The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1994. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.
Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities
Works in technical service department for the Prentke Romich Company. Lectures at universities on augmentative and alternative communication. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2007. Assisted in writing the book, Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication by David McNaughton and David Beukelman.
Spinal muscular dystrophy
Earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington, and a law degree from Pepperdine School of Law. Passed the Washington State Bar exam and practiced law in Kennewick, WA. Passed away in April 2008.
Works for a utility company. Married mother living in Vancouver, WA.
Earned an associate’s degree from Pierce Community College. Works as the Seattle-DC supervisor for Pacific Office Automation. Married with five children.
Health and orthopedic impairments, dwarfism
Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Utah State University. Works for 21st Century Technologies as a software engineer. Plans to receive a kidney transplant. Married.
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 products and other items.
Earned a degree in psychology from Southern Oregon University.
Worked at Columbia Industries in Kennewick, WA. Died in October 2003.
Paralysis from brain injury
Participates in various volunteer positions in the community.
Graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Married with a child.
Cerebral palsy, low vision
Studied science in college.
Earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in information technology management from Western Governors University, and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Oregon State University. Worked as a chief information officer and chief technology officer; now works as a full-time tenure track professor of information technology at Oregon Institute of Technology. Teaches classes in networking, system administration, information security, and health informatics. Also works as a consultant in IT leadership, infrastructure design, and IT service management. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2009. Married and living in Wilsonville, OR.
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 Works in San Diego as a neurology hospitalist PA-C.