Yearly Archives: 2014

Developmental Disabilities 101 at UCSF’s Mini-Medical School

I sat in a child-size chair and watched as my two-year-old son, Matthew, dressed in his green Gymboree shorts and a blue-striped polo shirt, stacked small multi-colored blocks. “See how he is drooling a little?” asked the child psychologist, “That means he is working hard.” She would later use the word “developmentally delayed” to describe […]

2017-05-03T11:15:22+00:00 November 12th, 2014|Special Hope Blog|

Service Dogs 101 for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Special Hope Foundation awarded a grant to JFK Partners UCEDD and LEND at the University of Colorado last February to help a student group, Disability Dialogue, expand their program.

The group, which is committed to examining health care disparities affecting individuals with developmental disabilities, engages speakers in all medical disciplines, community support organizations, parents […]

2017-05-03T11:10:52+00:00 October 9th, 2014|Special Hope Blog|

Living with Disabilities: New ASAN Toolkit Ensures Support in Every Setting

Home and community-based services

They are an important source of support for many people with disabilities who need help to live in the community. But so far, many of these services have been provided in restrictive or group settings, instead of people’s own homes, communities, or integrated workplaces.

The Autistic Self Advocacy […]

2017-05-03T11:13:00+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|Special Hope Blog|

People with Disabilities: 10 Tips for Preventing Healthcare Catastrophes

  • A woman is brought to the psychiatric emergency room where she is separated from her supporter. She gets scared and agitated because she can’t communicate, and is treated with physical and chemical restraint.
  • A non‐verbal patient couldn’t be discharged from the hospital because he wasn’t eating.
    The reason he wasn’t eating is that he needs someone […]
2017-05-03T11:17:12+00:00 August 19th, 2014|Special Hope Blog|

Day One of the AADMD Conference, Special Hope Foundation Style

Laura Shumaker,  Communications Director Special Hope Foundation


I am reporting to you LIVE from Princeton New Jersey after the first Day of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) Conference. As many of you know, this is a conference that The Special Hope Foundation provided funding for, as the organization lives and breathes […]

2017-05-22T18:10:22+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Special Hope Blog|