Snapshots 2019: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Sheryl

Welcome to DO‑IT Snapshots 2019!

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 27 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, DO‑IT Pals, join this e-community. When Scholars move on to college, they become DO‑IT Ambassadors, sharing their experiences with younger students. 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 99-101 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 102.

DO‑IT has received many awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. DO-IT was recently 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

2019 DO-IT Trailblazers

Bree Callahan

Bree Callahan is a long time ally of DO-IT participants, collaborator on DO-IT projects, mentor to DO-IT staff, and member of the DO-IT Advisory Board. She currently serves as the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for the University of Washington (UW), after working for six years as the Director of UW Disability Resources for Students. She has completed work on two state legislative task forces that examine barriers for students with disabilities transitioning to Washington State higher education institutions. She’s served as president of the Washington Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability (WAPED) and as the chair of the standing committee on technology of the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD).

 

 

Lee Bassett

Lee Bassett, as a member of the DO-IT Advisory Board, has used his knowledge garnered from his many years as a special education professional to help students with disabilities. Lee has recruited qualified students from across Washington State to apply to the DO-IT Scholars program. His career has included classroom teaching, vocational evaluation, district administration, research and development, and professional development of educators. He spent most of his career with the Seattle Public Schools and later joined the Washington Research Institute as a senior researcher. After retiring, he continued working with Casey Family Programs’ leaders to develop and disseminate a model for college programs to better serve students formerly in foster care.

 

 

Vanessa Link

Vanessa Link, 2014 DO-IT Scholar and now DO-IT Ambassador, is a leader in the community through her disability advocacy and mentorship of younger Scholars. Vanessa graduated from Skagit Valley College with an associate degree and now attends the University of Washington where she is pursuing a degree in disability studies. Since 2016 she has worked at Rooted in Rights designing products for disability rights organizations all over the country. A recent project that focused on what it is like to navigate Seattle using a wheelchair was featured in the Seattle Times and other media outlets. Her advocacy for inclusive and accessible environments is paving the way for future generations.

To read about previous DO-IT Trailblazers, visit our Trailblazers Awardee page.

 

Phase I Scholars

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Sixteen Phase I Scholars completed their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2019. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. They continue to connect with each other and DO‑IT Mentors throughout the year. 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. After completing Summer Study 2019, these participants graduated to Phase II.

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Aidan, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, I’m Aidan. I enjoy my classes at Sammamish High School, particularly in English and history. I love to read and write. I participate in both the journalism and debate clubs. For higher education, I’d like to focus on science, English, and history at a school like the University of Washington or Whitman. I plan on earning a master’s degree in journalism. I like to travel and have been to Africa twice and visited Russia for the World Cup. My dream job is to own a bookstore or cafe and live upstairs with cats.

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Alexis, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alexis! I enjoy my classes in math and art at Mossyrock High School, but my main passion is drawing. I’d like to attend Digipen to pursue a bachelor’s degree in digital art and animation. My goal is to be an animator.  I hope to have my own cartoon series online. I also play trombone in my school’s pep band, and I will be in the Knowledge Bowl next year. I enjoy video games, Dr. Who, and anime. I love musicals; my favorites are Little Shop of Horrors and Be More Chill. Before Summer Study, I participated in a two week drama workshop in Morton. I have autism.

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Alison, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alison, and I am proud that I am biracial! I attend Tahoma High School where I enjoy my classes in English and history. I am active in my church. I’m considering a career as a librarian because I enjoy reading, helping others, and doing research. I am also considering a career in human resources; or I may become an elementary school teacher because I love teaching young minds to learn and grow. I have an auditory processing disability.

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Carlin, ‘19 Scholar

My name is Carlin. I attend the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) where my favorite classes are chemistry and guitar. I live in Tacoma. I am working on my Eagle rank in Boy Scouts of America. I would like to either become a park ranger or learn more about biomechanics in college.  

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David, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m David. I enjoy science and history. I attend West Valley High School in Spokane. I have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism. I volunteer at my local pet shelter to help animals in need. I am interested in the environment and everything else on our planet.

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Ellie, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, I’m Ellie. I enjoy studying math, biology, and medicine at Skyline High School and Bellevue College. My other interests include fiber and needle work (knitting and spinning), hedgehogs, service dogs, entrepreneurship, web design, cooking, and many fandoms. I also love board games, especially Settlers of Catan. My goal is to possibly earn a Ph.D. in genetic medical research or medical product design. My passion is to make the world easier to navigate. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and comorbidities (EDS & CO), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and a sleep disorder.

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Grant, ‘19 Scholar

Hello! My name is Grant. I have autism and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to communicate. I enjoy being part of a large community at Bellevue High School, but I feel most at home working alongside other disability advocates, academics, and scientists to help others in the autism community. I am particularly interested in neurology and psychology, as well as meaningful discussions on any topic. I am interested in brain to computer interfaces so that I may talk more freely one day. At this point, I plan to pursue a liberal arts degree with a scientific focus.

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Jacob, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Jacob! I want to focus my engineering and design passions on improving the design of transit systems and adaptive products. I attend Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Asperger’s syndrome. I have served as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s local Good Will Ambassador, making public appearances, raising funds, and giving media interviews. I am also a professional DJ and like cats.

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Kayla, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, my name is Kayla! I am most interested in English and the life sciences such as biology, earth and space science, anatomy and physiology, and neuroscience. I have a variety of potential career interests from neuroscience to real estate to education. Some of my favorite things are kittens, music, singing, and fuzzy blankets. I  have low vision and oculocutaneous albinism. I attend Issaquah High School and Bellevue College, and have completed credit classes at both University of Washington and Eastern Washington University.

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Kelvin, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Kelvin. I attend Cascade High School in Leavenworth where I enjoy studying science and digital art. My goal is to study sports management to become a soccer coach. I’m also a huge World Cup fan and have helped as an honorary assistant coach for the high school soccer team for two years. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Merritt, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Merritt. I have autism. I am very interested in airplanes, birds, and wildlife. I hope to pursue a degree in the natural sciences to educate people about flora, fauna, animals, and history in a national park setting. I use photographic and audio recordings to capture my interest in the natural world. I also like to meditate. My favorite academic areas at Friday Harbor High School are history and environmental sciences. I am an avid reader and have been on honor roll three times this year. I love music and play both the piano and alto saxophone. I recently got my driver’s license. I have a pure French bulldog named Pippa and enjoy spending time with my family.

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Norma, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Norma! I attend the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham. I enjoy playing video games, history, drawing, and music. I play the clarinet. I have a learning disability. I hope to begin Running Start next year and then pursue a career in the geosciences or biological sciences.

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Paula, ‘19 Scholar

I’m Paula, and I attend the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham. I have a learning disability. I like music and I play the flute. I also enjoy drawing and playing video games. I hope to begin Running Start next year and then pursue a career in science or history.

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Risa, ‘19 Scholar

Hi! My name is Risa. I attend The Community School in Spokane. I enjoy arts like sewing, mixed media, sculpting, and digital art/animation, as well as sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. I lived in Australia for a year and also have a terrier mix dog named Ernie. I have autism and narcolepsy.

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Rohan, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rohan. I attend Tesla STEM High School in Redmond where my two favorite subjects are science and mathematics. I hope to gain experience in computer science and have a career in the biomedical sciences. For the past two years, I have attended Boy Scout camp. I also spent a month in India this summer.

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Sam, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Samuel. I enjoy my classes in the history of the Pacific Northwest and math. I am from China and can speak Chinese. I also participate in wheelchair basketball.

Phase II Scholars

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Sixteen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO‑IT in 2018. Most completed their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in July 2019. 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 robotics and video production. They use laptops, assistive technology, and the internet to support their academic studies, and they continue to connect with each other, DO-IT participants, and DO-IT Mentors throughout the year. After completing Summer Study 2019, these participants graduated to Phase III and Ambassadors.

