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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.

Grantee Profile: The Lurie Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Healthcare for individuals with autism across the lifespan

When children with autism become adults, they require medical care tailored to their complex behavioral and medical needs. That’s why we are excited to support the work of  the Lurie Center for Autism – Massachusetts General Hospital.

What they do:

The […]

October 21st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Special Hope and USC Center for Body Computing: The promise of digital health tools for people with disabilities

We’d like to share some exciting news

The USC Center for Body Computing and the Special Hope Foundation are joining forces to encourage companies to design digital health tools for people with disabilities.

Please read the details of this collaboration, share with others, and feel free to ask questions.


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ […]

October 11th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Grantee Profile: The Office of Developmental Primary Care – UCSF

Healthcare for transition age youth and adults with developmental disabilities

Accessing quality healthcare requires communication, cooperation and advanced planning. It’s critical that people with disabilities receive the resources and support they need  to stay healthy. The Special Hope Foundation is proud to support the work of our grantee The Office of Developmental Primary Care (ODPC) […]

October 2nd, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

Creating access to healthcare with digital technology

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USC Center for Body Computing: History

In 2006, cardiologist Leslie Saxon was inspired by the new capability of implantable defibrillators that could stream information from her patients’ devices daily from their homes. She and her colleagues at USC’s Keck School of Medicine proved that connecting these devices […]

September 26th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

The Special Hope Foundation’s Self-Advocate Advisory Committee

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Are you a person with a developmental disability interested in promoting healthcare? Join Special Hope Foundation’s Self-Advocate Advisory Committee!

About the Special Hope Foundation

The Special Hope Foundation is a private family foundation that promotes the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults […]

September 13th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
  • Digital Health

Digital Health: Improving lives of people with disabilities

What does Pokémon Go have to do with it?

Early results indicate that Pokémon Go players appear to show improvement in mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety, and they are losing weight.  Both of these may very well be side effects from increased outdoor exercise that is incentivized by the game.  This is […]

September 3rd, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Understanding Autism, Aggression, and Self-Injury: a medical approach

Special Hope Foundation Grantee, Dr. Clarissa Kripke, recently spoke on a panel for Support for Families in San Francisco, and told this story:

“A man was going around doing really challenging things, like going up to law enforcement and grabbing them, laying down in front of cars, a whole variety of things that are quite […]

August 29th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

Voters with Disabilities and Election 2016

Don’t Boo, Vote

Bernie Sanders’ enthusiastic legion of young, independent and progressive supporters jammed rallies and concerts in a big way. But did they vote?

“The young (voters), the poor ones and those with no party preference were Bernie’s key supporters … and they didn’t show up,” said Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data Inc., who […]

August 11th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Positive Exposures: The Book

The Special Hope Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Change How You See, See How You Change, which tells the story of our friend and grantee Rick Guidotti and his organization POSITIVE EXPOSURES.

Rick-photo1-200x300Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer,  has spent years […]

August 2nd, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

Lynne O’Hara receives AADMD’s Katie Beckett Advocacy Award

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The Special Hope Foundation is proud to announce that our Founder and Executive Director, Lynne O’Hara, was awarded the Katie Beckett Advocacy Award at AADMD’s annual conference in Chicago this past weekend. The award is given […]

July 13th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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