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Voters with Disabilities and Election 2016

Don't Boo, VoteBernie 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 [...]

By |August 11th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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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 Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer,  has spent years working internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical [...]

By |August 2nd, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

Lynne O’Hara receives AADMD’s Katie Beckett Advocacy Award

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 in memory of the advocacy of [...]

By |July 13th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement

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 I/DD Population: A Partnership with Self-AdvocatesPurpose:The mission of the Special Hope Foundation (SHF) is to [...]

By |June 14th, 2016|News, Special Hope Blog|
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Improving the Healthcare of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Virtually

Grantee Profile: The Cleveland ClinicThe problemPeople 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 [...]

By |May 12th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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Special Hope Grantee Update: Positive Exposures

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 with genetic, physical, intellectual [...]

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

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 glances, whispering nurses, and doctors highlighting [...]

By |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 [...]

By |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 [...]

By |March 20th, 2016|Special Hope Blog|
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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. Autism was [...]

By |February 21st, 2016|Special Hope Blog|

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