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Abby, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! I am Abby. I love throwing pottery on the wheel and hanging out with friends. I own two dogs who keep me busy. During the year I work at a sensor making factory and during the summer I work in a daycare. Last year, I went to state for speech and debate. I go to both Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and Yellow Wood Academy. My disabilities are dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, severe food allergies, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.

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Cheyann, ‘18 Scholar

Hello, my name is Cheyann. Last year, I studied math, science, English, Spanish, and fitness. I really like to learn about technology. 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 ukulele, guitar, and piano. I love to sing and dance. My favorite animals are cats and horses; I hope to take horseback riding lessons. My favorite color is cotton candy pink. I also really love Disney, toys, and sparkles. I am super excited to attend this program again!

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Dean, ‘18 Scholar

I’m Dean, and I graduated from 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! I was accepted into Central Washington University’s Theater Design & Production Program and will be attending this fall.

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Dillen, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! My name is Dillen. I am a student at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie. I have cerebral palsy. My favorite pastimes are reading about 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.

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Finn, ‘18 Scholar

Hello, my name is Finn. I am a senior at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington. My main interests are geopolitics, film, history, and science. I have been playing classical and jazz piano for many years. I’m a member of my school jazz band and an extracurricular combo group. I co-run the Model U.N. club at my high school, I was a mentor for a group of Korean students who visited Western Washington University in July 2017 and July 2019, and I’m a member of a Spanish language-based volunteer club at my school called Club de Lectura. In January 2019 I produced a short film, and I currently run an ongoing movie review webseries on my YouTube channel. I have a form of muscular dystrophy called nemaline myopathy.

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Ian, ‘18 Scholar

I am Ian, a deaf high schooler with intent to graduate and attend the University of Washington. I am striving to graduate with a degree focused on aerospace. The majority of my free time is spent keeping in touch with my close friends and sketching technical armored and aerospace concept vehicles; mostly my idea of what a vehicle and its performance would be like with technologies of past eras between 1941 and present day. I enjoy doing this while blasting excessive amounts of music by Groundbreaking.

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Izzy, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! I am Izzy. I go to 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.

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Jeremy, ‘18 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jeremy. I have autism, epilepsy, OCD, depression, heart murmur, and just recently was found out to be prediabetic. I am attending Bellingham Technical College in the fall and studying diesel mechanics. My dream in life is to make this a full time career. I also want to become famous with the rock band that I started over the past year.

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Josh, ‘18 Scholar

Hi, my name is Joshua, and I am a student 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.

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Kade, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Kade. I am a student 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 the Christmas season. 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.

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Maribel, ‘18 Scholar

Hi, my name is Maribel. I attend Omak High School where I am the Associated Student Body (ASB) treasurer. I enjoy math classes. I have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

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Nathan, ‘18 Scholar

I am Nathan, a recent graduate from Edmonds-Woodway High School. I will enter college in fall 2019 majoring in architecture. I live in Seattle. I am a deaf person, and my favorite subjects are English and history.

Oksana
Oksana, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Oksana. I am a student 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.

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Rebekah, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! My name is Rebekah. I graduated from Zillah High School where I enjoyed studying language arts and math. I hope to be a counselor. I have a learning disability. I’m sorry to miss Summer Study this year because of college early start.

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Torin, ‘18 Scholar

Greetings. My name is Torin. I go to 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.

2019 Interns

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After completing Phases I and II of the DO-IT Scholars program, seven Scholars and Ambassadors returned as Interns for Summer Study 2019. 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.

Phase III Scholars & Ambassadors

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Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Some become Interns at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Phase III Scholars have attended multiple Summer Studies and shared in many classes, events, and activities.

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Alex, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alexander. I have been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy for 14 years. My time in DO-IT has given me the confidence to go into the Running Start program. I graduated from high school with an associate degree. I am now preparing to go to college in Tennessee. I intend to pursue a future in law and public administration. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2019.

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Anna, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Anna. I graduated from Issaquah High School, where I participated 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. I am attending Brown University. I did an internship at the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) at the University of Washington this summer. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2019.

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Camilo, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Camilo. My life goal is to work for a successful company, like Microsoft or Google, and to live as luxuriously as possible. I graduated from Spanaway Lake High School and have been working post-high school. I attend Pierce College. I like sports, specifically basketball and football. My favorite basketball player is LeBron James. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2019.

Desmond
Desmond, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Desmond. I graduated from The Center School. I enjoy watching films and skateboarding. I have issues with speech and language. Last summer, I worked at All Together Skatepark and went to Portland to work for Skate Like A Girl.

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Emma, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Emma. I have dyslexia. I graduated from Ballard High School and am attending Western Washington University. I hope to go into a career in engineering. I love sports, especially ultimate frisbee and cross country. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2019.

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Hayley, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Hayley. I’m a student at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington. I will graduate next year with my cosmetology license. I had surgery at the age of six due to cerebral cavernous malformation. I enjoy dancing, creating choreography, tumbling, and listening to music. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2019.

Jane
Jane, ‘17 Scholar

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

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.

Jordan
Jordan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jordan. I graduated from 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.

Miles
Miles, ‘17 Scholar

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

Myles
Myles, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Myles. I attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and am part of the 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. I graduated from Auburn Riverside High School.

Nathan
Nathan, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Nathan. I graduated 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.

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PJ, ‘17 Scholar

Hello there! My name is PJ. I graduated from Mount Rainer High School and did Running Start. I enjoy playing video games. I have limb girdle muscular dystrophy, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Ryan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ryan. I graduated from Yellow Wood Academy and I now attend Western Washington University. My favorite subject is math. I have Stargardt disease. I love video games. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2019.

Tycho
Tycho, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Tycho, and I am deaf. I graduated from Chief Sealth International High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) starting in August 2019. I enjoy economics, Chinese, and chess, which are all logic-related things that come naturally to me. At RIT, I will be majoring in computer science. For fun, I enjoy playing chess and Dota 2, solving Rubik’s cubes, and reading.

2019 Achievement Highlights

  • Daman Wandke, ‘05 Scholar, inducted into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame in 2019.
  • Jesse A., ‘95 Scholar, spoke at the third annual Game Accessibility Conference (GAConf) as part of a panel on video games and virtual reality accessibility for Blind and low vision users.
  • Olivia W., ‘13 Scholar, got a job as a teaching assistant at Summit Atlas High School. She will be working in a small special education classroom helping middle school and high school aged students engage in the classroom and with assignments.
  • Angela M., ‘11 Scholar, got accepted to a PhD program in clinical psychology and will be starting at Seattle Pacific University in fall of 2019.
  • Hannah W., ‘13 Scholar, won the Dean’s Medal from the University of Washington’s College of Arts & Sciences in the Natural Sciences category for her academic excellence, leadership, and service.
  • Torin P., ‘18 Scholar, won first place in their age category at the Rising Voices Oratory competition.
  • Paige D., ‘11 Scholar, moved across the country from Washington to Virginia and purchased a house.
  • Stuart O., ‘99 Scholar, spoke about his life experiences on an NPR radio program called “Sound Effect #156: Augmented Reality.” The segment was produced by Gabriel Spitzer and aired on KNKX radio April 2019.
  • Teresa B., ‘16 Scholar , was featured in The Seattle Times for her work on Seattle University’s dance team as well as her professional and academic success.
  • Jae K., ‘11 Scholar, won the Disability Rights Washington Breaking Barriers Award, which honors an advocate with a disability for breaking barriers to advance the rights of and improve the lives of people with disabilities in Washington State.
  • Anna O., ‘17 Scholar, was chosen for and completed an internship with the Center for Neurotechnology at the University of Washington during the summer of 2019.

2016 Scholars

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Adrian
Adrian, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Adrian. I have been Deaf all my life. I graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School. I now attend Seattle Central College and hope to transfer to Gallaudet University. I am excited to see where my path leads!

