Snapshots 2021: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Sheryl

Welcome to DO‑IT Snapshots 2021!

The world suddenly changed when the pandemic changed how we all lived our lives early last year. In a flash, new normals included social distancing, hand sanitizers, and face masks. At DO-IT, we mourned the loss of our planned Summer Study program for DO-IT Scholars on the UW campus, but wasted no time in figuring out how to deliver engaging activities without meeting in person. Laptops were delivered to homes, setup and tech support were provided remotely, participants and staff met via Zoom, activities, discussions, and social events occurred online, and, by the last day, staff and interns were exhausted as usual. Some things were lost, much was gained, but all Scholars took key steps in preparing for college and careers, expanding their network while using technology as an empowering tool, and networking. That is what DO-IT is all about!

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, and technology. They attend our Summer Study program at UW, 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 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. 

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

 

2021 Trailblazers

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

Read about previous DO-IT Trailblazers online.

Emily

Emily Boeschoten, 2015 Scholar and Ambassador, participated in the National Science Foundation’s Young Scholars Program over summer 2016 at the UW Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), where she began working with Center co-director Chet Moritz. Over summers 2018 and 2019, she did undergraduate research with Chet at the Restorative Technologies Laboratory. Chet shared that over these past five years, Emily has enthusiastically shared her rich personal experiences with our doctor of physical therapy students for the past 5 years.  Her important messaging, delivered with a robust sense of humor about her challenging diagnosis, has inspired future health care providers to put the patient at the center of all clinical decision-making. She has also engaged deeply in research projects, empathizing with participants and broadening her colleagues understanding of how disability can inspire leadership in powerful ways.

To expand her horizons, Emily joined the University of Oregon Business School’s management consulting group in January 2019. In June 2020, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science in sociology with departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa. She was offered the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in Sociology for 2021, but declined due to pandemic-related reasons. She participates in the Disability:IN NextGen program and has recently returned to working in the UW Center for Neurotechnology lab.

Maya

Maya Cakmak, a DO-IT collaborator on our work in AccessEngineering, has worked to introduce students with disabilities to robotics. Maya is an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the UW where she directs the Human-Centered Robotics Lab. Her research interests are in human-robot interaction, end-user programming, and assistive robotics. She aims to develop robots that can be programmed and controlled by a diverse group of users with unique needs and preferences to do useful tasks. Over multiple summers, Maya has hosted week-long workshops related to robotics for DO-IT’s Summer Study program.  She has also hosted AccessComputing students learning about research in computer science.

Meena

Meenakshi Das is a recent graduate of Auburn University who studied computer science. She has been an active member of our AccessComputing program for the last five years, coordinating panels featuring students with disabilities at conferences, participating in conversations on our mailing list, and attending a capacity building institute. In 2017, Meenakshi, along with AccessComputing partner, Dr. Sarah Lee, were awarded a minigrant to facilitate a one-day workshop for students who are visually impaired. Meenakshi has engaged in many activities that benefit the disability community, such as running a Facebook support group for working professionals with disabilities, Working With Disabilities. This group provides a space to discuss ableism, accessibility, and share useful resources with each other.

Grady

Grady Thompson, 2015 DO-IT Scholar and Ambassador and former accessibility student assistant for Accessible Technology Services and DO-IT, recently graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with a degree in informatics and a minor in disabilities studies. After graduation, Grady joined DocuSign where he works on digital accessibility in the engineering department. While Grady was at the UW, he interned at Intel in their accessibility office, where he contributed updates to their internal website and helped develop new processes to make Intel’s workplace and products more accessible. As a universal design consultant for the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Student Disability Commission, he worked on projects to improve the accessibility of UW’s student government, programs, and activities, including serving on a task force that ultimately led to the creation of a new office of inclusive design within ASUW. Grady has been a student staff member supporting Summer Study for the past two years. Grady also participated in the Disability:IN NextGen Leaders Program where he met his mentor at Intel who mentored him through his internship at Intel.

Phase I Scholars

A drawing of the 2021 Scholars together.

Nineteen Phase I Scholars completed their first University of Washington DO-IT Summer Study in July 2021.

Abby
Abby, ‘21 Scholar

Hi, my name is Abby Schell. I attend North Creek High School in Bothell, where my favorite subjects are American Sign Language and science. I hope to help others by going into the medical field. I have vision and learning disabilities.

Alex B.
Alex, ‘21 Scholar

My name is Alex Borden, and I go to school in Washington state. I enjoy my classes in theater and humanities, and I hope to explore these fields in college. I have autism, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety.

Alex D.
Alex, ‘21 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alexander Denson I prefer to be called Alex. I used to attend the Pacific Learning Center. My favorite academic subjects are math, science, and history. I hope to pursue the field of astronautical engineering to hopefully work for NASA. I have autism and anxiety. My favorite activity or hobby is playing video games on my computer. I play a wide variety of video games, but I like strategy games and sandbox games in particular. Some of the games I like the most are Europa Universalis 4, Half-Life 2, and Terraria. 

Ashlee M.
Ashlee, ‘21 Scholar

Hi! My name is Ashlee McGlon, and I attend Bothell High School, where I enjoy my math and science classes. I hope to major in early childhood education and early special education. My hobbies are listening to music and cooking. I have anxiety.

Avery B.
Avery, ‘21 Scholar

My name is Avery Bibeault. My favorite academic areas are English and art, though I’m also exploring interests in engineering, life sciences, veterinary medicine, and architecture. I have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and a social communication disorder. 

Bella W.
Bella ‘21 Scholar

Hey, my name is Bella Westerbur. I live in Washougal and am a junior at the Washington State School for the Blind. I really enjoy school and I enjoy seeing my friends. I plan on going to college to pursue a career working with either children or animals.

Ben G.
Ben, ‘21 Scholar

Hello. My name is Ben Gerardi, and I attend Ballard High School. My favorite academic fields are history and archeology. I plan to enter a college program that will help me experience other cultures and times in history, both by reading and hearing about them and being able to explore them myself. I am interested in making music using an app called Incredibox. It was fun to share two pieces of music I made during talent night this year. I have autism and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Deliah O.
Deliah, ‘21 Scholar

Hi all! I’m Deliah O’Brien, and I’m a junior at Ellensburg High School. My favorite classes are those in the areas of art, drama, and theater. I hope to become a voice actor and produce my own cartoon show. 

Jaida B.
Jaida, ‘21 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jaida Barrows. I have cerebral palsy. I am a junior at Kelso High School, and my favorite subjects are history and English. I want to go to the University of Washington or Western and pursue a degree in political science to advocate for people with disabilities. I like running and participate in my high school cross country team. I also enjoy reading and hanging out with my family.

Jesper F.
Jesper ‘21 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jesper Ford. I attend Yellow Wood Academy where I enjoy my classes in English and anatomy and physiology. My goal is to become an occupational therapist that specializes in assistive technology. I have cerebral palsy and vision disabilities. I enjoy running and competing in triathlons. 

Jocelyn G.
Jocelyn, ‘21 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jocelyn Guzman, and I go to Cashmere High School where I enjoy classes in art and English. I hope to get a degree in social work to work with a diverse group of people and help children. I have learning disabilities. 

PJ
Kevin, ‘21 Scholar

My name is Kevin Sun, and I attend Newport High School. My favorite academics are math, computer science, coding, history, and choir. My favorite hobbies are building LEGOs, playing video games, and watching movies. My dream job is to work for the Microsoft Xbox team or Microsoft coding team. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Rohit S.
Rohit, ‘21 Scholar

Hi! I’m Rohit Sen, and I attend Tesla STEM High School in Redmond. I enjoy computer science and math. I would like to study computer science to work in the technology industry. I have autism spectrum disorder. My hobbies are computers, cars, and 3D printing.

Sammy F.
Sammy, ‘21 Scholar

Hi, my name is Sammy Fung, and I have dyspraxia. I currently attend Bellevue College through the Career Education Options program. I plan on getting a career helping disabled students who have challenges in school. I enjoy studying natural science and history. My hobbies are zentangle art (which are drawings created by patterns) and hanging out with my family. 

Sarafina D.
Sarafina, ‘21 Scholar

Salutations, all you fantastic people! My name is Sarafina Dunlap. I will be entering my junior year this fall at the Anacortes High School, where I enjoy studying geography and anything related to STEM. After I graduate from high school, I want to spend my first two years of my adult life taking general classes at the Skagit Valley College. Then, by the time I turn twenty-one, I am currently thinking about moving to Los Angeles so that I can receive a major in STEM education at either Loyola Marymount University or the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Moreover, I am an extrovert who always has a major sense of adventure in life, so I usually feel ecstatic when I receive an opportunity to venture into the world, talk to lots of people, and be at the center of attention. I feel like Los Angeles is one of the closest places to my current home where I can do all of those outgoing activities all the time as well as live my dream of becoming a famous singer under the name of Venturyna. I have a lot of hobbies related to music, including learning music theory, singing, attending choir-related events, dancing, and playing the piano. Some of my other major hobbies are learning alphabets in many different languages and spending time with my friends and family. I have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, scoliosis, and other dysphoric disabilities.

