2001 Scholars

Group photo of 2001 DO-IT Scholars


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. 

Brad, ’01 Scholar

Generalized anxiety disorder, learning disability. Earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology and just earned a second degree in mechanical engineering technology from Central Washington University.

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’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University.

Jeff, ’01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder. Attended college in Spokane, WA.


Caleb, ’01 Scholar

Visual and mobility impairments. Earned associates of arts degree from Skagit Valley Community College in 2008. Attended a few classes at Western Washington University. Currently close to finishing the Bellingham Technical College Computer Networking Program. Interested in assistive computer technology like screen readers, assistive keyboards, and voice recognition for those who have physical and mobility limitations. Enjoys looking around for new and existing assistive technology that might help me or that I can learn about to possibly help others.

Raechell, ’01 Scholar

C7 quadriplegic, profoundly deaf, respiratory fragile. Graduated from South Puget Sound Community College; transferred to The Evergreen State College to earn a teaching degree and is currently studying Spanish.


Lauren, ’01 Scholar

Neurofibromatosis. Earned a bachelor’s degree in social services from Central Washington University. Pursuing a certificate in library and information services at Highline Community College.

Matt, ’01 Scholar

Dyslexia, short-term memory defect. Works as a chemical process safety manager for Georgia-Pacific in Oregon. Married and has an active 2-year-old son.


Brandon, ’01 Scholar

Left side paralysis and epilepsy, caused by a traumatic brain injury at 13. Has 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. 

Alexandra, ’01 Scholar

Deaf. Earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Washington. Works as an accountant at Oberto Beef Jerky.

Jacob, ’01 Scholar

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

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.

Mike, ’01 Scholar

Asperger syndrome. Continuing work on an accessible campaign game (an RPG, similar to Dungeons and Dragons) that will be both digital and table top.

Sarah, ’01 Scholar

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive. Graduated from Seattle Pacific University. Studied to be a Spanish–English interpreter and translator.

Brandi, ’01 Scholar

Deaf. Attends the University of Minnesota Crookston, majoring in equine science and minoring in flight aviation. Works with people with disabilities at Connections of Moorhead.

Trisha, ’01 Scholar

Learning disability. Interested in being a history or science teacher.

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. Married in May 2013 and currently living in San Francisco, CA. Represented the United States Paralympic Track and Field team in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics as well as the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France and the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Currently working for the Riekes Center in Menlo Park, CA as the manager of adaptive and veterans programs.    

Ryan, ’01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy. Earned a degree in environmental sciences and technology from the University of Washington, Bothell. Is a Commissioner on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.Cerebral palsy. Earned a degree in environmental sciences and technology from the University of Washington, Bothell. Is a Commissioner on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

Matt, ’01 Scholar

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