Bryce
Bryce, ‘16 Scholar

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

Cameron
Cameron, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Cameron. I graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue. I attend Northern Arizona University with the hope to one day be a history teacher. I am double majoring in history education and political science. I am in the National Honor Society. 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.

Jacky
Jacky, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jacky. I took classes at Clark College and am currently taking a break from school and working full-time as I consider what I want to study in the future. 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 employing people who 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.

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 may pursue something in the arts, computer-aided design, social studies, politics, or voice acting. Currently I am working on building a personal computer.

Jayda
Jayda, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jayda. I graduated from Mount Spokane High School and now 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.

Jon
Jon, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jon. I graduated from Oroville High School in 2017 where 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.

KyleeLynn
KyleeLynn, ‘16 Scholar

My name is KyleeLynn, but most people call me “Ky.” I have spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. I have a sister named Katie who is also my best friend. My hobbies include drawing, listening to music, and questioning the universe. I now work at Walmart and plan to attend college when the time is right. Wish me luck!

Micayla
Micayla, ‘16 Scholar

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

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. 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.

Rob
Rob, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rob, and I live in Pullman, Washington. I graduated from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond in 2017 and now I am studying mechanical engineering at Washington State University. I enjoy history, music, and baseball on top of STEM subjects. I participated in an internship with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering in the summer of 2017.

Rochelle
Rochelle, ‘16 Scholar

I’m Rochelle. I graduated from the Center School in Seattle and am currently a student at North Seattle College. I am planning on transferring to the University of Washington Seattle, to pursue a major in international relations and communications. In my educational history, I have worked on building relationships out of the country in Taipei, Beijing, Seoul, Osaka, and Kobe. I hope to work with companies and government programs abroad. Recently, I became a cat mom to a kitten named Igneous (Iggie). I was an Intern at Summer Study 2019.

Ryan
Ryan, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Ryan! I live in Shoreline, Washington. I currently attend Shoreline Community College in their transition program. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, watching YouTube, and writing fiction stories.

Serena
Serena, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Serena. I graduated from Chiawana High School and now attend Columbia Basin College. I would like to design technology for people with disabilities. I have a passion for video games and all kinds of music.

Takashi
Takashi, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Takashi. I attend Montclair State University majoring in dance. One day, you might see me dancing at Disneyland.

Teresa
Teresa, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I’m Teresa, and I was born missing both my arms but have adapted by using my feet. I am currently attending Seattle University. I hope to minor in Chinese, but I'm also interested in psychology. In my freshman year of college I’ve worked with Jumpstart, was featured in The Seattle Times, danced for Seattle University, and participated in Seattle Children’s limb difference group. I am continuing my advocacy work both on campus and in my personal life. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Ziyu
Ziyu, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ziyu. I graduated from Marysville Getchell High School. If I attend college, I think an online college will be the best option for me. My career goal is to be a graphic designer. I plan to start a t-shirt company or a business related to graphic design. In my spare time, I like to explore the great outdoors, play video games, watch movies, take pictures, and surf the internet. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2015 Scholars

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Andrew
Andrew, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Andrew, and I am deaf. I am a third-year student at Western Washington University majoring in psychology and minoring in computer science. Last summer, I took an internship as a web developer for a website called AbiliTrek, which shares reviews and information about the accessibility of businesses. I am currently learning Japanese and like to hike and play video games.

Aspen
Aspen, ‘15 Scholar

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

Brooklyn
Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn. I am a graduate of White River High School. I plan to take 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.

Chana
Chana, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Chana. I graduated from Wilson High School and took Running Start classes at Tacoma Community College. I now 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.

Dewald
Dewald, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dewald. I graduated from Bellingham High School where I was a wrestler on the varsity team. 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 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.

Eli
Eli, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Eli, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from North Thurston High School. I now attend Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, Illinois. 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 interest is to be a sports scout for basketball, baseball, and football.

Emily
Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily, and I have spastic quadriparesis. I enjoy playing golf, going to the gym, getting people to laugh, and hanging out with friends. I’m a student at the University of Oregon majoring in sociology with a minor in global health. Over summer 2018, I did undergraduate research at the UW Center for Neurotechnology, and in the winter of 2019 I was invited to join the Business School’s management consulting group as a consultant. It was an exciting year, and I am very thankful for the support and connections I have made through DO-IT that made it all possible. As of fall 2019, I will be starting my honors thesis in sociology.

Grady
Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady. I graduated from Puyallup High School in 2017, where I was involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, and Viking Knights. Before college, I worked two summers as a technology assistant for my local school district. I am now a student at the University of Washington, Seattle, studying informatics and disability studies. I’m a student assistant for Accessible Technology Services and DO-IT. I was also the Associated Students of the University of Washington Student Disability Commission’s universal design consultant for the 2018-2019 academic year. I helped with events and advocacy to improve accessibility and the inclusion of students with disabilities at the UW. I plan to have a career in the technology field after college. I have congenital muscular dystrophy.

Hailey
Hailey, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Hailey, and I graduated from Cheney High School where I actively participated in leadership roles. I currently work for Lakeland Village helping people become more independent so, if possible, they can move on to a brighter future. I like cooking, listening to music, watching movies, enjoying the great outdoors (fishing, camping, boating, kayaking), and hanging out with friends. I have attention deficit disorder and a learning disability.

Jonah
Jonah, ‘15 Scholar

Hey, my name is Jonah. I currently attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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.

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn, ‘15 Scholar

Howdy, everyone! I’m Kaitlyn, but feel free to call me Katie. I have cerebral palsy and use a walker for shorter distances or a wheelchair for long ones. I enjoy listening to music, drawing, gaming, and writing stories. I also like making friends and chatting with people I know. I attend Central Washington University working toward a double degree in psychology and sociology. I am also currently a research assistant as an undergraduate student.

Katelyn
Katelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Katelyn. I took two quarters at Pierce Community College. I am currently attending Penn Foster for a vet technician certification. I graduated from Bonney Lake High School. 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. I absolutely love cats!

Laszlo
Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo! I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from Ingraham High School in 2017 and currently attend the University of Washington. I plan to major in communications and to pursue a research-based internship in this area. For fun, I like to play games and talk to friends on Facebook.

London
London, ‘15 Scholar

Greetings, I am London, and I have autism. I graduated from North Central High School, and I now attend Spokane Falls Community College. I am pursuing a degree in computer numerical control and machining. I like video games, visual design, art, music, and fiction.

Max
Max, ‘15 Scholar

Hey there. My name is Max. I graduated from Camas High School in 2016 and now attend Gonzaga University where I am studying computer science. I have Asperger’s syndrome. I really want to be a computer scientist. I like using my computer for fun, which tends to neatly overlap with linguistics research. I also play plenty of games. My main pleasures in life are learning about linguistics and attending my kung-fu class.

Ryan
Ryan, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, I’m Ryan, and I have a learning disability. I am currently attending Whitworth University in Spokane where I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health science. I just accepted an opportunity to attend graduate school for a master’s degree in athletic training. 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.

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.

2014 Scholars

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Alex
Alex, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Alex.. I graduated from 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 a job in the government or at a video game company.

Anita
Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Anita. I attend the University of Portland studying elementary 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 in 2016 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, playing the piano, and reading.

Calleese
Calleese, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Calleese. I attended a STEM based school called iTech Preparatory and took Running Start classes at Clark Community College. I now attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. 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!

