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After School Program

Anchorage, Alaska—Hope is launching an After School Program in the Steve Lesko Discovery Center. This program is for school aged children between the ages of 11-14 and will provide skill acquisition supports. We anticipate this program to begin on October 16, 2017 and to follow the Anchorage School District 2017-18 calendar.

This new addition to Hope’s array of services and supports will also include trips into the community to practice skills that are learned. For additional information please see the flyer here. Note that enrollment will be limited. If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to contact Courtney Wise at 433-4864, or It is our intent to provide parents with sufficient information to make an informed decision and commitment to participate in this new program.

State DD Shared Vision

Alaska—Between October 2016 and January 2017, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority - in partnership with the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education, and Senior & Disabilities Services - sponsored a statewide outreach process to gather input on what the future developmental disability service system should look like. This process resulted in this Shared Vision for the future.

Alaskans share a Vision of a flexible system in which each person directs their own supports, based on their strengths and abilities, toward a meaningful life in their home, their job and their community. Our Vision includes supported families, professional staff and services available throughout the state now and into the future.

Now the work to make the Vision REAL is starting.

A video has been created describing how this work is being organized as well as ways to get involved.

Here is the link to the video without the reader: DD Services: A Vision for the Future. Here is the link with the reader for viewers who may need this accommodation: DD Services: A Vision for the Future (with reader)

Spread the word and help shape the future service system!

Family Seeking Partners in Sustainable Housing for Adult Children with Developmental Disabilities

Eagle River, Alaska—August, 2018 - A family from Eagle River is looking for other families interested in creating long term, sustainable housing for their adult children. The individuals interested in this potential should have an Alaskan HCBS waiver available to them. If interested, please read more to see if our perspectives are of interest to you.

Annual Clergy Day—Shielding the Vulnerable

Anchorage, Alaska—August 31 - Join guest presenters Rebekah Moras, Center for Human Development, and Sherry Worthy, STAR, from 10 am to 2 pm for a discussion on making your faith community a safe place for people with developmental disabilities. Lunch will be provided and the discussion will take place at the Hope Auditorium at 570, W 53rd Ave. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 17 to Rick Benjamin at 907-433-4707 or

Alaska Needs its Seniors Included, Involved

Anchorage—January 2017 - The growth trend in the aging population suggests that increasing numbers of Alaskans are rapidly becoming seniors at a pace that may exceed service capacity. Across Alaska and the nation, life expectancy has also increased substantially for people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As Alaskans with disabilities are living longer, service provider agencies across the state are looking for ways to support seniors of all abilities. Although it has been stated that older adults present unique public health challenges and may become vulnerable to malnutrition or placement in care facilities, Alaska’s senior population also provides rich information on the opportunities for healthy aging through strong social relationships, community involvement, and a sense of purpose.

By keeping seniors integrated into the fabric of society as they age, all Alaskans are well suited to make sure that our older adults age healthfully and to delay the need for assisted living.

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Archived News 

STAR Program Ends - June 2016

Hope Closes South East Offices - September 2016

Luncheon Honors Awesome People - September 2016

Stephen P Lesko, Former Hope Executive Director Passes On - May 2016

New Community Center Opens in Soldotna - August 2015