Sophia L.
Sophia, ‘21 Scholar

Hi everyone, my name is Sophia Lin and I am a rising senior at Newport High School interested in pursuing computer science at the University of Washington, focusing on data science and accessibility. Since I have moderate hearing loss, I am passionate about developing wearable technology for people with disabilities, and hope to improve the user experience for people who wear hearing aids. Some of my hobbies are acting movie scenes, running, and constructing arts and crafts.

Theorius
Theorius, ‘21 Scholar

Hi everyone! My name is Theorius Wheeler, my pronouns are thee/thim/ thers, and I attend the Washington State School for the Blind. My favorite school subjects are theatre and English. Some of my hobbies are reading, writing, music, and Dungeons and Dragons. After high school, I plan on attending Western Washington University to get an English degree with a focus in creative writing. My long-term plans include becoming a professor and an author. I am autistic and have retinitis pigmentosa. 

Warren B.
Warren, ‘21 Scholar

Hello, I’m Warren Blanco and I go to TAF@Saghalie, where I enjoy classes in math and art. I plan on getting a bachelor’s or master’s degree and then go on to become a graphic novelist. My hobbies are drawing, playing video games, watching movies, and spending time with family. 

Phase II Scholars

A drawing of the 2020 Scholars together.

Nineteen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO-IT in 2020. Most completed their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in July 2021. During their first year, they created lasting friendships, learned skills in technology and science, and shared fun moments with their peers and mentors. During their second session, they continued to develop self-determination and self- advocacy skills and prepare for college and careers. They worked closely with professionals and university faculty in STEM fields and learned in depth about video production. They continue to grow in their use of technology, complete projects in exciting fields, and they continue to connect with each other, DO-IT participants, and DO-IT Mentors throughout the year. After completing Summer Study 2021, these participants graduated to Phase III and Ambassadors.

Angela
Angela, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, my name is Angela Monsegue! I enjoy taking science and history classes at Mountlake Terrace High School and intend to go to college to get a master’s degree in biology and possibly chemistry, eventually practicing either medicine or biochemistry. I also enjoy nature and animals and am part of the Eco Club. I have spinal muscular atrophy.

Anthony
Anthony, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! I am Anthony Mao. I attend Shorewood High School in Shoreline. I enjoy running, skiing, playing basketball, playing video games, and reading funny books. My favorite classes are math and Mandarin. I have autism, and I am interested in STEM fields. After high school, I want to attend the University of Washington and get a job in technology. 

Audrey
Audrey, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, my name is Audrey Long, and I attend Redmond High School. I enjoy studying physical education and art—the latter because I can create cool things. After high school, I want a career involving art, possibly creating animated movies, TV shows, or games. I have autism. I will be attending DigiPen through the Washington Network for Innovative Careers program. I was on the junior varsity (JV) swim team, was manager for the JV fastpitch softball team, and have been involved in 4H. I’m currently training my new Sussex Spaniel puppy.

Braxton
Braxton, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Braxton Boer, and I graduated from Ridgefield High School and will attend Western Washington University this year to pursue a degree in computational linguistics. My favorite classes have been Spanish, Advanced Placement (AP) composition, and AP chemistry. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy writing and try to educate the people around me about disability through my writing and other forms of advocacy.

Charlie
Charlie, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Charlie LeVasseur. I have cerebral palsy. I am a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School and live in Edmonds, Washington. I have two Saint Bernese Mountain dogs. I like to play power soccer with Seattle Adaptive Sports and look forward to playing after COVID restrictions are lifted. I enjoy watching basketball and football; my favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors and the Seattle Seahawks. My friends and I play Xbox together. When I go to college I want to study computers. 

Clarice
Clarice, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Clarice Rhatigan, and I go to Newport High School in Bellevue where I like studying physics and attending Teaching Academy (a teaching program where I intern in elementary/middle school classrooms). I enjoy listening to music, running, watching Netflix and videos on TikTok, and walking neighbors’ dogs as a part time job. I am one of the captains on the girls cross country team. Growing up I moved around a lot as a military kid. In the future, I’m interested in being an elementary school teacher or a health care worker. I’m deaf.

Esteban
Esteban, ‘20 Scholar

Hey, my name is Esteban Barajas, and I graduated from Quincy High School, where my favorite classes were ceramics, because I enjoy making things, and science, because I like to learn about the ins and outs of the human body. I enjoy soccer and video games. After high school, I want to attend a four-year college to study animation or game design; I hope to work for EA Sports as a game designer.

Ethan
Ethan, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, I’m Ethan Seet. I enjoy taking sports, history, and social studies courses at Sammamish High School. I am on my school’s swim team, and I participate in journalism club. I also compete in Washington Special Olympics swimming, basketball, and soccer. I am the student manager of Newport High School’s football team. My other interests include cooking, singing, and traveling. I have autism, and I like to advocate for the disability community. I have joined the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) to advocate at the state capitol; served as board member at the Bellevue Youth Theatre Teen
Advisory Board, an inclusive youth theatre; and currently serve as an Asian youth cultural ambassador to raise cultural awareness with the Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors. I can speak Mandarin Chinese and have traveled to Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore. After high school, I plan to attend college to prepare myself for a variety of potential careers, including sports media, sports management, digital music design, video production, and culinary arts. I would like to attend the University of North Texas for a degree in sportscasting. My dream job is to be a sportscaster and have my own channel to share my passion in sports and music.

Iris
Iris, ‘20 Scholar

Hello, my name is Iris Ramirez. I’m a senior at Quincy High School. I have a vision disability called nystagmus, which I’ve had since I was born. I enjoy math, art, and especially science and human anatomy. I enjoy playing guitar because it helps me refresh my mind and release stress. I particularly like hands-on projects and classes because it’s easier for me to learn and discover new things. After high school I plan to attend a four-year university. One career I have in mind is cardiovascular technologist. These past two years have been the most difficult because online learning was hard. I am proud of
myself for being able to pass all my classes during these difficult times. Before the pandemic, I loved to wrestle at tournaments with my teammates. I hope that during my senior year I am able to get back out there and wrestle on the mat and do other sports too

Mallory
Mallory, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, I’m Mallory Poppe. I just graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School. I’m going to Skagit Valley Community College as a freshman. I’m studying to be a teacher as well as get a degree in American Sign Language. I love to go on hikes, watch Marvel movies, and be with my friends

Manuel
Manuel, ‘20 Scholar

Hello there! I’m Manuel Gomez! I am a senior at Eastside Academics, and will be graduating in 2022 (I’m so old). I really like music, especially 90’s music! I have some great recommendations, so ask me for some anytime. My main goal in life is to stay true to myself and not let the little things define me. I am me. I have no excuses. I want to have a career in the psychology area because I want to become an advocate for mental health and social rights. I want to understand people and their point of views.

Marcos
Marcos, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Marcos Esquivel. I go to Mountlake Terrace High School where I like to study computer science and chemistry. I’m interested in computer programming and plan to develop my own computer programs. I enjoy video games, chess, YouTube, and some card games. I have a learning disability.

Mariana
Mariana, ‘20 Scholar

Hi! My name is Mariana Alatorre Aguirre, and I will be a senior at Summit Atlas Public School and have a learning disability. I enjoy studying math and English. After high school, I’m planning on attending a university. I am interested in the veterinary field because I love working with animals. I enjoy knitting blankets in my spare time.

Matthew
Matthew, ‘20 Scholar

Hello, my name is Matthew Gardner, and I graduated from Raisbeck Aviation in the spring of 2021. I was accepted to Gonzaga University, Washington State University, and Arizona State University (ASU). I decided to attend Arizona State University to pursue a degree in public service and public policy with minors in sociology and parks and recreation. I am the first student from Washington to earn a spot on the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program. I have also been accepted to the ASU Cloud Scholar Program and the ASU Next Generation Leadership Program. Therefore, I have secured a full ride
scholarship based on my volunteer work during high school. I look forward to the next step on my academic journey with ASU and appreciate all the tech support I have received from the DO-IT Scholars program to make this possible.

Michael
Michael, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael, and I attend West Seattle High School. I plan to take a thirteenth year before college, and currently I’m starting my second Running Start course, Spanish, at North Seattle College. My favorite subjects are auto tech and ceramics; I love both because they are both very hands on-auto tech also allows me to engage with cars and repair, while ceramics lets me play with design and making art. I also hope to study auto engineering with clean, green energy. I am on the autism spectrum and have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which affects my executive functioning and attention.

Miles
Miles, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Miles Gelatt. I enjoy taking journalism and statistics classes, and I graduated from Inglemoor High School and will attend the University of Washington Bothell this fall. I would like to attend the University of Washington to study history, statistics, and journalism. I am passionate about sports and would like to do sports journalism. I have Asperger syndrome and I had numerous heart operations when I was very young.

Mya
Mya, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! My name is Mya Sinkula. I attend the Science and Math Institute, where I like studying math and science. I want to attend Colorado State University after I finish high school. I plan on studying to become a veterinarian in college and working with exotic animals. I have dyslexia.

