Snapshots 2018: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Sheryl

Welcome to DO‑IT Snapshots 2018!

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 26 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 106-107 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 108.

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, PhD
Founder and Director, DO‑IT and Accessible Technology Services, UW-IT
Affiliate Professor, College of Education
University of Washington

2018 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!

Shiri

Dr. Shiri Azenkot is an assistant professor of information science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, Cornell University. Her research interests are in accessibility and interaction on new platforms. Shiri earned her PhD in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington (UW) in 2014. As a student, Shiri was an active participant in DO-IT programs, including the AccessComputing project, which is co-led by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Information School. She has hosted research interns with a variety of disabilities, presented at a capacity building institute, and spoken in one of our videos. Shiri will be a featured speaker at the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in 2018.

 

 

Courtney

Courtney Cole, DO-IT Ambassador and ‘13 Scholar, has been a powerful advocate for people with disabilities through her work and personal accomplishments. Courtney joined the Rooted in Rights (RiR) team in 2016 as a creative intern, working in the Seattle office. In September 2017, Courtney accepted a position on staff as a creative production assistant. She assists in the production of videos and other media content that cover topics such as the stigma of mental health, violence against people with disabilities, and the inequality that blind students face in Washington and across the country. The videos she has produced have reached thousands of people around the world. Currently, Courtney studies at Seattle Central College, pursuing an associate of arts degree. During her spare time, Courtney writes for the RiR blog and other publications and enjoys exploring Seattle.

 

 

Shaun

Dr. Shaun Kane is an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He directs the Superhuman Computing Lab, which conducts research on accessible user interfaces, mobile and wearable interactions, and tangible computing. Shaun earned his PhD from UW’s Information in 2011. He was a participant in DO-IT programs as a student and is now an AccessComputing partner. In 2015, Shaun was a featured speaker at the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. He has hosted an AccessComputing intern in his lab, led computer science workshops at the National Federation for the Blind Youth Slam, and mentored other AccessComputing student participants.

 

 

John

John Kemp, a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, is a renowned disability rights leader who co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities and has partnered with, worked for, and served as board member, chair and CEO of leading disability organizations. He is the fourth President and Chief Executive of the Viscardi Center (formerly known as Abilities!), a network of non-profit organizations that provide a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower children and adults with disabilities. For decades, Mr. Kemp has been a role model with respect to his accomplishments and service and an ally of DO-IT and other organizations that serve to create a more inclusive world where individuals with disabilities have equal access. His many awards include the Dole Leadership Prize from the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, joining a group of international recipients that includes Nelson Mandela. He has mentored DO-IT Scholars and served as the featured speaker for Summer Study 2018.

Previous DO-IT Trailblazer award winners:

2017   

Krista Greear, of the University of Washington Disability Resources for Students office, for going above and beyond in training for accessibility, managing the Access Text & Technology Program and Captioning Program across UW, and promoting accessibility in the UW’s Web Council, the Approaches on Accessibility Interest Group, and the Online Advising Group.

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 and accessibility instructor in many DO-IT programs.

Leyf Starling, an Upper School faculty member at the Durham Academy and an AccessEngineering partner, works to ensure that students with disabilities have access to K-12 engineering education. Leyf actively recruits new participants to AccessEngineering efforts and ran the Summer Engineering Experience for High School Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness and Inclusion of High School Students with Disabilities in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team Activity.

Dr. Sarah Wille, a senior researcher with Outlier Research and Evaluation at the University of Chicago and an AccessCSforAll partner, has worked to ensure that students with disabilities are included through The Computer Science & Students with Learning Differences study (outlier.uchicago.edu), which aims to expand participation in computer science by making Computer Science Principles more accessible for students with learning disabilities and related attention disorders.

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 others 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, AccessCSforAll, 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 PhD 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

2018 Scholars

Sixteen Phase I Scholars, all from Washington State, completed their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2018. 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 2018DO-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 2018, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Josh
Josh, ‘18 Scholar

Hi, my name is Joshua, and I am currently a junior at Sammamish High School. I live in Bellevue. My favorite subjects in school are science and history. I would like to study aerospace engineering when I go to college. My hobbies include playing video games and making things with my hands. Some sports I participate in are archery, skiing, and swimming. My disabilities are arthrogryposis and scoliosis.

Oksana
Oksana, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Oksana. I am a junior at Lindbergh High School. I like hanging out outside, playing with my dog, socializing, and going on vacation. When I graduate from school I want to become a front desk assistant.

Jeremy
Jeremy, ‘18 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jeremy. I am from Bellingham and am a senior at Lynden Christian High School. I hope to attend Western Washington University, after a year of work, and get a degree in chemistry. Or, I may try to pursue my dream of becoming a professional musician.

Dillen
Dillen, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! My name is Dillen. I am a junior at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie. I have cerebral palsy. My favorite pastimes are reading current events, talking with friends, and playing computer games. I’m very social so don’t be afraid to talk to and high-five me! Last year I took Advanced Placement computer science and plan to pursue that as my major.

Kade
Kade, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Kade. I am a junior at Stanwood High School. For three years I lived in Sumatra, Indonesia, where my parents were teachers. Spending time in other parts of the world has given me an appreciation for pursuing adventures, exploring new things, and interacting with different cultures and people. Even though I love traveling outside of the United States, my favorite place to travel is Disneyland during Christmas time. My favorite sport is tennis, but I also like to play basketball. I like working with my hands and being creative. I also have a strong faith and am active in my church youth group. I have gone on several mission trips back to help children at an orphanage in Sumatra. My favorite school subjects are science, creative writing, and storytelling.

Izzy
Izzy, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! I am Izzy. I am a junior at Port Townsend High School. I have dyslexia. My favorite classes are English and science. I play basketball and volleyball. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and exploring our town. I also love long walks on the beach. I hope to be a mental health counselor or a sports psychologist.

