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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: Barbara Butz

Develops and applies innovative practices to make policy work for people with disabilities and seeks to foster a national dialog and build collaborative partnerships that maximize public, nonprofit and business sector resources. 

Support for the development of an electronic toolkit that facilitates student use of work incentives in the school to work transition in order to maximize student career connections upon graduation from high school or college. 

Contact: Stephen Riley

Serves hundreds of individuals with developmental differences, their families and involved professionals through therapeutic, recreational, social and respite care programs for teens and adults, as well as information about community resources for families. 

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

Advocacy organization that is an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Quality Trust works with individuals and family members to solve problems, identify opportunities for learning and contribution, and find creative ways to make the most of each person’s abilities. 

Prevents and resolves special education disputes in District of Columbia schools, working with school personnel and the parents or guardians of special education students to help ensure that everyone works collaboratively toward the goal of securing Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities. 

Support the work of a collaborative partnership, led by SchoolTalk, to create a youth transitions fair that includes career exploration programming.

Supports the Smithsonian in making all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s programs, collections and facilities. Responsibilities include advising on and implementing policy, practices, and procedures related to access for people with disabilities; reviewing facility and exhibition designs; conducting outreach to the disability community and other cultural arts organizations; providing staff education on disability topics; and direct visitor services, including sign language interpretation, real time captioning, and alternate formats of publications. 

Support for the “Access to Opportunities” Internship Program for people with disabilities.

Contact: John Kamin

A coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe that provides military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. 

Support to operate and manage the National Veterans Center that serves young veterans in the areas of post-secondary education, job training, transition to civilian employment and job placement. The National Veterans Center is located within the National Youth Transitions Center.

Contact: Laurie Wexler

Prepares individuals with developmental or other cognitive disabilities for employment in baking and related industries through skilled, on-the-job training. 

Support for the Pastry Arts Training and Next Steps Employment Services Program, an on-the job employment training comprised of training in a production kitchen, employee development classes, and an off-site internship.

Contact: Barb Trader

Promotes the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights.

Contact: Maria Dudish

Identifies, creates and sustains inclusive communities that embrace and engage individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

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

Contact: Tammy Goddard

Maximizes the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community. A full-service organization with multiple programs that together provide an integrated and innovative learning environment for children of all ages and abilities.

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

Contact: Diane Monnig

Provides service and education locally and on a state level, as well as, information and referral, special needs trust programs, self-advocacy empowerment opportunities, and special events. Distributes weekly updates for families, professionals and individuals living in the cities and counties of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.

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

Contact: Deborah Goins

Membership organization that offers a lifetime of support, understanding, and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families by providing support through a variety of programs and services that match each person’s or family’s individual needs.

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

Contact: Norma Dallas

Promotes community involvement, independence, and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Maryland.

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

Promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes 

Focuses particular attention on the goals of ensuring that all children have the health care they need and that the opportunities afforded by computing devices and the Internet benefit all children and families. The Partnership often focuses on the intersection of federal and state policies in order to maximize the benefits for children and families and its work is designed to serve as useful demonstrations for other interested states. 

Provides multiple services for individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities, their families and others who support them to help them thrive in the homes and communities of their choosing. 

Contact: Joan Kester

Prepares informed and skilled leaders through innovative teaching and learning practices that enhance and enrich theory, policy and practice by engaging in scholarly inquiry and research; promote equity, diversity and inclusion reflective of changing societies; create public and private partnerships; and advocate continuous self-examination and critical analysis. 

Support for the HEATH Resource Center, a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. HEATH serves as the official resource website for the National Youth Transitions Center.

Provides the best public health educational experience incorporating the core values of scholarship and leadership, scientific rigor and policy analysis, and training to foster the next generation of thought leaders, practitioners, policy makers and scientists who will transform public health worldwide especially for underserved and poor populations. 

Dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs. The HSC Foundation has three operating subsidiaries: Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc., The HSC Pediatric Center and HSC Home Care, LLC.

A pediatric specialty hospital guided by a family-centered philosophy to provide the highest quality rehabilitative and transitional care for infants, children and young adults with complex health care needs and their families in a supportive environment. The HSC Pediatric Center is a subsidiary of The HSC Foundation.

Partnership: Support through the Therapeutic Recreation Fund for the Kids in Action program for children with disabilities and their siblings, which offers year-round adaptive team sports, social events and health classes.