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


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. Spoke as part of a panel during 2019’s #GAConf Game Accessibility Conference on blindness and low vision game accessibility.

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


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


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


Earned a bachelor’s degree in social services at Central Washington University and a web design certificate from the Art Institute. Works as an independent living coordinator for the Center for Independence in Marysville, and was awarded advocate of the year in 2017. Facilitates social and support groups in Bellingham, Burlington, and Marysville. Is President of the Allies in Advocacy Organization and member of Self Advocates in Leadership, PAS-Port 4 Change, and the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council.

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


Attended both Central and Eastern Washington Universities.