Raelynn
Raelynn, ‘20 Scholar

Hello, my name is Raelynn Baranowski. This past year, through the Robinson Center Early Entrance Program, I started attending the University of Washington. I have dysgraphia, autism, and a handful of other learning disabilities. I enjoy conversations about anything STEM related. I plan to get a degree in bioengineering. I am transgender, and my prefered pronouns are she and her.

Zayn
Zayn, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! My name is Zayn Beidas, and I am deaf and wear bilateral cochlear implants. I attend Running Start. I love studying math and science and solving problems algebraically. In the future I plan to become an audiologist. I can’t wait for all the opportunities to help others!

Phase III Scholars & Ambassadors

Group photo

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. Once 2021 Summer Study was over, Phase III Scholars who graduated from high school became DO-IT Ambassadors. DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing competitive postsecondary studies and challenging careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.

Scholar
Aidan, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, I’m Aidan Leffler. I enjoy my classes at Sammamish High School, particularly in English and history. I love to read and write. I participated 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 College. 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.

Scholar
Alexis, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alexis Sabin! I enjoyed my classes in math and art at Mossyrock High School, but my main passion is drawing. I will be attending 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 played trombone in my school’s pep band, and participated in Knowledge Bowl. I enjoy video games, Doctor Who, and anime. I love musicals; my favorites are Little Shop of Horrors and Be More Chill. I have autism.

Scholar
Alison, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alison Barlow, and I am biracial. I’ve got an auditory processing disorder (APD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I am attending Green River College and considering a career in human resources or journalism. I love writing and have written some short stories. I have joined several clubs at my college and am also active in my church; I am excited for the pandemic to end and the ability to engage more outside of my house. I love taking walks, learning, and reading. My favorite book genres are realistic fiction and historical fiction, although I do like nonfiction, fantasy, and self-help books, too. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Scholar
Carlin, ‘19 Scholar

My name is Carlin Markestad; 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.

Scholar
David, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m David Worthington. I enjoy science and history. I graduated from West Valley High School and Running Start and am starting at Western Washington University. 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.

Scholar
Ellie, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ellie Pelton. I recently graduated from Skyline High School as a Running Start student and will attend Case Western Reserve University this year pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. I enjoy learning about all things medical, knitting, and hanging out with my adorable dog, Ollie. I am also a huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan, and I love to play Settlers of Catan. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, and a sleep disorder. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Scholar
Grant, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Grant Blasko. I am an autistic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) user from Bellevue, WA. I am dual-enrolled in Bellevue High School and Bellevue College. I am really enjoying my psychology and sociology classes. Disability advocacy work for non-speakers is a passion of mine. I have been a national TASH Communication Access Workgroup member for four years, and now I am an advisory board member for CommunicationFirst. I’m currently co-designing a course for communication classroom support considerations with New York University. This summer I will attend the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy

Scholar
Jacob, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Jacob Marzynski! 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 syndrome. I have served as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s local Goodwill Ambassador, making public appearances, raising funds, and giving media interviews. I am also a professional DJ and like cats. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Scholar
Kayla, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, my name is Kayla Ludlow! I am most interested in English and 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 am currently enrolled at Brigham Young University in Idaho, and have completed credit classes at the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, and Bellevue College.

Scholar
Kelvin, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Kelvin Ramos. I am currently attending Wenatchee Valley College. My goal is to transfer to Central Washington University to major in 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.

Scholar
Merritt, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Merritt DeShon. I have autism. I graduated from Friday Harbor High School in the beautiful San Juan Islands. I am now attending Central Washington University. I hope to pursue a degree in the natural sciences such as archaeology to educate people about flora, fauna, animals, and history in a national park setting. I am an avid reader, love music, and play both the piano and alto saxophone. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021. 

Scholar
Norma, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Norma Sanchez! 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. 

Scholar
Paula, ‘19 Scholar

I’m Paula Sanchez, and I attend the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham. I have a learning disability. I like music and 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.

Scholar
Risa, ‘19 Scholar

Hi! My name is Risa Lockwood. 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

Scholar
Rohan, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rohan Mukherjee. 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. I have attended Boy Scout camp in previous summers and have spent time in India.

Scholar
Sam, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Samuel. I graduated from high school in 2021. I also did Running Start this past year and studied calculus, college English (my second language!), and some computer classes. I am from China and can speak Mandarin Chinese. I have been playing wheelchair basketball for a few years and our team, Seattle Sonics varsity, is going to the national tournament this year. I also like to play video games.

2020 Achievement Highlights

Teresa, ‘16 Scholar, featured in Western Athletic Championship, accepted into a study abroad program, rehired as a resident assistant, and won the 2020-2021 Naef Scholarship.

Ryan, ‘09 Scholar, in May 2020, he performed as timpanist in the pit for Don Pasquale with Pacific Northwest Opera in Mt. Vernon with a conductor from the New York Metropolitan Opera. He also recently won an audition with the Helena Symphony Orchestra.

Isabel Hammett, ‘18 Scholar, made All-Olympic League 1A Division volleyball and basketball teams.

Brookelyn Rhodes, ‘15 Scholar, won Reserve Grand Champion with two Dexter cattle at the Washington State Fair.

Jesse Anderson, ‘95 Scholar, served on the Low Vision Advisory Board for Microsoft, which assists in helping make Microsoft products like Windows, Office, and Xbox more accessible.

Katelyn Temple, ‘15 Scholar, got her own car and moved to her own house while balancing college, work, and a social life.

Chris Schlechty, ‘02 Scholar, went paragliding using a modified chair through Project Airtime.

2018 Scholars

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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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Abby, ‘18 Scholar

Hello! My name is Abby Sanderson, and I am from Seattle. I am part of the business leadership program at the University of Puget Sound. I am a huge dog lover and massive fan of LEGO. 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 Purjue. 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. I love cats, horses, Disney, toys, and sparkles. I want to become a tech support worker for Apple, radio broadcaster, or language interpreter. I participated in Running Start and graduated this year.

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Dean, ‘18 Scholar

I’m Dean Hussey, and I attend Central Washington University’s theater design and production program. 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! In 2019, I graduated from Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School in Winthrop, Washington

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Dillen, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! My name is Dillen Fullagar. I graduated from Mount 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 give me a high-five! I’ve taken multiple Advanced Placement level classes in my major of computer science. I plan to attend college online.

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Finn, ‘18 Scholar

Hello, my name is Finnegan Kurtz. I am from Bellingham, Washington and attend Western Washington University. I am majoring in history, and I am also interested in film and journalism. My other interests include writing, piano, and drawing. I have a neuromuscular disorder called Nemaline Myopathy. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

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Ian, ‘18 Scholar

I am Ian Shea, and I am deaf. I attend the University of Washington Bothell. 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; this mostly includes 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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Iris (Torin), ‘18 Scholar

I’m actually going by Iris Petke now. This past year, I attended Seattle University. I placed first in a public speaking competition with a speech on universal design. My disability relates to the after-effects of cancer. 

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Izzy, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! I am Izzy Hammett. I graduated from Port Townsend High School and attend Seattle Pacific University. 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 Diez-Luckie. I have autism, epilepsy, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, a heart murmur, and am pre-diabetic. I am working full time. My dream in life is to become an auto mechanic. I also want to become famous with my rock band.

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Josh, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Josh Anderson, and this year I’ll be a sophomore in the Colorado University Boulder Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering partnership program at Western Colorado University. I’ve been super busy, but I’ve been working on a few personal projects to keep me active when I’m not stressing out about exams or homework. Currently, I’m working on converting a rubber band-powered wood airplane into electric remote control power. When not making something or studying, I’m usually either reading or going to the gym. If you have any questions about college or mechanical engineering with or without a physical disability, feel free to reach out to me!

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Kade, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Kade Getzinger. I graduated from Stanwood High in June 2020. I attend His Hill Bible School in Texas. After finishing at His Hill, my plan is to be part of the electrician apprenticeship program at Skagit Valley College. 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 Rivera. I attend community college and was Omak High School’s 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 Templeman. I graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School and am now attending college. I live in Seattle. I am a deaf person, and my favorite subjects are English and history. I am currently attending Rochester Institute of Technology, improving in my skill in drawing, which will be an essential skill for my future potential career. I am applying to interior design for the fall.

Oksana
Oksana, ‘18 Scholar

My name is Oksana Buntylo. I graduated from Lindbergh High School and currently am attending Green River Community College. I am working on earning an associate degree. I like hanging out outside, going on walks with my family, camping, playing with my dog Max (an American Eskimo), socializing, and going on vacation. When I graduate from college, I want to become an administrative assistant.

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Rebekah, ‘18 Scholar

Hi! My name is Rebekah Solis. I graduated from Zillah High School where I enjoyed studying language arts and math. I have studied at Heritage University. I hope to be a counselor. I have a learning disability.

2017 Scholars

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Alex, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alexander Penny. I have been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy for over 15 years. My time in DO-IT gave me the confidence to go into the Running Start program, and I graduated from high school with an associate degree. I attend Middle Tennessee State University. I intend to pursue a future in law and public administration.

