Snapshots 2017: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO‑IT Snapshots 2017!

The DO-IT Center, funded since 1992, has hosted annual Summer Study sessions for students with disabilities on the campus of the University of Washington (UW) since 1993. The center is celebrating 25 years of success, as measured by the achievements of our participants and their interest in staying connected with each other and newcomers.

This publication facilitates communication among DO‑IT Scholars, Pals, and Mentors. DO‑IT Scholars are high school students with disabilities who are preparing for college and careers. They have interests in challenging fields that include science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and business. They attend our Summer Study program at UW in Seattle, participate in internships and leadership activities, and take part in an e-community year-round. Additional high school students with disabilities, the DO‑IT Pals, join this e-community. When Scholars move on to college, they become DO‑IT Ambassadors, sharing their experiences with the younger Pals and Scholars. This e-community is also supported by DO‑IT Mentors, most of whom have disabilities themselves and are pursuing challenging postsecondary studies and careers.

Primary funding for DO‑IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the state of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. These and other investors, listed in the DO‑IT Funding section on pages 102-103 of this publication, sponsor the many activities that DO‑IT undertakes. We appreciate their generous support. Those who wish to help fund continued efforts can submit their donation with the Support DO‑IT: How Can You DO-IT? form on page 104.

DO‑IT has received many awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. This year, DO-IT was inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. We have also received the National Information Infrastructure Award, the Golden Apple Award, the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Exceptional Program Award, the Trace Research and Development Center’s Catalyst Award, the University of Washington College of Engineering Team Innovator Award, the Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) Robert S. Greenberg Innovation Award, and the AHEAD Professional Recognition Award. These awards document the achievements of the DO‑IT participants. Together, these young people are changing the world, making it a more welcoming and accessible place for all of us.

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, DO‑IT and Accessible Technology Services, UW-IT
Affiliate Professor, College of Education
University of Washington
 

2017 DO-IT Trailblazers

The DO‑IT Trailblazer award highlights DO‑IT community members who forge new pathways that will benefit others. Through their work and accomplishments they have changed the way the world views people with disabilities and have increased the potential of people with disabilities to succeed in college, careers, and community life. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

Sheryl Burgstahler congratulates Trailblazer recipients Krista and Sean at DO-IT’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Krista Greear, of the University of Washington (UW) Disability Resources for Students office, goes above and beyond her regular duties. She has enthusiastically participated in DO-IT training videos, conference exhibits, and presentations. Krista manages the Access Text & Technology Program and Captioning Program for all three UW campuses. She is involved with the UW’s Web Council, the Approaches on Accessibility Interest Group, and the Online Advising Group. In her graduate work in Educational Technology, Krista aims to learn more about the tools, content, and strategies within online and hybrid courses in order to train faculty how to create accessible courses, degrees, and programs.

Sean Marihugh, DO-IT Ambassador and ’09 Scholar, for contributing to the accessibility of Microsoft products and arranging corporate visits for DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors. Sean has presented about IT accessibility and equal access to education at national conferences and has been an active mentor in many DO-IT programs. He also volunteers as an accessibility instructor at DO-IT’s Summer Study. While an undergraduate student, Sean initiated and designed an interactive web page that lets students with disabilities track scholarships based on interests and types of disabilities. He also helped redesign the Information Technology and Disabilities e-Journal using the current accessible web development guidelines.

Leyf Starling, an Upper School faculty member at the Durham Academy, is an AccessEngineering partner. She has worked to ensure that students with disabilities have access to K-12 engineering education. An active participant at AccessEngineering capacity building institutes, meetings, and other events; Leyf has recruited new participants to AccessEngineering efforts. In addition, Leyf has received AccessEngineering minigrants for Summer Engineering Experience for High School Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness and Inclusion of High School Students with Disabilities on FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team Activity.

Dr. Sarah Wille is a senior researcher with Outlier Research and Evaluation at the University of Chicago and an AccessCSforAll partner. Sarah has worked to ensure that students with disabilities are included through her National Science Foundation funded grants related to computer science in K-12 education. The Computer Science & Students with Learning Differences study (outlier.uchicago.edu) aims to expand participation in computer science by making Computer Science Principles more accessible for students with learning disabilities and related attention disorders. An active participant in several AccessCSforAll capacity building institutes and other meetings, Sarah has helped to advance the conversation on students with disabilities in K-12 education on a national level.

Previous DO‑IT Trailblazer award winners:

2016   

Cynthia Bennett, an active AccessEngineering, AccessComputing, and AccessSTEM team member, for her research in accessibility, a subarea of human-computer interaction, with a focus on improving the accessibility of the technology design process itself. Cynthia is an active mentor for younger students and shares her knowledge through panel presentations, published work, and informal teaching moments with faculty and staff.

Rick Ells, a senior webmaster for the UW Information Technology unit, for starting the Accessibleweb@u special interest group, which reminds us that campus-based technology should be accessible for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities, and that improving digital accessibility is a long-term process involving many stakeholders.

Michael Reese, Associate Director of Experiential Learning at Bellevue College’s Center for Career Connections, for working with, recruiting, and preparing students with disabilities for the Workforce Recruitment Program. He developed a class to prepare students with disabilities for the workforce and he takes time out of his personal schedule to attend and bring students to events such as the Microsoft Ability Summit.

Jesse Shaver, a DO-IT Ambassador and ‘03 Scholar, as well as an AccessSTEM and AccessComputing team member, for consistently making time to engage in mentoring, student mock interview sessions, and other activities to help students prepare for technical job interviews. Through his efforts, student mentees build confidence and ultimately enter job-seeking activities with purpose and strategy.

2015

Anna Ewing, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘09 Scholar, for her work educating others about the experience of living with an unpredictable disability and for her advocacy efforts regarding the education of individuals with disabilities. Anna helped develop Seattle Central College’s disability studies course, the first of its kind in the Seattle College District.

Kavita Krishnaswamy, a graduate student in computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an AccessComputing team member, for her accomplishments in the application of robotics to increase the independence of people with disabilities. Kavita has pioneered the use of telepresence robots to participate in multiple conferences across the country without needing to travel.

Dr. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences and director of the Undergraduate Program in Information Systems at Towson University, for enthusiastic engagement within multiple DO-IT projects that include AccessSTEM, AccessComputing, and AccessEngineering and for encouraging others to engage in these projects and contribute their expertise.

Dr. Daniela Marghitu, a professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University, for her contributions to multiple projects that DO-IT directs or co-directs, including AccessComputing, CS10forAll, and AccessEngineering. She is the founding director of the Auburn University Educational and Assistive Technology Laboratory and the Co-PI and Technology Coordinator of the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM.

Brandon Muller, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘01 Scholar, for leadership and dedication to programs that promote the success and full inclusion of youth with disabilities in education and employment. Brandon is a member of the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, where he acts as a vice chair on the Youth Leadership Forum Planning Committee.

Katie Sullivan, DO-IT Mentor, for mentoring DO-IT participants at Microsoft and engaging in DO-IT’s collaborative Summer Academy for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computer Science.

2014

Dr. Kelsey Byers, DO-IT Mentor, for her countless presentations on equal access in academics, fieldwork, governance, student events, and other aspects of campus life, and constant advocacy and presence at DO-IT events. She has been active in the broader UW community, making important contributions on several committees, student groups, and other entities that promote access and inclusion for everyone.

Dr. Norm Coombs, chief executive officer of Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), for providing opportunities for others to have access to assistive technology. He pioneered Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT’s) distance learning program, received Zenith’s Master of Innovation award for his uses of distance learning to mainstream students with disabilities, and has co-presented with DO-IT at multiple conferences and workshops.

Vincent Martin, AccessComputing team member, for being an active member and mentor on DO-IT’s e-mentoring communities, giving invaluable advice on technical details, complex software/hardware interaction, and accessible technology for postsecondary education.

Myrna Muto, coordinator of Seattle Public Schools counselors, for being an active advocate for high school students with disabilities preparing for college and careers. She has worked with DO-IT to develop and disseminate newsletters, host events, and facilitate trainings and workshops for Seattle Schools educators and staff.

2013

Dr. Bea Awoniyi, long-time DO-IT collaborator, Santa Fe College Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, and president elect for the Board of Directors of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), for her work to better serve students and veterans with disabilities, including substantial contributions to DO-IT resources and the AccessCollege project.

Susan Gjolmesli, director of the Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College, DO-IT Mentor, and project partner, for outstanding advocacy in the promotion of accessible campuses and the development of the Autism Spectrum Navigators Program. She was designated as a Living Treasure at Bellevue College in 2009 and received the Washington State Governor’s Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown in 2012.

Anna Marie Golden, founder and manager of AnnAtycal Web Studio, DO-IT Mentor, and part of UW’s Accessible Technology Services team, for outstanding mentoring and her work to increase accessibility on the Internet, including the development of an accessible website for the Deaf-Blind Service Center.

Michael Richardson, co-director of the Northwest ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Center and DO-IT Mentor, for his relentless advocacy and enthusiasm for the participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of our community.

2012   

Katrina Carter, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘98 Scholar, for her advocacy in founding a disability student group at UW Bothell; and her work in the National Youth Leadership Network, Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation, National Leadership Conference for Youth with Disabilities, and the Army Corps Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Wendy Chisholm, DO-IT Mentor, senior Microsoft strategist, for co-editing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0, which form the basis of most web accessibility policies throughout the world; co-authoring the book Universal Design for Web Applications; and founding Accessibility Camp Seattle.

Dyane Haynes, DO-IT Mentor, DO-IT partner, and director of Disability Resources for students at UW, for her tireless efforts in sharing disability resources and promoting universal design through capacity-building institutes, as well as her work within DO-IT Admin, DO-IT Prof, AccessCollege, and AccessSTEM projects.

Conrad Reynoldson, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘03 Scholar, for his work to raise disability awareness in the community. He was the first person to use a power wheelchair in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle half marathon, has organized comedy nights to increase the visibility of people with disabilities, completed an internship at Disability Rights Washington, and was a congressional intern in Washington, DC.

2011

Laura Bersos, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘04 Scholar, for developing a community amongst DO-IT Scholars and participants. Laura has attended Summer Study every year since she became involved with DO-IT.

Kayla Brown, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘05 Scholar, for advocacy work at Bellevue College and nonprofits. She advocates for people with disabilities in Seattle, traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, participated in City Year, and has served on the ATeam leadership group for DO-IT’s AccessSTEM project.

E.A. Draffin, research staff in the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science in the United Kingdom, for promoting accessibility in e-learning, the web, and mobile devices; providing an international database of accessible technology; and supporting students with disabilities to increase accessibility in education, employment, and their daily lives.

2010

Dr. Martha Bosma, associate professor of biology at UW, for her leadership in the inclusion of people with disabilities in science education and careers, outreach to ensure accessible science labs, and mentoring of DO-IT Scholars in their transition to postsecondary education.

Corinna (Lang) Fale, DO-IT Ambassador and ’00 Scholar, for her work promoting self-advocacy for people with disabilities through her position as co-coordinator of the Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Determination (LEAD) Coalition at the Arc of Snohomish County and as a representative for People First of Washington.

Dr. Sang-Mook Lee, professor of geophysics at Seoul National University, for promoting access to technology, education, and employment for people with disabilities in South Korea.

Noah Seidel, DO-IT Ambassador and ’05 Scholar, for his disability advocacy and leadership on the UW campus and in the Seattle community. He has organized disability awareness events and has spoken on numerous panels regarding inclusion, access, and transition to college and careers.

Priscilla Wong, DO-IT Ambassador and ’95 Scholar, for her volunteer work serving people with disabilities at the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital and ongoing dedication to advocating for accessible programs and environments.

2009

Kim Borowicz, disability rights lawyer at Access Living and DO-IT Mentor, for contributions on to the field of disability law and a commitment to tackling issues of access to transportation, media, and education for people with disabilities.

Loren Mikola, disability inclusion program manager at Microsoft and AccessSTEM team member, for contributions in making Microsoft an inclusive environment for employees with a wide variety of abilities and for promoting the design of accessible technology.

Kris Rosenberg, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘94 Scholar, for contributing to the long-term success of DO-IT’s college preview and technology program at Camp Courage by providing lab and technology support, instruction, and mentoring.

Jessie Sandoval, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘98 Scholar, for academic achievement and pursuit of a career in disability law.

Chris Schlechty, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘02 Scholar, for academic achievement, pursuit of a career in computing, and mentoring interns with disabilities in the workplace nationwide.

2008

Dr. Mamoru Iwabuchi, associate professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo and assistant director of DO-IT Japan, for promoting DO-IT practices internationally.

Al Souma, coordinator of Disability Support Services at Seattle Central Community College and AccessCollege team member, for responding to emerging issues of students with disabilities, including those related to people with mental health impairments and veterans with disabilities.

Daman Wandke, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘05 Scholar, for leadership in organizing disability awareness activities on a postsecondary campus.

2007

Anthony Arnold, DO‑IT Ambassador and ‘94 Scholar, for significant contributions to the field of augmentative and alternative communication through his advocacy and career, and serving as a powerful role model for the employment of individuals with disabilities that affect both mobility and speech.

Dr. Ray Bowen, while Dean of the UW College of Engineering, made contacts at the National Science Foundation in 1992 that led to DO‑IT’s first grant funding. He mentored DO-IT founder and director Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler and facilitated collaborations with the college’s programs for women and minorities. This created an expanded view of diversity that became a model for other departments and institutions.

Dennis Lang, associate director of the disability studies program at UW, for promoting the adoption of a disability studies program which now resides in the School of Law. He has also mentored dozens of students pursuing the disability studies minor.

2006

Dr. Imke Durre, DO‑IT Mentor, for accomplishments in earning a Ph.D. and pursuing a career in atmospheric sciences, increasing public awareness of the positive contributions of people with disabilities in science fields, and providing a strong role model and mentoring to students with visual impairments.

Julie Peddy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program manager, for accomplishments in integrating youth with disabilities in service learning programs and promoting the employment of people with disabilities in science fields.

2005

Karen Braitmayer, architect and DO‑IT Mentor, for accomplishments as a business owner and for progressing accessibility efforts within the field of architecture.

Mylene Padolina, Microsoft senior diversity consultant, for accomplishments in the integration of disability in the diversity efforts of businesses and for success in programs encouraging youth to pursue high-tech career fields.

Jessie Shulman, DO‑IT Ambassador and ‘98 Scholar, for accomplishments in increasing access and support on the UW campus and providing a strong role model to students with hidden disabilities.

Dr. Suzanne Weghorst, assistant director for research at the UW Human Interface Technology Lab, for accomplishments in research and for providing numerous opportunities for students with disabilities to explore the field of human interface technology.

2004

Cheri Blauwet, DO‑IT Ambassador, ‘96 Scholar, and Stanford graduate student, for achievements in athletics and academics.

Mike Dedman, education specialist at the National Parks Service, for improving access in the national parks.

Charity Ranger, DO‑IT student staff and UW student, for improving access and support on a postsecondary campus.

