2005 Scholars

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Andrew, ‘05 Scholar

Tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

College degrees in criminal justice and Spanish. Lives in downtown Seattle. Works as a Rick Steves Tour Guide in Europe.

Bella, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral Palsy

Graduated from Shoreline Community College with an associate of arts in performing arts and a certificate in theatre. Works at a preschool in North Seattle, which, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was paused. Takes ten hours of continuing education classes online for her job. Does yoga and sings in a church choir (and has been continuing these remotely). 

Cassie, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida

Works as a medical receptionist.

Daman, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of arts in management information systems from Western Washington University (WWU). Is the CEO and founder of Wandke Consulting, which offers accessibility consulting and training. Teaches Disability Studies at WWU. A 2019 Inductee of the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame from the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) and is a NDMC Advisory Board member. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2008 and is a DO-IT Advisory Board member.

Daren, ‘05 Scholar


Graduated from Green River College. Works for Bank of America.

Dulce, ‘05 Scholar

Hearing impairment, cerebral palsy

Attends Seattle Central College and plans to become a counselor or chef.

Jenny, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned an associate degree from Yakima Valley Community College.

Jesse, ‘05 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and a master’s certificate in crime analysis. Currently works as an accounts payable clerk for Keller Supply Company. Learning screenwriting, 3D animation, and game design.

Jessie, ‘05 Scholar

Morquio’s syndrome

Attended Bellevue College and lives in an apartment with a roommate.

Kayla, ‘05 Scholar

Central core disease, muscular dystrophy

Earned a bachelor of arts in community psychology from the University of Washington Bothell and a master of social work from the University of Washington (UW); currently working on a doctorate in educational and organizational learning and leadership from UW. Works as a program coordinator for the DO-IT Center.

Logan, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Enjoys gaming online, working out, and having a good time with friends.

Marlen, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disabilities

Works in billing for a house cleaning service on an island in the San Juans. May pursue a dental program.

Nate, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disability

Earned a personal trainer certificate from Bellevue College. Studying for the personal trainer certification exam. Started working for Grund and Co.

Noah, ‘05 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) and received a certificate in nonprofit leadership from UW Tacoma. Works at the  Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds working on individual and systemic advocacy. Plays wheelchair basketball for the Tacoma Titans. Married and has a one-year-old daughter. Earned a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2010.  

Sakina, ‘05 Scholar

Learning disabilities

Graduated from Eastern Washington University. Is a software developer in San Francisco, California.

Shavonne, ‘05 Scholar

Spina bifida

Currently working full time at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an administrative aid in the delivery services division. Taking classes to finish her associates degree in criminal justice at the College of Southern Nevada. 

Zach, ‘05 Scholar

Zach, ‘05 Scholar


Earned an associate degree in fire science and completed classroom training to become a paramedic. Earned a national certification of firefighter paramedic and worked as a critical care paramedic in Dallas, Texas. Now works at the Murphy Fire Department.