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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|
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ASAN develops Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates


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|

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.

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

January 12th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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Special Hope Foundation’s 2016 in Review


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|
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Learning how to be a dentist for adults with disabilites


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|
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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|
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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|
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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|

Grantee Profile: The Lurie Center at Massachusetts General Hospital


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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