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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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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


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


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|
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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|
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