Dean
Dean, ‘18 Scholar

I’m Dean, and I’m a senior at Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School in Winthrop, Washington. My disability is an autism spectrum disorder—an obstacle I work hard to get around and a gift that helps make me uniquely creative. My primary hobbies are creative writing, drawing anime-style art, and electronically composing music (check out Razorrekker on SoundCloud). I also enjoy being a sound tech for the local community theater and creating glitter tattoos. With luck, one day you’ll see my name in the film credits for composing a fantastic musical score!

Finn
Finn, ‘18 Scholar

Hey, my name is Finn. I’m a junior at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington. Academically, my main interests are history, science, politics, and philosophy. I play piano in both the classical and jazz genres. I’m a member of my school jazz band and an extracurricular combo group. I enjoy drawing, and producing and watching films. I have recently become more interested in comedy. I was a mentor for a group of Korean students who visited Western Washington University in July 2017 and I’m a member of a Spanish language-based volunteer club at my school called Club de Lectura. I have muscular dystrophy, nemaline myopathy.

Torin
Torin, ‘18 Scholar

Greetings. My name is Torin. I am a junior at Summit Sierra High School. I enjoy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, playing computer games, hanging out with friends, playing drums in a metal band, and writing short stories and poetry. My favorite type of food is gummy candy, especially the giant kind. My disability relates to the after-effects of cancer.

Cheyann
Cheyann, ‘18 Scholar

Hello, my name is Cheyann, and I am in 11th grade. Last year, I studied math, science, English, Spanish, and fitness. I really like to learn about technology and how to use it. In the past, I have studied computer applications and worked with programming LEGO MINDSTORMS. My favorite sports are power lifting and ballet. I am very interested in music, and I play a little ukulele and piano. I really love to sing and dance. My favorite animals are cats and horses; I currently take horseback riding lessons. My favorite color is cotton candy pink. I also really love Disney and anything sparkly. I am super excited to attend this awesome program!

Maribel
Maribel, ‘18 Scholar

Hi, my name is Maribel. I attend Omak High School where I am the student treasurer. I enjoy science and math classes. I have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

Abby
Abby, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! I am Abby. I enjoy math and chemistry classes. I love throwing pottery on the wheel and hanging out with friends. I own two dogs who keep me busy. Last year, I went to state for speech and debate. I also spoke at a school fundraiser. I go to both Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and Yellow Wood Academy. My disabilities are dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and severe food allergies.

Ian
Ian, ‘18 Scholar

As far as you or I are concerned, I am a deaf human being by the name of Ian. I am a junior. After high school, I plan to attend the University of Washington to major in mechanical engineering for automotives and aeronautics. After college, I plan to enter the field of aeronautics, perhaps starting off at Seattle’s own Boeing Company but eventually breaking off to create my own brand. While maintaining a career in aeronautics, I may continue to tinker with cars as a hobby. However, all of that is in the future. For now, I just sketch automotive and aeronautical concepts through technical sketches with listed specifications correlating to the unit on the paper, with the occasional 3-D digital model, and, of course, I play WarThunder!

Sandra
Rebekah, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! My name is Rebekah. I attend Zillah High School where I enjoy studying language arts and math. I hope to be a counselor. I have a learning disability.

Nathan
Nathan, ‘18 Scholar

I attend Edmonds-Woodway High School and live in Seattle. I hope to be an architect. I enjoy taking classes in English and history. I have Deafness.

Phase II Scholars

2017 Scholars

Fifteen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO-IT in 2017. Most completed their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in July 2018. 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 video production. 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 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 2018, these participants graduated to Phase III and Ambassadors.

Jono
Jono, ‘17 Scholar

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

Tycho
Tycho, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Tycho, and I am deaf. I am currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Chief Sealth High School. My favorite subjects are math and anything logic-related, which comes naturally to me. In college, I am aiming to major in computer science. I enjoy playing Dota 2, solving Rubik’s cubes, reading, and playing cards.

Miles
Miles, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Miles Bennett. I graduated from Bellevue High School. My favorite subject is math. My hobbies are playing card and board games. I have obsessive compulsive disorder. I am a freshman at Western Washington University.

Jordan
Jordan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jordan. I’m a senior 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 senior. I enjoy watching films and skateboarding. I have issues with speech and language. This summer, I worked at All Together Skatepark and went to Portland to work for Skate Like A Girl.

Hayley
Hayley, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Hayley. I’m a senior 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 graduated from Ballard High School. I am attending Western Washington University. I hope to go into a career in engineering. I love sports, especially ultimate frisbee and cross country.

PJ
PJ, ‘17 Scholar

Hello there! My name is PJ. I’m a senior at Mount Rainer High School. Instead of taking classes at my high school, I am attending Highline College through Running Start. 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 graduated from Spanaway Lake High School. I am attending Clover Park Technical College. I plan to major in computer science. 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 graduated from Yellow Wood Academy. My favorite subject was math. I have Stargardt disease. I love video games.

Jane
Jane, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jane. I am a senior in high 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 senior 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 graduated from Auburn Riverside High School. I attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and am part of the PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association) Golf Management Program.  I would like to become a certified golf pro, coach, or employee with a golf company. My hobbies are playing golf and basketball.

2018 Achievement Highlights

Jane Salazar, ‘17 Scholar
Received the Center School Excellence Award in Chemistry.

Chris Schlechty, ‘02 Scholar
Received the “Enabling People with Disabilities” Award from Microsoft during the 2018 Ability Summit.

Emma Metteer, ‘17 Scholar
Earned a motorcycle license.

Ashley Salvati, 04 Scholar
Won the Ivy McMahon’s inspirational athlete award.

