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List of HSC Foundation Partners

There are many HSC Foundation partners who are interested in supporting you as you move to your next step, whether it be a new job, more training, or college.

These organizations offer support in many ways. Many provide support to help you advocate for an accommodation, locate internship opportunities, assist in getting you job ready, or help guide you to transitioning to an adult health care provider. Some, like the Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP) partners, provide equipment and services to help make life easier. Learn more about the LEAP program.

Contact: Betsy Weaving

Provides customized services to children, adults and families of differing abilities that focus on one-on-one supports to foster broadened, more inclusive communities through education, training and advocacy.

Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP grant program. 

Contact: Molly Whalen

Educates parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. AJE seeks to empower youth and parents to be effective advocates and youth to self-advocate to ensure that children receive an appropriate education.

Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP grant program. 

Contact: Zach Baldwin

AAPD is a convener, connector and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Contact: Lane Falcon

A membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs.

Contact: Julia Bascom

Provides support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. Activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of Autistic cultural activities. 

Support for the Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Academy and Employment Initiative. Support for “Real Talk,” a project to address sexual responsibility and healthy relationships in the disability community. 

Provides holistic training, mentoring and meaningful transitional work experiences for young adults with learning disabilities to empower their potential for positive and successful futures.  

Focuses on helping children from a variety of foster care and adoptive backgrounds to receive understanding and support, which will enable them to grow into successful, productive adults. C.A.S.E. defines post-adoption services as ongoing, comprehensive support services that include education, counseling, family forums and advocacy that address clearly identified developmental issues and social-emotional challenges frequently shared by adoptees and their families. 

Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP grant program. 

Contact: Kate Shafer

Improves the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education and advocacy to families and survivors.

Dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss; and enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active and productive in society. 

Empowers people living with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders to live, learn, work and integrate successfully within the community by providing integrated mental health services and access to community resources. Programs range from the psychiatric rehabilitation program, including supported living, life skills training and vocational rehabilitation, to a mental health clinic, 24-hour crisis care and services for youth with serious emotional disabilities. 

Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP grant program. 

Contact: Lisa Ott

An alliance of non-public and charter schools that provide special education services to students from the District of Columbia through advocacy, special education resources and strong partnerships that provide services to children, families and schools. 

An educational membership organization that uses a business to business approach to change attitudes, overcome attitudinal barriers and promote the business imperative for including people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity. 

Support the work of a collaborative partnership, led by DC Metro Business Leadership Network, to create two virtual transition fairs to address college and careers transitions. 

The Co-op fills a unique community need in DC by working with teachers, school leaders, and across charter schools to improve educational services for students with disabilities.

Contact: Julia Ray

Provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. 

Contact: Laura Nuss

Provides innovative, high quality services that enable people with disabilities to lead meaningful and productive lives as vital members of their families, schools, workplaces and communities. 

Provides resources, support, and accountability for all public education in the District of Columbia. The technical training and assistance department works specifically in the context of special education. 

Provides a practical, predictable and individualized transition process that educates students with disabilities regarding their post-secondary options and guide their independent decision-making regarding their future. 

Seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities by offering an education at Georgetown University and real life work experience in a small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. program, transitioned veterans are business ready, competitive and employable. 

Support for the Dog Tag, Inc. program, a six-month training program that includes an academic education component and an experiential learning component with the goal of helping veterans become business ready, competitive, and employable. 

Provides services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. 

Promotes an independent living philosophy and equal access for all persons regardless of disability. Utilizes consumer control and peer-to-peer relationships to empower people with physical, mental, cognitive and sensory disabilities to direct their own lives. 

Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP grant program.