Anna Schneider, DO‑IT Ambassador, ‘93 Scholar, artist, businesswoman, and UW graduate, for accomplishments in the combination of fine arts, business, and science.

Phase I Scholars

2017 Scholars

Fifteen Phase I Scholars, all from Washington State, completed their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2017. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO‑IT participants, and DO‑IT Mentors. They use laptops, assistive technology, and the Internet to support their academic studies, and they participated in sessions in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Phase I Scholars communicate with each other at 2017do‑it@uw.edu; with all Scholars and Ambassadors at doitkids@uw.edu; and with the entire group of DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Pals, and Mentors at doitchat@uw.edu. After completing Summer Study 2017, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Jono
Jono, ‘17 Scholar

I’m Jono, and I have lived in Seattle my whole life. I attend The Northwest School, where I enjoy studying the humanities. I love sports and cats. I have cerebral palsy.

Tycho
Tycho, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Tycho. I am deaf. I am a junior at Chief Sealth High School. My favorite subjects are math and chemistry. I hope to study engineering in college. I enjoy solving Rubik’s Cubes, playing cards, and reading.

Miles
Miles, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Miles. I am a senior at Bellevue High School. My favorite subject is math. My hobbies are playing card and board games. I have obsessive compulsive disorder. I am interested in attending the University of Washington.

Jordan
Jordan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jordan. I’m a junior at Mount Si High School. I hope to work as a game developer when I grow up. I am deaf, but I don’t let that stop me.

Desmond
Desmond, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Desmond. I attend The Center School, where I am a junior. I am studying film and chemistry this year. I have an individualized education plan (IEP). I enjoy skateboarding.

Hayley
Hayley, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Hayley. I’m a junior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington. I had surgery at the age of six due to cerebral cavernous malformation. I enjoy dancing, creating choreography, tumbling, and listening to music.

Emma
Emma, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Emma. I have dyslexia. I am a senior at Ballard High School, and my favorite subject is math. I hope to go into a career in mathematics or engineering. I love sports, specifically ultimate frisbee and cross country.

PJ
PJ, ‘17 Scholar

Hello there! My name is PJ. I’m a junior at Mount Rainer High School, and I attend the Puget Sound Skills Center for broadcast communications. I enjoy playing video games. I have limb girdle muscular dystrophy, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Anna
Anna, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Anna. I go to Issaquah High School, where I participate in the National Honors Society and Strong4Sam Club. I want to start a club to support Camp Goodtimes, a pediatric oncology camp. I hope to pursue a career that allows me to help people. I also like to play the piano and have learned to play by ear.

Camilo
Camilo, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Camilo. I am a senior at Spanaway Lake High School. My life goal is to work for a successful company, like Microsoft or Google, and to live as luxuriously as possible. I like sports, specifically basketball and football. My favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

Alex
Alex, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex  and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Even with all of my challenges in life, I have still been able to achieve my goals. I hope to one day become a medical researcher to find cures for ailments.

Ryan
Ryan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ryan. I am a senior at Yellow Wood Academy. My favorite subject is math. I have Stargardt disease. I love video games.

Jane
Jane, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jane. I am a junior at The Center School. My favorite subjects are art and theater. I hope to become an actress, singer, or teach children to ride horses when I grow up. I love to draw, sing, and dance.

Nathan
Nathan, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Nathan. I am a junior at Kamiak High School. I like history, politics, psychology, music, coding, math, and science. I had a spinal stroke at birth. I hope to work with computers in the future. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games and watching YouTube videos.

Myles
Myles, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Myles. I go to Auburn Riverside High School and am in my senior year. My favorite subjects are social studies and world history. My hobbies are playing golf and basketball. I would like to be a sports commentator or analyst. 

Phase II Scholars

2016 Scholars

Seventeen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO‑IT in 2016. They completed their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in July 2017. During that second session, they continued to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills and prepare for college and careers. They worked closely with professionals or university faculty in STEM fields such as neurobiology and robotics. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO‑IT participants, and DO‑IT Mentors. They use laptops, assistive technology, and the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Phase II Scholars communicate with each other at 2016do‑it@uw.edu; with all Scholars and Ambassadors at doitkids@uw.edu; and with the entire group of DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Pals, and Mentors at doitchat@uw.edu. After completing Summer Study 2017, these participants graduated to Phase III and Ambassadors.

Adrian
Adrian, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Adrian. I have been Deaf all my life. I’m a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. I play football and want to try out for basketball. In college, I plan to study liberal arts and see what kind of career I’m passionate about! I’d love to attend Gallaudet or any of the colleges close to home in Seattle. I’m excited to achieve all of my goals!

Micayla
Micayla, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Micayla. I graduated from Ballard High School and will be attending Shoreline Community College. I like art, reading, writing, music, and sports. I play unified soccer and basketball. I write fiction and hope to animate my own show someday. I have left hemiplegia from a stroke and seizures.

Rochelle
Rochelle, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rochelle. I graduated from The Center School in Seattle. I was the chief associated student body officer in my student senate, and head delegate in the Model United Nations club. I’m a dyslexic student heading to college at North Seattle College. I don’t know what I want to major in yet, but I have plenty of time to figure it out.

Teresa
Teresa, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Teresa. I’m in my senior year of high school. I am on the varsity dance team and senior class council. I am quite involved at my school and my church as well. I was born without my arms but have learned to adapt through the use of my feet. In the future I would like to attend the University of Washington and major in psychology. I hope to work with teens to help them through drug and alcohol abuse.

Cameron
Cameron, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Cameron, and I am a senior at Newport High School in Bellevue. My disability is cerebral palsy, and this causes me to use a wheelchair. My favorite classes are history and math. In college, I hope to major in law, teaching, or sportscasting. I want to be a lawyer because I feel as if people with disabilities are not given a voice because of preconceived stereotypes. I want to be a teacher in order to help foster the next generation of leaders. Finally, I want to go into the field of sportscasting since I watch an obsessive amount of sports. After participating in the DO-IT Summer Study program, I gained more confidence and courage in and outside of school. I want to live independently and go to George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jayda
Jayda, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jayda. I graduated from Mount Spokane High School. I will attend Spokane Falls Community College. I have attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. My dyslexia comes up mostly when I’m doing math or sometimes with letters when I’m reading.

Ryan
Ryan, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Ryan! I live in Shoreline, Washington. I am a senior at Shorewood High School. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, and watching YouTube. I currently don’t know what I want to do for a career in the future, but I like to write fiction stories.

Takashi
Takashi, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Takashi. I graduated from Nathan Hale High School. I am a freshman at Montclaire State University in New Jersey, studying dance. I hope to join a dance company after I graduate.

Jacky
Jacky, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jacky. I’m in 12th grade at Heritage High School in Vancouver. I enjoy playing sports, being with my friends, and listening to music. In the future, I would like to work for Microsoft, because they are interested in people that have my disability. I am a positive thinker, and I don’t let anything get me down or keep me from succeeding. I would also like to be a vlogger someday.

Naomi
Naomi, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Naomi. I graduated from high school and am currently a student at Cascadia College. My dream is to attend the University of Washington Seattle to study psychology and neuroscience. I love hiking, and I’m training at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Georgetown. I also enjoy trampolining and hula hooping. Lastly, I love dogs!  

Serena
Serena, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Serena. I graduated from Chiawana High School. I plan to attend Eastern Washington University. I would also like to make technology for people with disabilities. I have a passion for video games, and I love listening to all kinds of music.

Kyleelynn
Kyleelynn, ‘16 Scholar

I’m Kyleelynn. I have spastic diplegia, which is a form of cerebral palsy. I’m a senior at John R. Rogers High School. I love to write music, and I plan on pursuing a degree in early childhood education. I am also an honors student. I want to make the world a better place for students with disabilities.

Rob
Rob, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rob, and I live in Kirkland. I graduated from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond. I enjoy history, music, and baseball. I am a freshman in the Honors Program at Washington State University where I am planning on studying engineering. I participated in an internship with the Center for Neurotechnology this summer.

Bryce
Bryce, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Bryce, and I live in Chelan, Washington. I graduated from Chelan High School in June 2017. I plan to attend Spokane Community College (SCC) next year to play tennis. After SCC I will transfer to Eastern Washington University to get a degree in business. After that I will return to Chelan to farm alongside my father.

Jarrod
Jarrod, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Jarrod, and I attend West Seattle High School. I like history, drawing, and writing. I also like to watch anime and indie animations. I don’t really know what I want to be but maybe something in the arts, computer-aided design, social studies, politics, or voice acting.

Jon
Jon, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jon. I’m originally from San Diego, but I currently live in Oroville, WA. I graduated from Oroville High School. I was born with cerebral palsy. I like video games and heavy metal music. My goals are to go to college and become a video game developer.

Ziyu
Ziyu, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ziyu. I am currently a senior at Everett High School. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. My favorite subjects are in mathematics and science. In my spare time, I like to explore the great outdoors, play video games, watch movies, and sometimes read. After high school, I plan to attend a four-year college to study technology, combining art and design. I want to work at a tech company such as Google. I recently took an Advanced Placement computer science class, which I enjoyed.

2017 Achievement Highlights

  • Rochelle B., ‘16 Scholar, awarded a $2,500 scholarship from Seattle Public Schools in 2017.
  • Aspen C., ‘15 Scholar, established a Junior National Association for the Deaf (Jr.NAD) at the Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) and served as the vice president in 2017.
  • K W., ‘13 Scholar, inducted into the Washington Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society in 2017.
  • Teresa B., ‘16 Scholar, named captain of the varsity dance team for the 2017-2018 school year. Was also a member of the senior class council in 2017.
  • Brookelyn R., ‘15 Scholar, at a music contest featuring choirs, bands, and orchestras, her choir won first place in their division and first place overall in 2017.
  • Rob P., ‘16 Scholar, completed an internship at the University of Washington’s Center for Neurotechnology in 2017.
  • Katelyn T., ‘15 Scholar, learned to snorkel and drive in 2017.
  • Daman W., ‘05 Scholar, launched AbiliTrek.com, a hotel booking website for travelers with disabilities in 2017.
  • Bryce R., ‘16 Scholar, biked across Europe in 2017.
  • Grady T., ‘15 Scholar, admitted into the informatics program as an incoming freshmen at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2017.
  • Yomara B., ‘08 Scholar, was awarded best on her team at her job Customer Service Department at Nordstrom in 2017.
  • Kyleelynn P., ‘16 Scholar, ran her first 200 meter race with the track team in 2017.
  • Hannah W., ‘13 Scholar, awarded University of Washington President’s Medalist Award (2015-2016).
  • Eric M., ‘10 Scholar, made the University of Washington’s Dean’s List in the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Naomi M., ‘16 Scholar, reached fluency in American Sign Language (2017).
  • Micayla B., ‘16 Scholar, awarded a $2,500 Scholarship from American Institute of Graphic Arts Link Program in 2017.
  • Conrad R., ‘03 Scholar, founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate (2017). More information can be found at www.wacda.com.

2017 Interns

2017 Interns

After completing Phases I and II of the DO-IT Scholars program, twelve Scholars and Ambassadors returned as Interns for Summer Study 2017. Interns help coordinate evening events and make sure Scholars are safe and on schedule. They provide invaluable insight and support throughout the two weeks and act as role models and mentors to the younger Scholars by sharing their challenges and accomplishments. Interns also gain valuable work experience by providing logistical and program support to DO‑IT staff. Their individual bios can be found in the Phase III Scholar and Ambassador sections that follow.

Phase III Scholars & Ambassadors

2015 Scholars

Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Throughout the year, they communicate with other Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Once 2017 Summer Study was over, those Phase III Scholars who graduated from high school became DO-IT Ambassadors. DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment. All Scholars and Ambassadors can communicate with each other at doitkids@uw.edu, and with all Scholars, Pals, Ambassadors, and Mentors at doitchat@uw.edu.

Emily
Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily. I have spastic quadriparesis. I enjoy playing golf, going to the gym, making people laugh, and hanging out with friends. I am interested in rehabilitation medicine research, and my long term goal is to become a medical researcher in the field of rehabilitation medicine. I am a sophomore at the University of Oregon. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

London
London, ‘15 Scholar

Greetings, I am London, and I have autism. I graduated from North Central High School in Spokane. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I like video games, visual design, art, music, and fiction. I am unsure of what career path I should follow, so suggestions are appreciated.

Aspen
Aspen, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, My name is Aspen. I am Deaf and use a cochlear implant to hear. I use American Sign Language to communicate; I read lips, and I am able to talk. I am excited to say that I graduated from high school! Last year I attended Washington School for the Deaf part-time and Hudson Bay part-time as a senior. I was a varsity wrestler for Husdon Bay High School. I got my fourth year letter in wrestling. I enjoy being active outdoors. My favorite activity is spending quality time with family and friends and being laid back. I hope to pursue a professional athletic career. My biggest accomplishment was setting up a Jr. National Association for the Deaf and being vice president. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Laszlo
Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo! I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from Ingraham High School and will be attending University of Washington Seattle in the fall to major in radio and communications. I would like to have my own talk show someday. During high school, I was an associated student body (ASB) representative for student council, master of ceremonies for the 2017 multicultural assembly, and a member of Link Crew, which assists incoming freshmen in adjusting to high school. I enjoy listening to Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and many more. I competed in the 2014 King County Special Olympics Track and Field team. At the state championships in Fort Lewis, I competed in the 30 and 50 meter motorized wheelchair slalom and softball throw. I earned three gold medals. For fun, I like to play games and talk to friends on Facebook. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Chana
Chana, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Chana. I graduated from Wilson High School in Tacoma. While in high school, I took Running Start classes at Tacoma Community College. I attend the University of Washington Seattle. I have cerebral palsy. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, and watching movies. I also enjoy musical theatre. I have a dog named Wrinkles. My goal is to become a pediatrician. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Andrew
Andrew, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Andrew. I graduated from Anacortes High School. I was part of the Anacortes Robotics Team for three years. On the robotics team, we qualified to go to St. Louis for the world championship every year. I like to hike and play video games. I am interested in nature and how it works. I attend Western Washington University for an environmental science degree. I am deaf. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Max
Max, ‘15 Scholar

Hey there. My name is Max, and I graduated from Camas High School. I am a sophomore at Gonzaga University. I have Asperger syndrome. My main pleasures in life are learning about linguistics and attending my Kung-Fu class. I really want to be a computer engineer. I like using my computer for fun, which tends to neatly overlap with linguistics research. I also play plenty of games.

Dewald
Dewald, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dewald. I graduated from Bellingham High School. I have cerebral palsy. I was born in South Africa as the middle kid of a set of triplets and weighed only two pounds when I was born. My favorite subjects are history and psychology. I was a wrestler on my school’s varsity team. I am a fanatical follower of soccer and support the USA teams and the Seattle Sounders. I plan to attend Whatcom Community College before attending a four-year school. My goal is to become a social worker.

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi everyone, I’m Kaitlyn, but feel free to call me Katie. I have cerebral palsy and use a walker or a wheelchair for long distances. I enjoy listening to music, drawing, gaming, and writing stories. I also like making friends and chatting with people I know. I am a sophomore at Central Washington University.