Joey Stead, ‘09 Scholar
On the CompTIA A+ Certification 902 exam, obtained a score of 852, setting the record for highest score out of Green River College.

Camilo Ortega, ‘17 Scholar
Earned TestOut Certification through Skill Center IT courses.

Anna Ohrt, ‘17 Scholar
Was keynote speaker at a Camp Goodtimes event that raised a half million dollars.

K Wheeler, ‘13 Scholar
Won two student achievement awards at the University of Washington, the Citizenship Award through the Law, Societies, and Justice program and the Dennis Lang Student Award through the Disability Studies department.

Hannah Werbel, ‘13 Scholar
Won the Boas scholarship for physics for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Erica Chavez, ‘08 Scholar
Received a GO-MAP scholarship and occupational health grant to fund upcoming doctoral studies.

Joshua Schaier, ‘11 Scholar
Chosen as an alternate delegate for the 2018 Washington State Democratic Convention.

PJ O’Grady-Graham, ‘17 Scholar
Has achieved Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts of America.

Myles Veal, ‘17 Scholar
Awarded three scholarships, two worth $1,500 (Thunderbird Scholar and Jack Reynolds) and one through Auburn Riverside High School for $500.

Dustine Bowker, ‘13 Scholar
Recipient of the Husky 100, a recognition.based award given to 100 students across all three University of Washington campuses for making the most of their “Husky Experience.”

Jessie Zhang, ‘11 Scholar
Accepted into many mentorship and leadership programs, including the Leadership Institute at the Center for Women & Democracy, the AIGA Changemaker Series, the USBLN Rising Leaders Mentorship Program, and the Hexagon UX Mentorship Program.

Sean Berg, ‘10 Scholar
Received The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.

Takuya Igarashi, ‘94 Scholar
Traveled around Japan, especially the west side of Honshu Island, the biggest island in Japan.

Shawn Latham, ‘95 Scholar
Awarded Advocate of the Year 2017 from the Center for Independence for work training first responders and emergency medical services (EMS) managers on best practices for communicating with people with disabilities.

Lindsey Muszkiewicz, ‘14 Scholar
Was the events coordinator for the University of Washington Student Disability Commission for the 2017-2018 school year.

2018 Interns

2018 Interns

After completing Phases I and II of the DO-IT Scholars program, ten Scholars and Ambassadors returned as Interns for Summer Study 2018. 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

2016 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 2018 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.

Adrian
Adrian, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Adrian. I have been Deaf all my life. I just graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School. I plan to attend Seattle Central College and hope to transfer to Gallaudet University. I am excited to see where my path leads! I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Micayla
Micayla, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Micayla. I graduated from Ballard High School and am attending Shoreline Community College. I like making art, reading, writing, and listening to music. I am on the Special Olympics Women’s National Team. I write fiction and hope to animate my own show someday. I have left hemiplegia from a stroke and seizures. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Rochelle
Rochelle, ‘16 Scholar

I’m Rochelle. I graduated from the Center School in Seattle and am currently a student at North Seattle College. My aspiration in life at this moment is to become a lawyer and one day work for the United Nations. I attended Beijing Language and Culture University for a language immersion program in Beijing, China during the summer of 2018. It took a lot of hard work to get into this program. Presently I am working on a project with my friend to create curriculum about ableism, in hopes of getting our high school teacher to implement it in his social justice program. 

Teresa
Teresa, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Teresa. I am a freshman in college at Seattle University. In the past year, I was elected varsity dance captain, public relations officer on Choir Council, and elected for Senior Class Council. I was born missing both arms, and have learned to do many things with my feet. I plan to either major in psychology or law with a prime focus on social justice. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Cameron
Cameron, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Cameron, and I am a newly graduated senior from Newport High School in Bellevue. I attend Northern Arizona University with the hope to one day be a history teacher. I love any American history or mathematics class. I was born with cerebral palsy. I use a wheelchair to travel around. In my free time, I enjoy playing video and board games. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Jayda
Jayda, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jayda. I graduated from Mount Spokane High School. I 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 like to write fiction stories. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Takashi
Takashi, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Takashi. I am a sophomore at Montclair State University majoring in dance. One day, you might see me dancing at Disneyland. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Jacky
Jacky, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jacky. I am taking classes at Clark College. 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

Hey, My name is Naomi! I am a student at Cascadia College, and an instructor at Seattle Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA). I have devoted the last year to dancing, mostly hip-hop. I love American Sign Language, and I couldn’t live without my service dog, Libby the IV.

Serena
Serena, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Serena. I graduated from Chiawana High School. I attend Columbia Basin College. I would like to make technology for people with disabilities. I have a passion for video games, and I love listening to all kinds of music. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

KyleeLynn
KyleeLynn, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I’m KyleeLynn. I graduated from John R. Rogers High School. My hobbies include listening to vocal music, writing fairy tale fanfiction, and dancing. My most recent interest is dancing, and I started mastering dancing in high heels. I work at Walmart and hope to pursue a career in arts or English literature. I have spastic dyplegia. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Rob
Rob, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rob, and I live in Kirkland. I graduated from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond in 2017. I enjoy history, music, and baseball. I am a sophomore in the Honors Program at Washington State University where I am studying civil engineering. I participated in an internship with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering in the summer of 2017. I play music and watch sports in my free time.

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 attend Spokane Community College (SCC) and play for their tennis team. 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 graduated from 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. Currently I am working on building a personal computer. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Jon
Jon, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jon. I graduated from Oroville High School in 2017 with a 3.5 GPA. I was on the honor roll. I’m thinking about going to college to study radiology because of my knowledge of computers. I enjoy listening to heavy metal music and playing video games. I’ve been teaching myself how to play the keyboard.

