Yearly Archives: 2015

  • Postive Exposure

Positive Exposure: redefining the art of medical education

Special Hope Foundation Grantee Profile

Once a month, the Special Hope Foundation highlights the work of one of our grantees, and the ways in which they promote the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.

This past September, we awarded a grant to a very special […]

November 9th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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Strengthening the healthcare delivery system for adults with disabilities

How can healthcare systems improve care for adults with developmental disabilities?

The Special Hope Foundation brought together 100 health care professionals, disability rights program advocates and experts last month for Effective Healthcare for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, a Symposium designed to create a dialogue between California health providers and advocates.

The Symposium provided opportunities […]

October 19th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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Healthcare for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The Special Hope Foundation Symposium participants make recommendations, plan next steps 

When nearly 100 health care professionals,  disability rights program advocates and experts gathered for The Special Hope Foundation’s Effective Healthcare for Adults with Developmental Disabilities symposium, key questions emerged after the day’s introductory Keynote presentations that would influence the remainder of the day:

  • How […]

October 12th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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Effective Healthcare for Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Is California on the right track?

On Friday, September 25, The Special Hope Foundation welcomed healthcare providers, funders, researchers, advocates and policy makers to take part in a ground-breaking healthcare symposium. The goal of the symposium was to take a collaborative look at managed healthcare for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

How is managed care working for people with […]

September 29th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
  • AADMD Conference

Special Hope Foundation’s Class of 2015

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In the spirit of Back-to-School season, the Special Hope Foundation […]

August 26th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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D5 inspires foundations to view disability as diversity

How can we inspire foundations to be more inclusive in their grantmaking?

This is a question that we at the Special Hope Foundation ask ourselves a lot. Recently, we had the incredible opportunity to talk with Kelly Brown, the Executive Director of D5, a five-year coalition to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion:


Why and […]

August 13th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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Tim Shriver thanks the Special Hope Foundation at AADMD 2015

But that is not the only thing that happened at the AADMD Global Summit on Innovations is Health and IDD.

This unique, international conference on health and healthcare for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities was held in Los Angeles, CA July 27-29, 2015 and featured practitioners, researchers and providers from around the world. The conference also […]

August 8th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|

#ADA25 at the White House with our own Alice Wong

July 20, 2015 was a good day for the Special Hope Foundation’s Alice Wong, the Founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project.

President Obama spoke in the East Room of the White House about the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Alice attended the event remotely using Beam Pro, a device that allows a person […]

July 21st, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
  • AADMD MedCats

Where are they now? An update from the AADMD Sonoran MedCats

I am no Oprah, but like Oprah, I lay awake at night and wonder about past grantees. Where are they now?

In February 2014, The Special Hope Foundation, in collaboration with AADMD, awarded grants of $50,000 each to four universities within the UCEDD/LEND network to support projects that promote comprehensive health care for adults […]

July 2nd, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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John Milton

Healthcare for people with disabilities: where is the silver lining?

Will someone please give me some good news about healthcare for people with disabilities?

I have to be honest.

It has been difficult lately, even for a cockeyed optimist cheerleader-type like me, to find a silver lining in recent news about threats to services for people with disabilities. The most recent story (and there are many from […]

June 24th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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