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.
  • 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|
  • Change

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

Lynne O Hara Lynne O’Hara, Katie Beckett Advocacy Award recipient

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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Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement

aadmd + Shf

The Special Hope Foundation and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) are partnering together in sponsorship of a Request for Proposal.

Funding Title:

Research, Design and/or Integrate Diversity/Cultural Competency Curricula in Healthcare for the […]

June 14th, 2016|News, Special Hope Blog|
  • cleveland clinic

Improving the Healthcare of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Virtually

Grantee Profile: The Cleveland Clinic

The problem

People with Down Syndrome have complex health issues, but few fail to receive recommended health care.  According to a 1999 study less than 50% of patients with Down syndrome were evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea, atlanto-axial instability, hearing loss and vision loss; and only 50 to 80% of adults […]

May 12th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

Special Hope Grantee Update: Positive Exposures

Postive Exposure

In 1998, award-winning fashion photographer Rick Guidoti turned his world upside down – he stopped working in the fashion industry and created the not-for-profit organization, Positive Exposure, devoted to celebrating the beauty of human diversity. 

More than fifteen years later, Positive Exposure, in collaboration with individuals living […]

May 2nd, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Grantee Profile: The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA)

adult with Down Syndrome Photo courtesy of Positive Exposure in collaboration with the Golisano Foundation.

Living a full and healthy life with Down Syndrome

“The minute our daughter was born, the hospital room went silent. Where there should have been ‘Congratulations’ and ‘It’s a Girl’, there were awkward […]

April 25th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
  • Organ Transplant

People with disabilities and organ transplantation rights

There is an unfortunate story that people with intellectual disabilities know too well.

Too many medical professionals think of them in terms of “function” or “dysfunction.”

Lily Parra, for example, is 4 months old and needs a heart. But there was a small amount of fluid on her brain that might lead to disability, and she was […]

April 12th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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