Carl
Carl, ‘14 Scholar

We are sad to report that Carl passed away in 2019. He graduated from Woodinville High School and was starting his senior year at the University of Washington studying at the Foster School of Business. He loved going to raves, watching sports, and playing video games. He loved hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks. He also enjoyed studying world geography and history. He had Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Eric
Eric, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Eric and I am a senior at Duke University majoring in electrical and computer engineering, and computer science. In my three years at Duke, I have been to three different continents, including an internship at an internet of things startup in Ireland, a volunteer teaching experience in Nepal, and a study abroad in New Zealand. I spent the 2019 summer working as a software development engineer intern at Amazon. Outside of academics, I love playing basketball and soccer at Duke. I completed my first half marathon in the spring of 2019 and came in 2nd place in my age group. I am hoping to run a full marathon by the end of the year. Additionally, I am a huge music fan and play the drums in my spare time.

Jason
Jason, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jason. I graduated with my associate’s degree in business management from Clark College in June. I took a vacation to Hawaii and worked over the summer to earn money for college. I am now attending Central Washington University, where I will complete a bachelor’s degree in business management. I enjoy running to stay in shape and playing video games, and I still listen to and keep score for Mariners baseball games.

Jin Ning
Jin, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jin, and I am hard of hearing. I graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, and I used to play percussion in marching band and drumline. I attend the University of Washington majoring in informatics specializing in data science. I enjoy listening to and making music, working out, and playing volleyball. I would like to become a computer scientist.

Kennedy
Kennedy, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kennedy. I attend Tacoma Community College (TCC) where I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a 4.0 student. TCC has been an awesome experience. Some of my favorite courses have been psychology and sociology. My career goal is to become a psychologist. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games, watching movies (especially action and comedy), 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 last summer at the White River Amphitheater and attended the 2019 Pain in the Grass concert series in July.

Lindsey
Lindsey, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I attend the University of Washington. I was the social and multimedia intern for my second year with the Associated Students of the University of Washington Student Disability Commission 2018-19. I helped run the second annual F*** Stairs campaign at the UW, which I helped create the year prior. The campaign asked able-bodied students to avoid using stairs for a month to showcase inaccessibility issues around campus. I remained on the UW Dean’s List through 2019. This past year I wrote a few books and several scripts featuring an LGBTQ+ wheelchair-user. When I graduate, I’m looking to move to Los Angeles for a graduate degree in animation, and to design disabled characters for the big screen. I’m a cripple punk, have spinal muscular atrophy type 2/3, and use a wheelchair.

Matthew
Matthew, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Matthew. I go to Eastern Washington University (EWU), where I am president of the student disability culture club. I volunteer for disability support services on campus. 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 (Mt. Spokane High School) on attending a four-year college right out of high school. 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 a museum. My favorite activities are spending time with my family, fishing, snorkeling, archery, completing puzzles, and spending time at the beach. I also love playing video games, including Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Bioshock, Fallout New Vegas, Monster Hunter, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. I have a twin brother and a younger sister.

Michael
Michael, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael. I just finished one year at Head Start in Omak, Washington where I was a class aid/bus aide. I am now attending Brigham Young University Idaho in order to receive my bachelor’s degree in early childhood/special education. I love working with kids and other people. I’m visually impaired but that doesn’t stop me from reaching my goals.

Mikaela
Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Mikaela! I graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with my bachelor of science in psychology. Last school year, I participated in several activities as I was a coxswain for Washington State University’s rowing team and the president of the WSU Freerun student organization. Currently, I am applying for nursing school as I hope to become a nurse anesthetist in the future.

Sangha
Sangha, ‘14 Scholar

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

Sean
Sean, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sean. I attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now attend Olympic College. 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.

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.

Thor
Thor, ‘14 Scholar

We are sad to report that Thor passed away in 2016. He 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 participated in a 4-H club. Thor’s career goal was to become a lawyer. He had a form of muscular dystrophy called Desmin myopathy.

Vanessa Link
Vanessa, ‘14 Scholar

Hi! My name is Vanessa. I got an associate of technical arts degree in multimedia and interactive technology at Skagit Valley College, and now I am in my second year at the University of Washington, focusing on disability studies. I am a creative production assistant at Rooted in Rights, a program of Disability Rights Washington, where I help produce graphic design projects for disability rights organizations across the country. In my spare time I visit my family on Whidbey Island, listen to Taylor Swift music, and read a lot of novels on my Kindle. I have Maffucci syndrome. I received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2019.

2013 Scholars

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Alex, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Walla Walla Community College. Wants to pursue a career as a pastor or a counselor. Will go to seminary after finishing community college.

Antonio, ‘13 Scholar

Spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy
Completing undergraduate studies at the University of Washington studying sociology and American ethnic studies, with plans to graduate at the end of autumn quarter 2019. Following his passion about achieving equity and liberation for disabled people and folks of all marginalized identities.

Brenna, ‘13 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended universities first two years out of high school. For the past two years, has been traveling, learning how to climb, practicing baking skills, and working in Alaska as a commercial fisherman. Currently living in Coloma, California and working at All-Outdoors, a rafting company, doing office work. Soon will attend a guide school to learn how to guide trips down the American River. 

Clarissa, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, left-sided hemiplegia.
Graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a certificate of international studies in business. After working for a few years, plans to get a master’s degree in either finance or business law. Wants to work for an international corporation that operates in either Japan or Indonesia.

Courtney, ‘13 Scholar

Blind
Attended Seattle Central College before transfering to the University of Washington to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications. Works as a creative production assistant at Rooted in Rights, a program of Disability Rights Washington that focuses on creating media centered around disability rights. Writes for the Rooted in Rights blog, other publications like the Braille Monitor, and a personal blog. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2018.

Dustine, ‘13 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with majors in law, societies, and justice and political science and a minor in disability studies. Was a 2018 recipient for the Husky 100, an award given to 100 students for making the most of their time at UW. Played piccolo as a member of the Husky Marching Band. Worked for First Year Programs at UW as an associate for the Commuter and Transfer Commons. Now works at Davis Wright Tremaine as a records analyst. Plans to attend law school and work as a disability rights attorney.

Ellen, ‘13 Scholar

Speech-based learning disability
Attends the University of North Dakota pursing a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and operation. Has been taking flying lessons to get a pilot license. Wants to become a UAS operator and work for Air Shepherd, founded by the Lindberg Foundation, to fight poachers in Africa. Also enjoys doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, playing soccer, fostering animals from animal shelters, learning German, and World War II reenacting.

Hannah, ‘13 Scholar

Stargardts disease
Graduated with a computer science major and physics and math minors from the University of Washington (UW). Was a part of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. Studied in Paris. Played piccolo in the UW Marching Band and has traveled both nationally and internationally through music. 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. Interned at Facebook in software development and now works for Facebook.

Julian, ‘13 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Washington State University. Enjoys attending Coug and Dawg events. Go Cougs!

K, ‘13 Scholar

Amelia (congenital amputation), migraines
Graduated cum laude from the University of Washington (UW) with honors. 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. Graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School. Plans on attending law school to become a disability rights lawyer and then working up the political ladder to become president. Works as an administrative assistant for the Management and Organization Department of the UW Foster School of Business and as a program assistant at the DO-IT Center.

Karlyn, ‘13 Scholar

Nonverbal learning disorder, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder
Attended Green River Community College, taking courses to get an associate in applied science in early childhood education with a certificate in Montessori teaching. Works a part-time job as a beauty advisor at Walgreens on weekends. Learning Swedish and American Sign Language in spare time.

McKenna, ‘13 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Attending DeVry University working towards a bachelor’s degree in business and technical management and plans to become a lawyer. Earned high school diploma and an associate degree through Running Start. Is a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a member of the National Paralympic Shooting Team, and represented the United States at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Michael, ‘13 Scholar

Autism
Studying to become a dietitian or nutritionist. Attending Edmonds Community College before  transferring to the University of Washington Seattle campus. Works at a Spanish restaurant part-time. Attended the PEERS Program at the Seattle Clinic to increase communication skills. A member of Toastmasters to improve public speaking skills.

Nicole, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Attends Brigham Young University Idaho. Wants to study English or social work. Started a personal blog about daily life and different topics.