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Anna, ‘17 Scholar

Hello! My name is Anna Ohrt. I am currently a student at Brown University studying computer science. I am legally blind and am actively involved in disability justice and advocacy work, specifically through holding leadership positions on Disability Justice at Brown’s E-Board and Brown’s Computer Science Diversity Committee. Although I don’t yet know what my future career will be, I got accepted to Microsoft’s Explore internship for this summer, where I will be able to experience working as a software engineer and a project manager. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat!

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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 am a substitute paraeducator for Bethel Schools. I like sports, specifically basketball and football. My favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

Desmond
Desmond, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Desmond Hayes. 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 Metteer. I am from Seattle, Washington. I have dyslexia, apraxia of speech, right sided hemiparesis, strabismus/amblyopia, and Scheuermann’s Disease, which causes chronic back pain. I use assistive technology for reading and writing text. I attend Western Washington University, and I plan on majoring in supply chain management. I also play for Western’s ultimate frisbee team. In my free time, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, camping with my family, playing card games, and hanging out with my friends. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

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Hayley, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Hayley Lawrence. I graduated from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington. I graduated from cosmetology school and will be attending Western Governors University to earn a degree in special education. I had surgery at the age of six due to cerebral cavernous malformation. I enjoy dancing, choreographing, tumbling, and listening to music.

Jane
Jane, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jane (Janey) Salazar. I graduated from Middle College High School. I am taking early childhood education classes at North Seattle College. I hope to become an actress, singer, or teacher, working with children learning to ride horses. I love to draw, sing, and dance.

Jono
Jono, ‘17 Scholar

I’m Jono Anderson, 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 Gatewood. I graduated from Mount Si High School and attend Bellevue College. I hope to work as a game developer when I get older. I used to dream of being a pilot, though that dream would have been really difficult to follow due to being deaf. However, I will keep holding on to that dream, and I don’t let my disability stop me.

Miles
Miles, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Miles Bennett. 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 Veal. I attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and I’m majoring in hospitality management with a concentration in professional golf management. It’s been great to take a sport that I enjoy as a hobby and explore all the different career opportunities. I graduated from Auburn Riverside High School.

Nathan
Nathan, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Nathan Shumacher. I graduated from 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 O’Grady-Graham. I graduated from Mount Rainier High School and did Running Start. I am currently attending the University of Washington. I enjoy playing video games and recently have been spending a lot of time making music. 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 Rapoport. I graduated from Yellow Wood Academy, and I now attend Western Washington University. My favorite subject is math. I have Stargardt disease. I love playing video games.

Tycho
Tycho, ‘17 Scholar

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

2016 Scholars

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Adrian
Adrian, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Adrian Benitez. 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 Robison, and I am from Chelan, Washington. I graduated from Chelan High School. 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 Cox. 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 Larson. 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 Swarts. I graduated from West Seattle High School and attend the University of Washington. I like history, drawing, and writing. I also like to watch anime and indie animations. I am looking at becoming a paralegal. Currently I am working at the Seattle Public Library. 

Jayda
Jayda, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jayda Flowers. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I graduated from Mount Spokane High School. 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 VanDerpool. I graduated from Oroville High School. 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 Peery, and I attend Southern New Hampshire University. My hobbies include watching TV, shopping, and spending time with the people I love. I miss spending time will my friends from DO-IT!

Micayla
Micayla, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Micayla Berry. I graduated with an associate in applied arts and sciences degree in animation from Shoreline Community College. I like making art, watching movies, reading, writing, and engaging in activism. I write fiction and hope to animate my own show someday. I was on the Special Olympics Women’s National Team in 2018 and plan to attend Central Washington University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work. I have left hemiplegic cerebral palsy, ADHD, and a nonverbal learning disability.

Naomi
Naomi, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Naomi Marteeny. I am currently studying at the University of Washington Bothell, majoring in business administration with a concentration in leadership and strategic innovation (LSI) and minoring in economics. I will be an officer in Women in Business next year and I just joined the supply chain management club as well. I also became a member of Toastmaster’s Club. I have devoted the last three years to dancing, mostly hip-hop. Dancing has brought major physical improvements to my daily life. I love American Sign Language and am studying Korean and Mandarin. I am currently applying for internships and scholarships in my free time. I couldn’t live without my service dog, Libby the IV. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Rob
Rob, ‘16 Scholar

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

Rochelle
Rochelle, ‘16 Scholar

Hello Everyone! My name is Rochelle Bowyer (she/her/hers). In 2019 I graduated from North Seattle College with a transfer degree and started my journey at the University of Washington (UW). I am majoring in communications and international studies at the UW and hope to graduate in 2022. When we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic, I work hard and travel hard. Since I was 16, I have self-funded my trips to Japan, Taiwan, and Beijing (where I studied Mandarin for three months). My last trip before the pandemic was to Alaska, where I saw a glimpse of the Northern Lights. I am one of the many student assistants of the DO-IT team

Ryan
Ryan, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Ryan Hribernick! 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 Mirelez. 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 Kanai. I just graduated from Montclair State University majoring in dance and am moving to Philadelphia to hopefully pursue a career in the arts.

Teresa
Teresa, ‘16 Scholar

Hello everyone! My name is Teresa Buchholz, and I attend Seattle University (SU). I was born missing both of my arms but utilize my feet to navigate life. I am a psychology major and a Chinese minor. At SU, I am also a dancer, a resident assistant, a dance coach, and a tour guide in undergraduate admissions! Feel free to reach out with any questions! 

Ziyu
Ziyu, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ziyu Zhu. I live in Marysville, Washington. I graduated from Marysville Getchell High School. My career goal is to be a graphic designer. In my spare time, I like to explore the great outdoors, play video games, watch movies, take pictures, and surf the internet. I also enjoy photography. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2015 Scholars

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Andrew
Andrew, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Andrew Luna, and I am deaf. I am attending Western Washington University double majoring in psychology and computer science. In 2019, I interned 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 Carbajal. I am deaf and communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). I am attending Everett Community College majoring in communications, and I plan on transferring to a four-year university. I am also a teacher’s aid for ASL classes. My favorite leisure activities are reading, working out, and socializing.

Brooklyn
Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn Rhodes. I am a graduate of White River High School. I plan on taking online classes but for now, I run a farm at home and raise cattle. In 2019, I showed two small Dexter cattle at the Washington State Fair and got Reserve Grand Champion for one of the bulls, Finnian. When not farming, I draw on my computer. I love reading, sports, art, biology, singing, music, and animals. I have autism and learning disabilities. 

Chana
Chana, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Chana Josephson. I graduated from Wilson High School and took Running Start classes at Tacoma Community College. I now attend the University of Washington Tacoma and am pursuing a degree in biomedical sciences. I have cerebral palsy. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, watching movies, and playing Animal Crossing. I also enjoy musical theatre. I plan on attending law school with a focus on intellectual property law. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Dewald
Dewald, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dewald Olivier. I graduated from Bellingham High School. I have cerebral palsy. I was born in South Africa as the middle kid of a set of triplets and weighed only two pounds when I was born. My favorite subjects are history and psychology. I 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 Perez, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from North Thurston High School and earned an associate degree in science for kinesiology with a concentration in sports mangagement from Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, Illinois. In the fall, I am pursing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Saint Martin’s University. I play percussion and enjoy watching sports, playing video games, petting my cats, and watching anime. I have two cats and one dog; my dog looks similar to a baby bear.

Emily
Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily Boeschoten, and I have motor neuron disease. After graduating high school, I participated in the NSF Young Scholars Program over summer 2016 at the UW Center for Neurotechnology. Over summers 2018 and 2019, I did undergraduate research in the Restorative Technologies Laboratory. To try something new, I joined the University of Oregon Business School’s management consulting group in January 2019. In June 2020, I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in sociology with Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa. I was offered the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in Sociology for 2021, but declined due to coronavirus-related reasons. I am currently focusing on personal health and figuring out what’s next. I enjoy playing golf, going to the gym, getting people to laugh, and hanging out with friends. I was the recipient of the 2021 DO-IT Trailblazer’s Award.

Grady
Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady Thompson. I graduated from Puyallup High School, 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 graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with a major in informatics and a minor in disabilities studies. I worked as a student assistant for Accessible Technology Services and DO-IT until this summer, when I started a job at DocuSign. I interned with Intel in their accessibility office as well as with the Associated Students of the UW Student Disability Commission as a universal design consultant. I helped with events and advocacy to improve accessibility and the inclusion of students with disabilities at the UW. I have congenital muscular dystrophy. I was the recipient of the 2021 DO-IT Trailblazer’s Award.

Hailey
Hailey, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Hailey Seubert, and I graduated from Cheney High School where I actively participated in leadership roles. I currently work for Lakeland Village with medically fragile clients helping people become more independent. 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 Perez. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism and minor 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. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Katie
Kaitlyn, ‘15 Scholar

Howdy, everyone! I’m Kaitlyn Paccia, 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 graduated from Central Washington University with a double degree in psychology and sociology and am currently working toward a graduate degree in marriage and family counseling. I have also been a research assistant (as an undergraduate student) and had a part in the Defying Gravity: Experiences of Students with Challenges study.