Eli
Eli, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Eli, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from North Thurston High School and attend Kent State University. I plan to major in sports administration. I play percussion, enjoy reading, sports, music, astronomy, and video games. I have two cats and one dog; my dog looks similar to a baby bear. My long term interests are to be a sports general manager, sports scout, or an astronomer. 

Jonah
Jonah, ‘15 Scholar

Hey, my name is Jonah. I graduated from North Thurston High School, where I was a member of the National Honor Society. I attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My favorite bands are the Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I love history and sports. For fun, I play video games and watch sports. I am a New England Patriots fan. My long term goal is to be a sports writer or a historian. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Brookelyn
Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn. I am a graduate of White River High School, ranking 14 out of 280 seniors in my class and earning graduation cords for taking three years of career and technical education classes and maintaining a 3.93 GPA. I raised and showed my SAE (Supervised Agricultural Event) hog at the Washington State Spring Fair in April, receiving third place in market grading and fourth place in overall showmanship. I won Rotary Student of The Month, and I gave a speech about my educational journey to the Rotary. I participated in the Unified Special Olympics bowling, basketball, and soccer. I won the “Unified Special Olympics Athlete of The Year Award” and “The Perseverance Award” in my senior year. I was involved in chamber choir, and we earned first place both in our division and overall at a music contest in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I have autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. I love reading, sports, art, biology, singing, listening to music, and animals. I plan on attending a vet tech program. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Hailey
Hailey, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Hailey. I graduated from Cheney High School where I actively participated in leadership roles. I like cooking, listening to music, watching movies, enjoying the great outdoors (fishing, camping, boating, kayaking), and hanging out with friends. I attend Yakima Valley Community College in the vet tech program. I have attention deficit disorder and a learning disability. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Tasha
Tasha, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Tasha. I finished high school early through Spokane Community College. I’m really into fitness, working out, and sports. I enjoy many sports, but my favorite is wrestling; I have been a wrestler for over five years. My long term goals are to study kinesiology in college and become a personal trainer.

Ryan
Ryan, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, I’m Ryan, and I have a learning disability. I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2016 and currently attend Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington where I’m pursuing my calling to be an athletic trainer. In the process I’m also pursuing a minor in theology since Christianity is an integral part of my life. My hobbies include rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and outdoor adventuring in general. However, my greatest joy in life is brought to me simply by the people in it.

Katelyn
Katelyn, ’15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Katelyn. I graduated from Bonney Lake High School. I attend Pierce Community College. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy, which affects my limbs and face. I enjoy the outdoors and taking walks. My hobbies include being on YouTube, hanging with friends, and listening to music, especially metal. I absolutely love cats! I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Grady
Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady. I am a freshman at the University of Washington Seattle, where I plan to major in informatics. I graduated from Puyallup High School, where I was an active member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Viking Knights. Over the summer, I worked as a technology assistant for my school district. I enjoy computers and keeping up with the latest technology news, and I hope to have a career in the technology field after college. I have congenital muscular dystrophy. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

2014 Scholars

2014 Scholars

 

Carl
Carl, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Carl. I graduated from Woodinville High School and now attend the University of Washington Seattle. I like music and playing the drums. I also like gaming on my Xbox and computer. I have a dog. I am a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. I am interested in geography and business. I took an Advanced Placement (AP) test to receive college credit. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Sean
Sean, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sean. My favorite classes are machining and trigonometry. I have complete hearing loss in both ears and two cochlear implants. I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing sports, and listening to music. I like rap most, but I am open to other genres. I played football for my high school. I attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now attend Olympic College.

Jason
Jason, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Jason, and I attend Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. I am planning to get my associate of arts in business management, and then transfer to a university. I am on the cross country and track teams. This year I am attending the LIFTT (Learning Independence For Today and Tomorrow) program at the Washington State School for the Blind and next year I will be the resident advisor for the program. For fun I enjoy playing video games and keeping score for Mariners games.

Anita
Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Anita. I’m a junior at the University of Portland studying early education. I use a wheelchair because I contracted polio when I was a baby living in India. I like rowing, and I love doing community service, reading, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people.  

Aja
Aja, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Aja. I graduated from Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish and intend to go to the University of Washington after Edmonds Community College. I have mild cerebral palsy. My favorite subject is the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In the future I intend to cure cerebral palsy, so I can join the Army. I’ve been a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the National Honor Society. I enjoy archery and playing the piano. I am also an avid reader.  

Calleese
Calleese, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Calleese. I attended iTech Preparatory and took Running Start classes. I have a learning disability. I was the president of the Local Association Student Council, which helps students from different schools and events come together and learn from each other. In 2016, I planned a leadership summit for three different districts to attend. After I tore both of my ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) during a soccer game, I started learning photography. I was a yearbook officer, head photographer, and editor. I travel a lot with my twin around the Vancouver and Oregon area. I am a very relaxed, outgoing person. I love playing sports, being outdoors, and adventuring. I attend Central Washington University.

Jin
Jin, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jin, and I am hard of hearing. I attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle. I played percussion in symphonic band, marching band, and drumline. I enjoy reading, solving math problems, listening to music, playing basketball, and gaming. I would like to become a computer scientist. I attend the University of Washington Seattle.

Thor
Thor, ‘14 Scholar

Thor graduated from Burlington-Edison High School. He was a WyldLife student leader and an active member of Young Life. Thor enjoyed reading many genres of books, but his favorite was mythology. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was in a 4-H club. Thor’s career goal was to become a lawyer. He had a form of muscular dystrophy called Desmin myopathy. Thor passed away in May of 2016.

Kennedy
Kennedy, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kennedy. I attend Tacoma Community College. It has been an awesome experience, much better than high school. Some of my favorite courses are psychology and sociology. I am working toward an associate of arts degree. During my spare time I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, boating with my family, and listening to music. I listen to an array of music, from Radiohead to Alice in Chains and Led Zeppelin. I saw a few great concerts this summer at the White River Amphitheater. My favorite movie genres are comedy and action. My career goal is to become a clinical psychologist.

Vanessa
Vanessa, ‘14 Scholar

Hi! My name is Vanessa. I graduated from Skagit Valley College with an associate technical arts degree in multimedia and interactive technology. I am a creative production intern at Rooted in Rights, a project of Disability Rights Washington, where I work from my home on Whidbey Island to aid the creative team in the production of graphic design projects for disability rights organizations across the country. In my spare time I volunteer at Whidbey Island Nourishes, a local non-profit that provides food for hungry school children. I also spend a lot of time listening to Taylor Swift and Hamilton, as well as reading an endless list of novels on my Kindle. I have Ollier’s disease/Maffucci syndrome.

Alex
Alex, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Alex. I graduated from the International School in Bellevue. Currently I am a junior at the University of Maryland, where I have received two presidential awards for academic excellence along with the Office of Multi‑Ethnic Student Education Award for having a GPA at or above 3.5. I enjoy video games and love to read about video game news, and I’m also a huge fan of the Beatles. I want to find an internship at a video game company.

Lindsey
Lindsey, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I am a sophomore at the University of Washington (UW). I am hoping to get into the animation capstone offered by the UW’s animation research lab. With the capstone classes, I want to incorporate disabled characters and other diverse characters to the short film that will be made, and get more disability representation in the media overall. When I graduate from college, I want to work as an animator, preferably at DreamWorks Animation Studio. I like to read, write, draw, watch TV, and listen to music. I work part time for DO-IT as a student office assistant. I also received a scholarship from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to cover tuition and housing for the next three years. I have a retired service dog named Wonder and three younger siblings. I have spinal muscular atrophy Type 2/3, but it just adds a little more spice to my life, along with a wheelchair. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Teo
Teo, ‘14 Scholar

Hi my name is Teo. I like to spend time with family and friends. I’m a nice, funny, and friendly person. I will be attending Everett Community College in the fall and plan to major in the medical field. Eventually, I want to attend the University of Washington.

Matthew
Matthew, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Matthew. I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School, where I was in Spanish club, National Honor Society, and Gamer’s Club. I founded my school’s Archery Club. I served as co-captain for Gamer’s Club and served on Student Council and the prom committee. I have a first degree black belt in tae kwon do. I enjoy science and served on the student board for the Mobius Science Center and continue to volunteer at the museum. My favorite activities are spending time with my family, fishing, snorkeling, archery, puzzles, and spending time at the beach looking for treasures. I also love playing video games, including the Assassin’s Creed series, Call of Duty series, Bioshock series, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. I have a twin brother and a younger sister. I am a sophomore at Eastern Washington University. I plan to major in engineering or video game design.

Mikaela
Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Mikaela. I attend Washington State University. I am studying nursing and psychology.
 

Mike
Mike, ‘14 Scholar

Hi DO-IT Scholars! My name is Michael! I love being employed by the South West Child Consortium. I am working on becoming a paraprofessional or a paraeducator. My interests include working with children, drawing, and listening to country music. I also love to meet new people and experience new things. I had cancer when I was one year old.

Eric
Eric, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Eric. I am a sophomore at Duke University majoring in electrical and computer engineering. I was named the “Most Inspirational Student” in 8th grade and am a member of the National Honor Society. I played on my school and club soccer teams. I also enjoy both playing and listening to music. I play drums and guitar. My family and I volunteer at the Issaquah Meals Program, which provides food for people in need. I love to play with my dog, and I also help pet-sit for my neighbors when they go on vacation.

Sangha
Sangha, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sangha. I graduated from Bellevue High School where I played clarinet in the symphonic band. For fun I play ping pong and computer games. My favorite hobby is watching YouTube videos about new games. I like having time with my friends. I am a sophomore at Seattle Pacific University studying to be a computer engineer. I plan to join the DO-IT community for events whenever possible. I continue to figure out ways to work with my autism spectrum disorder.

2013 Scholars

2013 Scholars

 

Antonio
Antonio, ‘13 Scholar

Hey everyone! My name is Antonio, and I attend the University of Washington double-majoring in sociology and American ethnic studies. My disability is cerebral palsy, a condition affecting my mobility, energy levels, and coordination, especially on the right side of my body. My passions include social advocacy, hip-hop, all things Seattle sports, reading, and writing.

Dustine
Dustine, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dustine, and I have Asperger syndrome. I am a student at the University of Washington (UW) Seattle, double-majoring in law, societies, and justice and political science. I play the piccolo in the UW Husky Marching Band and have had the privilege of playing at the football games and other events. I am a member of the DO-IT ATeam. I also work for UW First-Year Programs as an associate for the Commuter and Transfer Commons. After completing my senior year of college, I hope to go into law school and become a lawyer. I look forward to continuing my educational and personal endeavors at UW. Go Dawgs!

Michael
Michael, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael. I enjoy taking photos of nature, reading, cooking, and watching TED Talks. I like eating food and trying new recipes. I mostly make different types of soup. I am currently working with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on job training and placement as well as doing part-time yard work. I am planning on returning to college to study business. I am working on improving my executive functioning and memory. I use executive functioning tools such as Any.do and attend the Peers program at the Seattle Clinic to increase my communication skills. I have high functioning autism.

Courtney
Courtney, ‘13 Scholar

My name is Courtney. I had a blast serving as an Intern to our 2016 Scholars. I attend Seattle University and am working toward my bachelor of science degree in psychology. I also have the honor of working at Rooted in Rights, a Disability Rights Washington program that produces videos and other media content promoting the rights of disabled people. I was awarded generous scholarships from both the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). I have enjoyed serving as Secretary for the Greater Seattle Chapter of the NFB. I’ve continued to write and am proud to have my writing on the Rooted in Rights blog and the Braille Monitor. I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2017 has to offer!

McKenna
McKenna, ‘13 Scholar

Hello! My name is McKenna, and I was born with arthrogryposis. In 2014, I earned my high school diploma and my associate’s degree through Running Start. I am currently a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I am on the National Paralympic Shooting Team and represented the United States at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Through the Olympic Training Center, I am attending DeVry University working towards my bachelor’s degree in business and technical management. I plan on becoming a lawyer.  

Ryan
Ryan, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan, and I have Asperger syndrome. I attended Eastern Washington University as a freshman and am planning on transferring to Spokane Community College this fall to study computer science. I also plan to study mathematics and engineering. I enjoy designing and building complicated machinery in Minecraft.

Julian
Julian, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Julian, and I have a traumatic brain injury. I attend Washington State University. I plan to major in sports management and hope to eventually coach professional basketball. I look forward to enjoying more Coug and Dawg events this fall. Go Cougs!  

Ellen
Ellen, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ellen, and I have a speech-based learning disability. Currently, I am a sophomore at the University of North Dakota pursing a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and operation. As part of my degree, I need to get my pilot license, so I have been taking flying lessons. Once I graduate, my ultimate goal is to become a UAS operator and work for Air Shepherd, founded by the Lindberg Foundation, to fight poachers in Africa. Besides school, I also enjoy doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing soccer, fostering animals from animal shelters, learning German, and WWII reenacting.

Clarissa
Clarissa, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Clarissa, and I have cerebral palsy and left-sided hemiplegia. I transferred from the University of Washington (UW) Bothell to UW Seattle in autumn quarter 2016. I am currently studying at the Foster School of Business majoring in finance. I am also working toward a Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB). I love learning foreign languages and meeting new people. I also enjoy singing and listening to music. This past summer, I studied abroad in Hokkaido, Japan, which I have wanted to do for a long time. During my travel to Japan, I also went to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. This was a valuable and exciting experience for me personally, as well as academically.

Brenna
Brenna, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brenna, and I have a learning disability. I was a sophomore at Western Washington University (WWU) in 2016, but I decided to take time off this winter to work on boats. This summer, I will be fishing in Alaska to help pay for some of my college tuition for when I return to WWU this fall. When I am not in school, I enjoy photography, the outdoors, and good movies.

Nicole
Nicole, ‘13 Scholar

Hey guys, my name is Nicole, and I have cerebral palsy. I’m a graduate from Kentwood High School and now attend Brigham Young University in Idaho. I’m not completely sure what I want to study, possibly either English and social work. I started a personal blog about daily life and different topics. If you want to follow me, go to Facebook.com/regularlifeonwheels.

Rahil
Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rahil, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from Bothell High School and attend the University of Washington Bothell studying computer science. I am interested in history, science, and Spanish. I enjoy reading and playing video games in my free time. In high school, I was in Youth and Government, a YMCA program where the participants simulate a state legislative session. I was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Alex
Alex, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, and I have cerebral palsy. I use my artistic abilities to express myself. I graduated from Walla Walla High School, where I enjoyed studying math and science. I’m interested in learning about space travel and understanding the universe. I want to pursue a career as a pastor or a counselor. After completing my studies at Walla Walla Community College, I will go to seminary.

Karlyn
Karlyn, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, I’m Karlyn! I have nonverbal learning disorder, dyscalculia, and attention deficit disorder. I graduated from Nova High School in Seattle. I attended Green River Community College, taking courses to get my associates in applied science in early childhood education with a certificate in Montessori teaching. I have a part-time job as a beauty advisor at Walgreens on weekends as well. I am learning Swedish and American Sign Language in my spare time.  