Olivia, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated in 2018 from the University of Washington. Working on a certificate in medical coding. Enjoys traveling, knitting, baking, and being creative.

Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Graduated from the University of Washington Bothell majoring in computer science and software engineering. Worked as a game development intern at the Digital Future Lab.

Ryan, ‘13 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Attended Eastern Washington University as a freshman and plans to transfer to Spokane Community College to study computer science, mathematics and engineering. Enjoys designing and building complicated machinery in Minecraft.

2012 Scholars

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Aaliyah, ‘12 Scholar

Deaf
Attending Gallaudet University to get a degree in elementary teaching and deaf education. Competed in the Miss Teen Washington Pageant and made it to the top.

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.

Alicia, ‘12 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated from the University of Washington with a medical anthropology and global health degree. Worked as a program assistant in the DO-IT Center. Currently works at Seattle Children’s Hospital as pediatric mental health specialist.

Allison, ‘12 Scholar

Thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome
Starting second year at Western Washington University studying biology with an emphasis on ecology, evolution, and organisms.

Cody, ‘12 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Tacoma Community College and is now working on a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Washington Tacoma. Played power soccer from 2006 until the spring of 2018. In the fall of 2018, got a service dog, Liam, after being on the waiting list for 9 years!

Colton, ‘12 Scholar

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

Dominique, ‘12 Scholar

Dwarfism SED/Kniest syndrome
Graduated from Art Instruction Schools with a certificate in fundamentals of art. Soon to be an author and children’s book illustrator. Visit website at www.djsartstudiodesign.com.

Eric, ‘12 Scholar

Unspecified learning disability and attention deficit disorder
Interested in film and psychology.

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. Volunteers with various organizations at RIT.

Hannah, ‘12 Scholar

Legally blind in right eye
Graduated in 2019 from Central Washington University with a degree in business administration management. Works as an accounting specialist at Boise Cascade, Building Materials Distribution Center in Woodinville.

Jennifer, ‘12 Scholar

Spastic cerebral palsy
Interested in the field of broadcasting and communications. Takes classes to learn about new computer software and 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.

Jessica, ‘12 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy
Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of science in biology. Works as a research assistant at a small laboratory.

Lindsay, ‘12 Scholar

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

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.

Mikayla, ‘12 Scholar

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

Nolan, ‘12 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Majoring in political science at McDaniel College in Maryland and hopes to become a political campaign manager for local campaigns.

Peter, ‘12 Scholar

Autism, attention deficit disorder
Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with bachelor’s degrees in meteorology and climate and a minor in applied math. Attending graduate school for meteorology in Oklahoma. Wishes to pursue a career in applied meteorology. Has interned during multiple summers for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado. Volunteered for the National Weather Service in Seattle and researched at the UW. Started a blog exposing the need to merge sustainability and universal design in summer 2019.

2011 Scholars

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Cecily, '11 Scholar

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

Deicy, ‘11 Scholar

Spina bifida
Volunteers with United Way.

Diego, ‘11 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended Edmonds Community College then worked at Winco Foods before joining his father in construction and painting. Plays on a soccer team that once placed second in the league finals.

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. Works as an interpreter coordinator at the Hearing, Speech, and Deaf Center and volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Jae, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy with mixed presentations of athetosis and spasticity
Graduated with a master of social work at the University of Washington to become a transition specialist for students with disabilities. Received the Disability Rights Washington Breaking Barriers Award for Advocacy in 2019.

Jessie, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf
Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in informatics and a minor in diversity. Studied abroad in London and in South Korea. Hopes to attend graduate school to study human-computer interaction. Website can be found here.

Joshua, ‘11 Scholar

Asperger’s syndrome
Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. Graduated in June 2019 with a master’s degree in library and information science. Pursuing employment in a library or archive.

Kaylie, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf
Works at a Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle as a pastry cook. Loves creating new pastry food and decorating wedding cakes.

Kim, ‘11 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Graduated from Everett Community College with a degree in humanities and works in the hospitality industry.

Macy, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated with a master of social work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington (UW). Now works as an access coordinator for UW Disability Resources for Students.

Mauricio, ‘11 Scholar

Visual impairment, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Considering a career as a police officer or a chemical engineer.

Paige, ‘11 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Pursuing a degree in communications/marketing at East Tennessee State University. Moved to Virginia and purchased a house. Is a mom to a puppy named Jax and two cats, Toby and Oscar.

Sean, ‘11 Scholar

Arthrogryposis
Attended Bellevue College and now attends Arizona State online.

Tess, ‘11 Scholar

Dysgraphia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Graduated from Gonzaga University. Now works in investor relations. Trains dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Vaughn, ‘11 Scholar

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

2010 Scholars

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Angela, ‘10 Scholar

Congenital muscular dystrophy
Graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2019. Accepted into Seattle Pacific University to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Garrett, ‘10 Scholar

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

Jenica, ‘10 Scholar

Blind
Graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in law, societies, and justice, and political science. Worked at Zillow in the Client Engagement Department and is now at Microsoft as a business administrator. Aspires to be in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a forensic psychologist and work with teams to build profiles for criminals.

Krysta, ‘10 Scholar

Deaf, multiple chemical sensitivity
Has bachelor of science in social services and minor in American Sign Language from Central Washington University. Planning to become an advocator. Working to build knowledge and community to spread awareness about multiple chemical sensitivity.

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.

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.

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 Special Weapons and Tactics programs.

Niki, ‘10 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogryposis, scoliosis
Graduated from the University of Washington with a major in psychology. Works in the Disability Services Office at the UW.

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.

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. Interned with The Boeing Company in Seattle as an engineer within the flight engineering area. Graduated in June of 2019 with a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Washington. Started working at Boeing as a propulsion engineer in July of 2019.

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.

2009 Scholars

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Abby, ‘09 Scholar

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

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. Is a member of the United States Business Leadership Network Advisory Council working with businesses to improve accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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 at allegrakeys.blogspot.com.

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. 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. Received a 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

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.

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 helping veterans get their benefits. Has worked at Brigadoon Service Dogs. Hopes to empower women around the world. Plans to work with Americorps in Maple Falls.

Chris, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder
Has combined work at a plant nursery in Portland, OR with travel during their slower seasons, which allows him to follow his passions of hiking and photography throughout the US, as well as Western Europe, Central America, and India. Often listens to audio books while hiking or driving and has read over a hundred books this past year.

Joey, ‘09 Scholar

Asperger’s syndrome
Earned a bachelor of science in electronics engineering technology with a computer engineering specialization from Central Washington University. Currently services cash registers and similar hardware throughout North Central Washington for National Cash Register (NCR).

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.

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.

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. Working as a wildland firefighter and test engineer for Uber Advanced Technology Group.

Reese, ‘09 Scholar

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

Ryan, ‘09 Scholar

Autism
Completed a master of music degree in percussion performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Principal timpanist with Northwest Mahler Festival and seated percussionist with Mid-Columbia Symphony in Tri-Cities. Volunteers at SeaTac airport with the Wings for Autism program and also with the United Services Organizations at San Francisco International Airport.

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 and the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently works on Microsoft’s accessibility team with the Disability Answer Desk supporting customers with disabilities. Received a 2017 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

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.

Vanessa, ‘09 Scholar

Athetoid cerebral palsy, mild hearing loss
Graduated from Yakima Valley Community College. Works part-time as an accounting assistant for a fruit selling firm. Enjoys reading, sudoku, scribbling, cheering people up, and sharing her understanding of the Bible with others.

2008 Scholars

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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.

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. Recently finished first year of master’s program in rehabilitation mental health counseling. Hoping to work with the Deaf community in Seattle as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Received service dog, Mabel, through Summit Assistance Dogs in November 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Emily, ‘08 Scholar

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

Erica, ‘08 Scholar

Erb’s palsy
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. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Health Services at UW School of Public Health, her area of emphasis is occupational health services. Erica also works as a research analyst for Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) at Washington State Labor and Industries.

