About Laura Shumaker

Laura Shumaker, the Communications Director of the Special Hope Foundation, is a writer, author and content strategist. Her work has been published in many places, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times and on NPR. Laura is most proud of her role as the mother of 3 sons. He oldest, Matthew, has autism.

Making supported decision-making accessible for all

WITH’s commitment to supported decision making in healthcare settings

The WITH Foundation, along with AADMD and Ability Central, have an exciting funding opportunity that we’d like to share with a fast approaching submission deadline.

Supported decision making needs to be accessible for all adults with disabilities, so we’re inviting collaborative proposals which focus on the development of […]

2019-08-16T16:38:57-07:00August 13th, 2019|Blog|

WITH Foundation Self-Advocacy Advisory Committee Members

WITH believes that people with disabilities are disability experts.

That’s why we are very proud of our Self-Advocate Advisory Committee and for the value each member adds to our organization. The committee reviews the proposals that the Foundation receives and provides input on whether or not applicants should receive funding, and whether a proposal is designed […]

2019-07-05T07:25:26-07:00July 5th, 2019|Blog|


Request for Proposals (RFP) from the WITH Foundation (WITH), the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and Ability Central

Enhancing the Resources, Programmatic Efforts, and/or Advocacy regarding Supported Decision-making for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).


WITH is a private foundation that promotes […]

2019-06-14T08:27:56-07:00June 14th, 2019|Blog|

Healthcare and Disability: Takeaways from back-to-back conferences

The WITH Foundation had the honor this past week to sponsor The UCSF 18th Annual Developmental Disabilities Update and to participate in the 12th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference in Sacramento.  

This is sixth year WITH has sponsored the UCSF  Developmental Disabilities conference. The event provides updates to the medical community from […]

2019-03-22T07:46:28-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Blog|

Expert Conversations: Sheraden Nicholau

#Expert Conversations

Sheaden Nicholau A smiling woman with light skin and brown hair wearing a burgundy blouse.

WITH is pleased to present Expert Conversations, an ongoing series that features conversations with experts in the fields of healthcare, disability, digital health, and philanthropy.

Today’s Expert Conversation is with Sheraden Nicholau. She […]

2019-03-04T16:10:52-07:00March 4th, 2019|Blog|