2006 Scholars

2006 Summer Study group photo


Alex, ‘06 Scholar

Turner syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder

Studied library sciences at Highline Community College. Attended Central Washington University.

Amrit, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder

Earned a degree in sociology, with minors in Chinese and anthropology, from Haverford College. Interned at the Department of Defense as a research assistant and worked as a seventh grade science teacher with Teach for America.

Brandon, ‘06 Scholar

Profoundly deaf, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysgraphia, mitochondrial disorder

Graduated from Olympic College in Bremerton. Attended the School of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Plans to pursue a degree in engineering. Works at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as a certified machinist, after graduating from the four-year PSNS Machine Apprentice Program. Hopes to start working on the engineering and design side as well.

Brittany, ‘06 Scholar

Hard of hearing, mild cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Earned a degree in psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Daniel, ‘06 Scholar

Hand deformity

Earned a degree in political science and economy from the University of Washington. Served on the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment and as an advocate for the Andrew Hughes Campaign for Congress. Worked as an operations assistant at KBA Construction Management before going to Coding Dojo bootcamp. Working at a start up called Craft Hounds as a developer.

Gabe, ‘06 Scholar

Hearing impairment, tetraphocomelia

Graduated from Cascadia Community College with an associate degree. Works as a motivational speaker and has been featured in many news and television shows. Co-authored the book My Message is C.L.E.A.R. Recently got a driver’s license and a wheelchair accessible van. Coaches a basketball team.

Jennifer, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Pursuing an associate degree in social work at Green River College. Volunteered for the Strengthening Partners and Raising Kids program at the Children’s Home Society and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jenny, ‘06 Scholar

Right sided weakness, learning disability

Plans to become a physical therapist or work with children.

Jesus, ‘06 Scholar

Visual impairment

Studied computer and network technologies at Renton Technical College. Currently pursuing music.

Joey, ‘06 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Studied at Cascadia College. Enjoys learning new things. Looking foward to meeting new nephew.

K.J., ‘06 Scholar

Learning disability

Attends Skagit Valley College and hopes to become a meteorologist.

Kaitlin, ‘06 Scholar

Seizure disorder

Earned a bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University in business administration with a focus on management and operations.

Maria, ‘06 Scholar

Learning disability

Graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) with a double major in Spanish and law, diversity, and justice. Founder of the WWU Student Coalition for Immigration Rights. Graduated from Antioch University with a master’s degree in urban environmental education. Working as a member resource specialist at the SEIU 775.

Nicole, ‘06 Scholar

Blind, bilateral hearing loss

Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a focus in human-computer interaction from Stanford University. This July, celebrated six years working at Google improving accessibility of Google+. Enjoys listening to music, audio-described movies, and audiobooks, as well as surfing the web and playing sound-based computer games. Has a female black Labrador guide dog named Rivet.

Oscar, ‘06 Scholar

Proximal femoral focal deficiency, bone deformities

Attending Portland Community College this fall. Works as a social media intern for the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, Oregon. Also works at Hollister and a mall information desk. Involved in youth activism and in church as the young adults leader.

Ryan, ‘06 Scholar

Mobility impairment

Studied at Skagit Valley College. Works in information technology.

Sam, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Has been riding at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center for over two decades. Loves to promote the successes Little Bit can bring to people with disabilities across Washington State. Participated in Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center special Olympics of Washington and received a gold medal in equitation. Participated in Special Olympics golf last year and received a gold medal for his division in state.

Taylor, ‘06 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Works as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Tony, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia

Earned degree in interdisciplinary studies combining international studies with sustainable agriculture from the University of Idaho. Graduated with a master’s degree in elementary education with a special education endorsement from the University of Washington. Works as a first grade teacher at Island Park Elementary School.

Zachary, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Works for the City of Seattle in the Department of Financial Administrative Services as an office assistant. Also works at Seattle City Light in the mornings. Volunteers at the YMCA. Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing congas, and going to the movies.