am originally from Ephrata, WA. I have Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. I access the computer and the Internet using my head. My interests include physics, philosophy, politics, religion, public speaking, electronic commerce, and Equidistant Letter Skipping codes in the Torah. I am a Catholic, devout in belief, lukewarm in practice. I enjoy being screamed at while making a rational argument. I helped with the DO-IT Summer Study program '96 as an Intern. I really enjoy DO-IT!

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Katie, '93 Scholar

My name is Katie, and I graduated from Washington State University in May with a BS in Biology. I am 90% deaf, but I don't let that stop me from living a fairly normal life! :) I love to dance, listen to music (at a loud volume of course), rollerblade, and the list can go on forever. I plan to attend graduate school to earn a masters degree in physical therapy.

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Nhi, '93 Scholar

Hi. I am Nhi and I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). My vision is limited as a result of MS. I use large print and voice output programs on my computer. I'm attending Highline Community College in Seattle. My plans are to get a bachelor's degree in computer science when I transfer to a four-year college. I went to a leadership conference and met Bill Clinton. I am glad to be a participant of DO-IT. It has provided me with great experiences.

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Ryan, '93 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan. I finished my two-year degree at Bellevue Community College in March of '98. After celebrating my twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas, I went to Australia for a month and a half. I work at Nordstrom's in the boys department. My disabilities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disability in English. I love snowboarding and I have been to the Alps in Switzerland and I can say with confidence, "Utah rules!" DO-IT has enabled me to make a lot of great friends.

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Lloyd, '93 Scholar

My name is Lloyd. I have a severe hearing impairment. I completed two years of an engineering program in Washington State. I worked in the UW Adaptive Technology Lab and was an Intern in Summer Study '96. I now attend Crowder College in Neosho, MO. I'm thinking of pursuing the biomedical field involving technology. Despite my hearing loss I am musically talented. I can play trombone and baritone. I am interested in electronics, math, music, karate, and computers.

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Randy, '93 Scholar

My name is Randy. I graduated from The Evergreen State College in Washington State with a concentration in computer science. I was an Intern at Summer Study '95 and completed a co-op with Weyerhaeuser. I am blind, with two glass eyes, and use a guide dog (Mogul) for mobility. I use a computer with a speech synthesizer card and screen reading software. My hobbies include basketball, hockey, computers (of course), reading, taking long walks, and generally socializing. I became a married man in August 1998 and I work full-time at Weyerhaeuser providing computer support.

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Nadira, '93 Scholar

Hi! My name is Nadira. DO-IT has been a big part of my life. I have learned so much from this program. I go to a community college and plan to transfer to a four-year school to do my Bachelors in Computer Science. My hobbies are music, poetry, and the Internet.

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Rodney, '93 Scholar

My name is Rodney. I live in Seattle, WA. My interests include computer programming, reading and writing. My disability is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita which means my muscles didn't grow to be fully capable, and my joints are frozen in the position they happened to be in when my biological mother caught the virus. I have received some computer programming training and have worked at the University of Washington Adaptive Technology Lab. I was a lab assistant in the 1995 DO-IT summer program at Camp Courage. I work as a telephone sales representative. I plan to return to college and study political science and journalism.

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Eric, '93 Scholar

My name is Eric and I live in Gresham, OR. I am totally without vision and use a computer system with audio output. It has a speech synthesizer, scanner, and a Braille printer. I am majoring in computer applications at Mt. Hood Community College. I hope to graduate at the end of fall term. This summer I work at the central library in downtown Portland. I conducted research on how to make libraries accessible to people with visual impairments and other disabilities. In the future I hope to get a job doing technical support. My interests are in online communications, 2-way radios and other electronics, 60's music and 1940's comedy. With DO-IT I have attended two different computer fairs, and the 1999 NCCE conference. I have also given presentations at the Work Now and Future conferences in Portland.

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Anna, '93 Scholar

My name is Anna and my disability is blindness. I graduated this June from the University of Washington, with a degree in cell and molecular biology. I enjoy reading, e-mail, games, socializing, music, plays, and writing poetry. About a year ago I realized that art had become much more to me that a hobby, that it is something I love, and am driven to do in spite of myself.

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Hollis, '93 Scholar

Hi! I am Hollis. I attended Rogue Community College and am now taking a semester off so my mom and I can start a cooperative group home in Eugene, OR. We are trying to find people with physical disabilities to participate in our idea. I plan to study mechanical engineering. I'd like to design and build better wheelchairs that will last a lifetime. I have Cerebral Palsy and I use a power wheelchair to get around town; I have strong batteries, so I don't run out of power when I'm miles from home. I am outfitted with an IBM laptop computer with communication software. I enjoy running around on the Internet. I went to a Vision Quest last summer and had a very interesting, life-changing experience. This summer I went to Rhode Island to attend a five-week camp called Shake-A-Leg. I was anxious about it because I went alone. I am moving to the Eugene area, to live in a group home.

