2009 Scholars

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Abby, ‘09 Scholar

Blind with light perception

Would someday like to help the blind in other countries access technology. Is currently volunteering for the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library as a braille proofreader.

Alex, ‘09 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned an associate of arts degree from Skagit Valley College. Hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or business administration. Works at Lowe’s as a head cashier and plans to become a store manager. Is a member of the United States Business Leadership Network Advisory Council working with businesses to improve accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Allegra, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2

Took an online course from Penn Foster and is certified as a freelance writer. Does grant writing projects. Self-published an e-book called Knotted Strings. Blog at allegrakeys.blogspot.com.

Anna, ‘09 Scholar

Brain tumor, left-sided ataxia, legally blind, seizure disorder

Earned degrees in early childhood education, special education, and applied behavioral science. Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with a master’s degree in special education. Sits on the Special Olympics Committee at UW and planned the USA games in 2018. Presented research on universal design for learning at the Teaching and Learning Symposium at UW. Currently helps families of children with autism with behavior management. Plans to pursue a doctoral degree in disability studies. Received a 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

Bilal, ‘09 Scholar

Learning disability

Graduated from Edmonds Community College with a degree in construction management. Works as a part-time computer lab assistant. Would like to be an orthodontist.

Charlie, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cognitive processing disorder

Graduated with a bachelor of arts in human services from Western Washington University. Interned at Days for Girls International in the homeless housing department as an assistant case manager helping veterans get their benefits. Has worked at Brigadoon Service Dogs. Hopes to empower women around the world. Plans to work with Americorps in Maple Falls.

Chris, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder

Has combined work at a plant nursery in Portland, OR with travel during their slower seasons, which allows him to follow his passions of hiking and photography throughout the US, as well as Western Europe, Central America, and India. Often listens to audio books while hiking or driving and has read over a hundred books this past year.

Joey, ‘09 Scholar

Asperger’s syndrome

Earned a bachelor of science in electronics engineering technology with a computer engineering specialization from Central Washington University. Currently services cash registers and similar hardware in Northwestern Washington for National Cash Register (NCR).

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy

Graduated from George Fox University. Works to help folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities develop skills and experience to secure competitive employment.

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Spina bifida, learning disability

Graduated from Clark College. Would like to be a youth pastor or counselor. Has two dogs.

Leo, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal cord injury

Attends Skagit Valley College. Interested in a job involving video editing or animation. Has received over 350,000 views on his YouTube videos. Likes to learn about computers. Owns a beagle and would like to live alone in an apartment in a large city.

Louis, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia and dysgraphia

Graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Worked as a lab technician and researcher in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Collaboration. Working as an autonomous aircraft engineer.

Reese, ‘09 Scholar

Orthographic dysgraphia

Graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science degree. Is a marketing director for a local Seattle nonprofit.

Ryan, ‘09 Scholar


Completed a Master of Music (MM) degree in percussion performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Principal timpanist with Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Mahler Festival and seated percussionist with Mid-Columbia Symphony in Tri-Cities. Volunteers at SeaTac airport with the Wings for Autism program and also with the United Services Organizations (USO). Working part-time at Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett and with Snohomish School District. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer in 2020.

Sean, ‘09 Scholar

Becker muscular dystrophy

Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology. Has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently works on Microsoft’s accessibility team with the Disability Answer Desk supporting customers with disabilities. Received a 2017 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

Shelby, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy

Graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. Works as the noon show producer at the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. Active on Twitter (@shelbs25), often tweeting about disability issues, politics, and the perils of being a young, working professional.

Vanessa, ‘09 Scholar

Athetoid cerebral palsy, mild hearing loss

Graduated from Yakima Valley Community College. Works part-time as an accounting assistant for a fruit selling firm. Enjoys reading, sudoku, scribbling, cheering people up, and sharing her understanding of the Bible with others.