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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.
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Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement

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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|
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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|
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Special Hope Grantee Update: Positive Exposures

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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|
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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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Healthcare Access for People With Disabilities: Special Hope’s video shorts tell the story

How can we help supported decision-making work?

How can healthcare access be improved for people with disabilities?

These are questions that the Special Hope Foundation strives to answer.

So we produced a video white paper to answer these questions.  

The video white paper was inspired by the Special Hope Foundations ground-breaking healthcare symposium  held this past […]

March 20th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Six Organizations Receive Grants from the Special Hope Foundation

Evidence-Based Cost and Quality of Care Research Grants for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

(Palo Alto, CA, February 22, 2016)The Special Hope Foundation and the Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry are pleased to announce that six organizations serving the healthcare needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities were selected […]

February 24th, 2016|News|
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Maximizing Potential for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities at UCSF

Special Hope Foundation’s Grantee educates and inspires the medical community

 “When I was in med school,” says  developmental-behavioral pediatrician Lucy Crain, “maybe a total of 4 hours was devoted to developmental disabilities, mostly cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation (before we began using the term ‘intellectual disability’) and Down Syndrome. […]

February 21st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Down Syndrome 101 for the Medical Community

Redefining the art of medical education

The last time we talked, I was telling you about FRAME,  a web-based educational library and resource created by our grantee Positive Exposure that changes how medical information is presented to health care professionals in training, clinicians, families and communities. 

January 23rd, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Positive Exposure: redefining the art of medical education

Special Hope Foundation Grantee Profile

Once a month, the Special Hope Foundation highlights the work of one of our grantees, and the ways in which they promote the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.

This past September, we awarded a grant to a very special […]

November 9th, 2015|Special Hope Blog|
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