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Matt, '93 Scholar

My name is Matthew and I live in Renton, WA. I have Dyslexia which messes up the things I read and write. I attend the University of Puget Sound and I am majoring in computer science and math. My favorite sport to play is soccer. DO-IT has been a very positive influence on my life, and I would not have accomplished many things without it. I helped with the 1996 and 1997 DO-IT Summer Studies and have helped deliver several DO-IT presentations.

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Mitch, '93 Scholar

My name is Mitch. I completed my Associates Degree at Wenatchee Valley College and then transferred to the University of Washington in the fall of 1998. I studied music at the University of Washington for two quarters, I was an Intern in 1995, and I am now working as a paid staff member for DO-IT. I am pursuing an education in Biblical Studies in order to become a Missionary-Pastor. I may also be able to spend the next few years as a professional recording artist touring in a Christian band. I really appreciate all that DO-IT has done to enable me to be successful in college and in a career.

In Memory of Andrew

Photo portrait of 1995 DO-IT Scholar Andrew

You may know Andrew as one of our '95 DO-IT Scholars . . . bright, witty, upbeat, always ready for a new challenge.

Some of you may have only corresponded with him via electronic mail - you may recognize part of his email signature:

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

On May 17, 1996 we lost our dear friend and DO-IT partner, Andrew. Andrew, who had muscular dystrophy, died of complications from pneumonia. He was sick for only a few days. Chuck, Andrew's dad, wanted us to know that "DO-IT was one of the best things in Andrew's life." I know I speak for all of us at DO-IT when I say Andrew will be missed, and he will always be part of our DO-IT family. As we face this tremendous loss, I think Andrew would say to us: "Nobody said life would be easy. They only said it would be worth it!"

Sheryl

Excerpt from Letter from Andrew's Family:

Dear Scholars, Ambassadors, Staff and Mentors:

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.

Chuck, Connie, Jennifer and Jackie

Staff Mentors

Sheryl
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 DO-IT volunteers. I have a Masters degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in higher education. I am an Assistant Director within Computing & Communications and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Washington. I am particularly interested in how computers can help people with disabilities achieve high levels of independence, productivity, and participation.
sherylb@cac.washington.edu

Kristin
My name is Kristin Otis and I am a Counselor/Coordinator for DO-IT. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and am the youngest of five children. During my freshman year of college, it was discovered that I have Dyslexia. Through an excellent college mentoring program and experimenting with new learning strategies, I was able to discover how to work with my learning style. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Communicative Disorders. Before DO-IT, I worked as a speech and language specialist.
kristino@u.washington.edu

Kathy
My name is Kathy Cook. I am a Counselor/Coordinator for DO-IT. I served on the Advisory Board for DO-IT for many years, and have always been very impressed with DO-IT's accomplishments, and now I work full-time for the program! I was born in Seattle, but grew up in Bellingham, Washington. I have a B.A. degree in Human Services, and have spent the past fifteen years working with people who have disabilities. I enjoy communicating with sign language and anything to do with beads!
kathyann@u.washington.edu

James
Hi. My name is James O'Connor. I have worked in DO-IT summer study programs for four years. I grew up in Ontario, CA the youngest of four kids. Throughout my life I've struggled with Dyslexia. I received a B.A. of Education from Central Washington University. In the fall 1998 I began my teaching career at Juanita High School in Kirkland, WA.
oconnorj@u.washington.edu

Dan
I'm Dan Comden. When not serving as the head technical nerd for DO-IT, I manage the Adaptive Technology Lab at the University of Washington. I have a wife, Louise, who is a pediatric intensive care nurse, and a son, Zane. Apart from work and family, any spare time is spent working with my search and rescue dogs.
danc@cac.washington.edu

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

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

Julie
My name is Julie Smallman. I coordinate the DO-IT CAREERS project. CAREERS helps students with disabilities get involved in work-based learning activities such as internships and cooperative education. I have a husband named John who is a graphic designer and a very spoiled cat named Mr. Roboto. I received my Bachelor's degree in 1994 from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College with a major called "Behavior and Independence: Service Strategies for People with Disabilities."
smallman@u.washington.edu

Lyla
My name is Lyla Crawford. I am a Counselor/Coordinator for DO-IT. I work on two DO-IT projects. I help students transition from 2-year to 4-year colleges with DO-IT 2-4. I also support DO-IT efforts on the east side of Washington State. I work in Spokane, I have a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology, and I am also trained to administer and interpret psycho-educational and psychological assessments. I have a husband, Shawn, and a son, Joshua.
lylac@u.washington.edu

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
     
  • To discuss issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities and their pursuit of science, engineering, and mathematics (sem) academic programs and careers, subscribe to the doitsem discussion list at
    http://mailman.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/doitsem
     
  • For information resources related to DO-IT, disabilities, adaptive technology, science, engineering, mathematics, and post-secondary education, access the DO-IT World Wide Web home page 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)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane

Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

DO-IT Funding and Partners