Erik, ‘08 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Attended Western Washington University. Works part-time on the family farm as a bookkeeper.

Jeremy, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Studying occupational therapy at Eastern Washington University. Started a wheelchair basketball program on campus and an adaptive rock climbing program. Additionally, has assisted with an adaptive kayaking program.

Mack, ‘08 Scholar

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

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. Took classes toward bachelors degree at Washington State University. Completed undergraduate research on isotopes in the rain and participated in club leadership as website director for the Society of Professional Engineers.

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.

Nejowa, ‘08 Scholar

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

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. 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.

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.

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.

Yomara, ‘08 Scholar

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

2007 Scholars

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Ashlee, ‘07 Scholar

Blind
Graduated from The Evergreen State College.

Blake, ‘07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works for Helpful Hands at Madigan Army Medical Center. 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.

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.

Dylan, ‘07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate of arts and science degree from Whatcom Community College. Graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) with a bachelor’s degree in biocultural anthropology. Works in the Web Communication Technologies department at WWU, focusing
on remediating PDFs for accessibility. Enjoys photography.

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.

Heidi, ‘07 Scholar

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

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.

Luke, ‘07 Scholar

Attention de cit 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 De ance Zoo & Aquarium.

Megan, ‘07 Scholar

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

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 in 2013. Currently working as a scheduling receptionist in pediatrics.

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.

Robyn, ‘07 Scholar

Severe high frequency hearing loss
Graduated from Chapman University and is a certified athletic trainer. Works as an athletic trainer at a high school in Oregon.

Sam B., ‘07 Scholar

Friedrich'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.

Sam M., ‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2006 Scholars

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Alex, ‘06 Scholar

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

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.

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 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as a certified machinist, after graduating from the four-year PSNS Machine Apprentice Program. Hopes to start working on the engineering and design side as well.

Brittany, ‘06 Scholar

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

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 an operations assistant at KBA Construction Management before going to Coding Dojo bootcamp. Working at a start up called Craft Hounds as a developer.

Gabe, ‘06 Scholar

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

Jennifer, ‘06 Scholar

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

Jenny, ‘06 Scholar

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

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.

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.

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.

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 female black Labrador guide dog named Rivet.

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.

Ryan, ‘06 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Studied at Skagit Valley College. Works in information technology.

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.

Taylor

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.

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.

Zachary, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works for the City of Seattle in the Department of Financial Administrative Services as an office assistant. Also works at Seattle City Light in the mornings. Volunteers at the YMCA. Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing congas, and going to the movies.

2005 Scholars

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Andrew, ‘05 Scholar

Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
College degrees in criminal justice and Spanish. Lives in downtown Seattle. Works as a Rick Steves Tour Guide in Europe.

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. Does yoga two times a week and goes swimming two days a week. Volunteers at the Hunger Intervention Project on Fridays.  Sings in church choir. Participated in a relationship class in Shoreline.

Cassie, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Attends Interface College to become a medical assistant.

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.

Daren, ‘05 Scholar

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

Dulce, ‘05 Scholar

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

Jenny, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree from Yakima Valley Community College. Is involved with Yakima Valley Community Seeds to respond to unmet needs of local adults with disabilities.

Jesse, ‘05 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Earned a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and a certificate of crime analysis from Seattle University. Works as an accounts payable clerk at Keller Supply Company.

Jessie, ‘05 Scholar

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

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 of social work from the University of Washington. Works as a program coordinator for the DO-IT Center.

Kayla, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Logan, ‘05 Scholar

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

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.

Nate, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned a personal trainer certificate from Bellevue College. Studying for personal trainer certification exam. Working at a moving company.

Noah, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from the University of Washington (UW). Works at the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds working on individual and systemic advocacy. Plays wheelchair basketball for the Tacoma Titans. Is also working on a certificate in non-profit leadership from UW Tacoma. 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.

Shavonne, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida
Currently working full time at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an administrative aid in the delivery services division.

Zach, ‘05 Scholar

Dysgraphia
Earned an associate’s degree in fire science and completed classroom training to become a paramedic. Earned a national certification of firefighter paramedic and worked as a critical care paramedic in Dallas, Texas. Now, he works at the Murphy Fire Department.

2004 Scholars

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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. Lives in supportive living.

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.

Andrew, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability (written language)
Earned a master’s degree from the 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.

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.

Blanca, ‘04 Scholar

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

Bud, ‘04 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and math from Gonzaga University and a doctorate in finance at the University of Southern California. He is now a senior economist at Amazon. He and his wife are kept very busy at home with a baby girl.

Carrie, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
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.

Daniel, ‘04 Scholar

Dyslexia, diabetes, adrenal failure
Earned a bachelor of science in physics from Western Washington University and a master 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.

Jessica, ‘04 Scholar

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

Julie, ‘04 Scholar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and enjoyed creating art. Passed away in May 2019. Art blog containing his illustrations can be found at www.russelltaylorart.blogspot.com.

Tracy, ‘04 Scholar

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

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.

2003 Scholars

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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.

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 Assisis school.

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 three different times with the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Heritage Foundation, and Alliance Defending Freedom. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012, the Carlson-Parker Award from Pacific Justice Institute in 2016, the Ron Adams Outstanding Advocate Award from the Northwest Access Fund in 2017, and the Public Service & Leadership Award, Young Lawyers Committee of Washington State Bar Association in 2018. 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.

Crystal, ’03 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Columbia High School.

Jamie G, ’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.

Jamie V, ’03 Scholar

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

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.

Joshua N, ’03 Scholar

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

Joshua P, ’03 Scholar

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

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.

Matt, ‘03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works in real estate management.

Natasha, ’03 Scholar

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

Patrick, ’03 Scholar

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

Scott, ’03 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Earned associate’s degree in machine technology and mechanical engineering from Bellingham Technical College, direct transfer degree from Whatcom Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Works as an electrical engineer in Burlington, Washington. Over the last few years, he bought a house and helped design a large test system for NASA.

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.

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.

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.

Vanessa, ’03 Scholar

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

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. Awarded the bronze level President’s Volunteer Service Award.

2002 Scholars

2003 Summer Study group photo

 

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.

Amy, '02 Scholar

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

Angela, '02 Scholar

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

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.

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.

Dale, '02 Scholar

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

Gimmie, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree from Clark College and bachelor’s degree in animal science from Washington State University (WSU). Works at the WSU teaching hospital in the intensive care unit as an animal tech. Enjoys teaching fourth year vet students. Has a son.

Ian, '02 Scholar

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

James, '02 Scholar

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

Jared, '02 Scholar

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

Leon, '02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Works for Cascade Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis.

Rebecca, '02 Scholar

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

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 a civilian administrative assistant for the Coast Guard. Was a volunteer intern with the Obama campaign. Works at Inbios International Incorporated for infectious disease diagnostics as a manager of training systems and as a quality assurance specialist.

Ryan '02 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.

Saroj, '02 Scholar

Learning disability
Attended Bellevue College.

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.

Silvia, '02 Scholar

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

2001 Scholars

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Alexandra, '01 Scholar

Deaf
Earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Washington. Works as a controller for Oak Harbor Freight Lines.

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.

Brad, '01 Scholar

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

Brandi, '01 Scholar

Deaf
Has associate’s degrees in liberal arts and science, and pharmacy technology. Nationally certified Pharmacy Technician and working for Sanford Health. Has two girls and a boy.

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.

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.

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 online resources for students who use screen readers and magnifiers.

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 of social work from Eastern Washington University.

Jacob, '01 Scholar

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

Jeff, '01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Attended college in Spokane, Washington.

Lauren, '01 Scholar

Neurofibromatosis 
Earned a bachelor’s degree in social services from Central Washington University and a library and technology certificate from Highline Community College. Currently working as a front desk representative at a swimming pool. 