Hannah
Hannah, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah, and I have a visual impairment. I play piccolo in the University of Washington (UW) Marching Band. Music is a large part of my life, and has given me the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally with different audition-level honors ensembles. Aside from music, I enjoy reading, writing, and being outdoors. I also do a lot of volunteer work around my community with the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. I am pursuing my interests in science and engineering at UW as a member of the Honors Program. I was awarded the UW President’s Medal for the 2015-2016 academic year. This past summer I interned with the Lime Internship Connection. I am on the DO-IT ATeam.

K
K, ‘13 Scholar

Hello there! My name is K. I’m from Lynnwood and graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School a few years ago. I attend the University of Washington, where I am in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. I am double majoring in law, societies, and justice, and disability studies. After my undergraduate studies, I plan on attending law school to become a disability rights lawyer and then working my way up the political ladder to become president. I am a congenital amputee. I work for DO-IT as a student office assistant.  

Olivia
Olivia, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Olivia, and I have cerebral palsy. I attend the University of Washington. I am majoring in medical anthropology and global health with a minor in law, societies, and justice. When I’m not working on school I enjoy being outside, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

 

2012 Scholars

2012 Scholars

 

Mikayla
Mikayla, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, I am Mikayla. My favorite class is bioengineering. I attend Washington State University and am majoring in biomedical engineering. I have a learning disability, dyslexia, and attention deficit disorder.

Hannah
Hannah, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah. I am a Senior at Central Washington University, Lynnwood. My major is business administration management. I am an accounting specialist at Boise Cascade in Woodinville. I was born legally blind in my right eye.

Peter
Peter, ‘12 Scholar

My name is Peter, and I have autism. I attend the University of Washington (UW). I am majoring in atmospheric sciences with a focus on meteorology and climatology. I was part of my high school’s environmental club and math team, and I am now part of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication and the Residential Community Student Association at UW. I wish to pursue a career in weather forecasting or atmospheric modeling. I enjoy watching baseball and playing on a softball team. I love talking with my friends; some of my best friends are from DO-IT. I volunteer for the National Weather Service weekly, am part of the DO-IT ATeam, and interned for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado this summer.

Jennifer
Jennifer, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, I am Jennifer, and I have spastic cerebral palsy. Since I would like to work in the field of broadcasting and communications, I am now taking computer classes to learn about new software. After this, I will be taking broadcasting classes online. I enjoy making slide shows of famous people; you can view them on YouTube under the user name Jenn Bress. I play power wheelchair soccer on the Rolling Thunder. I also like reading, creative writing, and technology.

Aaliyah
Aaliyah, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, I’m Aaliyah. I am Deaf and wear a cochlear implant to help me hear. I played softball and was a member of the Monroe High School Bearcats bowling team. I am attending Gallaudet University to get my degree in elementary teaching and deaf education. I love dogs, especially American Eskimo huskies! I competed in the Miss Teen Washington Pageant and made it to the top.  

Lucas
Lucas, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lucas, and I have Goldenhar syndrome and a hearing impairment. I am a sophomore at the University of Washington planning to major in speech and hearing sciences. My goal is to become a pediatric audiologist. I ski, wakeboard, and participated on my high school’s soccer and golf teams. I was also the captain of my high school’s swim team. I did an internship at the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) during the summer of 2015.

Cody
Cody, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Cody, and I have cerebral palsy. I am currently attending Tacoma Community College. I hope to transfer to the University of Washington. I spend most of my free time using my computer and playing games. I also enjoy playing power soccer, which I have been doing since 2006.

Lindsay
Lindsay, ‘12 Scholar

I am Lindsay, an autistic student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder enrolled at Pacific University. I am a creative writing and German major who is also minoring in studio arts, and I obviously enjoy literature and art. I studied in Germany last year.  

Eric
Eric, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Eric. I attend Everett Community College. I am interested in film and psychology. I have an unspecified learning disability, in addition to attention deficit disorder, that causes me to learn at a slower pace than most people, especially in math and English.

Colton
Colton, ‘12 Scholar

Hello, my name is Colton. I attend Green River Community College where I am pursuing an associate’s degree. I am uncertain of which four‑year college I might attend once I attain my associate’s degree, as I am just taking it one step at a time.

Alex
Alex, ‘12 Scholar

Hello, I’m Alex. I attend Western Oregon University. I’m majoring in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation and minoring in theatre. My favorite classes include ASL and acting classes. I have a passion for acting. I take acting classes and am a part of many productions. My favorite characters are those with a huge range of emotions. My dream job is to become an ASL interpreter and an actor. I have cerebral palsy.

Jessica
Jessica, ‘12 Scholar

Hi my name is Jessica, and I have spinal muscular atrophy. I am a senior at the University of Washington majoring in biology. I volunteer for a lab analyzing the effects that different environments have on phenotypes expressed in lizards, as well as the Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project in Lynnwood. In high school, I participated in Link Crew, National Honor Society, and Key Club. I was also the founder of my school’s chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. I organized and ran my high school’s first muscular dystrophy fundraiser. I hope to one day have a career in biomedical research.

Dominique
Dominique, ‘12 Scholar

Hi there! My name is Dominique. My hobbies are drawing, spending time with my boyfriend, and building up my Disney collection. This past year, I graduated from Art Instruction Schools with a certificate in fundamentals of art. I’m currently working on a book, which I hope to release soon. I have a rare form of dwarfism called Kniest syndrome, as well as arthritis in all my joints.

Allison
Allison, ‘12 Scholar

Hi! I’m Allison, and I have Thrombocytopenia absent radius syndrome and Von Willebrands disease. In the spring of 2018 I will graduate with an associates in biology from Skagit Valley Community College. I plan to then transfer to Washington State University for wildlife ecology and conservation science. I love chemistry, biology, everything outdoors, and especially animals. In my free time I create art and watch Netflix.

Alicia
Alicia, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alicia, and I am Deaf. I am a senior at the University of Washington. My favorite classes are biocultural anthropology and global health. I am majoring in medical anthropology. I volunteer at Seattle Children’s Hospital doing office work and running errands. I am also a student assistant in the DO-IT office.

Nolan
Nolan, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Nolan. I am a political science major at McDaniel College in Maryland and would like to become a political campaign manager for local campaigns. I enjoy trying new foods and spending time with friends. I have arthrogryposis.

Grace
Grace, ‘12 Scholar

Hi, I’m Grace! I am Deaf and in my 4th year of mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. After graduation, I hope to work in the aerospace and environment fields and potentially help design engines that can run on renewable energy. At RIT, I love being involved in and giving back to the community through various organizations.

2011 Scholars

2011 Scholars

 

Kim, ‘11 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Graduated from Everett Community College with a degree in humanities.

Tess, ‘11 Scholar

Dysgraphia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Attended Gonzaga University. Interested in design, communications, and psychology. Trains dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Paige, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing a degree at Bellevue College in accounting or marketing.

Jae, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy with mixed presentations of athetosis and spasticity
Pursuing a degree in social work at the University of Washington to become a transition specialist for students with disabilities so they can reach their maximum potential in school and life.

Diego, ‘11 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended Edmonds Community College. Works at Winco Foods as a Lead Clerk. Plays on a soccer team.

Cecily, ‘11 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Attends Eastern Washington University. Would like to be a forensic psychologist.

Mauricio, ‘11 Scholar

Visual impairment, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Graduated from Highline High School. Considering a career as a police officer or a chemical engineer.  

Joshua, ‘11 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. Pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science in the fall.

Deicy, ‘11 Scholar

Spina bifida
Graduated from Eastmont High School. Volunteers with United Way.

Emily, ‘11 Scholar

Blind
Attends Gonzaga University studying engineering management with a focus on mechancial engineering. Hopes to work as a mechanical engineer to develop new ways for people with disabilities to work out in a gym with minimal adaptations.

Erika, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated with a degree in English from the University of Washington. Studied abroad Summer of 2016 in London. Works as a student assistant in the DO-IT office. Volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Is a member of the Rising Leaders Advisory Council for the US Business Leadership Network.

Sean, ‘11 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Attended Bellevue College and now attends Arizona State online.

Macy, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated with a masters of social work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Wants to work with kids with disabilities.  

Kaylie, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf
Works as a pastry chef at Rylie Cakes, a gluten free bakery. Hopes to one day open a cake business called Kakes by Kaylie.  

Jessie, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in informatics and a minor in diversity. Studied abroad in London for five weeks in 2014 and in South Korea for one month in 2016.  

Vaughn, ‘11 Scholar

Hearing impairment, fine motor weakness, flat feet
Attends the University of Washington Bothell.  

2010 Scholars

2010 Scholars

 

Shawn, ‘10 Scholar

Brain tumor, blind
Graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in mechanical engineering and minors in business, mathematics, and aerospace engineering. Starting a masters program in aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Washington in the fall of 2017.

Rosa’Lea, ‘10 Scholar

Specific learning disabilities
Attends Full Sail University’s online program in graphic design and animation.  

Ryan, ‘10 Scholar

Sickle cell disease, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder.
Works across the United States and internationally as a field service mechanic for a company that contracts with aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier. Work on cars and woodworking projects in his spare time.

Damon, ‘10 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia
Graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in American Indian studies and anthropology. Wants to become a college professor or a K-12 teacher.  

Marlise, ‘10 Scholar

Friedrich’s ataxia
Attends Western Washington University, majoring in creative writing, with a minor in film studies. Wants to pursue fiction writing, film and TV critiquing, or screen writing after college. Hoping to do an internship abroad before graduation.

Garrett, ‘10 Scholar

Arthrogryposis amyloplasia
Hopes to study business and economics at the University of Washington. Enjoys bi-skiing and playing power wheelchair soccer.

Angela, ‘10 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of arts in psychology. Attends graduate school at Gonzaga for a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Completed internships at the University of Washington Center for Neurotechnology and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Currently the Washington State Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Maximo, ‘10 Scholar

Arthritis, dyslexia, spondyloarthropathy
Graduated from Flagler College with a bachelor’s degree in business. Completed an internship at an entertainment and events company, working on graphic arts and stage setup. Interned with Matthew’s Design, mainly focusing on architecture work.

Benjy, ‘10 Scholar

Spinal cord injury
Graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality business management and a minor in psychology. Works at The Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Washington.

Eric, ‘10 Scholar

Crohn’s disease
Graduated with degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Currently working for King County as a project engineer.  

Nicco, ‘10 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, visual impairments
Attends Washington State University. Volunteers with multiple law enforcement agencies, supporting their active shooter, counter terrorism, and SWAT programs.  

Tatsuro, ‘10 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from Seattle Pacific University in June 2016. Hopes to work as a professional writer.   

Niki, ‘10 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogryposis, scoliosis
Graduated from the University of Washington with a major in psychology.  

Cristina, ‘10 Scholar

Keratosis lichenoides chronica
Studying political science and law, diversity, and justice at Western Washington University (WWU). Plans to pursue law school. Attended a language school in Guatemala and did community work with indigenous populations in rural areas. Is the disability outreach center coordinator for the Associated Students of WWU.

Krysta , ‘10 Scholar

Deaf, multiple chemical sensitivity
Working on completing a bachelor’s of science in social services and two minors at Central Washington University. Planning to become a multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) advocator. Working to build knowledge and community to spread awareness about MCS.

Jenica, ‘10 Scholar

Blind
Graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in law, societies, and justice, and political science. Works at Zillow in the Client Engagement Department. Aspires to be in the FBI as a forensic psychologist and work with teams to build profiles for criminals.

2009 Scholars

2009 Scholars

 

Vanessa, ‘09 Scholar

Athetoid cerebral palsy, mild hearing loss
Graduated from Yakima Valley Community College. Works part-time as an office assistant for a dental clinic. Volunteers at church bible study.

Charlie, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cognitive processing disorder
Graduated with a bachelor of arts in human services from Western Washington University. Interned at Days for Girls International in the homeless housing department as an assistant case manager and has helped veterans get their benefits. Has worked at Brigadoon Service Dogs for four years. Hopes to travel and empower women around the world. Plans to work with Americorps in Maple Falls.  

Bilal, ‘09 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated from Edmonds Community College with a degree in construction management. Works as a part-time computer lab assistant. Would like to be an orthodontist.

Reese, ‘09 Scholar

Orthographic dysgraphia
Graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science.

Anna, ‘09 Scholar

Brain tumor, left-sided ataxia, legally blind, seizure disorder.
Earned degrees in early childhood education, special education, and applied behavioral science. Pursuing graduate school in the College of Education at the University of Washington (UW). Sits on the Special Olympics Committee at UW to plan for the USA games in 2018. Presented research on universal design for learning at the Teaching and Learning Symposium at UW. Currently helps families of children with autism with behavior management. Plans to pursue a doctoral degree in disability studies following her masters and teach in the area of disability studies and perspectives. Received a 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

Ryan, ‘09 Scholar

Autism
Earned a bachelor of music degree, magna cum laude, from Central Washington University in percussion performance with a minor in aviation management. Principal timpanist with Seattle Festival Orchestra and seated percussionist with Mid-Columbia Symphony in Tri-Cities. Will be attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a master of music degree. Volunteers at SeaTac airport with the Wings for Autism program.

Louis, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia and dysgraphia
Graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Worked as lab technician and researcher in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory collaboration that detected gravitational waves. Working as a wildland firefighter.  

Shelby, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy
Graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. Works as the noon show producer at the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. Active on Twitter (@shelbs25), often tweeting about disability issues, politics, and the perils of being a young, working professional.

Allegra, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
Took an online course from Penn Foster and is certified as a freelance writer. Does grant writing projects. Self-published an e-book called Knotted Strings. Blog can be found at allegrakeys.blogspot.com.

Sean, ‘09 Scholar

Becker muscular dystrophy
Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology. Has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Exo Labs, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Works at Microsoft at the Disability Answer Desk. Received a 2017 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

Leo, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal cord injury
Attends Skagit Valley College. Interested in a job involving video editing or animation. Has received over 350,000 views on his YouTube videos. Likes to learn about computers. Owns a beagle and would like to live alone in an apartment in a large city.

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Graduated from George Fox University. Working to help folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities develop skills and experience to secure competitive employment.

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Spina bifida, learning disability
Graduated from Clark College. Would like to be a youth pastor or counselor. Has two dogs.

Alex, ‘09 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate of arts degree from Skagit Valley College. Hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or business administration. Working at Lowe’s as a head cashier and plans to become a store manager. Has been a member of the United States Business Leadership Network Advisory Council for the past two years working with businesses on improving accommodations for individuals with disabilities, including veterans.

Joey, ‘09 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned a bachelor of science in electronics engineering technology with a computer engineering specialization from Central Washington University. Has worked as a software integration tester.

Abby, ‘09 Scholar

Blind with light perception
Studies at Clark College. Would someday like to help the blind in other countries access technology.

Chris, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder
Attends Portland Community College. Works at Cornell Farms. Favorite pastimes are hiking and photography.

