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.
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.
Short-term memory loss
Works at the Stanwood Café. Volunteers at the local food bank, Stanwood Camano Resource Center, and the Sno-Isle library in Marysville. Recently awarded the bronze level President’s Volunteer Service Award.
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.
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.
Attends Centralia Community College, majoring in early childhood education. Plans to study psychology.
Attends the 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 in real estate management.
Attends Clark College, studying broadcasting. Interested in writing novel and becoming a DJ.
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.
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.
Earned a law degree from the University of Washington after graduating summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University. Interned in Washington, DC as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship and the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012, the Carlson-Parker Award from Pacific Justice Institute in 2016, and the Ron Adams Outstanding Advocate Award from the Northwest Access Fund in 2017. Founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate in 2017. Is chair of the Governor’s Award Subcommittee, a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and the President of the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association.
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.
Earned a bachelor of arts in computer science from Goshen College. Works as a software architect at Digital Foundry helping clients create custom software to solve business problems in fields including finance, automotive, biomedical, and e-commerce. Designs and writes software systems as well as leads development teams. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2016.
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 UW’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Advocates for people with disabilities and is a public outreach and engagement liaison for the Department of Neighborhoods.
Earned an associate degree in accounting from Big Bend Community College. Works as a watermaster clerk and purchasing assistant for the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District.
Works as a sign language interpreter at an elementary school in Yakima. Married and has two children.
Attention deficit disorder
Earned an associate degree in machine technology and mechanical engineering from Bellingham Technical College. Also has an associate’s degree in electrical engineering. Earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Works as a mechanical engineer in Burlington, Washington.