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with disabilities may have medical and oral conditions that require
special oral health care, or they may need to access conventional
dental health care with specialized accommodations or innovative
approaches. Check these sites for more information.
- DECOD Referral Service
by the University of Washington's DECOD (Dental Education in
Care of Persons with Disabilities) program, this web site is
designed to link a person with a disability who is in need of
dental care to dental professionals who can provide such care.
The listings are fairly limited (we only found two in New York
State) and there are no stated criteria for inclusion, but it's
a good place to start.
for the Disabled Child and Adult
- This comprehensive
overview by Jim Bubenik, a dentist who specializes in working
with people with disabilities, was originally posted on the "Our
Kids" listserv. Topics covered include finding an appropriate
dentist, anesthesia, brushing, grinding, and more.
- National Oral Health Information
- The National
Oral Health Information Clearinghouse, a service of the National
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, focuses on the
oral health information needs of people with medical and disabling
conditions. NOHIC produces and distributes patient and professional
education materials including fact sheets, brochures, and information
packets. NOHIC also maintains an extensive Oral
Health Database at CHID Online.
- A list of
dental links from the British "Ability" website.
- Federation of Special Care
Organizations in Dentistry - Academy of Dentistry for Persons
with Disabilities (ADPD)
- ADPD is
a membership organization that provides technical and moral support
for clinicians and facilitates networking among their peers.
Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH)
- The International
Association for Disability and Oral Health "exists to serve
as a focus for national academies, associations, societies and
federations as well as individuals striving to improve access
to, and the quality of, oral health for people with disabilities."
The web site provides information about the association and a
list of links.
- Facial Differences
- Specific Disabilities
- Resources in your state
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