2008 Scholars

2008 Scholars

 

Yomara, ‘08 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
Graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a double major in communications and sociology.

Mack, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Studying personal training at Highline Community College. Works at the YMCA.

Erica, ‘08 Scholar

Erb’s palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in biology and public health. Currently doing a masters in public health at Columbia University and will soon be applying to doctoral programs in public health.  

Russell, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned post baccalaureate paralegal certificate at Edmonds Community College. Left Phillips Law Firm to become an insurance claim handler with Allstate Insurance.

Sam, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia
Received an associate of applied science in architectural design and drafting from Portland Community College. Interned at Ankrom Moisan architectural firm. Would like to become an architectural draftsman.

Collin, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in environmental sciences and Shoreline Community College with a two-year degree. Currently working for the Bellevue Parks Department.

Emily, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia, dysgraphia
Earned an associate’s degree from Bellevue College and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Plans to spend a few months in Europe traveling and taking art classes. Volunteers for the National Ski Patrol.

Derek, ‘08 Scholar

Nonverbal learning disability, dysgraphia
Attends college and is interested in political science. Worked as a youth camp counselor and soccer referee and wants to be a band teacher. Lobbied a bill for financial education in math classes in Olympia.

Nejowa, ‘08 Scholar

Spinal tuberculosis
Plays basketball for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Plans on being a youth counselor.

Marco, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned an associate of arts degree with an emphasis on chemistry and associate of science degrees in chemistry and biology. Currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees at Washington State University in material science and engineering with a math minor. Hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in biotech materials.

Chris, ‘08 Scholar

Autism
Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in history with minors in Spanish and religion. Considering a job in business or government.

Carolyn, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and specific learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree in applied science in business administration from Spokane Falls Community College. Plans to pursue a certificate in professional baking from Spokane Community College.

Christine, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and learning disabilities
Earned an associate’s degree in applied science in business administration from Spokane Falls Community College and a certificate in social media. Plans to attend phlebotomy school.

Nate, ‘08 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated from California State University, Chico, with a degree in business information systems with an emphasis in management. Working as an IT engineer for DXC Technology focusing on systems, applications, and products implementation and support.

Aaron, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from Earlham College with a degree in computer science and politics. Interested in computer programming, math, science, and choral singing.

Wesley, ‘08 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attends Capella University online to earn a degree as a psychologist to work as a marriage therapist or in the field of drug addiction. Working on writing a book.

Erik, ‘08 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Attended Western Washington University. Works part-time on the family farm as a bookkeeper. Engaged in both high school and college debate.

Brianna, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments
Attending the University of Washington Bothell, majoring in community psychology with a minor in disability studies. Member of the Golden Key and Tau Sigma Honors Society. Would like to work with children or adults with disabilities. Volunteers at Abused Deaf Woman’s Advocacy Services with childcare. On a waitlist for a service dog.

Shelby, ‘08 Scholar

Brain tumor caused learning delays, health impairments
Attends Western Oregon University working to earn a bachelor’s degree and become an American Sign Language interpreter. May pursue a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and eventually work with individuals who are deaf. Works at Partnerships in Community Living to support people with developmental disabilities.

Jeremy, ‘08 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific learning disability
Will complete an associate’s degree this year and then begin studying at Eastern Washington University to obtain a master’s in occupational therapy. Planning on going to Europe after graduating.

2007 Scholars

2007 Scholars

 

Sam, '07 Scholar

Friedreich’s ataxia
Graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Worked at Nike World Headquarters and Workplace Design and Connectivity properties in Portland, Oregon. Graduated from the University of South Florida with a master of business administration and a master’s in sport and entertainment management. Works for a professional sports team in Florida.

Peter, ‘07 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned an associate of science degree in networking from Walla Walla Community College. Pursuing jobs in computer repair and troubleshooting.

Elizabeth, ‘07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy (essential tremor)
Obtained an associates of arts degree in December of 2015. Worked as a dental sterilization technician. Passed away February 2016.

Blake, ‘07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelor of arts in urban studies. Attended St. Martin’s University. Was a policy intern at the Tacoma Housing Authority.

Dylan, ‘07 Scholar

Left-side hemiplegia
Earned an associate of arts and science degree from Whatcom Community College. Graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in biocultural anthropology. Works for a grow house. May attend graduate school for medical anthropology.

Robyn, ‘07 Scholar

Severe high frequency hearing loss
Graduated from Chapman University and is a certified athletic trainer. Works in Portland as an athletic trainer for a professional women’s soccer team.

Stefani, ‘07 Scholar

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Earned a library and information services associate of applied science degree. Works for the Sprague School District as a librarian and technology coordinator.

Josh, ‘07 Scholar

Autism, Gorlin syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder
Earned an associate of arts degree from Grays Harbor College. Works for the health department in South Bend, Washington.

Ashlee, ‘07 Scholar

Blind
Graduated from The Evergreen State College.

Sam, ‘07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disability (reading)
Works as a freelance reporter, producer, and podcaster. Is the voice and producer behind “Side Show Sam’s Strange Circus,” available on Sound Cloud. Currently looking for more experience in the industry.

Cory, ‘07 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree and with a masters in public administration. Hoping to pursue a career in politics or policy research.

Melissa, ‘07 Scholar

Spina bifida
Earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Central Washington University. Studied abroad at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Working as a tutor.

Scott, ‘07 Scholar

Dyspraxia
Earned a certificate in park aid from Skagit Valley College and an associate’s degree. Working again this summer at Sucia Island State Park as senior park aide. Wants to become a park ranger.

Megan, ‘07 Scholar

Tourette syndrome
Attended Bellevue College and Western Washington University majoring in environmental studies.

Shyla, ‘07 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Yakima Valley Community College. Certified in drafting, erosion sediment control lead, and information security training. Works as a paraprofessional in the local school district.

Luke, ‘07 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Washington after transferring from Tacoma Community College. Works as a substitute special education paraeducator in the University Place School District.

Sara, ‘07 Scholar

Legally blind
Earned a degree in psychology and economics from The Evergreen State College. May pursue a master of social work degree. Involved in an occupational therapy program with Services for the Blind in Seattle.

Heidi, ‘07 Scholar

Asperger syndrome, nonverbal learning disability, attention deficit disorder
Graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and disability studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Currently working for Americorps. Engaged in volunteer research at the University of Washington with an emphasis on eugenics.

2006 Scholars

2006 Scholars

 

Brandon, ‘06 Scholar

Profoundly deaf, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysgraphia, mitochondrial disorder
Graduated from Olympic College in Bremerton. Attended the School of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Plans to pursue a degree in engineering soon. Works in the machinist program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.  

Brittany, ‘06 Scholar

Hard of hearing, mild cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease
Earned a degree in psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ryan, ‘06 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Pursuing a career as a DJ.

Alex, ‘06 Scholar

Turner syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder
Studied library sciences at Highline Community College. Attends Central Washington University.  

Jenny, ‘06 Scholar

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

Maria, ‘06 Scholar

Learning disability
Graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) with a double major in Spanish and law, diversity, and justice. Founder of the WWU Student Coalition for Immigration Rights. Pursuing a graduate degree at Antioch University in environmental education. Plans to continue work with migrant youth and families.

Daniel, ‘06 Scholar

Hand deformity
Earned a degree in political science and economy from the University of Washington. Served on the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment and as an advocate for the Andrew Hughes Campaign for Congress. Worked as operations assistant at KBA Construction Management before going to Coding Dojo bootcamp. Currently looking for work as a software developer.

Oscar, ‘06 Scholar

Proximal femoral focal deficiency, bone deformities
Attending Portland Community College this fall. Works as a social media intern for the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, Oregon. Also works at Hollister and a mall information desk. Involved in youth activism and in church as the young adults leader.

Jennifer, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing an associate’s degree in social work at Green River Community College. Volunteered for the Strengthening Partners and Raising Kids program at the Children’s Home Society and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jesus, ‘06 Scholar

Visual impairment
Studied computer and network technologies at Renton Technical College. Currently pursuing music.

Joey, ‘06 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Studied at Cascadia College. Enjoys learning new things.

K.J., ‘06 Scholar

Learning disability
Attends Skagit Valley College and hopes to become a meteorologist.

Tony, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia
Earned degree in interdisciplinary studies combining international studies with sustainable agriculture from the University of Idaho. Currently a masters student of elementary education at the University of Washington with a special education endorsement. Works as a resident teacher at Hamlin Robinson School.

Taylor, ‘06 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Works with Bing Maps as a contractor for Microsoft.

Amrit, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a degree in sociology, with minors in Chinese and anthropology, from Haverford College. Interned at the Department of Defense as a research assistant and worked as a seventh grade science teacher with Teach for America.

Gabe, ‘06 Scholar

Hearing impairment, tetraphocomelia
Graduated from Cascadia Community College with an associate’s degree. Works as a motivational speaker and has been featured in many news and television shows. Co‑authored the book My Message is C.L.E.A.R. Recently got a driver’s license and a wheelchair accessible van. Coaches a basketball team.

Zachary, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works for the City of Seattle in the Department of Financial Administrative Services as an office assistant. Volunteers at the YMCA.

Sam, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Took classes in anatomy, physiology, and psychology at Shoreline Community College. Participates in the Mount Baker Council and volunteers at the Seattle Marathon each year. Training to be on the United States para‑equestrian team.

Kaitlin, ‘06 Scholar

Seizure disorder
Earned a bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University in business administration with a focus on management and operations.

2005 Scholars

2005 Scholars

 

Dulce, ‘05 Scholar

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

Shavonne, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Pursuing an associate’s degree at the College of Southern Nevada and plans to transfer to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in law and justice with a minor in physiology. Wants to work in the juvenile court system.

Jenny, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree from Yakima Valley Community College. Looking forward to becoming involved with Yakima Valley Community Seeds, and their goal to respond to unmet needs of local adults with disabilities.

Kayla, ‘05 Scholar

Central core disease, muscular dystrophy
Earned a bachelor of arts in community psychology from the University of Washington Bothell and a masters of social work from the University of Washington. Works as a program coordinator for the DO-IT Center.

Daren, ‘05 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from Green River Community College. Works for Bank of America.

Bella, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a certificate in theater and arts from Shoreline Community College and plans on earning an associate’s degree. Works at Seattle Performer, a kid’s theater camp, and part-time at the Shoreline Community College welcome desk. Volunteers at the Hunger Intervention Program food bank.

Zach, ‘05 Scholar

Dysgraphia
Earned an associate’s degree in fire science and completed classroom training to become a paramedic. Earned a national certification of firefighter paramedic and now works as a critical care paramedic in Dallas, Texas.

Marlen, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disabilities
Works in billing for a house cleaning service on an island in the San Juans. May pursue a dental program.

Logan, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Enjoys gaming online, working out, and having a good time with friends.

Andrew, ‘05 Scholar Tourette

Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Graduated from college with degrees in criminal justice and Spanish. Lives in downtown Seattle. Works as a Rick Steves tour manager and guide in Europe.

Nate, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a personal trainer certificate from Bellevue College. Working on personal trainer certification exam.

Jesse, ‘05 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and a certificate of crime analysis from Seattle University. Working on a script.

Noah, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington. Works at the Arc of Washington on policies regarding disability legislation.  Plays wheelchair basketball for the Tacoma Titans. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2010.

Sakina, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disabilities
Graduated from Eastern Washington University. Is a software developer in San Francisco.

Kayla, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Part-time employee at Kent Commons.

Jessie, ‘05 Scholar

Morquio’s syndrome
Attended Bellevue College and lives in an apartment with a roommate.

Daman, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of arts in management information systems from Western Washington University. Is the CEO and founder of Access Travel LLC, which runs AbiliTrek.com, a hotel booking website for travelers with disabilities. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2008 and is a DO-IT advisory board member.

Cassie, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Attends Interface College to become a medical assistant.

2004 Scholars

2004 Scholars

 

Andrew, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability (written language)
Earned a bachelor of music degree from Western Washington University and a master of music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Auditioning for operatic roles around the United States and Europe. Focusing on public outreach to increase people’s exposure to opera.

Laura, ‘04 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities for teaching with a minor in mathematics and a master’s degree in teaching secondary mathmatics from Seattle University. Teaches high school math in Seattle. Received the DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2011.

Lukas, '04 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogyposis multiplex congenital
Earned a degree in speech communication with a minor in leadership studies from Whitworth University. Works for Pyrotek Inc. as a business analyst while starting a business on the side.

Kathleen, '04 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington State University. Worked in a neuro‑electrophysiology lab. Now works for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as a scientific field tech, currently monitoring steelhead retention.

Carrie, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing a degree in psychology while also working as a social media promotion agent for various entertainers and businesses across the Los Angeles area.

Tracy, ‘04 Scholar

Learning disability
Has two children, Jordan and Austin. Cares for children and mother-in-law.

Amanda, '04 Scholar

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

Daniel, ‘04 Scholar

Dyslexia, diabetes, adrenal failure
Earned a bachelor of science in physics from Western Washington University and a masters of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Works for Amnis, part of EMD Millipore, designing and creating assembly drawings for their imaging flow cytometers.

Julie, '04 Scholar

Spina bifida
Plans to attend Everett Community College.

Meg, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in human services. Works as an activities aide at a rehabilitation center calling bingo in the evening.

Maryann, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Shoreline Community College; was transferring to the University of Washington to study social work and disability law when she died after surgery in July 2010. Engaged with The Arc of Snohomish County and Disability Rights Washington and competed in the Special Olympics.

Alex, '04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree from Cascadia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in society, ethics, and human behavior at the University of Washington, Bothell. Completed an internship in The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program at the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability.

Makenna, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for The Arc of Whatcom County. Volunteers at Parent to Parent of Whatcom County, Max Higbee Center, and FACES (Families for Autistic Children’s Education & Support) Northwest.

Katie, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder and dyslexia
Earned a degree in English from Western Washington University. Worked with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry in Philadelphia.

Ashley, ‘04 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Has a part-time job at Publix. Volunteers with the Special Olympics chapter in Broward County, Florida. Has a miniature schnauzer dog named Kiera.

Vishal, ‘04 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Attended Cascadia Community College. Completed an internship with the University of Washington Athletic Department, Women’s Crew. Passed away in January 2014.

Bud, ‘04 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned degrees in economics and math from Gonzaga University. Pursuing a doctoral degree in finance at the University of Southern California. Interned at Boeing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

Russell, ‘04 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Earned a bachelor of arts in history with a minor in Spanish from Pacific Lutheran University. Tutored college students in Spanish. Art blog can be found at www.russelltaylorart.blogspot.com.

Michael, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Pursuing a position as an engineer involved in the use of nuclear fusion as an energy source.

Blanca, ‘04 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended Columbia Basin College and plans to transfer to Eastern Washington University to study child psychology.

Jessica, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, ataxia, learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree from Olympic College and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and family studies from the University of Washington. Earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Western Washington University.

