Snapshots 1994: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 1994!

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) program is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation. It serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in science, engineering, and mathematics academic programs and careers.

One component of the project is the DO-IT Scholars Program. DO-IT Scholars are high school students with disabilities who have interests in science, mathematics, and engineering and want to go to college. They attend Summer Study Programs on the University of Washington campus and are provided with computer systems and Internet network connections in their homes. They access resources and communicate with each other, DO- IT staff, and volunteer mentors.

Everyone wants to meet the DO-IT Scholars! The Phase II Scholars included in this album began the program in 1993; Phase I Scholars started in 1994. Each Scholar submitted their short autobiography via electronic mail in August of 1994. Their pictures were taken with a video camera, digitized, and merged with their autobiographies to create this publication.

I hope you enjoy meeting the DO-IT Scholars!

Thanks to Gene Ball of Microsoft who created the original html version of Snapshots 1994.

Phase I Scholars

Group photo of 1994 DO-IT Scholars


Image of Anthony

My name is Anthony. I'm from Grand Forks, ND. I will be in the eleventh grade in the fall. I also work for a little computer factory where we customize computer systems for peoples' homes. I use a left-handed keyboard guard to use my computer and have a Liberator for my "voice." I have Cerebral Palsy. The main reason why I'm in DO-IT is to help start my primary goal in life -- getting a career in computers.

Image of Ben

My name is Ben. I would like to write about how the DO-IT Program has changed my view on life. For years I haven't been able to walk or lift my arms. So I let my fingers shine and played video games. But whenever the word computer came into conversation I couldn't relate because I couldn't hold my arms up to type. One of the worst feelings I had was when I watched someone else's enjoyment using a computer, because I couldn't. But with the DO-IT Program, the only thing we have on our minds is, "What can we not do?" We are all going to succeed, are all smart enough, and now that we have the power of a computer, the gold that was always just out of reach can now be grasped.

Image of Jenny

My name is Jenny. My disability is not specifically diagnosed yet. No one really knows exactly what I have. They call it Peripheral Neuropathy. It affects my arms and legs. I am in a wheelchair. My goals are to become an ecologist or something of that sort. I am hoping the DO-IT Program will help me reach this goal. The Internet allows me to access files on different issues concerning the earth from all over the world. With the net I can also talk to people all over the world and get a first hand account of the happenings.

Image of Maria

My name is Maria. I'll be a senior this school year in Vancouver, WA. I have post-polio in my right leg and use a brace for mobility support. My mom and I moved here from the Philippines almost five years ago. Some of my hobbies include camping, swimming, and writing friends back home. I am interested in the medical field. I want to go to college. Ten years from now I hope I have my own family, am truly content, helping people, and my mom is still around to help me spend my money shopping! Having a computer around could help me to cut my research time in half, especially this school year with my four science classes.

Image of Daniel

Hi, my name is Daniel. I will be in the eleventh grade this year in Olympia, WA. I have a specific learning disability. I am interested in scuba diving, and am certified as an open water diver. I am also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. I like to hike and camp in the out- doors. I am on my school's track and cross country team. I want to become a forest ranger or an oceanographer. I want to go to college to major in forestry and minor in law enforcement. My computer helps me with my spelling, writing, and research for school projects. Having access to the Internet helps me go more in-depth with my school projects and work with my mentor.

Image of Travis

My name is Travis. I am a high school senior in Monteview, ID. Like Rodney, I am a confessed computer addict. I enjoy programming and I hope to be a professional programmer or software engineer. Right now I am writing programs in the C++ Language on the PC. My disability is that I have achondroplasia, shortness of the limbs. I also have some urinary problems. I have to wear braces on my feet. But, what's a disability? All I know is that I like computers and my car, a Cavalier Z-24 (black).

Image of Takuya

My name is Takuya. I will attend high school as a senior beginning September, 1994. I live in Kirkland, WA. I am looking forward to attending the University of Washington. My major and career might be computer science or medical care. My interests are trigonometry, physics, biology, chemistry, laboratory work, and the theory of math. My hobbies are collecting stamps and playing tennis. The nature of my disabilities are health impairment, congenital scoliosis, and nervous system dysmorphia. The value of computer use, as a disabled student, is grammar and spell checking.

Image of Sherri

My name is Sherri. I am 17 years old. I live in the small town of Rogue River, OR. It is located in southwestern Oregon. I am going to be a senior in high school. This year I am going to study health, global studies, analysis, physics, psychology, and sociology. I also have interests in chemistry, genetics, biology, and most other fields of science and computers. I am legally blind and use special software to enlarge characters on my computer screen.