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.

Matt, '01 Scholar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trisha, '01 Scholar

Learning disability
Interested in teaching history or science.

2000 Scholars

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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.

Benjamin '00 Scholar

Dyslexia, dysgraphia
Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. Entrepreneur and investor.

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. Currently, works at Comcast. Married fellow ‘00 Scholar Nohemi Romero.

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 the All Aboard group, which facilitates a transition club for teens and young adults in both Edmond’s and Jackson high school districts. Accompanies individuals with disabilities to the Washington State Capitol for Advocacy Days. Member of the Governor’s Task Force Overtime Committee.

Crystal '00 Scholar

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

Deke '00 Scholar

Aphasia
Currently the engineering manager for Nordstrom Security Assessment and Cloud Security Teams.

Israel '00 Scholar

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

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 Bellwether Housing in Seattle as a Housing Developer focusing on affordable housing projects in Seattle and Western Washington. Served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria and previously lived in Washington DC from 2013 to 2018. Lives in Seattle with his wife and dog.

Nathan '00 Scholar

Dyslexia and other learning differences 
Nathan has earned an associate’s degree from Shoreline Community College with two supporting certificates in film. Completed an additional certificate in railroad conducting from Johnson County Community College in conjunction with the National Academy of Railroad Sciences. Continues to work for Ballard Terminal Railroad and has worked for Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad, with five years of railroad experience. He continues to explore the opportunities in mapping and photography with his volunteering in regards to the Open Street Map community. 

Nick '00 Scholar

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

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.

Nora '00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned a master’s degree in education.

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.

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.

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 an 11-year-old daughter.

1999 Scholars

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Ali, '99 Scholar

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

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.

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.

David, '99 Scholar

Attended Seattle Central 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.

Kathy, '99 Scholar

Spina bifida and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 
Works in Tacoma Community College’s enrollment services office, taking over many of the retired supervisor’s responsibilities. Also, works part-time in the admission’s office.

Kelci, '99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Works as a substitute teacher.

Lacey, '99 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, language and processing disabilities 
Blogs about disability and advocacy issues on her Facebook and Blogspot. Hobbies include horseback riding, adaptive drawing, painting, and pottery; being out in nature; and collecting  miniature horses, 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.

Oscar, '99 Scholar

Quadriplegia
Attended Yakima Community College.

Pat, '99 Scholar

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

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. 

Ryan, '99 Scholar

Learning disability
Earned an associate’s degree from Grays Harbor College.

Stuart, '99 Scholar

Larsen syndrome, double amputee 
Earned a bachelor’s degree in European studies at the University of Washington. Currently works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries Science Center in Seattle as an information technology specialist. Plays wheelchair basketball in free time and if extra free time can be found, skis.

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.  Works with Full Life Home Care Agency.

Wolfgang Stufflebeam

Learning disability
Graduated from Skagit Valley College and now working as a registered nurse on a progressive and critical care unit with plans to pursue being a nurse practitioner.

1998 Scholars

Group photo of 1998 Washington DO-IT Scholars

1998 Scholars - Washington 

Group photo of 1998 National DO-IT Scholars

1998 Scholars - National

Abraham, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Plans to pursue a career in music.

Arnell, '98 Scholar

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

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.

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.

Eddie, '98 Scholar

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

Hank, '98 Scholar

Blind
Hopes to attend college for computer or radio broadcasting.

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.

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) and recently finished a master of business administration at UW. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2005. Manages a fraud prevention data science team at Amazon Web Services. Currently building a new team in Berlin, Germany.

Katrina, '98 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Earned an associate’s degree in integrated studies from Cascadia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in human rights from the University of Washington Bothell. Investigating personal genealogy, as well as helping other fellow genealogists, through online and first-person research, and sharing the findings with the world on Ancestry.com. Last winter, designed a pattern for a hand-stitching petite point sewing project using Excel. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012.

Khrystal, '98 Scholar

Dyslexia
Full-time mother and wife.

Landon, '98 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended South Puget Sound Community College.

Marissa, '98 Scholar

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

Matt, '98 Scholar

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

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.

Nichole, '98 Scholar

Metatrophic dwarfism, dysplasia, epilepsy
Earned a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College. Likes volunteering and doing community service. Enjoys playing the drums, traveling, and watching the performing arts. Studying online to get a certification in financial trading and investments.

Silas, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment
Interested in programming or designing video games.

Todd, '98 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Works as a musician.

Amy, '98 Scholar

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

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 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

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.

Buddy, '98 Scholar

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

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.

Crystal, '98 Scholar

Visual impairment

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.

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.

Emily, '98 Scholar

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

Isaiah, '98 Scholar

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

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.

Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

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

Jessica, '98 Scholar

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

John, '98 Scholar

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

Justin, '98 Scholar

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

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.

Maggie, '98 Scholar

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

Nick, '98 Scholar

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

Reginald, '98 Scholar

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

Shavonne, '98 Scholar

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

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.

1997 Scholars

1997 Summer Study group photo

 

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.

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.

Andrew, '97 Scholar

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

Ben, '97 Scholar

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

Brad, '97 Scholar

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

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.

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.

Justin, '97 Scholar

Blind
Attended college.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Steven, '97 Scholar

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

Trent, '97 Scholar

Epilepsy
Enjoys cashiering and working for Target. Has been on the board for ENSO (Envisioning Solutions) for several years. Helped plan and run the 2018 Special Olympics held in Seattle. Lives in a condo on Alki.

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.

1996 Scholars

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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. Working as an ADA programs division manager for the City of Oakland, CA.

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.

Chris, '96 Scholar

Hearing impairment 
Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in graphic communications and emphasis in multimedia from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Working at Daktronics for 13 years as a web & Office 365 administrator. Chris shared, “My wife and I are currently surviving as parents of 3-year-old twins (boy and girl), who are such a blessing to us. We’ve started this adoption journey back in 2014 after learning that we are unable to have kids on our own. By spring of 2016, we received a phone call that a mother of twins had chosen us to be parents. A few months later, these little ones were born premature and after spending a week in the ​NICU, we finally were able to bring them home. In 2017, we were able to finalize the adoption process and were able to call them our children. It has been a blessing to have twins in our home.”

Dana, '96 Scholar

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

Daniel, '96 Scholar

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

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.

David, '96 Scholar

Albinism and low vision
Attended Eastern Oregon State College.

James, '96 Scholar

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

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.

Josh, '96 Scholar

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

1995 Scholars

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Aimee, '95 Scholar

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

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

Bill, '95 Scholar

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

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.

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.

Jannette, '95 Scholars

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.

Jeffrey, '95 Scholar

Psoriatic arthritis
Attended Shoreline Community College.

Jeremy, '95 Scholar

Brain injury
Pursuing a successful career as a door maker.

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. Runs a YouTube channel that covers technology, gaming, and virtual reality from a low vision perspective called IllegallySighted www.youtube.com/illegallysighted and promotes companies proactively including accessibility in their products.

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.

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. 

Matthew, '95 Scholar

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

Mike, '95 Scholar

Dyslexia
Attended college courses and is interested in architecture.

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.

Rachel, '95 Scholar

Renal failure, hearing loss 
Earned teaching degree and certificate.

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. Facilitates social and support groups in Bellingham, Burlington, and Marysville at the Center. Is President of the Allies in Advocacy Organization and member of Self Advocates in Leadership, PAS-Port 4 Change, and the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council. Lives in ​Sedro‑Woolley, Washington.

Todd, '95 Scholar

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

Wes, '95 Scholar

Quadriplegia 
Attended both Central and Eastern Washington Universities.

1994 Scholars

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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.

Carolyn, '94 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, low vision
Studied science in college.

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.

Jen, '94 Scholar

Undiagnosed severe neuropathy
Founder and director of GimpGirl Community. 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.