2003 Scholars

2003 Scholars

 

Patrick, ’03 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Died in spring 2010 after earning a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Central Washington University.

Crystal, ’03 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Columbia High School.

Justin, ’03 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Washington. Attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and swam for Team USA at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

Zachary, '03 Scholar

Short-term memory loss
Works at the Stanwood Café. Volunteers at the local food bank, Stanwood Camano Resource Center and the Sno-Isle service center in Marysville. Also helps with the local Aktion Club, a subsidiary of Kiwanis, collecting old TVs and computers to be recycled.

Jamie, '03 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Washington University, summa cum laude and Presidential Scholar, and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, specializing in curriculum development through the arts. Teaches elementary school students with autism.

Shaun, ’03 Scholar

Low vision
Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology. Works at Spokane Falls Community College as a program specialist in the Disability Support Services Office, supporting students with disabilities with assistive and adaptive technology.

Skylor, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Centralia Community College, majoring in early childhood education. Plans to study psychology.

Vanessa, ’03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends the American InterContinental University online, studying business administration.

Joshua, ’03 Scholar

Spina bifida
Passed away in May 2008 after a sixteen-month battle with cancer. Received an honorary degree from Landmark College.

Matt, '03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works in real estate management.

Joshua, ’03 Scholar

Blind
Attends Clark College, studying broadcasting. Interested in writing novel and becoming a DJ.

Annemarie, ’03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor of arts in English, Spanish, and political science from the University of Portland. Currently earning a bachelor of science in secondary mathematics education from Western Governors University. Works as a substitute teacher at Kennedy High School.

Tressa, ’03 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social science with a focus on environmental studies from the University of Washington. Works as a professional photographer in Seattle.

Conrad, ’03 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Earned a law degree from the University of Washington after graduating summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University. Interned in Washington, DC as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship and the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012 and the Blackstone Legal Fellowship in 2013. Founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate in 2017. Serves as chair of the Governor’s Award Subcommittee and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, the President of the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association, and is a commissioner on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

Andrew, ’03 Scholar

Bilateral radial club hand
Graduated from Washington State University with a major in hospitality business management. Manages the family farm in Pasco, Washington. Is married and a father.

Jesse, ’03 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a bachelor of arts in computer science from Goshen College. Works as a software architect at Digital Foundry helping clients create custom software to solve business problems in fields including finance, automotive, biomedical, and e-commerce. Designs and writes software systems as well as leads development teams. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2016.

Senait, ’03 Scholar

Health and vision impairments
Earned a degree in medical anthropology and global health from the University of Washington (UW). Participated in leadership development programs, including UW’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Advocates for people with disabilities and is a public outreach and engagment liaison for the Department of Neighborhoods.

Jamie, ’03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Big Bend Community College. Works as a watermaster clerk and purchasing assistant for the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District.

Natasha, ’03 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Works as a sign language interpreter at an elementary school in Yakima. Married and has two children.

Scott, ’03 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned an associate’s degree in machine technology and mechanical engineering from Bellingham Technical College. Also has an associate’s degree in electrical engineering. Earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Works as a mechanical engineer in Burlington, Washington.

2002 Scholars

2002 Scholars

 

Amy, ’02 Scholar

Learning disability, attention deficit disorder
Works as a dental assistant.

Silvia, '02 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta, syringomyelia
Attended Big Bend Community College with a major in business accounting. Passed away January 2011.

Rebecca, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Works at a nursing home as a nurse’s aide.

Ian, ’02 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a degree in computer information systems from Skagit Valley College. Interested in software engineering, website construction, and other computer-related occupations.  Works as a math tutor for local students. Will attend Seattle University in the fall for a bachelor of science degree.

Saroj, ’02 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended Bellevue College. Would like to pursue a career as a social worker.

Gimmie, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree from Clark College. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Washington State University. Plans on applying to veterinary school. Has a son.

Scott, '02 Scholar

Atypical Asperger’s - autistic psychopathy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political economics and history, as well as a master’s degree in policy studies from the University of Washington (UW). Worked at the Defense Contract Management Agency and now works at UW’s Access Technology Center.

Leon, ’02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Works for Bellingham Technical College.

Alexandra, '02 Scholar

Low vision
Earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington (UW). Works as a research scientist in Eichler Lab in UW’s Department of Genome Science.

James, ’02 Scholar

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

Jared, '02 Scholar

Health impairment
Earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Columbia Basin College.

Rima, ’02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned degrees in political science and communications from the University of Washington. Interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Civil Liberties Union. Worked as civilian administrative assistant for the Coast Guard. Volunteered for the Obama Election Campaign of 2008. Works at Inbios International Incorporated for infectious disease diagnostics as a document control specialist and quality systems analyst.

Chris, ’02 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
University of Washington alumnus. Works as a senior software engineer at Microsoft. Received the DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Is a DO-IT Advisory Board member and sits on the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s National Community Advisory Committee.

Carson, ’02 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor of arts in comparative literature with honors from the University of Washington. Works in digital product development and lives in Washington, D.C.

Dale, ’02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a law degree from Gonzaga University. Works at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Angela, ’02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Studied psychology at a community college. Hopes to become a social worker or counselor for teenagers.

2001 Scholars

2001 Scholars

 

Brandon, ‘01 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Was looking forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer when he died in April 2003 from a respiratory infection.

Brad, '01 Scholar

Generalized anxiety disorder, learning disability
Earned bachelor of science degrees in sociology and mechanical engineering technology from Central Washington University.

Chris, ‘01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Achieved his childhood dream of attending the University of Washington. Died in his dorm room in February 2004.

Elizabeth, ’01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University.

Jeff, ’01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attended college in Spokane, Washington.

Caleb, ’01 Scholar

Visual and mobility impairments
Graduated from computer network technology program with an associate of applied science. Continuing to work on Computing Technology Industry Association information technology certifications. Interned in computer science department at Bellingham Technical College. Interested in attending more IT conferences, as well as the Tapia conference.

Raechell, ’01 Scholar

C7 quadriplegic, profoundly deaf, respiratorily fragile
Graduated from South Puget Sound Community College. Transferred to The Evergreen State College to earn a teaching degree and is currently studying Spanish.

Lauren, ’01 Scholar

Neurofibromatosis
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social services from Central Washington University. Pursuing a certificate in library and information services at Highline Community College.

Matt, '01 Scholar

Dyslexia, short-term memory defect
Works as a chemical process safety manager for Georgia-Pacific in Oregon. Married and has a son.

Brandon, '01 Scholar

Left side paralysis and epilepsy, caused by a traumatic brain injury at 13
Earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Evergreen State College and a master of education in counseling from the University of Puget Sound. Employed as career specialist in the ACHIEVE Program at Highline College. Serves on the Governor’s Committee for Disability Issues and Employment and as Co-Vice Chair of the Youth Leadership Forum. Received a 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

Alexandra, ’01 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Washington. Works as an accountant at Oberto Beef Jerky.

Jacob, ’01 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bilateral clubfeet
Earned a bachelor’s degree in archeology from the University of West Florida.

Amy, ’01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Washington University. Works as a substitute teacher in Everett Public Schools. Has an American Eskimo dog named Edward.

Mike, '01 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Continuing work on an accessible campaign game (an RPG, similar to Dungeons and Dragons) that will be both digital and table top.

Sarah, ’01 Scholar

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive
Graduated from Seattle Pacific University. Studied to be a Spanish–English interpreter and translator.

Brandi, ’01 Scholar

Deaf
Studied at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Works with people with disabilities at Connections of Moorhead.

Trisha, ’01 Scholar

Learning disability
Interested in teaching history or science.

Steven, ’01 Scholar

Transverse myelitis
Earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Arizona and a master of arts in child and adolescent development from San Jose State University. Works for the Riekes Center in Menlo Park, California as the manager of adaptive and veterans programs. Married in May 2013 and lives in San Francisco, California. Represented the United States Paralympic Track and Field team at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Ryan, ’01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a degree in environmental sciences and technology from the University of Washington Bothell. Is a Commissioner on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

Matt, ’01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Earned an associate’s degree from Clark College. Studying digital technology and culture at Washington State University.

2000 Scholars

2000 Scholars

 

Ryan, '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. Leads the Section 508 Help Desk for the Centers for Disease Control in North Carolina.

Nora, ‘00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master’s degree in education.

Israel, ’00 Scholar

Blind
Earned an associate’s degree from Wenatchee Valley College. Attends Central Washington University, majoring in public relations.

Brian, '00 Scholar

Mild static encephalopathy, patella femoral syndrome
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. Graduated from the funeral service program at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Works at a funeral home in Seattle. Married fellow 2000 Scholar Nohemi Romero.

Benjamin, ’00 Scholar

Dyslexia dysgraphia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. President of Kellner Capital, a New York City-based investment management firm.

Andrea, ’00 Scholar

Brain Stroke
Earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in theatre arts from San Diego State University. Works as an Accessibility Consultant with DO-IT Mentor Karen Braitmayer.

Corinna, ’00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works as an advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at The Arc of Snohomish County as a self-advocacy coordinator. Leads a self-advocacy women’s group and facilitates a transition club for students in both Lake Stevens and Snohomish. Brings individuals with disabilities to the Washington State capitol for Advocacy Days. Member of the Governor’s Task Force Overtime Committee. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2010.

Kasey, '00 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor degree in political science from Washington State University and a master’s degree in sustainable real estate development from Tulane University in New Orleans. Works for Arlington County Government Virginia as the Chief Financial Analyst in the Housing Division focusing on affordable housing projects. Served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria.

Susanna, ’00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from Gonzaga University. Works for a foreclosure prevention non-profit organization in Seattle. Has a 9-year‑old daughter.

Deke, ’00 Scholar

Aphasia
Currently working as a senior security engineer for Nordstrom with cloud and point of sale focus. Certified by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium as a certified information systems security professional and by Global Information Assurance Certification in certified critical controls.

Stephanie, '00 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. Attends graduate school in vocational rehabilitation counseling at Western Washington University. Living in the Seattle area for an internship and studying for a certification.

Nick, ’00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a certificate in culinary arts from North Seattle College.

Nathan, ’00 Scholar

Dyslexia and other learning differences
Earned an associate of arts degree from Shoreline Community College with two supporting certificates in film. Completed college certificate in railroad conducting from the National Academy of Railroad Sciences. While there, made the dean’s list for the six week course at Johnson County Community College, for spring semester. Completed two years of railroad work as a conductor and is now a student engineer.  Is a digital media manager for the Decision Education Foundation. Volunteers with Open Street Map (OSM) and the Humanitarian OSM Team.

Nohemi, ’00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree in computer science. Plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Married fellow 2000 Scholar Brian Frisbie.

Crystal, ’00 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. Has a son.

1999 Scholars

1999 Scholars

 

Roy, ’99 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Central Washington University in 2005. Worked several contracts for Microsoft testing software, including user interface accessibility and for Maker’s Tool Works, a 3D printer company, providing documentation and customer support. Passed away August 2016.

Crystal, ’99 Scholar

Speech and learning disabilities
Owns a daycare and indoor family fun center. Has a degree under parks and recreation. Works with kids with special needs.

Kathy, '99 Scholar

Spina bifida and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Pursuing an associate degree in arts and sciences at Tacoma Community College (TCC), with plans to continue studies in social welfare. Works in TCC’s enrollment services office, taking over many responsibilities from her retired supervisor. Works part-time in the admission’s office.

David, '99 Scholar

Attended Seattle Central College.

Oscar, '99 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attended Yakima Community College.

J.W., ’99 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Graduated from Big Bend Community College and was pursuing a career in computer-aided design or video game programming when he passed away in March 2005.

Buffy, '99 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor’s degree in general education from Western Oregon University and master’s degree in Deaf education at Rochester Institute of Technology. Plans to pursue master’s or doctorate degree in education administration. Works as the head coach of girl’s basketball at the Washington State School for the Deaf and is a high school American Sign Language teacher in Vancouver, WA.

Pat, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree in computing from Spokane Falls Community College and is enrolled at Western Governors University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information technology network design and management. Works as a lead in the IT department of Numerica Credit Union. Married and has children.

Ryan, ’99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate degree from Grays Harbor College.

Zachary, ’99 Scholar

Freeman-Sheldon syndrome
Attended Seattle Central College. Learned Mandarin at the Mandarin Training Center at the National Taiwan Normal University.

Stuart, '99 Scholar

Larsen syndrome, double amputee with two artificial legs
Earned a bachelor’s degree in European studies with a minor in political science from the University of Washington. Works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries Science Center in Seattle as an information technology specialist.

Lacey, ‘99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, language and processing disabilities
Attends Shoreline Community College. Interested in one day working with people who have physical disabilities. Blogs about disability and advocacy issues at naynaynews.blogspot.com and on Facebook.

Nate, ’99 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Portland. Worked in nonprofit environments, including a homeless shelter in Uganda. Plans to pursue Peace Corps service in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wolfgang, ’99 Scholar

Learning disability
Attends Skagit Valley College. Working to become a nurse practitioner.

Kelci, ’99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works as a substitute teacher.

Tynesha, ’99 Scholar

Spina bifida
Earned a degree in social sciences from Seattle Central College. Currently finishing up last quarter at the Seattle Vocational Institute in the medical administrative assistant certification program. Started in the medical assistant program. Works with Full Life Home Care Agency.

Ali, ’99 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta
Earned an associate degree from Edmonds Community College. Pursuing a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering at Washington State University.

1998 Scholars

1998 Scholars - National

1998 Scholars - National

1998 Scholars - Washington

1998 Scholars - Washington

 

Blair, '98 Scholar

Brain injury
Earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Idaho. Works for Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

Katrina, ’98 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Earned an associate’s degree in integrated studies from Cascadia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in human rights from the University of Washington Bothell. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012. Investigating personal genealogy, as well as helping other fellow genealogists, through online, textual, and first-person research, and sharing the findings with the world. This summer took gravestone picture expeditions throughout the state and attended a family reunion.

Emily, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology at Florida International University. Works as a communications consultant in the non-profit sector.

Kimberlee, ‘98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, autism
Attends a day program and works at the public library snack cart and Salvation Army. Celebrated eleven years with Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree. Enjoys zumba, Disneyland, and Parks and Recreation activities. Attended the second Tim Tebow Night to Shine event.

Eddie, ’98 Scholar

Earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Spokane Falls Community College.

Shavonne, ’98 Scholar

Glaucoma
Earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans.

Justin, ’98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree in wilderness recreation leadership from North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, New York. Works part-time as an independent living specialist and arch barrier consultant for Tri‑Lakes Center for Independent Living.

Matt, ’98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attends Spokane Falls Community College studying cybersecurity. Hopes to become a network security analyst.

Amy, ’98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from secretarial school and attended business courses at Anoka Technical College. Is going back to school for an associates in journalism and communications. Is a Christian author and owns a publishing company.

Chris, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia
Co-owner of Faded Karma Productions, audio engineer for Ford Audio Service, and live sound engineer for Super Geek League’s Sci Fi Punk Circus.