Katelyn
Katelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Katelyn Temple. I am currently attending Penn Foster for a veterinary technician certification. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy, which affects my limbs and face. I enjoy being outdoors, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and binge-watching shows. I absolutely love cats! Feel free to email me!

Laszlo
Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo Jajczay! I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2021 with a bachelor of arts in communication focusing on journalism and public interest communication. I’m planning on writing for local news outlets such as Crosscut and South Seattle Emerald Converge Media. I’m also planning to apply to a certificate program here at UW. For fun, I like to play games and talk to friends on Facebook. 

London
London, ‘15 Scholar

Greetings. I am London Bridges, and I have autism. I graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with a degree in computer numerical control and machining. I did some job training at Goodwill and am currently looking for a part-time job. I like video games, visual design, art, music, and fiction.

Max
Max, ‘15 Scholar

Hey there. My name is Max Marciel. I graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science degree in 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 classes.

Ryan
Ryan, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, I’m Ryan Stover, and I have a learning disability. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Whitworth University in Spokane where I also completed a master’s degree in athletic training. I currently work at Amazon as an industrial athletic trainer. My hobbies include rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and outdoor adventuring in general. However, my greatest joy in life is brought to me simply by the people in it. 

Tasha
Tasha, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Tasha Smith. 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. My long term goals are to study kinesiology and become a personal trainer.

2014 Scholars

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Aja, ‘14 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Attends Edmonds Community College. Hopes to cure cerebral palsy and join the Army. Was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the National Honor Society. 

Alex, ‘14 Scholar

Autism, bilateral hearing loss

Graduated from the University of Maryland, majoring in computer science. Received three years of presidential awards for academic excellence along with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Award. Currently working at Microsoft as part of the Azure team.

Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Post-polio, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia

Earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Portland and is currently working on a master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University. Loves doing community service, reading, and hanging out with friends. Returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Calleese, ‘14 Scholar

Learning disability

Attends Central Washington University. 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, planned a leadership summit for three different districts to attend. Works on photography.

Carl, ‘14 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Was starting his senior year at the University of Washington studying at the Foster School of Business when he passed away in 2019. Was posthumously awarded his bachelor of arts in business administration.

Eric, ‘14 Scholar

Stargardt’s disease

Graduated from Duke University with a degree in electrical and computer engineering and computer science. Has traveled to three different continents: interned at an internet of things startup in Ireland, volunteered as a teacher in Nepal, and studied abroad in New Zealand. Interned as a software engineer at Amazon and now works at Amazon. Played basketball and soccer at Duke and completed first half marathon in the spring of 2019 and came in 2nd place in age group.

Jason, ‘14 Scholar

Bilateral atrophy of the optic nerve

Graduated with an associate degree in business management from Clark College. Entering final year at Central Washington University to complete a bachelor’s degree in sports business administration. Still enjoys listening to and keeping score for Mariners baseball games. Enjoys playing video games and watching Seahawks games.

Jin Ning, ‘14 Scholar

Hard of hearing

Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in geography, specializing in data science. Plans on becoming a computer scientist. Used to play percussion in marching band and drumline.

Kennedy, ‘14 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Attends Tacoma Community College and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a 4.0 student. Plans on becoming a psychologist. Listens to an array of music and loves to attend concerts.

Lindsey, ‘14 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2/3

Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in 2021. Interned with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert remotely in fall 2020. Alumni of the UW Animation Research Lab and former lead on visual development and sound for a student short film called Dazzle!, awaiting distribution to film festivals post pandemic. Assisting in copyrighting the F*** Stairs campaign to make available nationwide for campuses to implement anywhere. Plans on moving to Los Angeles in a few years to work in animation and design disabled characters for the big screen. Currently works as a student assistant for DO-IT.

Matthew, ‘14 Scholar

Autism

Attends Eastern Washington University (EWU) majoring in social work. Currently enrolled in two national honors programs, volunteers for disability support services, and used to be president of the student disability culture club. Has been a guest speaker at Mt. Spokane High School to discuss attending a four-year college. Has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Served on the student board for the Mobius Science Center. Works in the EWU bookstore as a floor assistant.

Michael, ‘14 Scholar

Optic nerve glioma

Attending Brigham Young University Idaho Pathway Worldwide to receive a bachelor’s degree. Worked for a year at Head Start in Omak, Washington and plans on pursuing a career working with children. 

Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

Deaf

Graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with a bachelor of science in psychology and plans on graduating with a bachelor of science in nursing in December 2021. Recognized as WSU Tri-Cities “Woman of Distinction” in March 2021. In 2021, took on leadership roles for the Disabled Students and Allies Club (DSAAC) and Crimson Scrubs (nursing student organization). Both organizations focus on promoting awareness, inclusively, and accessibility. Volunteers at vaccine clinics. Involved in the language access team of HEC (Health Education Center) from Spokane, which focuses on alleviating language barriers in healthcare for non-English speaking individuals. A WWAMI AHEC (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho Area Health Education Center) Scholar, which is a program dedicated to volunteering in rural and under served communities. Legal and medical volunteer advocate for the Support, Advocacy, and Resource Center (SARC), providing support to victims of sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking. Has a cute little pug named Sophie, who loves carrots and cuddles!

Sangha, ‘14 Scholar

Autism

Attending Seattle Pacific University studying to be a computer engineer. Enjoys playing ping pong and computer games, watching YouTube videos, and hanging out with friends.

Sean, ‘14 Scholar

Deaf/hearing impaired

Attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now attends Olympic College. Enjoys studying machining and trigonometry. 

Teo, ‘14 Scholar

Specific learning disability

Attends Everett Community College. Plans on majoring in the medical field.

Thor, ‘14 Scholar

Desmin myopathy

Graduated from Burlington-Edison High School. Was a WyldLife student leader and an active member of Young Life. Thor’s career goal was to become a lawyer. Passed away in 2016.

Vanessa, ‘14 Scholar

Ollier’s disease, Maffucci syndrome

Received an associate of technical arts degree in multimedia and interactive technology from Skagit Valley College. Currently attends the University of Washington focusing on disability studies. Works as a creative production assistant at Rooted in Rights, a program of Disability Rights Washington. Received a DO- IT Trailblazer award in 2019. Returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021. 

2013 Scholars

2013 Scholars
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. Following his passion about achieving equity and liberation for disabled people and folks of all marginalized identities.

Brenna, ‘13 Scholar

Learning disability

Attending Prescott College in Arizona to finish an undergraduate degree in sustainable community development. Goes commercial fishing in Bristol Bay Alaska during the summer. Hopes to continue into the sustainable food systems master’s program and hopes to contribute to society and the environment in a positive way. Loves baking, hiking, and eating food with friends.

Clarissa, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, left-sided hemiplegia.

Graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington 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

A junior at University of Washington pursuing a bachelor’s degree in comparative history of ideas with a minor in Spanish. Works for Rooted in Rights at Disability Rights Washington focusing on accessible videos that advocate for disability rights. Edits videos, writes scripts, audio describes, and makes media. In 2021, became a board member of the DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring) program working to create mentorship between disabled college students around the country. Returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

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. Attending UW School of Law in fall 2021. Recipient of the Husky 100 in 2018, an award given to 100 students across all three of UW’s campuses for making the most of their time at UW. Played piccolo as a member of the Husky Marching Band. Recipient of the “Most Spirited Bandsman” award for the 2017 football season, and was one of three former band members who ran the siren at the Husky football games the following football season. Joined the Maple Leaf Community Council as a member of the Executive Board in late September 2020, and currently oversees the community council’s newsletter, released three times a year to the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle.

Ellen, ‘13 Scholar

Speech-based learning disability

Graduated from the University of North Dakota with 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.

Hannah, ‘13 Scholar

Stargardt’s disease

Graduated with a major in computer science and minors in physics and math 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 the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Medal in 2019. Currently works for Facebook as a software engineer.

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. 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 both the Management and Organization Department and the Marketing and International Business Department of the UW Foster School of Business.

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

Graduated from DeVry University with a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in business administration. Earned a high school diploma and an associate degree through Running Start. Is a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and a member of the National Paralympic Shooting Team. Won a medal for the United States (US) at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and is representing the US at the 2021 Games in Tokyo.

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 other topics. 

Olivia, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Graduated in 2018 from the University of Washington. Enjoys working as a virtual patient companion with CHI Franciscan Health helping vulnerable patients stay safe during their hospital stay. Has a certification in medical coding and is excited to start her career. Enjoys working out and spending time with her puppy.

Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Graduated from the University of Washington Bothell majoring in computer science and software engineering and currently working on his master’s thesis in computer science. Worked as a game development intern at the Digital Future Lab. Also completed an internship with Microsoft.

Ryan, ‘13 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Attended Eastern Washington University 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

Graduate of Western Oregon University with a major in theater and a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). Takes acting classes and has acted in many productions. Hopes to become an ASL interpreter and an actor. Attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) pursing a bachelor’s degree in ASL/English interpreting.

