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ASAN Healthcare Transitions Toolkit

ASAN Healthcare Toolkit

September 2nd, 2014|Board References|

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 Director of the Special Hope FoundationCulver […]

November 5th, 2013|News|

Disability and Discrimination at the Doctor’s Office

By Pauline W. Chen, M.D., The New York Times

In 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, as he put it, “wanted to examine at […]

May 23rd, 2013|News|
  • The Arc, S.F. Screening

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 Suzuki, San Francisco Chronicle.]

Hope is to improve services for developmentally disabled people

By Victoria Colliver

April 29th, 2013|News|


Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund Video Presentation

Campaign for Disability Healthcare Justice

New HEALTHCARE STORIES Featuring People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

DREDF is pleased to announce the release of new HEALTHCARE STORIES that illustrate, as no policy paper can, the obstacles and barriers that stand in the way of getting appropriate, effective health care […]

February 25th, 2013|News|

Study Finds Autistic Adults at Higher Risk for Unmet Healthcare Needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; November 30, 2012

Press Contact:
Melody Latimer
Director of Community Engagement
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Phone: (202) 630-7477

Researchers with the Academic Autistic Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), including community partners from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), found that Autistic adults report significantly worse health care experiences to their […]

November 30th, 2012|News|
  • Frog and Waterlillies

Diversity and Disability

I recently had the opportunity to attend an update of the D5 Coalition work. Northern California Grantmakers hosted a variety of local grantmakers to learn more about the progress of the coalition with a particular emphasis on looking beyond typical definitions of diversity in order to include individuals from the LGBT community and those with […]

September 26th, 2012|Special Hope Blog|
  • Sailboat Underneath Golden Gate Bridge

How a Small Foundation Made a Big Impact on a Government Program

A few years ago, my foundation made a high-risk grant that was far from “business-as-usual.” To convince and engage board members who only felt comfortable with the direct service grants making up most of our portfolio, I used landscape scanning to educate them—and myself!—about the potential of funding a software development effort that had the […]

August 11th, 2012|Special Hope Blog|
  • Raised hands

Why We Care About Healthcare

Thanks to Ted Tannenbaum of the Achievable Foundation for this guest blog entry.

When it comes to health care, most of us have an opinion about the current state of affairs. Our interaction with the healthcare system can either be an exploration into the marvels of modern medicine or result in sinking feelings of frustration over […]

December 19th, 2011|Special Hope Blog|
  • Electronic Health Records

A Whole New World

“Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy and save lives.” President Obama, Address to Joint Sessions of Congress, February 2009.

I grew up in the dark ages (per my kids) where I wrote all my school papers on a typewriter. Those were […]

November 2nd, 2011|Special Hope Blog|