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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.

Special Hope Foundation’s Ryan Easterly Appointed to President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

We have some good news to share.

President Barack Obama has announced his intention appoint Ryan Easterly, a member of the Special Hope Foundation’s Board of Directors, to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). professionalpicRyan is Co-Founder and Director of Northern California Community Relations at […]

2017-06-20T16:37:39+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Blog|

Integrating Oral Health for People with Disabilities

The American Public Health Association adopted 11 new policy statements at their annual meeting last week.

The policy statements covered topics ranging from increasing the minimum wage, to reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, to promoting transgender and gender diverse health—and promoting oral health prevention and treatment for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. […]

2017-06-20T16:47:44+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Blog|

Personal Touch + Technology = Successful Digital Health

Understanding the goal of digital health

My 30-year-old son Matthew is autistic, and he loves going to the doctor. He loves it so much that he recently  told me how much he was looking forward to his upcoming colonoscopy.

Matthew has advanced ulcerative colitis, which means many visits to the doctor, the lab, the infusion center and […]

2017-05-03T00:41:43+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Blog|

Special Hope and USC Center for Body Computing: The promise of digital health tools for people with disabilities

We’d like to share some exciting news

The USC Center for Body Computing and the Special Hope Foundation are joining forces to encourage companies to design digital health tools for people with disabilities.

Please read the details of this collaboration, share with others, and feel free to ask questions.


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ […]

2017-06-05T17:08:56+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Blog|

Grantee Profile: The Office of Developmental Primary Care – UCSF

Healthcare for transition age youth and adults with developmental disabilities

Accessing quality healthcare requires communication, cooperation and advanced planning. It’s critical that people with disabilities receive the resources and support they need  to stay healthy. The Special Hope Foundation is proud to support the work of our grantee The Office of Developmental Primary Care (ODPC) […]

2017-05-02T18:53:44+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Blog|

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