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The Special Hope Foundation: A Retrospective Part II

The Special Hope Foundation is taking a look back at the history of the grants we have awarded since our beginning. Today, we’re featuring our grants from 2012.As we mentioned in Part I of our retrospective series, we have truly evolved as a foundation, and are proud of the organizations [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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The Special Hope Foundation: A Retrospective

The Special Hope Foundation was created to provide financial support to organizations that promote the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.In the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the history of the grants we have awarded since our [...]

By |March 19th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|

Self-Advocate Profile: Brent White

Conversations with Self-Advocates: Part IIIYou may have noticed that here at the Special Hope Foundation, we are very proud of our Self-Advocacy Advisory Committee, and for the value its members add to our organization. The committee reviews the proposals that the Foundation receives and provides input on whether or not [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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Takeaways from UCSF’s 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference

UCSF’s 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference, presented by the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF School of Nursing  took place last week. As always, the conference provided updates to the medical community from experts in the care and the future of  individuals with disabilities.It was a tremendous conference.The Special [...]

By |March 5th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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Self-Advocate Profile: Ivanova Smith

Conversations with Self-Advocates: Part IIThe Special Hope Foundation recently expanded its Self-Advocacy Advisory Committee, which, among other things, reviews the proposals that the Foundation receives and provides input on whether or not applicants should receive funding, and whether a proposal is designed well for people with disabilities. Ivanova Smith, a member [...]

By |February 21st, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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Informed health care for people with developmental disabilities at UCSF

Grantee Update: 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities: An Update for Health ProfessionalsThe 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 [...]

By |February 14th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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ASAN develops Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates

Navigating the Affordable Care ActThe 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)  created a plain language [...]

By |February 4th, 2017|Special Hope Blog|
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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.Melissa first became involved in health advocacy for people with disabilities over a decade ago when she worked for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.  As a Consumer [...]

By |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 of our highlights from [...]

By |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 studentsMy 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 to Santa Cruz, [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

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