A person with a disability wants a healthy mouth, just like anyone else.
But Medicaid only covers extractions. Disabled individuals may have trouble expressing their pain or receiving treatment in a typical care setting.
Parents worry that their children will outlive them and their dental health care plans.
Don't just take our word for it - this information comes from focus groups we've organized with SupportOne, Inc. and Richmond Residential - two Richmond nonprofits that help people with intellectual disabilities live independent lives.
Are you a parent or caregiver of a person with special health care needs? View more information below or check out our special needs resources.
Our programs help advance policy, education and the consumer voice.
Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, we partnered with residential homes and the VCU School of Dentistry in 2014 to train dental providers across Virginia to treat individuals with special needs (view photos). We are also working with state agencies to provide training for dental providers on oral health care for individuals with special health care needs. And, we're collecting firsthand stories about oral health experiences from patients and caregivers to share their voices with policy makers.
View our Event Calendar to see if there is a dental provider training or community forum near you.