Image of Shawnna

My name is Shawnna. I live with my dad, Gary Lane, in the Tri-cities area of Washington. I have four sisters and two brothers. I go to Kennewick High School and I really enjoy it. I use large print and Sticky Keys on my computer. I am 16 years old and have Muscular Dystrophy.

Image of Nguyen

My name is Nguyen and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore in high school. 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. DO-IT has given me a lot besides a Powerbook, printer, and modem. I'm very confident about a college career because of all the beneficial resources presented during the two weeks. The people have been very resourceful and helpful. I am fortunate to be part of such a program.

Image of Sarah

My name is Sarah. I will be a Junior in high school in Vancouver, WA. Next year I will be enrolled in an alternative education program at Bay called Eagle's Wing. We learn by completing special research projects rather than attending class all day. I have a learning disability called Dyslexia. This affects my reading and math. I definitely plan on attending college. The University of Washington is my first choice because it is a big school and I really like Seattle. I am interested in the law, government, and working with underprivileged people. I hope that the DO-IT Program will help me learn how to use the computer so I can read more effectively.

Image of Carolyn

My name is Carolyn. I live in Lake Forest Park, WA. I'll be a Junior in high school. My family includes my mom and dad, Kim and Bob, my younger brothers, John and Cameron, and my cousin, Scott. We also have a black poodle named Kristen. I was born with Cerebral Palsy. In addition to that, I have a neurological condition, similar to Multiple Sclerosis, which has not yet been diagnosed. It causes me to have low vision. Some day I would like to be a biology or chemistry teacher. I also have an interest in genetics and medicine. My other hobbies include reading and writing poetry and short stories.

Image of Kris

My name is Kris and I live in Ashland, OR...yes, that famous Shakespeare town. I enjoy computers, programming, science and, well, you name it I probably like it. I enjoy classical music (Mozart is the best!) and I also enjoy gymnastics. I am a coach, and I used to compete in Junior Olympics. I now mostly spend my time running my business. I own and operate a computer store in Ashland. It is fun, but it takes a lot of time. If you are curious as to my disability, I am visually impaired, but it doesn't bother me at all.

Image of Megan

My name is Megan and I live in Caldwell, ID. My interests include biology, medicine, and algebra. On the non-academic side I enjoy piano, voice, and relaxing. I attend Treasure Valley College just outside my hometown. I receive dual credits for high school and college. It has been a great alternative to high school. I hope to pursue a career in medicine, preferably in pediatric cardiology. Now I am a biology major. My disability is chronic Lyme Disease. It affects my immune system and energy level along with other more minor symptoms. I am much healthier now due to a diagnosis and treatment. That is, basically, me.

Phase II Scholars

Group photo of 1993 DO-IT Scholars


Image of Rachel

My name is Rachel. This next school year I will be a senior in high school in Richland, WA. Yes, that is where the Hanford nuclear bomb site is located! I have not been told if I glow in the dark or not, so I think I am safe! I live about 15-20 minutes away from my school. My disability is the result of an Arterial Venous Malformation that I had in the left side of my brain when I was twelve. I had two radiation surgeries and am hoping the AVM will be gone by next summer. My physical disability is due to a stroke I had in relation to the AVM. I type on a computer keyboard with one hand. My science interests are biology and yes, anatomy! I love the science of people; therefore, I would like to have a career related to people. Right now I am thinking along the lines of physical therapy with kids. I love little kids! I also like to horseback ride and do the normal teenage stuff like listening to music.

Image of Mark

My name is Mark. I graduated from Ephrata High School and will be attending community college this fall. I have Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. I use Head Master so I can access the computer and the Internet using my head. My interests are astronomy, art, and writing. I have really been enjoying DO-IT!

Image of Katie

My name is Katherine, but I prefer to be called Katie. I am 17 years old and will be a senior next year. I have been hearing impaired since birth. Even though I have a disability, I don't let it keep me from doing things I enjoy. I enjoy learning new things, especially in math and science. I also enjoy playing softball, ballet, driving my car, reading, marching band, and being with my friends. The DO-IT Program gives me information about careers in the science and math world. It also gives me a way to communicate through email since using the telephone is difficult for me. The Program has given me a fresh outlook on my future and I hope others will find it as useful as it has been for me.

Image of Nhi

My name is Nhi. I'm going to be a senior in high school in Seattle, WA. The nature of my disability is Multiple Sclerosis. I'm now considered legally blind. The characters on my computer screen are enlarged so that I can see them. I was born in Vietnam and moved to the U.S. in 1984. I am the oldest of three children. I like to play with my computer; Tetris is one of my favorites. I also like to go swimming. I am interested in biology and environmental science. I am hoping to go to the University of Washington after high school. I don't know what to major in yet, but I might major in something to do with computers. My second goal is to go into science and study environmental issues.