Chanon, ’98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Studied social work at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Received a black labrador service dog named Jersey from Paws With a Cause.

Maggie, ’98 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Teaches high school math.

Brian, '98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. Works as the information technology director for Glostone Trucking Solutions and as chief operations officer and chief technology officer of Med‑Safe Management.

Marissa, ’98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works as a lead office administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Landon, ’98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended South Puget Sound Community College.

Jessica, ’98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attended Santa Fe Community College and the University of New Mexico.

Crystal, ‘98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Interested in attending a community college in the Portland area.

Nick, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

David, '98 Scholar

Congenital stationary night blindness, some motor deficiencies
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College and a doctoral degree in public affairs and policy from Portland State University. Works as a fiscal and policy analyst at Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, with a focus on university finance, accountability, and policy research.

Jeffrey, ’98 Scholar

Ataxia telangiectasia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and geology from Northeastern University. Died in April 2006.

Buddy, ’98 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix.

Wesley, ’98 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Works for Nebraska’s Office of the Chief Information Officer as an Internet application developer.

Reginald, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Valley State University.

Khrystal, ’98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Full-time mother and wife.

John, ’98 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana.

Jessie, ’98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Works as a lawyer in San Francisco.

Michael, ’98 Scholar

Learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematical sciences and physics, from the University of Alberta. Earned a bachelor of education degree in secondary education. Works for Qi Creative as an education consultant and behavior coach, helping children with special needs, their families, and their communities. Runs own marketing company that specializes in social causes.

Silas, ’98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Interested in programing or designing video games.

Jessie, ’98 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder
Earned a bachelor's degree in informatics with a minor in dance from the University of Washington (UW). Currently pursuing a master's in business administration at UW. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2005. Works for Expedia.

Ivan, ‘98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disability
Earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a law degree from the University of Maryland. Works as a lawyer.

Todd, ’98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Works as a musician.

Hank, ’98 Scholar

Blind
Hopes to attend college for computer or radio broadcasting.

Arnell, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communication disorder
Has worked in retail.

Nichole, ’98 Scholar

Scoliosis, kyphosis with metatrophic dwarfism, dysplasia, epilepsy
Earned a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College. Likes volunteering and doing community service.

Corey, ’98 Scholar

Tourette syndrome, attention deficit disorder, panic disorder
Earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Seattle University. Employed as a design engineer at Centrix Aerospace.

Dustin, ’98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a degree in physical education from Ball State University. Works as a high school physical education teacher and head volleyball coach. Is also the head coach of the Minnesota One Junior Olympic Volleyball Team. Married.

Abraham, ’98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Plans to pursue a career in music.

1997 Scholars

1997 Scholars

 

Andrew, ‘97 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned an associate of applied science degree in graphic arts from Monroe Community College. Also studied physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Works as a lead technician at Frontier Communications.

Amanda, '97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in computer systems integration from the University of Great Falls; graduated with honors. Works as a freelance writer.

Jennifer, ’97 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Lives in Norfolk, Virginia. Is a homemaker and enjoys hosting other people. Has received first guide dog.

Cynthia, ’97 Scholar

Achondroplasia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington. Works at the Federal Aviation Administration as a management and program analyst.

Trent, ’97 Scholar

Epilepsy
Enjoys cashiering and working for Target. Has been on the board for ENSO (Envisioning Solutions) for several years. Recently joined the board for, and will be involved in planning, the 2018 Special Olympics held in Seattle. Lives in a condo on Alki.

Brad, ’97 Scholar

Paraplegia
Studied business at Northern Arizona University and worked at Pima Community College as a business mathematics tutor.

Ben, '97 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned an associate’s degree in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate from Green River Community College. Pursuing an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Justin, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attended college.

Michael, '97 Scholar

Spina bifida with upper motor neuron dysfunction
Earned a doctoral degree in political theory and international politics from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.

Alexi, '97 Scholar

Profoundly deaf
Earned degrees in English and publishing from the University of Connecticut. Works for a survey sampling service, supporting market research companies.

Karyn, ’97 Scholar

Dyslexia
Works as a personal trainer and running coach. Travels around the world competing in half marathons, 10k and 5k races. Lives with husband and dog, Tilly, in Snohomish, Washington.

Shakethia, ‘97 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a bachelor of accountancy degree from Mississippi State University and a master of business administration degree from Belhaven University. Works as an accountant for the North East MS Electric Power Association.

Steven, ’97 Scholar

Severe hearing loss
Earned a master of business administration degree from University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut. Works as a Manager for Citco in San Francisco.

Laura, ’97 Scholar

Earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in micro electronics and photonics from the University of Arkansas. Recipient of the Walton Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship.

Keaton, ’97 Scholar

Blind
Attended the University of Utah and was pursuing a career in engineering when he died in 2001 after a battle with cancer. 

Veronica, ’97 Scholar

Earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University. Worked in the United States Senate. Practices corporate law in New York.

Sharon, ’97 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a certification for teaching people with visual impairments, a bachelor’s degree in social science, and a master’s degree in education from Portland State University. Studied orientation and mobility at the University of Northern Colorado. Works as a teacher of the visually impaired and an orientation and mobility instructor. Actively involved in the guide dog community.

1996 Scholars

1996 Scholars

 

David, ’96 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology with minors in computer science and chemistry from Eastern Washington University. Works as a study supervisor in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cheri, ’96 Scholar

Paraplegia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona and a medical degree from Stanford University. Works as an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2004. Competitor in wheelchair racing events, including the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Daniel, ’96 Scholar

Brain tumor
Earned a degree in computer science from Eastern Connecticut State University.

David, ’96 Scholar

Albinism and low vision
Attended Eastern Oregon State College.

Chris, ’96 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in graphic communications and emphasis in multimedia from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Works as a web administrator for Daktronics.

Lucas, ’96 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Studied public policy and administration at Western Oregon University. Works for the Oregon Department of Justice and Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Maria, ’96 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor of social work degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master of social work degree from California State University, East Bay. Has a daughter and a service dog. Lives by the words “Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait.”

Mike, ’96 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attended Pacific Lutheran University.

Rebecca, ’96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended San Diego State University and studied political science and interior design with an interest in designing accessible homes. Mentored for the Center for Emerging Leadership.

Katrina, ’96 Scholar

Diabetes
Earned a bachelor’s degree in English and art from Augustana College, and a master’s degree in teaching from City University. Pursuing a career as a middle school teacher.

Jodi, ’96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a doctoral degree in genetics and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in exercise physiology at Iowa State University with a research emphasis in ras-mediated signal transduction in cancer cells. Works as an assistant professor of biology at the University of Maryland University College.

Anh, ’96 Scholar

Larsen syndrome
Earned a bachelor’s degree in economic finances and information technology management and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Travis, ’96 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Specializes in software and web accessibility consulting.

James, ’96 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dana, ’96 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned a degree in graphic design from the University of Massachusetts. Works as a graphic designer.

Josh, ’96 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Earned an associate’s degree in horticulture science from Hawkeye Community College. Works in landscape design and freelance web design. Owns a nursery and garden shop, specializing in water gardens and hostas. Web editor on the Board of Directors for the American Hosta Society.

1995 Scholars

1995 Scholars

 

Jesse, ’95 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology from the University of Minnesota Crookston and a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from the University of North Dakota. Works as an assistive technology specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. Working on a YouTube channel that covers technology, gaming, and virtual reality from a low vision perspective. The channel is called IllegallySighted (www.youtube.com/illegallysighted) and promotes companies proactively including accessibility in their products.

Bror, ’95 Scholar

Learning disability
Has helped build Toyota pickups.

CJ, ’95 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, learning disability
Has worked in a technical support role.

Andrew, ‘95 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Had a strong desire to go to college and open his own computer drafting business when he died of complications from pneumonia in 1996.

Jeffrey, ’95 Scholar

Psoriatic arthritis
Attended Shoreline Community College.

Wes, ’95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attended both Central and Eastern Washington Universities.

Mike, ’95 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attended college courses and is interested in architecture.

Jorja, ’95 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Southern Illinois University and a master of social work degree from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Worked as a graduate assistant for GVSU’s School of Social Work and in program development at a child abuse prevention agency.

Aimee, ’95 Scholar

Learning disability
Completed college coursework and works in the customer service field.

Shawn, ’95 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social services at Central Washington University and a web design certificate from the Art Institute. Works as an Independent Living Coordinator for the Center for Independence in Marysville. Is chair of the Allies in Advocacy Coalition and member of Self Advocates in Leadership, PAS-Port 4 Change and the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council. Lives in Sedro‑Woolley, Washington.

Matt, ’95 Scholar

Deaf
Attended Pierce College and has been working with commercial glass as a journeyman glazier. Plays on and coaches a Northwest National Softball Association of the Deaf team. Married and has children.

Jeremy, ’95 Scholar

Brain injury
Pursuing a successful career as a door maker.

Bridget, ’95 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and speech and hearing sciences from Whitman College and a doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Washington. Works as a pediatric audiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Matthew, ’95 Scholar

Epidermolysis bullosa
Attended the University of Washington pursuing technical communication. Died in the spring of 2012.

Jannette, ’95 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from the University of San Diego. Works for the United States Army at Fort Lewis, Washington. In 2009, served as Ms. Wheelchair Washington, and was first runner up for Ms. Wheelchair America. Married.

Bill, ’95 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attended college courses and continues to be interested in computers.

Todd, ‘95 Scholar

Spinal cord injury, C4 Quadriplegia
Studied computer programming. Is a husband, father, and the founder of C4 Consulting.

Rachel, ’95 Scholar

Renal failure, hearing loss
Earned teaching degree and certificate.

1994 Scholars

1994 Scholars

 

Anthony, ’94 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works in the technical service department for the Prentke Romich Company as a remote troubleshooter in technical support. Also involved with Blue Sky Designs in Minneapolis working on various communication devices and tablets that can be mounted onto wheelchairs. Spoke about different mounting solutions at The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) in August. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2007. Assisted in writing the book, Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication by David McNaughton and David Beukelman. Enjoys working out at the gym.

Ben, ’94 Scholar

Spinal muscular dystrophy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington and a law degree from Pepperdine School of Law. Passed the Washington State Bar exam and practiced law in Kennewick, Washington. Passed away in April 2008.

Jen, ’94 Scholar

Undiagnosed severe neuropathy
Founder and director of GimpGirl Community at www.gimpgirl.com. Is a research associate with Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab at Ryerson University. Has worked with government, educational, and community organizations to create policy focusing on women with disabilities, technology, and sexual health. Lives in Washington with partner and partner’s son.

Maria, ’94 Scholar

Post-polio
Works for a utility company and enjoys being a wife and mother in Vancouver, Washington.

Daniel, ’94 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree from Pierce Community College. Works as the Seattle — DC supervisor for Pacific Office Automation. Married and has five children.

Travis, ’94 Scholar

Health and orthopedic impairments, dwarfism, kidney failure, retinitis pigmentosa
Received a bachelor of science in computer science from Utah State University. Recently moved to Seattle, Washington to work at Amazon as an application engineer working on the Digital Content team.

Takuya, ’94 Scholar

Health impairment, speech impairment, nervous system dysmorphia, congenital scoliosis
Earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in applied mathematics from the University of Washington. Works in Japan at a company that manufactures and sells insecticide and other products.

Sherri, ’94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a degree in psychology from Southern Oregon University.

Shawnna, ‘94 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
Worked at Columbia Industries in Kennewick, Washington. Died in October 2003.

Nguyen, ’94 Scholar

Paralysis from brain injury
Participates in various volunteer positions in the community.

Sarah, ’94 Scholar

Dyslexia
Graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Married with a child.

Carolyn, ’94 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, low vision
Studied science in college.

Kris, ’94 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Oregon State University, As well as a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in information technology management from Western Governors University. Works as an assistant professor and program director of the Bachelors of Science in Information Technology and Cybersecurity programs at Oregon Institute of Technology. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Married and living in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Megan, ’94 Scholar

Chronic Lyme disease
Earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree and PA-C (Physician’s Assistant with Certification) from Pacific University. Works in San Diego as a neurology hospitalist PA-C.

1993 Scholars

1993 Scholars

 

Rachel, ’93 Scholar

Stroke resulting in right side weakness
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in applied psychology from Eastern Washington University. Earned a master of social work degree through an online program at the University of Southern California. Works as a crisis mental health therapist. Married and a mother.

Mark, ’93 Scholar

Attended Big Bend Community College and Eastern Washington University. Was developing plans for an Internet-based business when he died peacefully in his sleep in 2001.

Katie, ‘93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington State University, and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Works at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, as an inpatient physical therapist. Received her second bilateral cochlear implant. Mother of two.

Nhi, ’93 Scholar

Multiple sclerosis, visual impairment
Works for Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind.

Ryan, ‘93 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Seattle University. Founded Fleming’s Holiday Lighting, a holiday lighting company. Married and has two kids and owns a home in West Seattle.

Lloyd, ‘93 Scholar

Hearing Impairment
Earned an associate’s degree in electronics technology from Crowder College Electronics Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Studying computer forensics at Missouri Southern State University.

Randy, ’93 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in technology management from City University of Seattle. Works as a senior systems analyst at Transaction Network Services. Married with children.

Nadira, ’93 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Graduated with an associate’s degree in computer information and technology. Works as a court interpreter for the Punjabi language.

Rodney, ’93 Scholar

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital
Studying to be a Python and Django developer. Works as a writer for the community newspaper. Engaged in computer projects.

Eric, ’93 Scholar

Visual impairment
Completed a bachelor’s degree in computer applications at Mt. Hood Community College, marketing degree from the Portland State University School of Business, and career pathways certificate in computer information systems at Portland Community College. Completed internships at Portland Jewish Academy and Oregon Department of Human Services as resource search intern, which lead to temporary job as contracts coordinator. Works at Sure ID as a customer support representative.

Anna, ‘93 Scholar

Blind
Earned a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology at the University of Washington. Was an artist, Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant, and black belt in Aikido when she died from cancer in June 2004. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award the same year.

Hollis, ’93 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Starting his own business selling assistive equipment for wheelchairs.

Matt, ’93 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science and a bachelor of arts in international political economy from University of Puget Sound. Is a software engineer for a startup in Denmark. Married and has three children. Moved to Minnesota.

Mitchell, ’93 Scholar

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

In Memory

Roy, ‘99 Scholar

Roy

It is with sadness that we share the loss of 1999 Scholar, Roy. Roy passed away on August 13, 2016.

Roy was born in Aberdeen, WA. At age seven he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a congenital and progressive muscle-wasting disease with no cure. Not letting his disease define him, Roy became a top student and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 2000. He also became an Eagle Scout. He received his associate of arts degree from Grays Harbor College and then his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Central Washington University in 2005. He worked contracts including user interface accessibility as a software tester at Microsoft until his health declined. He then worked from home for Maker’s Tool Works, a company that sells desktop 3D printer kits.