Ziyu
Ziyu, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ziyu. I graduated from Marysville Getchell High School. I am currently a freshman at Everett Community College (EvCC). 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 surf the internet. My favorite hobby is photography. After completing all my prerequisites at EvCC, I plan to transfer to the University of Washington to get a degree in computer science. My career goal is to be a web or game developer. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2015 Scholars

2015 Scholars

 

Emily
Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily. I have spastic quadriparesis. I enjoy playing golf, going to the gym, getting people to 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 junior at the University of Oregon.

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

My name is Aspen. I am deaf and communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). I am currently a student at Everett Community College. I am loving college, where I am also a teacher aid for the ASL classes. I am majoring in communications and getting my direct transfer agreement associate degree. I then plan on transferring to a four-year university. One of my biggest accomplishments this year was moving out on my own. I moved into the dorms on campus for spring quarter, and it is super fun! My favorite leisure activities are reading, working out, and socializing.

Laszlo
Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo! I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from Ingraham High School and attend the University of Washington Seattle. I plan to major in communications. 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.

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 Tacoma. I have cerebral palsy. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, and watching movies. I also enjoy musical theatre. My goal is to become a pediatrician.

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, and we qualified to go to St. Louis for the world championship all three years. I like to hike and play video games. I am interested in nature and how it works. I attend Western Washington University for an computer science degree. I am deaf.

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 high 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.

Katie
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 junior at Central Washington University working toward a double degree in psychology and sociology. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

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. I 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 currently attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a sophomore. I’m majoring in journalism and minoring in history and political science, with the long term goal of becoming a sports writer. For fun, I play video games and watch sports, with the New England Patriots being my favorite football team. My favorite bands are the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Arctic Monkeys. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Brooklyn
Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn. I am a graduate of White River High School. I plan on taking an online class through Pierce College in their pre-college program so that I have a better chance of getting into schools for my desired career, vet tech. This past fall, I gave a speech about my journey with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with my high school classmate at a private school in Renton. I love reading, sports, art, biology, singing, music, and animals. Besides ASD, I have learning disabilities.

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.

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. 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 took two quarters at Pierce Community College. I am currently working two jobs while going to school online to become a vet tech. 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!

Grady
Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady. I am a sophomore at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I am majoring in informatics. I graduated from Puyallup High School in 2017, 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 plan to have a career in the technology field after college. I have congenital muscular dystrophy.

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 where I study marketing and international studies. I like music and playing the drums. I also like gaming on my Xbox. I have a dog named Amy. 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 am a third year student at Clark College. I will be graduating from Clark with my associate of arts degree in business management at the end of the 2018—2019 school year. I still enjoy running to stay in shape, and I like to go bowling with friends. For fun I enjoy playing video games and keeping score for Mariners games.

Anita
Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Anita. I’m a senior 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 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 attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. I’m from Vancouver, Washington, and I attended a STEM based school called iTech Preparatory. I took running start classes at Clark Community College. 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 Southern Washington and Oregon. I am a very relaxed, outgoing person. I love playing sports, being outdoors, and adventuring. I’ve been busy and miss seeing everyone!

Jin Ning
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 in 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 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, and I transferred to the University of Washington. 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 the Hamilton soundtrack, 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, majoring in computer science. I have received three years of presidential awards for academic excellence along with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Award. I enjoy video games and love to read about video game news. 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 attend the University of Washington. This year, I was selected to be the events coordinator intern for the ASUW Student Disability Commission 2017-18. I also gave interviews regarding accessible and universal design for the UW Daily, as well as helped create and run the 2018 F*** Stairs campaign at UW. The campaign asked able-bodied students to avoid using stairs for a month to showcase inaccessibility issues around campus. I also remained on the UW Dean’s List from Fall 2016 to Spring 2018. This past year I wrote a few books and several scripts for a sitcom idea about an LGBTQ+ wheelchair-user trying to make her town more accessible. I attended the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp until I was 17, and this year, I get to go to Camp Promise! When I graduate, I want to be an animator and scriptwriter to design disabled characters for the big screen. I’m a cripple punk, have spinal muscular atrophy Type 2/3, and use a wheelchair.

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, plan to major in the medical field, and hope to transfer to the University of Washington.

Matthew
Matthew, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Matthew. I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School, where I was in Spanish club, National Honor Society, gamer’s club, student council, and the prom committee. I founded my school’s archery club. I have a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. I served on the student board for the Mobius Science Center and volunteer at the museum. My favorite activities are spending time with my family, fishing, snorkeling, archery, completing puzzles, and spending time at the beach looking for shells, sea glass, and other cool stuff. I also love playing video games, including Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Bioshock, Fallout New Vegas, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. I have a twin brother and a younger sister. I am a sophomore at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where I am involved with a new disability club. I plan to major in social work. I am enrolled in two national honor programs and on the dean’s list. I currently work at the EWU bookstore as a floor assistant. I have been a guest speaker at my former high school on attending a four-year college right out of high school.

Mikaela
Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

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

Michael
Michael, ‘14 Scholar

Hi DO-IT Scholars! My name is Michael! I am currently living on my own in Omak, Washington and going to Wenatchee Valley College to get my associate degree while working part-time. I love to meet new friends. I also like to share what I have learned with others and volunteer with the food bank and at the local senior citizen center. 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 spending time with my friends. I am a sophomore at Seattle Pacific University studying to be a computer engineer. I 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 graduated from the University of Washington (UW) this past summer with majors in law, societies, and justice and political science, and a minor in disability studies. Last February, I was named as a recipient for the Husky 100, a recognition-based award given to 100 students for making the most of their time at UW. Among several activities, I have been involved in the Husky Marching Band as a member of the piccolo section, as well as working for First Year Programs as an associate for the commuter and transfer commons. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year to pursue further work experience in the field of law, apply for admission into law school, and work towards being a disability rights attorney. 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 working at a restaurant part-time. I am researching schools for a degree in nutrition. I am working on improving my executive functioning and memory. I use executive functioning tools such as Any.do, and I attended the PEERS Program at the Seattle Clinic to increase my communication skills. I have high functioning autism.