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. Has worked as a senior IT and information security executive, and as a university professor. Recently co-founded a new cybersecurity firm focused on delivering services to lesser served organizations and industries while providing training and workforce development opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups in the cybersecurity profession. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Married and living in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Maria, '94 Scholar

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

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.

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.

Shawnna, '94 Scholar

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

Sherri, '94 Scholar

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

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.

Travis, '94 Scholar

Health and orthopedic impairments, dwarfism, kidney failure, retinitis pigmentosa
Earned a bachelor of science in computer science from Utah State University. Lives in Seattle and works for Amazon. Is currently a systems development engineer, working on the Kindle Reader, supporting the Word Wise feature that supports language learning.

1993 Scholars

Group photo of 1993 DO-IT Scholars

 

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.

Eric, '93 Scholar

Visual impairment
Completed an associate’s degree in computer applications at Mt. Hood Community College, bachelor’s degree in marketing/information technology at Portland State University, career pathways certificate in computer information systems at Portland Community College. Working as contact representative at the Internal Revenue Service in the Portland, Oregon call center. Graduated from classroom training and on-the-job training.

Hollis, '93 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Starting own business selling assistive equipment for wheelchairs.

Katie (Bonner), '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.

Lloyd, '93 Scholar

Hearing impairment
Earned an associate’s degree in electronics technology from Crowder College Electronics Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Working on a bachelor’s degree, and double majoring in computers and forensics at Missouri Southern State University. Currently working as a front desk clerk in a 3 star hotel and has been working as a volunteer firefighter for 8 years.

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.

Matt

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

Mitchell, '93 Scholar

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

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.

Nhi, '93 Scholar

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

Rachel (Allen), '93 Scholar

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

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.

Rodney, '93 Scholar

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
Studying software engineering and psychology. Engaged in computer projects.

Ryan, '93 Scholar

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

In Memory

Russell Taylor, ‘04 Scholar

Unfortunately, we must announce that Russell Taylor, one of DO‑IT’s cherished Scholars, passed away in May.

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Russell graduated high school with an impressive 3.998 grade point average (GPA) and earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish from Pacific Lutheran University. Many Scholars may remember him from his participation in Summer Study in years 2004 and 2005. Russell tutored Spanish to college students and enjoyed creating art in both traditional and digital mediums. A majority of his illustrations depict breathtaking landscapes, many at locations that he had visited and seen himself. We here at DO-IT delighted in viewing his fantastic creations which can be found on his Blogspot. Two examples of his art are shown to the right.

The memory of Russell’s intelligent and creative spirit will live on through his positive impact on others and beautiful artwork.

Ernie Butler, Advisory Board Member

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We are sad to share the loss of past Advisory Board member, Ernest “Ernie” Butler. Ernie passed away last July after a long battle with cancer.

Many Scholars may remember Ernie not from Summer Study, but from Camp Access, an outdoor recreation-based summer camp for children with physical disabilities that he founded in 2002. Ernie was very passionate about bringing sports to people with disabilities, recognizing not only the value of physical activity and exercise, but also teamwork, which led to the creation of Camp Access. He is known for the quote, “Never confuse disability with inability,” which became the camp’s motto.

Ernie will be remembered for the amazing impact he had on the lives of people with disabilities, especially disabled veterans, nationwide.

Toby Olsen, DO-IT Mentor and Friend
DO-IT was sad to learn about the sudden passing of Toby Olson, the Executive Secretary of the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE), last December.

Toby worked tirelessly to encourage public dialogue about disability issues and challenge faulty assumptions about the incredible talent and value of people with disabilities. Toby’s work also impacted many in the DO-IT community. For example, he oversaw the GCDE’s Youth Leadership Forum, in which many DO-IT participants have participated as delegates, interns, presenters, and members of the planning committee over the last 18 years.

Toby will be truly missed, but his legacy will live on in those he inspired to make the world more welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Carl Dunlap, ‘14 Scholar
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Carl James Dunlap passed away suddenly from complications of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Carl had recently celebrated his 21st birthday in Las Vegas.

Carl was about to start his senior year at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He attended Wellington Elementary, Leota Junior High (where he was student body president), and Woodinville High School (where he played in the drumline).  He was DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology) Scholar and intern at UW.  Carl loved hockey and had a wonderful experience as the debut Executive Track Internship Program intern for the Everett Silvertips. He was completing an outreach internship with the City of Kirkland at the time of his passing. He aspired to work in sports management and dreamed of being the youngest general manager in the National Hockey League.

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Carl had a wide circle of great friends that he loved to hang out with and his passions included sports, video games, going to raves, and his dog Amy. He had a wicked sense of humor and an overwhelmingly positive approach to life. He said recently that this was one of his happiest times. 

Carl lived every day to the fullest and never let his physical challenges stand in his way. He had visited 16 countries and 17 states.

A quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln reads “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.” Carl and his family lived by this axiom and inspired others to do the same. 

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. For the full list of Mentors and their contact information visit Mentors on the DO-IT website.

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, Travis is a manager at Amazon, and his wife Ashley is a manager within the risk assurance unit at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The ‘93 Scholars may remember Travis hanging around DO-IT Summer Study when he was three years old. DO-IT has been around a long time!​
sherylb@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

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

Doug
Doug

My name is Doug Hayman. I’m the IT accessibility and 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

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 degree 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

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

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

Tami
Tami

Hi! My name is Tami Tidwell. I am a counselor/coordinator for DO‑IT. Throughout the year, I enjoy working with high school and college students on topics like college admissions, scholarships, internships, employment, accommodations, and disclosure strategies. Being able to build long and lasting relationships is one of the best parts of working at DO-IT. Outside of work, I read a lot of audiobooks and ebooks, enjoy creating with friends, eating things from the garden, and playing with my cats and pup. I have dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and celiac. I am also hard of hearing. I have a degree in psychology from Texas Christian University. I was born and raised in Cowtown (a.k.a. Ft. Worth, TX).
tamitha@uw.edu

Terrill
Terrill

My name is Terrill Thompson. I am the manager of the IT Accessibility Team for all of the University of Washington. 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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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; Dynamac Corporation; Eisenhower Professional Development Program; The Institute for Human Centered Design; 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; Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe; Samuel S. Johnson Foundation; The Seattle Foundation; Suquamish Foundation; Telecommunications Funding Partnership; United Engineering Foundation; U.S. Department of Labor; Visio Corporation; and Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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; U S West; University Book Store; University of Colorado at Boulder; 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 Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Red Cross; 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 State University; Auburn University; Aultman Hospital; Bellevue Boys & Girls Club; Bellevue College; Berea College; Camp Courage; Caribbean Computing Center for Excellence; Carnegie Mellon University; Cascades Volcano Observatory; Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology; 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; Computer Science Teachers Association; Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions; Computing Research 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); Florida State University; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; 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 Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) ; Idaho National Laboratory; Impact Studios; Incight; Independent Living Centers; InterConnections; Into the Loop; Invision Learning; Kindering Center; Landmark College; Lane County Women, Infants, & Children Center; 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; National Parks System; National Technical Institute for the Deaf; National Weather Service; New Mexico State University; NOAA; 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; Port of Seattle; Portland State University; Positive Solutions; Pride Polymers; Providence Medical Center; Puget Sound ESD Transition Specialist Group; Purdue University; Quality of Life Center, South Korea; Raven Software; RDE Regional Alliances for Persons with Disabilities (RADs); Reaching the Pinnacle; Reel Grrls; Renton Public Library; Renton School District, Life Management Program, Secondary Special Education; Rochester Institute of Technology; Rose International Fund; SeaTac Airport; Seattle Biomed; Seattle Children’s Hospital; Seattle School District – Transition/Secondary Special Education; Seattle University; 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 Center for Neurotechnology (CNT); UW Genomics Outreach for Minorities (GenOM) Project; 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.