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nDash Writer Profile for Laura Shumaker


Disability, Health and Tech Writer

About Me

I started as an author with an interest in how disability affects family and morphed into a health, disability and technology writer and editor.  On a typical day, I'm up early to read the latest about emerging technologies and health trends for people with disabilities or about other topics I'll be writing about that day. I love my work and do my best to make sure that each article, blog, Whitepaper and ebook tells a story. 

Industries I Write About

Health & Wellness


My Writing Samples

Healthcare for individuals with autism across the lifespan

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan. This is the work done by the Lurie Center, a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is the clinical arm of the Lurie Center for Autism, which also has research, advocacy, and training programs.


A Quick Guide to Microservices Architecture

This Whitepaper describes Microservices Architecture, which is a way of designing software apps as a suite of independent deployable services that can scale and grow as needed.


Dental Care and People with Disabilities

Raise your hand if you like going to the dentist. Thank you for your honesty. Now imagine that you have a developmental disability and have a difficult time taking care of your oral health. Imagine what it would be like to have a toothache and not be able to verbalize your pain.


Personal Touch + Technology = Successful Digital Health

Digital health technologies encompass a wide variety of tools, ranging from wearable sensors and portable diagnostic equipment to data-driven software platforms, telemedicine tools, and mobile health care apps.



Communications Director

Write all communications for the foundation, including blogs, press releases, emails, social media

Company: WITH Foundation

I worked there from 1/2011 until now

Content Manager

Developed, designed and implement marketing strategy and marketing plans for Menlo Technologies. Services include content creation, lead generation programs, marketing strategy, website development, blog creation, and social media marketing. Now writing on a freelance basis.

Company: Menlo Technologies

I worked there from 8/2011 until now

Autism and Disabilities Writer

In this nationally recognized blog, I shared stories and information about how to make the world work for people with autism and other disabilities. My primary focus was healthcare, employment, housing and community.

Company: SFGate, San Francisco Chronicle Digital Edition

I worked there from 1/2008 until 2/2018

Writer, Editor, Professional Storyteller, Content Marketing

I started as a writer and author and morphed into a fierce autism advocate, speaker and blogger. Writing is my first love, and it shows in my work on a variety of topics, including technology, healthcare and disability.

Company: Laura Shumaker

I worked there from 1/2003 until now

Content I Write