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 a pediatric mental health specialist.

Allison, ‘12 Scholar

Thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome

Was at Western Washington University studying biology with an emphasis on ecology, evolution, and organisms, but decided to take some time off during the pandemic to decide what she really wants to do. Looking forward to traveling in the bus she is fixing up. 

Cody, ‘12 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Graduated from Tacoma Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Washington Tacoma. Played power soccer from 2006 to 2018. In the fall of 2018, got a service dog, Liam, after being on the waiting list for nine years!

Colton, ‘12 Scholar

Becker’s muscular dystrophy

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

Works as a freelance illustrator and digital media artist. In 2020, received “Volunteer of the Year” at Camp Korey for helping refocus their marketing goals and design new marketing assets including brochures, posters, social media graphics, and annual reports. Still part of the Camp Kasey team, helping with occasional projects. Volunteers with Altas Assistance Dogs. Visit her website at djsartstudiodesign.com. 

Eric, ‘12 Scholar

Unspecified learning disability and attention deficit disorder, complex post traumatic stress disorder

Completing a certificate in acting for film and television at Shoreline Community College. Planning to get an associate degree in acting. Currently in talks with a talent agent and acted in first short film. Loves watching and studying different films and working on computers.

Grace, ‘12 Scholar

Deaf

Graduated with degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. Hopes to work in the aerospace and environmental fields after graduation and potentially help design engines that can run on renewable energy. Volunteered with various organizations at RIT. 

Hannah, ‘12 Scholar

Legally blind in right eye

Graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in business administration. Works at PACCAR as a human resources operations specialist.

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; see them on YouTube under the user name Jenn Bress. Hobbies include cooking and baking. 

Jessica, ‘12 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy

Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of science in biology. Working in an immunology-based flow cytometry lab. 

Lindsay, ‘12 Scholar

Autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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

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, researching size distributions of ice crystals in tropical thunderstorms for master’s thesis, paid for by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Plans to pursue a career in applied meteorology. Hopes to alleviate the challenges climate change pose for people with disabilities. Interned for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado, volunteered for the National Weather Service in Seattle, and researched at the UW. Wrote a blog post for The Art of Autism exposing the need to merge sustainability and universal design.

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 has placed second in the league finals. 

Emily, ‘11 Scholar

Blind

Graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in engineering management with a focus in mechanical engineering. Currently working for Tech Vision teaching visually impaired students math and tech skills. Kickboxes and has successfully finished over 400 classes.

Erika, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf

Graduated with an English degree from the University of Washington. Works as a best practices specialist in Disability and Leave Services at Amazon 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. Works at The Arc of King County as an information and resource coordinator. Works to advocate for people with disabilities, help them find their voices, and support them to lead successful lives.

Jessie, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf

Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with a degree in informatics and a minor in diversity. Now works at a nonprofit serving survivors of violence. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in human centered design and engineering at UW. Recipient of the NBC Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship and Quip Diversity Scholarship. Website can be found at www.jessielzhang.com.

Joshua, ‘11 Scholar

Asperger’s syndrome

Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Pursuing employment in a library or archive.

Kaylie, ‘11 Scholar

Deaf

Works at the 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. Presented during Summer Study 2021.

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. Pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University. Completed internships at the University of Washington Center for Neurotechnology and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Currently working at the Alyssa Burnett Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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. Currently working in the utility industry at ENGIE Impact as a billing specialist for Waste Expense Management accounts. Hopes to get back into the hospitality field as soon as possible.

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. Works as 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 groups. 

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

Studied at Whatcom Community College. 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 a bachelor of science in social service and a minor in ASL (American Sign Language) from Central Washington University. Plans to attend law school to become a civil rights lawyer. 

Marlise, ‘10 Scholar

Friedrich’s ataxia

Graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in creative writing with a minor in film studies. Wants to pursue a career in fiction writing, film and tv critiquing, or screen writing.

Maximo, ‘10 Scholar

Arthritis, dyslexia, spondyloarthropathy

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, focusing on architecture.

Nicco, ‘10 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, visual impairments

Attends Washington State University. Volunteers with multiple law enforcement agencies to support their active shooter, counter terrorism, and special weapons and tactics programs.

Niki, ‘10 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogryposis, scoliosis

Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with a major in psychology. Attending Seattle University for a masters in clinical mental health counseling. Works in the Disability Resources for Students office at the UW.

Rosa’Lea , ‘10 Scholar

Specific learning disabilities

Working at an inn as a front desk clerk and house keeper.

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 with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering. Interned with Boeing. Graduated with a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. Works for Boeing as a systems engineer. 

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. Currently volunteering for the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library as a braille proofreader.

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 Central Washington University with a degree in information technology and administrative management, specializing in cybersecurity. Currently looking for a job.

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

Works at a plant nursery in Portland, OR, which allows him to travel during their slower seasons. Has been able to follow passions of hiking and photography throughout the US, as well as western Europe, Central America, and India. Often listens to educational audio books while hiking or driving. Last trip ended abruptly, as Peru evacuated non-residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrived in Machu Picchu to immediately return home. 

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 in Northwestern Washington for National Cash Register (NCR). 

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy

Graduated from George Fox University. Works as a social worker and provides resources to individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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 an autonomous aircraft engineer.

Reese, ‘09 Scholar

Orthographic dysgraphia

Graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science degree. Is a marketing director for a local Seattle nonprofit.

Ryan, ‘09 Scholar

Autism

Completed a master of music degree in percussion performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Principal timpanist with Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Mahler Festival and seated percussionist with Helena Symphony and Mid-Columbia Symphony (Tri-Cities). Volunteer at SeaTac airport Wings for Autism program and also with the United Services Organizations. Received a 2020 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

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 enterprise Disability Answer Desk supporting enterprise customers with disabilities. Received a 2017 DO-IT Trailblazer Award. Presented during Summer Study 2021.

Shelby, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy

Graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. Works as a news producer at the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. Produces the station’s Sunday morning political talk show and a weekly digital show designed to give history and context to some of the days’ biggest stories. Also writes a monthly fashion column called Dressing On The Side at hivemind.substack.com. Is active on Twitter (@ shelbyhintze), 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. 

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

Recieved a master’s degree in rehabilitation mental health counseling at Western Oregon University and a bachelor’s degree in community psychology with a minor in disability studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Works for North Seattle Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a rehabilitation technician. 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. Has been working for the federal government for five years now. 

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, Washington.

Emily, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia, dysgraphia

Earned an associate degree from Bellevue College and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Currently employed as digital print specialist making wholesale stickers.

Erica, ‘08 Scholar

Erb’s palsy

Has a master’s in public health from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in biology and public health from the University of Washington (UW). Currently a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Health Services at UW School of Public Health studying occupational health services. Completed an internship with the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) with Michigan Public Health Institute practicing a culturally responsive and racial equity lens in evaluation and research. Supports the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) with data analysis on the Heat Education Awareness Tools (HEAT) project to prevent heat illness among agricultural workers. Focusing her dissertation on how labor laws and policies impact health.

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

Graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology in the fall of 2020. Looking to apply to graduate programs in occupational therapy.

Mack, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

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

Marco, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Earned associate degrees in arts, chemistry, and biology. Took classes toward a bachelor’s degree at Washington State University and earned a minor in mathematics. Completed undergraduate research on isotopes in the rain and participated in club leadership as website director for the Society of Professional Engineers. Currently studying computer science at Western Governors University.

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 focusing on uninsured motorist injury claims. Lives in Salt Lake City and recently bought a house.

Sam, ‘08 Scholar

Auditory processing disorder

Earned an associate of applied science degree in architectural design and drafting from Portland Community College. Full-time computer-aided design (CAD) Drafter 2 at Power Engineers in Lake Oswego, OR. This year marks five years at Power Engineers. Works in the substation department helping engineers and designers with 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 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

Has a bachelor of arts in urban studies from the University of Washington Tacoma. Works as a volunteer training development coordinator at People First of Washington, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America. Vice Chair  of Pierce Transit’s Community Transportation Advisory Group. Member of Washington State Achieve a Better Life Board, Eli’s Park Project Leadership Team, and the Rolling Thunder Power Soccer Team in Tacoma.

Cory, ‘07 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor of arts and master of public administration. Currently living in Tumwater, Washington and working at an inbound call center. Likes to read science fiction, play Magic the Gathering, and play Fallout 4. Involved in local political organizing with the Democratic Socialists of America.

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 in February 2016.

Heidi, ‘07 Scholar

Asperger syndrome, nonverbal learning disability, attention deficit disorder

Graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and disability studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Worked for Americorps and engaged in volunteer
research at the University of Washington with an emphasis on eugenics. Currently working for the Federal Election Commission. Lives in Maryland.

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 deficit disorder

Earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Washington after transferring from Tacoma Community College. Worked as a substitute special education paraeducator in the University Place School District. Volunteers at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Earned the Rookie of the Year Award for this work.

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.

