DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Died in spring 2010 after earning a bachelor's degree in information technology from Central Washington University.
Traumatic brain injury
Graduated from Columbia High School.
Attends the University of Washington as a chemistry major. Previously attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and swam for the US at the Paralympics in China.
Short-term memory loss
Graduated from Stanwood High School. Has worked at a food bank and an animal shelter.
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. Has worked in the juvenile detention system, and at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teaches elementary school students who have autism.
Attended Spokane Community College.
Attends Centralia Community College, majoring in early childhood education. Would like to study psychology.
Attends American InterContinental University online, studying business administration.
Passed away in May 2008, after a sixteen-month battle with cancer. Received an honorary degree from Landmark College.
Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works at BHD Construction as an information technology specialist.
Attends Clark College, studying broadcasting. Interested in novel writing and becoming a DJ.
Earned degrees in English, Spanish, and political science from the University of Portland. Attends law school at Willamette University. Coordinated three DO-IT Summer Study Phase II workshops for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an AccessSTEM Intern.
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.
Graduated from Seattle Pacific University, summa cum laude, attends the UW School of Law. Vice President of UW's Disability Law Alliance. Interned in Washington, DC, as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship and the Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. Recipient of the 2013 Blackstone Legal Fellowship and will be spending summer in Scottsdale, Arizona and Washington, DC. Involved in fundraising and disability awareness efforts. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012. Was the first person to use a powered wheelchair in the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon.
Bilateral radial club hand
Graduated from Washington State University with a major in hospitality business management. Working in the hospitality industry.
Earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Goshen College. Works as a software developer for Digital Foundry, creating custom mobile and web applications. Interned at NASA, Microsoft, and IBM. Has taught basic computer skills to adults who are homeless in San Francisco.
Health and vision impairment
Pursuing a bachelor's degree in medical anthropology and global health at the University of Washington (UW). Participating in UW's Newly Emerging Women Leadership Puget Sound Institute. Plans to pursue opportunities to enhance her assistive technology skills, become involved in the medical field, and advocate for people with disabilities.
Earned an associate's degree in accounting from Big Bend Community College. Works as an office administrator for Blue Sky Management.
Works as a sign language interpreter at an elementary school in Yakima. Is married and has one child.
Attention deficit disorder
Earned an associate's degree in machine technology and mechanical engineering from Bellingham Technical College; currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an associate's degree in electrical engineering at Washington State University. Member of Phi Theta Kappa.