Roy wrote this message for his family and friends before he left: “Know that I love you all very much, and want you to live your life like I did, always fighting and not letting any hardship slow me down. Reach for the stars. I pray for you that we will meet again in Heaven for eternity. Just trust in God and Jesus like I have. Love, Roy.”

DO-IT Pals

DO‑IT Pals are high school students with disabilities who are interested in attending college and pursuing a career. They communicate online with each other and with DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Mentors, and staff members. They are supported in their efforts to explore and pursue postsecondary programs and career interests. DO‑IT Pals communicate with each other by sending email to doitpals@uw.edu. They reach the entire group of DO‑IT Pals, Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors by sending messages to doitchat@uw.edu. Become a DO-IT Pal by requesting an application from doit@uw.edu.

DO-IT Mentors

Mentors encourage DOIT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Most Mentors have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants. Mentors communicate with each other by sending messages to mentors@uw.edu. The entire group of Mentors, Pals, Scholars, and Ambassadors are reached by sending messages to doitchat@uw.edu.

Joseph Alloway
Outreach Coordinator
Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates
 

Elita Baldridge
 

Kevin Berg
Cerebral palsy
Founder and head tech
CompuPane, LLC
www.compupane.net

Anindya “Bapin” Bhattacharyya
Deaf/blind
Coordinator of National Outreach Technology Development and Training Program
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
CEO of Bapin Group, LLC
 

Martha Bosma
Associate professor of biology
University of Washington
 

Karen L. Braitmayer
Osteogenesis imperfecta
Architect, business owner
Karen Braitmayer, FAIA
 

Gina Ceylan
Visual impairment
Ph.D. candidate
University of Missouri
 

Wendy Chisholm
Senior accessibility strategist
Microsoft
 

Rebecca Cory
Learning disability
Associate dean of instruction
Bellevue College
 

Imke Durre
Blind
Climatologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center
 

Sal Edwards
 

Kings Floyd
 

John Gardner
Blind
President and CEO
ViewPlus Technologies
 

Kajari Ghosh Dastidar
Computer scientist
EdgeVerve
 

Molly Gilmore
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

John Goettle
 

Marni Goldman
Spinal muscular atrophy
Educational director
 

Julie Grant
Paraplegic, L2 spinal cord injury
Occupational therapist
 

Roger Harris
Stroke, kidney failure
Associate professor emeritus, retired
University of Washington, School of Medicine
 

Morgan Hiraiwa
 

Mamoru Iwabuchi
Assistant professor
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Tokyo
 

Sungeeta Jain
Paraplegic
Director
The Orphan Project, India
 

Abid Kapadya
Analytics lead
Google
 

Joshua Lessing
Founder and director
Soft Robotics, Inc.
 

Karen Liu
Statistician
PRA Health Services
 

Sara Lopez
Co-director for the Center for Leadership in Athletics and program director for the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership M.Ed.
University of Washington
 

Kevin Lybarger
University of Washington
 

Jennifer Mankoff
Professor in Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington
 

Robert F. McKellar
Spina bifida
Author of An Accident of Birth, educator, and counselor
 

Theresa Mina
Learning disability
Academic advisor
 

Stephanie Moore
Project scientist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northwest Fisheries Science Center
 

Jennifer Mundl
C1-ventilator dependent, quadriplegia
Assistive technology specialist
Courage Center Rehabilitation Facility
 

Tuan (Brandon) Nguyen
Graduate student
University of Washington
 

Monica Olsson
Cerebral palsy
Manager
Access Services
Tacoma Community College
 

Ray Parker
Microsoft
 

Gay Lloyd Pinder
Deaf
Program director and speech language pathologist
Children’s Therapy Center
 

Tracy Rackensperger
Cerebral palsy
Outreach coordinator
University of Georgia
 

Michael Richardson
Deaf
Director
Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act Center
 

Keith Routley
deaf
Museum curator/division chief
 

Eva-Marie Seeto
Director, Student Life and Learning
University of the Sunshine Coast
 

Marcia Sipe-Dan
Post traumatic stress disorder and brain damage
Vocational rehabilitation counselor
OSC Vocational Systems
 

Greg Smith
C-5 quadriplegia
Principle research software development engineer
Microsoft
 

Carole Snyder
Cerebral palsy
Software developer engineer
 

Val Sundby-Thorp
Dean for social science and business
South Puget Sound Community College
 

Aimee Verrall
Research coordinator
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
 

Jennifer Weisbart-Moreno
 

Vasanth Williams
General manager
Amazon
 

Paul Zaveruha
Surgeon

Staff Mentors

Sheryl
Sheryl

My name is Sheryl Burgstahler, and I am the founder and director of the DO‑IT and Access Technology Centers at the University of Washington (UW). I am also an affiliate professor in the College of Education. I have a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in policy, governance, and administration of higher education. DO-IT allows me to apply my personal, academic, and professional interests and experiences. I have a husband, Dave, and a son, Travis, who are both dedicated DO‑IT volunteers and UW Huskies. Dave is a professor of accounting and Travis is a senior associate in the risk assurance unit in the Seattle office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The ‘93 Scholars may remember Travis hanging around DO-IT Summer Study when he was three years old.
sherylb@uw.edu

Scott
Scott

I’m Scott Bellman. I am the program manager at DO-IT. I completed a master’s degree in 1996 in rehabilitation counseling and earned my undergraduate degree in psychology and business. I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State. My work at DO-IT includes career counseling, writing, planning events, coordinating projects, supervising others, mentoring, and of course Summer Study! I serve on several boards and committees, including the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. I have co-authored several papers about work-based learning. Outside of work, my interests include performance art, camping, hiking, carpentry, and travel.
swb3@uw.edu

Brianna
Brianna

My name is Brianna Blaser, and I am a counselor/coordinator at the DO-IT Center. Originally from the East Coast, I moved to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington, where I earned my Ph.D. studying women in science. I enjoy spending time with my kids, Evelyn and Asher.
blaser@uw.edu

Kayla
Kayla

Hello! My name is Kayla Brown. I was an ‘05 Scholar and am a counselor/coordinator at DO‑IT. I have a master of social work from the University of Washington. My previous studies have included community psychology and disability studies. My passions are community outreach, community-based participatory research, and disability activism. At DO-IT, I work one-on-one with students to tackle goal setting, academic planning, and building a support system. My hobbies include reading, watching the Food Network, crafting, and playing board games.
kayladb@uw.edu

Dan
Dan

I manage the University of Washington’s Access Technology Center. We work directly with students, faculty, and staff with disabilities who need to access computing resources, and we also help web and application developers make exciting and accessible online resources. I’ve been working with DO-IT since it began.
danc@uw.edu

Lyla
Lyla

My name is Lyla Crawford. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO‑IT. I work in the Spokane office. I have a master’s degree in developmental psychology. I have a husband, Shawn, and a son, Joshua.
lylac@uw.edu

Marvin
Marvin

My name is Marvin Crippen. I help with technical support and web design for DO‑IT.  In my free time I enjoy biking, skiing, cooking, and TSD (time-speed-distance) Road Rallying.
mcrip@uw.edu

Doug
Doug

My name is Doug Hayman. I’m the technology specialist for DO‑IT. When not at work, I play guitar, hike, and hang out with my sweetheart and with friends.
dhayman@uw.edu

Terrill
Terrill

My name is Terrill Thompson. I am a technology accessibility specialist for DO‑IT. I help educate K–12 and postsecondary educational institutions, technology vendors, government agencies, and others on how to ensure that technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities. I also teach accessible web design to students through our ongoing series of Web Accessibility Trainings. I live in Bellingham and work most of the time from an office at Western Washington University. When I am not working, you can usually find me hiking in the mountains, playing guitar, or spending quality time with my family.
tft@uw.edu

Tami
Tami

Hi! My name is Tami Tidwell. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO‑IT. Throughout the year, I enjoy working with high school and college students on topics like college admissions, scholarships, internships, employment, accommodations, and disclosure strategies. Being able to build long and lasting relationships is one of the best parts of working at DO-IT. Outside of work, I like to play in my urban farm and garden, support local live music, spend time with my family and friends, and play with our cats and pup. I really enjoy having fresh eggs and honey from my chickens and honeybees. I have dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and celiac. I am also hard of hearing. I have a degree in psychology from Texas Christian University. I was born and raised in Cowtown (a.k.a. Ft. Worth, TX).
tamitha@uw.edu

Debra
Debra

My name is Debra Zawada. I have worked as program coordinator at DO-IT since 2004. I completed my undergraduate work in special education in Buffalo, NY and my graduate work at the University of Washington. My background is as a high school teacher and transition counselor for students with disabilities. One of my passions is supporting students as they figure out their transition to college.  
dzawada@uw.edu

Key Electronic Resources

For program resources related to DO‑IT, college and career success for people with disabilities, assistive and accessible technology, and universal design, access the DO‑IT website at www.uw.edu/doit.

To contact DO-IT staff and ask questions about DO-IT programs and resources, send an email to doit@uw.edu.

DO‑IT Scholars and Ambassadors communicate with each other by sending messages to doitkids@uw.edu.

DO‑IT Mentors, Pals, Scholars, and Ambassadors communicate with each other by sending messages to doitchat@uw.edu.

Cohorts of DO‑IT Scholars from 2000 and later can communicate by sending email to xxxxdo‑it@uw.edu. Cohorts of DO‑IT Scholars from 1999 and earlier can communicate by sending email to
xxdo‑it@uw.edu (where xxxx or xx, respectively, is the year they became a DO‑IT Scholar).

Parents and guardians of DO‑IT Scholars and Ambassadors can join a discussion list for parents by sending a request to doit@uw.edu.

DO-IT Funding

DO‑IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Primary funding for DO‑IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the state of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. The University of Washington also contributes substantial resources to this project.

Additional grants and gifts have been received from The Boeing Company; Bristol-Myers Squibb; The Dole Foundation; Telecommunications Funding Partnership; The Institute for Human Centered Design; Dynamac Corporation; Eisenhower Professional Development Program; Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Jeld-Wen Foundation; Microsoft Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); NEC Foundation of America; Samuel S. Johnson Foundation; The Seattle Foundation; U.S. Department of Labor; and Visio Corporation.

DO‑IT has partnered with more than fifty postsecondary institutions. It has also received donations or gifts in-kind from many other corporations and individuals, including 3Com Corporation; American Computer Experience; AOL Foundation; Apple Computer; Ashland Kiwanis Club; Boxlight Corporation; The Braitmayer Foundation; Cascade Sign Company; Compaq; ComputerGear Inc.; Connectix Hooker Northwest; Courage Center; Digital Vision; DTP Micro Systems; Ephrata School District; Fessenden Booster Club, North Dakota; Ford Motor Company; Honda; Honeywell International Foundation, Inc.; Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy; Intel Corporation; Klickitat County Retired Teachers Unit 10; Macrostaff; Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.; Nike, Inc.; Nintendo of America, Inc.; Northwest Fisheries Science Center; Olathe East High School; Olathe East National Honor Society; Outdoors for All; P. Roger Hillerstrom, Inc.; Pacific Science Center; Poquoson High School Key Club; PTI Communications; Sun Microsystems; Sundog; University Book Store; University of Colorado at Boulder; US West; US West Foundation; Washington Department of Services for the Blind; and Whatcom Community College.

Additional partners who have offered internships for participants, hosted training and events, and otherwise engaged with DO-IT include dozens of primary and secondary schools as well as Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Society; Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN); Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact; Alaska Department of Fish & Game; Alaska Museum of Natural History; Alaska/Idaho/Oregon/Washington Science Teachers Associations (ASTA/ISTA/OSTA/WSTA); Allying Companies, Communities, and Employees with Skills for Success (ACCESS); Amazon.com; American Red Cross; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Anita Borg Institute; Association for Computing Machinery; Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (ACM SIGACCESS); Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD); Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE); Auburn University; Auburn State University; Aultman Hospital; Bellevue Boys & Girls Club; Bellevue College; Berea College; Cascades Volcano Observatory; Camp Courage; Caribbean Computing Center for Excellence; Carnegie Mellon University; Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology; Seattle Children’s Hospital; Challenger Learning Center; City of Bremerton; City of Seattle; City University of New York; Clemson University; Clover Park Community College; Coldwell Banker; Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education; Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions; Computing Research Association; Computer Science Teachers Association; Cornell University; Deaf-Blind Service Center; Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs); Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) activity hosts; Disability Support Service Council (DSSC); Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; East Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM; Easter Seals Washington; Emerald City Rotary Club; Empowering Leadership Alliance; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Florida State University; Gallaudet University; Georgia Computes! Alliance; Georgia Tech; Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment; Hart Computer Technology; High School - High Tech; Highline School District – Secondary Special Education; Idaho Assistive Technology Program (IATP); Idaho National Labratory; Idaho Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC); Impact Studios; Incight; Independent Living Centers; InterConnections; Into the Loop; Invision Learning; Kindering Center; Lane County Women, Infants, & Children Center; Landmark College; Leonardo Museum; Life Sciences Education Achievement Partnership (LEAP); Manatee Community College; Math and Engineering Science Achievement (MESA); Medtronic; Midwest RDE Alliance; Minorities in Science and Engineering Program (MSEP); Missouri Southern State University; National Center for Secondary Education and Transition; National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Support, University of Hawaii; National Center for Women & Information Technology; National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute; National Girls Collaborative Project; NOAA; National Parks System; National Technical Institute for the Deaf; National Weather Service; New Mexico State University; Nordstrom; North Carolina State University; North Star Borough Library; Northwest Engineering Talent Expansion Partnership (ETEP); Northwest Girls Cooperative; Northwind, Inc.; Ocean House Alliance; One-stop Resource Centers; Oregon State University; organizations from Japan, Korea, and India; Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER); Pediatric Critical Care program of Seattle Children’s; Portland State University; Port of Seattle; Positive Solutions; Pride Polymers; Providence Medical Center; Puget Sound ESD Transition Specialist Group; Purdue University; Quality of Life Center, South Korea; Raven Software; Reaching the Pinnacle; Reel Grrls; Renton Public Library; Renton School District, Life Management Program, Secondary Special Education; RDE Regional Alliances for Persons with Disabilities (RADs); Rochester Institute of Technology; Rose International Fund; Seatac Airport; Seattle Biomed; Seattle University; Seattle School District – Transition/Secondary Special Education; Seoul National University; Sheldon-Jackson College; Sierra Club Washington; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; Starbucks Coffee; The STARS Alliance; Tethers Unlimited; Touch the Future, Inc.; Towson University; University of Alaska; University of Cincinnati; University of Dayton; University of Florida; University of Idaho; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Pittsburgh; University of Rochester; University of South Carolina; University of Tokyo; UW Genomics Outreach for Minorities (GenOM) Project; UW Center for Neurotechnology (CNT); UW Virtual Alliance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in STEM; Washington Access Services; Washington Assistive Technology Alliance; Washington Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (WAPED); Washington Library Network; Washington PAVE – Project CORE; Washington School Information Processing Cooperative’s WEDNET; Washington State Business Leadership Network (WSBLN); Washington State University; Women in Science and Engineering (WISE); Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP); and Xerox.