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.

WITH Grantee Profile: The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities

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A WITH Foundation Grantee Profile

Who: The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities

What they do: The Center for Disabilities advocates for increased self-determination, independence and a satisfying quality of life for people with disabilities. Their experienced team of experts offer training, […]

2017-09-20T10:35:26+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Blog|

Self-Advocate Profile: Jessica Jimenez

Conversations with Self-Advocates

WITH recently expanded its Self-Advocate Advisory Committee (SAAC), 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. 

Today’s conversation is with SAAC member Jessica Jimenez.


2017-09-20T10:33:20+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Blog|

WITH Foundation: Connecting our past to our future

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Connections between our past and our future

This month is the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As we celebrate and appreciate the protections the ADA affords people with disabilities, the staff at WITH have also been contemplating the connections between […]

2017-09-20T10:44:33+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Blog|

Special Hope Foundation announces new name, leadership

The Special Hope Foundation to become WITH. Ryan Easterly to serve as Executive Director

(Palo Alto, CA, July 11, 2017) – The Board of Directors of Special Hope Foundation recently announced that the foundation has officially changed its name to WITH (Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare).

Lynne O’Hara, President of the Board, explained that the […]

2017-07-12T03:07:57+00:00 July 11th, 2017|News|

News from the Special Hope Foundation

Please see below for a letter from the Board of Directors

July 1, 2017
Dear Friends of the Special Hope Foundation,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the beginning of a new chapter at the foundation. Those of you that follow us on […]

2017-07-05T07:25:01+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Blog|

The Special Hope Foundation Grants from 2017: What’s next?

Comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities

The Special Hope Foundation has been looking back at the grants that we have awarded over the years, and in doing so, we’re seeing the possibilities for the future of healthcare for adults with disabilities. Today we end our retrospective with grants awarded–so far–in 2017.

The Special Hope […]

2017-06-20T17:32:29+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Special Hope Foundation Retrospective: The countdown continues

Special Hope Foundation Grants from 2016

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. We’ve been looking back at the grants that we have awarded over the years, and in doing […]

2017-06-20T14:51:52+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Blog|

Special Hope Foundation Grants from 2015

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2015 was a pivotal year for the Special Hope Foundation

Not only did we provide funding to a record number of organizations, but we issued a Telemedicine RFP for our Fall grant cycle, our first RFP since our inception. Telemedicine, or Telehealth, is the provision […]

2017-06-20T17:46:20+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Blog|

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