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, ‘07 Scholar

Friedreich’s ataxia

Graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in finance and from the University of South Florida with master’s degrees in both business administration and sport and entertainment management. Worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Florida and is currently working for the Seattle Kraken in Seattle, Washington.

Sam, ‘07 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, learning disability (reading)

Graduated from Central Washington University in 2015. Has worked as a producer, podcaster, and YouTuber; now works as a weekend radio producer for a conservative radio cluster in Seattle and occasionally as an actor in independent films.

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. Has worked for Lighthouse for the Blind since 2014 and is currently a braille transcriber.

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. Working on a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Works for Sprague and Lamont School Districts as a librarian and technology coordinator. Co- instructs high school robotics and coding.

2006 Scholars

2006 Summer Study group photo

 

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 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.

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 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. Coaches a basketball team.

Jennifer, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

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

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 and encouraging people with what he believes. Likes listening to podcasts and face- timing with his nephew.

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. Celebrating nine years working for Google improving the accessibility of Google+. Enjoys listening to music, audio- described movies, and audiobooks, as well as gardening and cooking. 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. Participated in Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Special Olympics of Washington and received a gold medal in equitation. Participated in Special Olympics golf last year and received a gold medal for his division in state. 

Taylor, ‘06 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Works as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Tony, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia

Earned a 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. Enjoys 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, which, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was paused. Takes ten hours of continuing education classes online for her job. Does yoga and sings in a church choir (and has been continuing these remotely). 

Cassie, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida

Works as a medical receptionist.

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 (WWU). Is the CEO and founder of Wandke Consulting, which offers accessibility consulting and training. Teaches Disability Studies at WWU. A 2019 Inductee of the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame from the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) and is a NDMC Advisory Board member. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2008 and is a DO-IT Advisory Board member.

Daren, ‘05 Scholar

Dyslexia

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

Dulce, ‘05 Scholar

Hearing impairment, cerebral palsy

Attends Seattle Central College and plans to become a counselor or chef.

Jenny, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned an associate degree from Yakima Valley Community College.

Jesse, ‘05 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and a master’s certificate in crime analysis. Currently works as an accounts payable clerk for Keller Supply Company. Learning screenwriting, 3D animation, and game design.

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 (UW); currently working on a doctorate in educational and organizational learning and leadership from UW. Works as a program coordinator for the DO-IT Center.

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 the personal trainer certification exam. Started working for Grund and Co.

Noah, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) and received a certificate in nonprofit leadership from UW Tacoma. Works at the  Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds working on individual and systemic advocacy. Plays wheelchair basketball for the Tacoma Titans. Married and has a one-year-old daughter. Earned a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2010.  

Sakina, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disabilities

Graduated from Eastern Washington University. Is a software developer in San Francisco, California.

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. Taking classes to finish her associates degree in criminal justice at the College of Southern Nevada. 

Zach, ‘05 Scholar

Zach, ‘05 Scholar

Dysgraphia

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

2004 Scholars

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Alex, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned an associate degree from Cascadia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in society, ethics, and human behavior from the University of Washington (UW) Bothell. Completed an internship in The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability. Through an internship with the Arc of King County, gave a speech to lawmakers about changes needed for adult family homes. Still exploring housing options. Fully employed as a policy coordinator for Self Advocates in Leadership and hopes to go to Olympia next year to speak with legislature. 

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)

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. Has a miniature schnauzer dog. 

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. Works as a senior economist at Amazon. Married and has two daughters. 

Carrie, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

With a background in both marketing and psychology, started a travel business based out of Los Angeles, California, 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 degree in physics from Western Washington University and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Working for Microsoft as a mechanical engineer on the HoloLens product line. This year, he and his wife introduced a newborn baby girl to the world.

Jessica, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, ataxia, learning disability

Earned an associate degree from Olympic College and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and family studies from the University of Washington. Earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Western Washington University. Works at The Alliance of People with disAbilities.

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, Pennsylvania.

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, Washington. 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. Enjoyed taking an online Goodwill class called Customer Service Essentials that explored why customer service relationships matter and offered reminders on practicing empathy, compassion, and active listening skills.

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 russelltaylorart.blogspot.com.

Tracy, ‘04 Scholar

Learning disability

Spends time caring for two children, Jordan and Austin, 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 to two children.

Annemarie, ’03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned a bachelor of arts in English, Spanish, and political science from the University of Portland. Currently earning a bachelor of science in secondary mathematics education from Western Governors University. Works as a substitute teacher at Kennedy High School and as a Spanish, math resource, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at St. Francis of Assisi school.

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 nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate in 2017. Is a member of the Washington Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an ambassador on the American Association of People With Disabilities Ambassadors Council, and a board member of the Washington Attorneys With Disabilities Association.

Crystal, ’03 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury

Graduated from Columbia High School.

Jamie, ’03 Scholar

Learning disability

Earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Washington University, summa cum laude and presidential scholar, and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, specializing in curriculum development through the arts. Teaches in an autism preschool program.

Jamie, ’03 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned an associate 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 managing development teams, coding, and helping clients create custom software to solve business problems in fields including finance, automotive, biomedical, and e-commerce. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2016.

Joshua, ’03 Scholar

Spina bifida

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

Joshua, ’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. Works as an assistant swim coach at Sammamish High School and Chinook Aquatic Club in Bellevue Washington.

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 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 a mechanical engineer in Burlington, Washington. Helped designed a vibrational test system for the James Webb telescope at NASA. Recently bought a house.

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 the UW’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Advocates for people with disabilities. Currently an independent medical and cultural anthropologist working on addressing disparities within the social determinants of health. Also works with LegalShield to help people access the legal system.

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 as a dishwasher. Has volunteered 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). Is an academic research scientist and has contributed to 18 publications. Currently working in the 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. 

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 principal software engineer at Microsoft. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Is a DO-IT Advisory Board member. Presented during Summer Study 2021.

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 degree from Clark College and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Washington State University (WSU). Works at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the intensive care unit as an animal tech. Enjoys teaching fourth year vet students hands on skills and loves helping animals recover from being sick or injured. Got married in June of 2021. Proud mother of an eight-year-old boy.

Ian, ’02 Scholar

Mobility impairment

Earned a degree in computer information systems from Skagit Valley College. Interested in software engineering, website construction, and other computer-related occupations. Works as a math tutor for local students. Obtained a bachelor of computer science degree at Seattle University. Currently working at Microsoft as
a quality assurance tester for their video games division.

James, ’02 Scholar

Mobility impairment

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

Jared, ’02 Scholar

Health impairment

Earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Columbia Basin College. Passed away in 2018.

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 quality assurance specialist/document control specialist.

Ryan, ’02 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned a degree in environmental sciences and technology from the University of Washington Bothell. Volunteers at Northwest Harvest, SODO Community Market. Greeter at the Museum of Flight. Council Member for Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council. Commissioner for 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. Works as an air operations agent at Costco Travel.

Brandi, ’01 Scholar

Deaf

Has associate 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 Stargardt’s 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. Though not working currently due to COVID-19, plans to return to work in the fall when in-person classes resume.

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 works at Hopelink in their transportation call center helping individuals with Medicaid get rides to and from their medical appointments. 

Matt, ’01 Scholar

Dyslexia, short-term memory defect

Works as chemical process safety manager for two Georgia-Pacific facilities in Oregon. Married since 2010 and has two children. Recently purchased a four-acre train park and venue: Tennessee Thunder Stand and Railroad in Lebanon, Oregon. Working on making it more accessible.

Matt, ’01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Earned an associate 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 (a role-playing game, 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 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. 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 Edmonds and Jackson high school districts. Accompanies individuals with disabilities to the Washington State Capitol for Advocacy Days. 

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 at Lululemon as a cybersecurity manager focused on vulnerability management, cloud security, and application security. 

Israel, ’00 Scholar

Blind

Earned an associate 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. Lives in Shoreline with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Nathan, ’00 Scholar

Dyslexia and other learning differences

Has one certificate from Johnson County Community College for railroad conducting, an associate of arts degree, and two more certificates from Shoreline Community College. Works for Ballard Terminal Railroad and has worked in Eastern Washington out of Cheney. Continues to use their film training to an advantage while playing with new technology and photogrammetry. Has 15,626 edits on Open Street Map and is now working on other mapping projects like Open Historical Map. Active contributor to Open Historical Map with a little over a thousand edits. Attending other mapping activities and becoming more involved in the community. Open to having conversations on any of these topics or local history in general. 

Nick, ’00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned a certificate in culinary arts from North Seattle College.

Nohemi, ’00 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned an associate degree in computer science. Plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Married fellow ‘00 Scholar Brian Frisbie. Lives in Everett, Washington.

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. Works as the deputy Section 508 coordinator 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, Washington. Has a daughter.

1999 Scholars

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Ali, ’99 Scholar

Osteogenesis imperfecta

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

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 interested in 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 admissions 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 Facebook (www.facebook.com/Lacey.Reed.3363) and at NayNayNews.blogspot.com. Hobbies include horseback riding, riding adaptive tricycles, adaptive drawing, and painting.