Courtney
Courtney, ‘13 Scholar

Hi there, fellow DO-IT Scholars! I’m Courtney, and I had an amazing time serving as an Intern in 2016. I attend Seattle Central College pursuing an associate of arts degree and intend to transfer to the University of Washington to earn my bachelor’s degree in communications. I am a creative production assistant at Rooted in Rights, a program of Disability Rights Washington that focuses on creating media centered around disability rights. I love working with a great team of other talented disabled media makers, and working toward a more inclusive world for all people with disabilities. In addition to working on films, I write for the Rooted in Rights blog, other publications like the Braille Monitor, and my own personal blog. I love spending time exploring Seattle, trying new food, and yoga! I earned a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2018.

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 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. Feel free to email me anytime!

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 graduated from Washington State University. 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. I attend 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.

Clarisa
Clarissa, ‘13 Scholar

Hi there, my name is Clarissa. I have cerebral palsy and left-sided hemiplegia. I graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in June 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in finance, as well as a certificate of international studies in business. After working for a few years, I wish to get my master’s degree in either finance or business law or a different business department. Hopefully throughout my career years, I will have the opportunity to work for an international corporation that operates in either Japan or Indonesia (or both) and fully take advantage of the international experiences I gained during my education years.

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. The past few years I have had many great outdoor experiences, including visiting the Grand Canyon, Peru, and Alaska. I continue to learn about how to be successful with my disability. I have received a couple of scholarships to gain more knowledge about boating safety and this has encouraged my love for learning.

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-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.

Rahil
Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rahil, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I am a senior at the University of Washington Bothell majoring in computer science and software engineering. I graduated from Bothell High School. Last year, I was a game development intern at the Digital Future Lab. Some of my other interests include science and history. 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 practice debate and simulate a state legislative session.

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 associate 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 am pursuing my science and engineering interests with a computer science major and physics and math minors at the University of Washington (UW). I am also part of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at UW. I studied abroad in Paris, France this past spring and am now trying to teach myself how to make authentic croissants. I play piccolo in the UW Marching Band and have had the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally through music. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and being outdoors. I was awarded the UW President’s Medal for the 2015-2016 academic year, and won the Boas scholarship for physics for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am interning at Facebook this summer as a software development intern. I am also on the DO-IT ATeam.

K
K, ‘13 Scholar

Hey there! My name is K. I’m from Lynnwood and graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School. This year, I graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with college honors. I double majored in law, societies, and justice, and disability studies, and was a member of both the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. I plan on taking a gap year or two before 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 program assistant. Feel free to email me at any time!

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.

2012 Scholars

2012 Scholars

 

Mikayla, ‘12 Scholar

Learning disability, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder.
Attends Washington State University and is majoring in biomedical engineering.

Hannah, ‘12 Scholar

Legally blind in right eye
Graduated this year from Central Washington University with a degree business administration management. Works as an accounting specialist at Boise Cascade, Building Materials Distribution Center in Woodinville.

Peter, ‘12 Scholar

Autism
Attends the University of Washington (UW), majoring in atmospheric sciences with a focus on meteorology and climatology. Member of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication and the Residential Community Student Association at UW. Wishes to pursue a career in weather forecasting or atmospheric modeling. Interned for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado during the summer of 2017 and returned there for the summer of 2018. Volunteers for the National Weather Service and is part of the DO-IT ATeam.

Jennifer, ‘12 Scholar

Spastic cerebral palsy
Would like to work in the field of broadcasting and communications, and is taking computer classes to learn about new software. Then plans to take broadcasting classes online. Enjoys making slide shows of famous people; they’re on YouTube under the user name Jenn Bress. Plays power wheelchair soccer on the Rolling Thunder. Also likes reading, creative writing, and technology.

Aaliyah, ‘12 Scholar

Deaf
Attending Gallaudet University to get a degree in elementary teaching and deaf education. Played softball and was a member of the Monroe High School Bearcats bowling team. Competed in the Miss Teen Washington Pageant and made it to the top. Loves dogs, especially American Eskimo huskies!

Lucas, ‘12 Scholar

Goldenhar syndrome, a hearing impairment
Attending the University of Washington and planning to major in speech and hearing sciences. Hopes to become a pediatric audiologist. Completed an internship at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) during the summer of 2015. Enjoys skiing, wakeboarding, and participated on high school’s soccer and golf teams. Was also the captain of the high school swim team

Cody, ‘12 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Tacoma Community College this past spring. Starts working on a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University Washington, Tacoma in the fall. Spends free time using the computer and playing games. Played power soccer from 2006 until the spring of 2018

Lindsay, ‘12 Scholar

Autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Graduated from Pacific University with degrees in creative writing and German. Enjoys literature and art. Studied abroad in Germany.

Eric, ‘12 Scholar

Unspecified learning disability and attention deficit disorder
Plans to return to Everett Community College for a graphics design degree. Interested in film and psychology.

Colton, ‘12 Scholar

Becker’s muscular dystrophy
Recently earned enough credits for an associate degree. Volunteered as a tutor for students learning Spanish and English. Hopes to continue volunteering and possibly open up more opportunities to become a translator or language teacher.

Alex, ‘12 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Western Oregon University majoring in American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and minoring in theatre. Has a passion for acting. Takes acting classes and is a part of many productions. Hopes to become an ASL interpreter and an actor.