Image of Ryan

My name is Ryan. I will be a senior this fall at Redmond High School. I have a specific learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The computer helps me with writing and spell checking. I love all kinds of sports and I play soccer and do wrestling for my high school.

Image of Lloyd

My name is Lloyd. I am a recent Lake Roosevelt High School graduate. I have a hearing impairment. I was born with my hearing loss but it was not discovered until I was about five. Sign language was my first language which is really surprising to some of my friends because spoken English is my dominant way of communicating. I will go to Spokane Community College this fall in the Electrical Engineering Technician program.

Image of Randy

My name is Randy and I live in Lacey, WA. I will be a senior in high school. I am totally blind, with two glass eyes. Because of this disability it is difficult for me to obtain information for my school work and personal enjoyment. That is, it was difficult before I entered the DO-IT Program. My computer has speech output. With Internet access I have information at my fingertips. My interests include biology, computer science, and logical reasoning and with the Internet I can study these topics. But more importantly, I have all of the information for school projects. I no longer have to get help from fellow students to do my research papers. In fact, a few have even asked me for help.

Image of Nadira

My name is Nadira. I go to Thomas Jefferson High School. I am a senior. I use a wheelchair because I have Neuropathy. My interests are music and computers. I would like to study computers in my college career, but I haven't decided what I want to be yet. I have learned many things from DO-IT while I was here last year. I learned what it is like to live in the dorm. I learned many things about different fields of science, math, and engineering. After being involved in DO-IT I have started thinking about my goals and my career more seriously. I learned about people with different disabilities and I am learning more about them by talking to them through email.

Image of Rodney

I'm Rodney from Puyallup, WA. I graduated from Rogers High School in June of '94. I work in the Adaptive Technology Lab at the UW and am seeking a second part- or full-time job. Having a computer and access to the Internet are valuable tools in my life. All work that I do is with the assistance of a computer. Being part of DO-IT has given me some neat opportunities. Most notably, I like the 2 week vacation every year! I also value my Internet account and the friends I have made that I would not have met were it not for this program. I have little functional use of my hands so I use a mouth stick and easy access software to use a computer.

Image of Eric

My name is Eric. I live in Medford, OR and will be a senior in high school. I am blind. My hobbies are computers and 2-way radios. I have a PC system with speech output that I use for communicating on the network and doing my school work. In addition to the computer, I have my own 2- way radio. My ultimate career goal is to work with the media. I want to go to community college and study radio or television. I might transfer to a regular 4-year college. My ultimate goal is to own a radio station. The DO-IT Program is helping me get in touch with other disabled people. It not only helps us learn about science and engineering, it also helps us deal with our disabilities.

Image of Anna

My name is Anna. I recently graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, WA and will be attending the University of Washington this fall. I earned a 4 year full ride NASA Space Grant Program academic scholarship. I plan on majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, then eventually Genetics. I have been totally blind for about 13 years. The computer adaptations I use are voice output and screen reader. For fun I like to read, mostly science fiction, and I play the piano. I am also a loyal Mariner's fan! Someday I hope to ride the Space Shuttle.

Image of Hollis

My name is Hollis. I am in the twelfth grade in high school in Ashland, OR. I have Cerebral Palsy and I use a power wheelchair. I also have impaired speech but I don't have a communication device yet. I control my computer with my wheelchair joystick and foot switch. My interest is in civil engineering. I like to compete in model bridge building and I fare very well. Ten years from now I hope to be employed as a civil engineer. I like DO-IT because it broadens my knowledge about college preparation. I also get to learn more about different types of disabilities. I mostly use email on the Internet but am very curious about other things I could access.

Image of Matthew

My name is Matthew. I go to high school in Renton, WA. I am in the eleventh grade. I have Dyslexia, which is a learning disability where a person flips and switches letters around. It makes it difficult to read and spell. For sport I play soccer for my school and a lot of different sports around the neighborhood. When I grow up I want to be an engineer of some type. In DO-IT I have learned the advantages of the Internet and the computer. I have also learned how to deal with people who have physical disabilities. I have fun in DO-IT and will remember it for a long time.

