LauraS

About Laura Shumaker

Laura Shumaker, the Communications Director of the Special Hope Foundation, is a writer, author and content strategist. Her work has been published in many places, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times and on NPR. Laura is most proud of her role as the mother of 3 sons. He oldest, Matthew, has autism.
  • UCSF view

Informed health care for people with developmental disabilities at UCSF

Grantee Update: 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities:
An Update for Health Professionals


The Special Hope Foundation is proud to support UCSF’s 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference (read about the history of the conference HERE) . The event is coming up March 2 and 3 in San Francisco and is presented by the […]

February 14th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
  • ASAN

ASAN develops Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates

ASAN

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made it easier to get health insurance for all Americans, including individuals with disabilities.

But a lot of the information is circulating about the ACA and attempts to repeal it.  In response, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)  […]

February 4th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|

Three UCEDDs Receive Nearly $150,000 in Grants from the Special Hope Foundation

 

aadmd + Shf

Research, Design and/or Integrate Diversity/Cultural Competency Curricula in
Healthcare for the IDD Population: A Partnership with Self-Advocates

(Palo Alto, CA, January 25, 2017) — The Special Hope Foundation and American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) are pleased to announce that […]

January 26th, 2017|News|

A conversation with Self-Advocate Melissa-Crisp Cooper

Individuals with disabilities are disability experts.

So the Special Hope Foundation decided to expand our Self-Advocacy Advisory Committee.  Melissa-Crisp Cooper is the Committee’s Chairman.

MelissaCCMelissa first became involved in health advocacy for people with disabilities over a decade ago when she worked for the State Council on […]

January 12th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
  • road

Special Hope Foundation’s 2016 in Review

road

2017, we are ready.

I think we can all agree that 2016 was quite a year. Through it all, the Special Hope Foundation has remained focused on our vision and mission, and we look forward to continuing to do so enthusiastically in 2017.

A look back at some […]

January 4th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
  • udmdentist

Learning how to be a dentist for adults with disabilites

udmdentist

Enhancing the education of dental students

My son 30-year-old son Matthew is autistic and has been going to the same dentist since he was 10 years old. Dr. Troy “gets”Matthew, so therefore Matthew loves going to the dentist.

Recently, it seemed practical that Matthew switch to a dentist closer […]

December 1st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
  • ry

Special Hope Foundation’s Ryan Easterly Appointed to President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

We have some good news to share.

President Barack Obama has announced his intention appoint Ryan Easterly, a member of the Special Hope Foundation’s Board of Directors, to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID).

professionalpicRyan is Co-Founder and Director of Northern California Community Relations at […]

November 27th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
  • Smiling man

Integrating oral health for people with disabilities

The American Public Health Association adopted 11 new policy statements at their annual meeting last week.

The policy statements covered topics ranging from increasing the minimum wage, to reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, to promoting transgender and gender diverse health–and promoting oral health prevention and treatment for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. […]

November 7th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
  • Personal touch

Personal touch + Technology = Successful Digital Health

Understanding the goal of digital health

My 30-year-old son Matthew is autistic, and he loves going to the doctor. He loves it so much that he recently  told me how much he was looking forward to his upcoming colonoscopy.

Matthew has advanced ulcerative colitis, which means many visits to the doctor, the lab, the infusion center and […]

October 31st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
  • Personal touch

Personal touch + Technology = Successful Digital Health

Understanding the goal of digital health

My 30-year-old son Matthew is autistic, and he loves going to the doctor. He loves it so much that he recently  told me how much he was looking forward to his upcoming colonoscopy.

Matthew has advanced ulcerative colitis, which means many visits to the doctor, the lab, the infusion center and […]

October 31st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
error: Copyright protected. Re-use and download not permitted.