Jessica, ‘12 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy
Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of science in biology. Plans to eventually go to graduate school and pursue a career in biomedical research or healthcare. Currently working as a research assistant at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, using patient’s medical records to determine when a patient goes into remission. Participated in Link Crew, National Honor Society, and Key Club in high school. Was also the founding president of Glacier Peak High School’s chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. Organized and ran Glacier Peak High School’s first muscular dystrophy fundraiser.

Dominique, ‘12 Scholar

SED/Kniest Syndrome
Hobbies include graphic and web design, photography, camping, cooking, shopping, and being with family and friends.

Allison, ‘12 Scholar

Thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome
Recently graduated from Skagit Valley Community College with an associate degree in biology. Currently attending Western Washington University to study environmental science. Enjoys camping and hiking, basically anything and everything outdoors. Also enjoys doing crafts and other artsy things and bingeing on the newest Netflix show.

Alicia, ‘12 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated from the University of Washington in June 2018 with a medical anthropology and global health degree. Enjoyed taking interesting classes and studying the anthropology and culture of cuisine and food production in Rome, Italy. Works as a program assistant in the DO-IT office. Volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Nolan, ‘12 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Majoring in political science at McDaniel College in Maryland and hopes to become a political campaign manager for local campaigns. Enjoys trying new foods and spending time with friends.

Grace, ‘12 Scholar

Deaf
Studying mechanical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. Hopes to work in the aerospace and environment fields after graduation, and potentially help design engines that can run on renewable energy. Loved being involved in and giving back to the community through various organizations at RIT.

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 fields in design, communications, and psychology. Trains dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Paige, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing a degree at Western Governors University in accounting.

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.

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
Currently pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science. Worked as a collections intern at the Issaquah Historical Society and the Sammamish Heritage Society during the summer of 2018. Was chosen as an alternate delegate for the 2018 Washington State Democratic Convention.

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 teaching assistant at Northwest School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Sean, ‘11 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Attended Bellevue College and now attends Arizona State online.

Macy, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated with a master 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 in 2017 with a degree in informatics and a minor in diversity. Studied abroad in London in 2014 and in South Korea in 2016. Passionate about art, technology, and media for social impact. Hopes to attend graduate school to study human-computer interaction.

Vaughn, ‘11 Scholar

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

2010 Scholars

2010 Scholars

 

Shawn, ‘10 Scholar

Brain tumor, blind
Graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in May of 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering. Graduated in June of 2018 with a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Washington. Interned with the Boeing Co. in Seattle as an engineer within the flight engineering area.

Rosa’Lea, ‘10 Scholar

Specific learning disabilities
Works at an aging and long term care facility with individuals with physical disabilities

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, and Bombardier. Works on cars and woodworking projects in his spare time.

Damon, ‘10 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia
Graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in American Indian studies and anthropology and a minor in diversity. Wants to become a college professor or a K-12 teacher and help work with local community service.

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 degree in clinical mental health counseling. Completed internships at the University of Washington Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering 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 a 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 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 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. Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with a master’s degree in special education in Spring 2018. Sits on the Special Olympics Committee at UW and planned 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 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 Northwest Mahler Festival and seated percussionist with Mid-Columbia Symphony in Tri-Cities. Attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a master of music degree. Volunteers at SeaTac airport with the Wings for Autism program and at San Francisco International Airport with the Ready-Set-Fly! program and also with the United Services Organizations.

Louis, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia and dysgraphia
Graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Worked as a 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. Works 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. Works 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. Currently pursuing an associate degree in IT systems. On the CompTIA A+ Certification 902 exam, obtained a score of 852, which a proctor said was the highest score out of anyone at Green River College. Has worked as a software integration tester.

Abby, ‘09 Scholar

Blind with light perception
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 pals
Graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in public health and University of Washington (UW) with bachelor’s degrees in biology and public health. Is returning to UW this fall to start a PhD in health services at UW School of 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

Auditory processing disorder
Graduate of Portland Community College with an associate of applied science degree in architectural design and drafting. Works full-time as a computer-aided design drafter at Power Engineers in Lake Oswego, OR, and has for the past two years. Works in the substation department with engineers and designers to help them with their drafting needs on a variety of projects with different power companies.

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 degree from Bellevue College and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Works as a designer for a local graphics and sign company. Enjoys skiing and mountain biking.

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 in 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. Currently working for the federal government.

Carolyn, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and specific learning disability
Earned an associate 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 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

After graduating from Napavine High School, took online college classes in his area of interest, psychology. He joked that he wanted to be the next Dr. Phil. Aspired to work with families, with children or in the field of drug addiction and will always be remembered for his sense of humor and playful nature. Passed away in April 2018.

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
Graduated from the University of Washington Bothell in Spring 2018 with a major in community psychology and 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 Women’s Advocacy Services with childcare. Started the Rehabilitation Mental Health Counseling- Deaf at Western Oregon in Summer 2018. Received her service dog, Mable, through Summit Assistance Dogs in November 2017.

Shelby, ‘08 Scholar

Brain tumor causing 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

Cerebral palsy
Studying occupational therapy at Eastern Washington University. Started a wheelchair basketball program on campus and has looked into adaptive recreational activities like rock climbing.

2007 Scholars

2007 Scholars

 

Sam, ‘07 Scholar

Friedreich’s ataxia
Graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in finance and from the University of South Florida with a master of business administration and a master’s degree in sport and entertainment management. Worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Florida and is currently working for Oak View Group in Seattle, Washington. Worked at Nike World Headquarters and Workplace Design and Connectivity Properties in Portland, Oregon.

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 associate 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. Member of Pierce Transit’s Community Transportation Advisory Group. Was a policy intern at the Tacoma Housing Authority. Member of the Rolling Thunder Power Soccer Team in Tacoma.