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 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 an IT solutions 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. Worked several contracts for Microsoft testing software, including user interface accessibility, and for Maker’s Tool Works, a 3-D printer company, providing documentation and customer support. Passed away in August 2016.

Ryan, ’99 Scholar

Learning disability

Earned an associate 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 and skis in free time. 

Tynesha, ’99 Scholar

Spina bifida

Earned certificates in medical administration assistance, home care aid, home care aid specialist, nurse delegation, nurse delegation diabetes, and advanced home care aid specialist. Currently works for Full Life Care as an advanced home care aid specialist as well as working independently with three private clients. Works over 80 hours a week taking care of clients.

Wolfgang, ’99 Scholar

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

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1998 Scholars - Washington

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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.

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. Spent over ten years working as a lawyer in the Bay Area. Moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2019. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009.

Jessie, ’98 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder

Earned a bachelor’s degree in informatics
with a minor in dance, as well as a master of business administration, from the University of Washington. Manages a fraud prevention data science team at Amazon Web Services. Enjoys mentoring and being an advocate for minorities in STEM fields. Enjoys spending time with family and chasing her toddler around. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2005.

Katrina, ’98 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury

Earned an associate degree in integrated studies from Cascadia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in human rights from the University of Washington Bothell. Investigating personal genealogy, as well as helping other genealogists, and sharing the findings on Ancestry.com through the “Carter Family Tree.” Completed hand-stitching a Christmas stocking, part of which was self-designed. Working on creating a new hand-stitching pattern in 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

Graduated with a bachelor’s degree of applied science in 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. Certified in financial trading and investments. Animal rescuer.

Silas, ’98 Scholar

Visual impairment

Interested in programming and 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 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 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

Works three days a week at the Midwest Food Bank. Attended the drive-thru Tim Tebow Night to Shine, volunteers at the Angel Tree for Salvation Army, and attends a day program two days a week. Loves dancing, music, Zumba, and traveling.

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 Rochester Institute of Technology. Works as a network operations technician at Frontier Communications. 

Ben, ‘97 Scholar

Quadriplegia

Earned an associate degree in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate from Green River Community College. Interested in 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. Currently works at the Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center as a research physicist doing computer modeling. Horseback rides in her free time.

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’s 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

Works for Target. Has been on the board for ENSO (Envisioning Solutions) for several years. Lives in Alki in Seattle. 

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 as a web/ system administrator for 14 years. Married and is blessed to be the father to two adopted twins. Enjoys spending time outdoors, biking,
fishing and taking pictures of nature even storms too! Here’s to another year!

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 ovvf 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 Scholar

Mobility impairment

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

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 (youtube.com/illegallysighted). Serves on the Low Vision Advisory Board for Microsoft, which assists in helping make Microsoft products like Windows, Office, and Xbox more accessible. Member of XR Access, an initiative dedicated to making virtual and augmented reality more accessible

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 with an interest in 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 executive director of the self-advocacy organization Allies in Advocacy, an organization fighting for the civil and equal rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Member of Self Advocates in Leadership, PAS-Port 4 Change, and the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council, and a co-chair of the Community Advocacy Coalition.

Todd, ‘95 Scholar

Spinal cord injury, C4 Quadriplegia

Studied computer programming. Is a husband, father, and the founder of C4 Consulting. Is a columnist for New Mobility and writes the column “Todd Against the Machine”

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. Assisted in writing the book, Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication by David McNaughton and David Beukelman. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2007.

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. Worked as a lawyer 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 degree from Pierce Community College. Going back to school online at Brigham Young University-Idaho for a bachelor’s degree in applied technology. Works as a shop set-up tech for Pacific Office Automation. Married and has five children. 

Jen, ’94 Scholar

Undiagnosed severe neuropathy

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

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. 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 degree in computer science from Utah State University. Works as a systems development engineer at Amazon with a focus on the development tools and building servers as part of the Builder Tools Organization in Amazon Web Services. Currently lives in Seattle.

1993 Scholars

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Anna, ‘93 Scholar

Blind

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

Eric, ’93 Scholar

Visual impairment

Working as a contact representative at the U.S. Department of the Treasury since October 2018. Goal for 2021 is to continue working and reach his three-year job anniversary. Earned an associate degree in computer applications from Mt. Hood Community College. Completed a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Portland State University with a focus on information technology. Also obtained a career pathways certificate in computer information systems with focus on Windows Server administration from Portland Community College.

Hollis, ’93 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Starting own business selling assistive equipment for wheelchairs.

Katie, ‘93 Scholar

Hearing impairment

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

Lloyd, ‘93 Scholar

Hearing impairment

Has associate degrees in electronic technology, computer science, and criminal justice. Has served ten years as a volunteer firefighter and engineer and volunteers for the American Red Cross. Works in the hospitality business as a front desk clerk for Radisson hotels. 

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, ’93 Scholar

Dyslexia

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

Mitchell, ’93 Scholar

Spina bifida, Homer’s syndrome, thalamic pain syndrome

Earned an associate degree from Wenatchee Valley College and has worked as a professional recording artist.

Nadira, ’93 Scholar

Mobility impairment

Graduated with an associate 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, ’93 Scholar

Stroke resulting in right side weakness

Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in applied psychology from Eastern Washington University. Earned a master’s in social work through an online program at the University of Southern California. Works as a crisis mental health therapist. Married and is 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, has two kids, and owns a home in West Seattle. 

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

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Anna Marie

I’m Anna Marie Golden, an IT accessibility specialist at the University of Washington. I provide support and outreach to our campus web community to help them make their websites more accessible to students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. I’m a proud Husky graduate with a master’s in human-computer interaction + design, and I also hold undergraduate degrees in communications/broadcasting and information systems. I am passionate about the web and making it accessible to people of all abilities and was awarded the DO-IT 2013 Trailblazer award for my work to increase accessibility on the internet. I believe one person can change the world and that independence and inspiration can be fostered through good design.

amgolden@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

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Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Woolner, and I am the publications coordinator and program operations specialist for DO-IT. My main role is to organize, create, and manage all of our web content, publications, and other products. I have a BA in English and a certificate in editing, both from the University of Washington. I enjoy gaming, dancing, and listening to audiobooks in my free time.

eol@uw.edu

Gaby
Gaby

My name is Gaby de Jongh, and I am a document accessibility specialist with the University of Washington. I help educate and support faculty and staff with creating accessible electronic documents, and I also supervise student assistants working on the UW-IT PDF Remediation Project. I support DO-IT Summer Study as an instructor for the Introduction to Web Design course and facilitate the accessible technology demonstrations.

gabyd@uw.edu

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Hadi

My name is Hadi Rangin, and I am an information technology accessibility specialist at the Accessibility Technology and DO-IT Centers. I identify accessibility issues on campus and promote universally designed software. I have a master’s degree in computer science.

hadir@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

Laura
Laura

My name is Laura Roy. I am an operations specialist. In this position I focus on fiscal duties and managing our student office assistants. I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in comparative literature.

lhyndman@uw.edu

Lyla
Lyla

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

lylac@uw.edu

Marvin
Marvin

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

mcrip@uw.edu

Myrella Gonzalez
Myrella

Hi, my name is Myrella (me-ray-ya) Gonzalez. I am a University of Washington Alumna (2019), and I am from North Central Washington. Currently, I am in Seattle University’s Student Development Administration program, M.Ed. track. To complete my hours of internship for my master’s program, I am working as the Summer Youth Project Coordinator at DO-IT. Through this opportunity, I am working with the DO-IT team to plan, organize, and facilitate this year’s summer programs. I am passionate about summer programs and college access for students from underrepresented backgrounds, so working at DO-IT this summer is a great opportunity for me.

Scott
Scott

I’m Scott Bellman, DO-IT program manager. I just started my 20th year at DO-IT. My work at DO-IT includes oversight of projects and programs, career counseling, writing, planning events, supervising others, mentoring, and of course Summer Study! I have served on the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment for many years and enjoy writing papers and articles about DO-IT’s activities. Outside of work, my interests include guitar, camping, hiking, panning for gold, carpentry, and travel. I completed a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and an undergraduate degree in psychology and business. I’m a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State.

swb3@uw.edu

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Susie

My name is Susie Hawkey, and I am the operations manager for Accessible Technology Services. My main role is to oversee all operations within the offices, which includes submitting grants, managing budgets, and running human resources. I have a BS in biology from Seattle University and a BS in accounting from Central Washington University. When I am not working, I am usually with my nieces and nephews or travelling.

shawkey@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 (ITAT) at the University of Washington. ITAT works across the university technology to help ensure the technologies we’re using—including websites, documents, videos, and software—are accessibility to students, employees, and visitors with disabilities. Part of my position is funded by DO‑IT. One of my DO-IT functions is to teach the Intro to Web Design class. I live in Bellingham and do most of my work remotely. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time in the mountains, making music, and cooking. 

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; Community Foundation of Southwest Washington; 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; BoxlightCorporation; 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; LifeSciences 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 CriticalCare 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; Rooted in Rights; 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 ofFlorida; 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.