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.

Takeaways from UCSF’s 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference

UCSF’s 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference, presented by the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF School of Nursing  took place last week. As always, the conference provided updates to the medical community from experts in the care and the future of  individuals with disabilities.

It was a tremendous conference.

The Special Hope Foundation provided […]

2017-05-02T18:53:43+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|

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.

MelissaCC Melissa Crisp-Cooper

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

2017-05-03T00:43:59+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|

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 […]

2017-05-02T18:53:43+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

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. […]

2017-05-03T00:42:25+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

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