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 recreational I-502 marijuana producer and processor, as well as the Disability Resource for Students Center at Western Washington University as the alt-text/tech lead. 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 the 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 SoundCloud. 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 a master’s degree 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 and an associate degree from Skagit Valley College. Currently working at Betts Boat Enterprises Inc. in Anacortes, Washington. 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. Volunteers at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

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. 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. Graduated from Antioch University with a master’s degree in urban environmental education. Working as a member resource specialist at the SEIU 775.

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. Working at a start up called Craft Hounds as a 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 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. Graduated with a master’s degree in elementary education with a special education endorsement from the University of Washington. Works as a first grade teacher at Island Park Elementary 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 as a contractor for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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 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
Has been riding at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center for over two decades. Loves to promote the successes Little Bit can bring to people with disabilities across Washington state.

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.

Nicole, ‘06 Scholar

Blind, bilateral hearing loss
Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a focus in human-computer interaction from Stanford University. This July, celebrated six years working at Google improving accessibility of Google+. Enjoys listening to music, audio described movies, and Audible books as well as surfing the web and playing sound-based computer games. Has a four legged helper and companion, a female black Labrador guide dog named Rivet.

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
Attends the College of Southern Nevada part.time, working towards an associate degree. Currently an administrative aid for delivery services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jenny, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate degree from Yakima Valley Community College. Is involved with Yakima Valley Community Seeds 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 master’s 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
Graduated from Shoreline Community College with an associate of arts in performing arts and a certificate in theatre. Works at a preschool in North Seattle. Sings in church choir. Participates in Special Olympics and qualified for state in 2018!

Zach, ‘05 Scholar

Dysgraphia
Earned an associate 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 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 in Europe and as a Tours Northwest guide in Seattle.

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 Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds working on individual and systemic advocacy. 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
Currently an employee at the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

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, an accessibility review service and offers accessibility consulting. 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 master’s degree from University of Nebraska - Lincoln and bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. Is an executive administrator for Costco Wholesale in a northwest office. Sings classical and opera music in local venues and continues to pursue a career as a classical musician.

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 mathematics from Seattle University. Teaches high school math in Seattle. Received a 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 pals
With a background in both marketing and psychology, started a travel business based out of Los Angeles, CA, which has the unique capability of fulfilling the corporate and leisure travel needs of people with disabilities.

Tracy, ‘04 Scholar

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

Amanda, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Currently keeping up with a four-year-old child and thinking about using 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 master’s of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Works for Amnis, part of EMD Millipore, designing and creating assembly drawings for Imaging Flow Cytometers.

Julie, ‘04 Scholar

Spina bifida
Attended Everett Community College for two quarters and is thinking of returning to school.

Meg, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in human services. Works in custodial services and as an activities aide at a rehabilitation center calling bingo in the evening. Enjoying great benefit in increased range of motion from a dedication to pilates exercise for the past year.

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. Currently working on getting into supportive living.

Makenna, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Volunteers at Parent to Parent of Whatcom County, The Arc 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. Loves going to the library, traveling, and volunteering at basketball tournaments. 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 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 library in Marysville. Recently awarded the bronze level President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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 in an autism preschool program.

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 and as a Spanish, math resource, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at St. Francis of Assisi 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, the Carlson-Parker Award from Pacific Justice Institute in 2016, and the Ron Adams Outstanding Advocate Award from the Northwest Access Fund in 2017. Founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate in 2017. Is chair of the Governor’s Award Subcommittee, a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and the President of the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association.

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 engagement liaison for the Department of Neighborhoods.

Jamie, ’03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate 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 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 aid.

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. Attends Seattle University 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 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 Western Washington University.

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 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. Works at Inbios International Incorporated for infectious disease diagnostics as a training coordinator and document control specialist.

Chris, ’02 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy
University of Washington alumnus. Works as a senior software engineer at Microsoft. Received a 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, DC.

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

Spastic quadriplegia with ataxia and juvenile Stargardts disease
Graduated with an associate of arts degree from Skagit Valley Community College in 2008, and with an associate of applied science in computer networking degree from Bellingham Technical College in 2017. Currently working part-time at Whatcom Community College in the e-learning department testing the accessibility of documents and software for students who use screen readers and magnifiers.

Raechell, ’01 Scholar

C7 quadriplegic, profoundly deaf, respiratory fragility
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 controller for Oak Harbor Freight Lines.

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 after studying to be a Spanish–English interpreter and translator. Passed away in November 2017.

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 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 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 Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Works at a funeral home in Seattle. Married fellow ‘00 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 and does freelance work with Seattle theater companies.

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, a People First group, and facilitates a transition club for teens and young adults in both Lake Stevens and Everett school districts. Accompanies individuals with disabilities to the Washington State Capitol for Advocacy Days. Member of the Governor’s Task Force Overtime Committee.

Kasey, ‘00 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a bachelor’s 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 in 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 10-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. Lives in the Seattle area for an internship and is 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 an additional certificate in railroad conducting from the National Academy of Railroad Sciences. Continues to work for Ballard Terminal Railroad after a short stint with Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad in Eastern Washington. 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 ‘00 Scholar Brian Frisbie. Moved to Everett.

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
Has a degree under parks and recreation. Owns a daycare and indoor family fun center.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 of the retired supervisor’s responsibilities. 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 physical education and a master’s degree in deaf education at Western Oregon University. Works as a coach and teacher at the Washington State School for the Deaf.

Pat, ’99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate 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.

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
Blogs about disability and advocacy issues on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Lacey.Reed.3363) and at NayNayNews.blogspot.com. Hobbies include horseback riding, adaptive drawing, painting, and pottery; being out in nature; and collecting rocks and crystals.

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. Finishing up last quarter at the Seattle Vocational Institute in the medical administrative assistant certification program. Started 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

1998 Scholars - Washington

1998 Scholars - National

 

1998 Scholars - National

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 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. Investigating personal genealogy, as well as helping other fellow genealogists, through online and first-person research, and sharing the findings with the world. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012.

