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Achievable opens Clinic for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

On Monday, November 4, our grantee The Achievable Foundation celebrated the Grand Opening of Achievable Clinic, a first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary medical home for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.More than 100 supporters attended, including our own Lynne O’ Hara, Executive […]

Disability and Discrimination at the Doctor’s Office

By Pauline W. Chen, M.D., The New York TimesIn his 60s, overweight and in a wheelchair, the patient had been seeing doctors and nurses regularly for his diabetes. Only recently had they discovered a pressure sore after someone had finally, […]

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The Arc in S.F. to Help Pilot U.S. Study

[In the photo above: Ann Slater gets her blood pressure checked by Marilyn Petrich, a volunteer nurse, during a free health screening at The Arc in S.F. The agency provides health care for adults with developmental disabilities. Photo by Lea […]


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