Image of Mitch

My name is Mitch. I will be a senior in high school in Wenatchee, WA. My primary disability is Spina Bifida. It is very minor, but the secondary condition, Scoliosis, has caused me to miss a lot of school due to surgery and hospital stays. My greatest scientific interest is genetics. I hope to receive a degree in molecular genetics and work for a bio-technology company. The DO-IT Program has exposed me to a wide range of careers available in science and given me the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be a scientist in some of those fields. On the Internet I have access to a whole world of people and information. This is an experience that I will appreciate for the rest of my life.

Volunteer Career Mentors

Barrett, Sean
Rheumatoid Arthritis
DVR Counselor

Barry, Bill
Research Assistant, Physics, OSU

Booksh, Karl
Quadriplegic, spinal cord injury
Graduate, University of Washington

Bowman, Linda
Learning disability
Psychologist, Special education teacher

Bryant, Pat
Visual impairment
Computer consultant

Chard, Rod
Low vision
U.S. West Communications

Cohen, John
Technology Specialist

Cuta, Frank
Research Engineer, Battelle Pacific Lab

Fowler, Gregory
Software Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ganbari, Sakuna
Hearing impairment
Sign language interpreter, teacher, Pierce College


Glinert, Ephraim
Low vision
Professor, Computer Science, UW

Hand, Tony
Teacher, Seattle Public Schools

Harris, Jeff
Software Engineer

Harris, Roger
Associate Professor, Biological Structure, UW

Hawking, Dr. Stephen
ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Professor, Cambridge University, England

Herbert, Michael
Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Heywood, Todd
Hearing impairment
Computer Science, University of Edinburgh

Johnson, Bob
Low vision
Communications Engineer, UW

Ladner, Richard
Professor, Computer Science, UW

Laden, Bernice
Asst. Professor, School of Music, UW

Lefever, Douglas
Cerebral Palsy
Psychotherapist and life instructor

Leger, French
Specific learning disability
Mechanical designer, UW

Martineau, Dean
Math tutor, Internet resources assistant

Nguyen, Lan
Adaptive Technology Lab Assistant, UW

Pananen, Katherine
Cerebral Palsy
Secondary School Teacher, Seattle

Pava, Wendy
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Pinder, Gay Lloyd
Children's Therapy Center of Kent

Pottharst, Ed
Seattle City Light

Thompson, Elizabeth
Professor, Statistics, UW

Walbridge, Sue Ellen
Spina Bifida
Program Specialist, Department of Energy

Wilson, Bruce
Post-polio muscular/respiratory impairments
Boeing Computer Services

Zoller, William
Brain injury
Professor, Chemistry, UW

Volunteer Postsecondary Student Mentors

Baker, Jacqueline
Specific learning disability, polio survivor
Accounting student, Lemman College (CUNY) NY

Berg, Kevin
Cerebral Palsy
Computer Science student, Seattle Pacific University

Bingman, Shem
Low vision
Computer Science/Psychology student, UW

Chen, Teddy
Law student, Stanford University

Crippen, Marvin
Psychology student, UW

Ho, Erich
Cerebral Palsy
Business Administration student, UW

Jain, Sungeeta
Engineering student, UW

Lipner, Mia
Communications student, UW

Musi, Agustin
Attention deficit disorder
Communications/Business Student, UW

Orvis, David
Nuclear Engineering student, UW

Orvis, Martha
Neuro-muscular atrophy condition
Special Education student, UW

Valdez, Susan
Muscular dystrophy
Technical Communications student, UW

Staff Mentors

Burgstahler, Sheryl
Assistant Director-Information Systems, Computing and Communications;
DO-IT Director

Comden, Dan
Computer/Adaptive Technology Specialist

Farquhar-Shirley, Kate
Specific learning disability
Program Coordinator, DO-IT, UW Computer Fair, K-12 Outreach Programs

Stauber, Nikki
Research Assistant, Program Coordinator, DO-IT

DO-IT Funding

Primary funding for the DO-IT program is provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional grants have been received from NEC Foundation of America and US WEST Communications. The University of Washington also contributes substantial resources to this project.

Additional partners include:

  • Advanced Networking and Services
  • Apple Computer
  • Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell
  • Battelle Pacific NW Laboratory
  • Clark College
  • Communications Technology Center
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Grand Coulee Dam School District
  • Idaho State University in Pocatello
  • Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy
  • Kiwanis
  • Lawrence Livermore Supercomputer Center
  • Microsoft/Pacwest District
  • NorthWestNet
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Portland State University
  • Skagit Valley Community College
  • Southern Oregon State College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Washington Library Network
  • Washington North Central Educational Service District
  • Washington School Information Processing Cooperative WEdNet

Copyright © 1994, University of Washington. Permission is granted to copy these materials for non- commercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged.


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.

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Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

DO-IT Funding and Partners