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In the spirit of Back-to-School season, the Special Hope Foundation is feeling sentimental about our “class” of 2015—the grant recipients from the past year, all dedicated to providing quality healthcare for people with developmental disabilities. They are:

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), Prospect, KY.
aadmd.org

Funds from this grant will support the AADMD annual education conference for the next 3 years to address the general lack of education of physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals with respect to the care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The AADMD annual conference provides a forum in which national leaders in multiple clinical disciplines, researchers, students and policy makers can come together to exchange ideas, learn best practices, forge working relationships and create new directions for the future of healthcare.

Learn about the AADMD 2015 here.

Community Dental Services, Inc. Albuquerque, NM
cdsabq.com

In collaboration with the University of New Mexico Dental Services (UNMDS), Community Dental Services, Inc. (CDS) plans to develop telemedicine services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Mexico, providing necessary dental services in the most appropriate setting. Local dentists will engage in real-time video conference communication with specialists at UNMDS to determine the best treatment options for each patient. Screening will allow for a determination to be made regarding whether care should be provided at their dental home, UNMDS ASC for sedation dentistry, or to the main UNM Hospital Operating Center for general anesthesia.

University of Arizona Foundation on Behalf of Sonoran UCEDD 

Sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu

The Sonoran UCEDD and the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) will bring stakeholders together to assess needs and to develop a plan to improve health for adults with DD by providing telemedicine specialty and subspecialty services in rural and underserved communities in Arizona.  The program will address community concerns regarding the inability to obtain subspecialty care due to distance and lack of transportation, and will concentrate their efforts on Arizona’s Hispanic border communities and American Indian Reservations.  

Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, TN
orangegrovecenter.org

The Orange Grove Center, in collaboration with Semo Healthcare and Slayback Health and expert consultants Seth Keller, Philip McCallion, Lucy Esralew and Rick Rader, is working to develop, implement and evaluate a pilot telehealth program that will address assessment, differential diagnosis, complex case consultation, care management/planning, environmental, caregiving and training issues influencing quality of care for people with DD and dementia.

Special Care Dentistry Association, Chicago, IL
scdaonline.org

The SCDA will assemble a group of experts in the care of special needs populations and postgraduate dental education to study existing postdoctoral programs that provide training in the care of patients with special needs, and create comprehensive educational standards for such programs.

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc., New York, NY
aclu.org

The Disability Rights Program will promote a legally recognized supported decision-making model for people with disabilities. They will create trainings and a toolkit to educate legal professionals, advocates, providers and family members about options for adults with disabilities who want autonomy with support and how to develop an approach that keeps the person with a disability at the center of the decision-making process.

The Achievable Foundation, Culver City, CA
achievable.org

Grant funding will be used to sustain clinic operations across all strategic areas. Operations expenses  include staff expenses, administrative expenses, lab services, medical supplies, equipment purchase and maintenance, electronic health record maintenance, technology and/or other operational expenses. Additionally, with a general operating grant, funding will be used to expand program evaluation, network building and reporting capabilities in order to better enable Achievable to share its model of care across the California Department of Developmental Services network and with regional centers statewide. 

People First of California, Sacramento, CA
peoplefirstca.org

Special Hope Foundation funds helped offset the cost of the People First Statewide Gathering. The meeting was an opportunity to teach peers across the state the principles of being a People First Advocate.


 

Learn additional details about these grants here.

Thank you, Special Hope Foundation Grantees of 2015, for promoting the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.