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 nonprofit sector.

Kimberlee, ‘98 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, autism
Attends a day program and works at the public library snack cart and Salvation Army. Celebrated twelve years with Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree. Enjoys zumba, Disneyland, and parks and recreation activities. Attended the third 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 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. Going back to school for an associate’s degree in journalism and communications. Is a Christian author and owns a publishing company.

Chris, ’98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia
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 the 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 of business administration at UW. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2005. Manages a fraud prevention business intelligence team at Amazon Web Services.

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

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.

Isaiah, ’98 Scholar

Spinocerebellar degeneration
Attended Pacific University to pursue a degree in education.

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 Rochester Institute of Technology. Works as a network operations 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. Served on the board for and helped plan 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 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 marathon, 10k, and 5k races. Completed first full marathon in 2018. 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 the 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

Ischemic spinal cord injury
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 people with visual impairments 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 Country 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. Works as the ADA programs manager for the City of Oakland, California.

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 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. Serves as the 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 (IllegallySighted at www.youtube.com/illegallysighted) and promotes companies proactively addressing accessibility issues 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 Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University.

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, and was awarded advocate of the year in 2017. Serves as the chair of the Allies in Advocacy Coalition and a member of Self Advocates in Leadership, PAS-Port 4 Change and the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council. Has been involved in training EMS Managers and First Responders on best practices in communicating with individuals with disabilities. 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.

Priscilla, ’95 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Worked as a web accessibility specialist, disability advocate, and personal care assistant. Received the Presidential Volunteer Services Award in 2010 and a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2011.

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. Will be traveling to a conference in Washington, DC, to meet with representatives from Apple and Microsoft to address some of these topics. Enjoys working out at the gym.

Ben, ’94 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy
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, and a master of science degree in information technology from Western Governors University. Works as an associate professor of cybersecurity 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’s 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 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 with 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. Working on bachelor’s degree, double majoring in computers and forensics at Missouri Southern State University. Currently works as a supervisor at a call center.

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, a marketing degree from Portland State University School of Business, and a career pathways certificate in computer information systems at Portland Community College. This year, returned to the Department of Human Services as a lead intern with duties including training other interns on using Google Forms, Word, and Outlook.

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 own business selling assistive equipment for wheelchairs.

Matt, ’93 Scholar

Dyslexia
Earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science as well as a bachelor of arts in international political economy from the 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

Sarah

Sarah Lynn Steele, ‘01 Scholar

It is with sadness that we share the loss of 2001 Scholar Sarah Steele. Sarah passed away in Seattle on November 14, 2017, a few weeks before her 33rd birthday. Sarah was a graduate of Lake Washington High School (LWHS) in 2003 and Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 2007.

She was born with a rare musculoskeletal disease, fibro-dysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). Toxic shock syndrome and respiratory failure claimed her life. She was the beneficiary of extraordinary medical care throughout her life, and her family wishes to express both gratitude for her many caregivers and outrage at a national healthcare system that denies care to so many.

Sarah’s joy in life and optimistic outlook were undimmed by the challenges she faced. She was an active member of the International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association and had friends all over the world. She had a lovely voice, a sweet smile and a radiant, outgoing personality. She loved to sing, and was a member of the LWHS Concert Choir, the SPU Women’s Choir, and the Lake Washington United Methodist Church Chancel Choir. She also loved movies, theater productions, detective novels, shopping, handcrafts, keychain collecting, and chocolate. And she herself was loved by all who knew her.

 

Wesley

Wesley Strong, ‘08 Scholar

We are sad to report that Wesley Strong passed away in April 2018. Wesley loved psychology. He joked that he wanted to be the next Dr. Phil. After graduating from Napavine High School, he took online college classes in his area of interest. Wesley aspired to work with families and children or in the field of drug addiction. We will always remember Wesley for his sense of humor and playful nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 DO-IT 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.

Adanna Abakporo
Senior employment consultant AtWork!
 

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
 

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

Gina Ceylan
Visual impairment
PhD candidate
University of Missouri
 

Maryland Chang
Research professor and director
Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface Program
University of Notre Dame
 

Wendy Chisholm
Senior accessibility strategist
Microsoft
 

Rebecca Cory
Learning disability
Associate dean of instruction
Bellevue College
 

Donald Daughtry​
Professor of Psychology, Graduate coordinator
Texas A&M University, Kingsville
 

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

Sal Edwards
 

Samantha Estrada
 

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
 

Karen Hare
Adjunct professor
New Jersey Institute of Technology
 

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

Steve Harper
Cerebral palsy
Student
 

Paul Helquist​
Associate chair
University of Notre Dame
 

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.
 

Mike Lewis
 

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
 

Mary Ann McDowell
Associate professor
University of Notre Dame
 

Theresa Mina
Learning disability
Academic advisor
 

Shahriar Mobashery
 

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

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
 

Ed Pottharst
Deaf
Community organizer; neighborhood center coordinator
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
 

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
 

Bradley Smith
Professor
University of Notre Dame
 

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

Nancy Smith​
 

Carole Snyder
Cerebral palsy
Software developer engineer
 

Jennifer Steger
Attention deficit disorder
Graduate student
University of Washington
 

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

Doug Van Hoewyk
Associate professor
Coastal Carolina University
 

Aimee Verrall
Research coordinator
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
 

Jennifer Weisbart-Moreno
 

Vasanth Williams
General manager
Amazon
 

Kyla E. Wright
University of Washington

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 PhD 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 manager in the risk assurance unit in the Seattle office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, as is his wife Ashley. 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 PhD 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

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

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. After 15 years of service, this year was my final Summer Study. If you have any questions or concerns, contact doit@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 Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE); 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.

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