Project Accessible Oral Health at The Viscardi Center

Project Accessible Oral Health at The Viscardi Center Project Accessible Oral Health at The Viscardi Center is a global public-private partnership focused on equal access to quality oral healthcare for the disability community.

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It's likely you've come across the term "ableism" before...but what does it mean? And how does it impact people with dis...
11/13/2020
Words Matter, And It’s Time To Explore The Meaning Of “Ableism.”

It's likely you've come across the term "ableism" before...but what does it mean? And how does it impact people with disabilities? This article explores those questions.

As any disabled person will tell you, ableism, or something like it absolutely exists. Having a word to talk about it is essential to understanding it and fighting it.

According to a large analysis of insurance claims data, people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorder...
11/12/2020
Developmental Disabilities Raise Risk of Covid Death

According to a large analysis of insurance claims data, people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die if they have Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, compared with others with the diagnosis.

People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die of Covid-19, compared with patients without the conditions, a new analysis found.

A reflection from the Philippines on prioritizing oral health care for people with disabilities.
11/04/2020
Bridging the gap

A reflection from the Philippines on prioritizing oral health care for people with disabilities.

OVER P50 million. That’s how much New York University (NYU) will receive to train dentists and other health professionals to provide oral health care to people with disabilities and complex medical conditions. The NYU College of Dentistry received the nearly $2 million grant from the Health Resour...

"The oral health needs of underserved and underrepresented populations are significantly unmet compared to the general p...
10/28/2020
Creating Equal Access to Oral Health Care

"The oral health needs of underserved and underrepresented populations are significantly unmet compared to the general population."

Four-year college graduate goes back to school to upskill and contribute to community health

"Since dental providers have reopened, their concern is how to deliver quality care in a way that keeps both patients an...
10/21/2020
Dental office design in a COVID world

"Since dental providers have reopened, their concern is how to deliver quality care in a way that keeps both patients and caregivers safe. Following CDC protocols regarding proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning between patients are critical, but modifying the office design can help in the fight against COVID as well."

Since dental providers have reopened, their concern is how to deliver quality care in a way that keeps both patients and caregivers safe.

Especially in light of the pandemic, we need to focus more on how we can help our more vulnerable and underserved commun...
10/14/2020
FQHCs consider adopting new value-based care model in midst of pandemic

Especially in light of the pandemic, we need to focus more on how we can help our more vulnerable and underserved communities in receiving oral health care.

Dr. Alex Barrera, a general dentist at Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Houston, said FQHCs are vital as the country tries to move forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Every life is valuable. The presence of a disability does not diminish that value, and people with disabilities should ...
10/07/2020
Accessible care is equal care: An appeal to improve primary health care for people with disabilities

"Every life is valuable. The presence of a disability does not diminish that value, and people with disabilities should not be abandoned by the medical system they must rely on. COVID-19 has reminded us that the medical establishment has a critical role in fulfilling the mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—the landmark civil rights law."

Important reminder from Neil Romano, Chairman of the National Council on Disability, and Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO, Henry Schein, Inc.

Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, and Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability, explain how COVID-19 has quickly heightened the critical need for nondiscriminatory access to primary health care for people with disabilities.

NYU College of Dentistry's AHEAD Symposium was an insightful, learning-filled day of discussions on achieving health equ...
10/02/2020

NYU College of Dentistry's AHEAD Symposium was an insightful, learning-filled day of discussions on achieving health equity for people with disabilities. Project Accessible Oral Health was honored to be a part of it.

TOMORROW: Tune in starting at 8:45am for the AHEAD symposium hosted by NYU College of Dentistry for power-packed present...
10/01/2020

TOMORROW: Tune in starting at 8:45am for the AHEAD symposium hosted by NYU College of Dentistry for power-packed presentations and panels on health equity for people with disabilities. You'll have the opportunity to learn from many of our esteemed founders and board members who are dedicated to accessible oral health care for all.

Register here: https://dental.nyu.edu/patientcare/ohcpd/ahead-symposium.html.html

The current public health crisis of COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing inequities for people with disabilities.
09/30/2020
COVID-19 Makes Life Even More Challenging For People With Disabilities

The current public health crisis of COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing inequities for people with disabilities.

July marked 30 years since President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. And while the U.S. has come far since then, the nation still

An International Islamic University Malaysia study highlights the need for strong oral hygiene awareness among school st...
09/23/2020
Children with disabilities need oral hygiene support

An International Islamic University Malaysia study highlights the need for strong oral hygiene awareness among school staff caring for children with disabilities.

An International Islamic University Malaysia study highlights the need for strong oral hygiene awareness among school staff caring for disabled children. A high incidence of dental issues among disabled children boarding at a special needs school in Malaysia highlights the need to improve hygiene aw...

Save the date! Join NYU College of Dentistry on October 2 for the AHEAD Symposium, which will bring together experts in ...
09/18/2020
AHEAD Symposium

Save the date! Join NYU College of Dentistry on October 2 for the AHEAD Symposium, which will bring together experts in the areas of health care advocacy, access, and funding at the state and federal levels for people with disabilities. You'll have the opportunity to gather valuable insights from Project Accessible Oral Health leadership.

The AHEAD symposium, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will bring together experts in the areas of health care advocacy, access, and funding at the state and federal levels for people with disabilities. A particular focus will be on the need to carve o...

Is your practice's website accessible to people with disabilities?
09/16/2020
Website accessibility a legal issue for dental practices

Is your practice's website accessible to people with disabilities?

The Americans with Disabilities Act and state disability rights laws require dental practices, as places of public accommodations, to make their services and facilities accessible to disabled individuals. This includes making a dental practice website accessible to those who are visually impaired. N...

Alex Dorrough is part of the first class to graduate from Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College. ...
09/02/2020
Committed to Meeting Great Need

Alex Dorrough is part of the first class to graduate from Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College. For his residency, he will be treating patients with special needs at Helen Hayes Hospital.

Alex Dorrough, Touro College of Dental Medicine, ‘20

As we return to work and begin to grapple with the new policies, procedures, and—yes—all that added PPE, dental hygienis...
08/28/2020
Working safely in the dental office in the age of COVID-19

As we return to work and begin to grapple with the new policies, procedures, and—yes—all that added PPE, dental hygienists and the entire dental team must learn to cope within new boundaries that COVID-19 has created for dentistry.

Understanding how viruses work can help us understand how to fight them. We can even take some tips from viruses themselves. Carolyn Patenaude, MSEd, BS, RDH, CDA, shows us how to think like a virus to beat them at their own game.

"Every life is valuable. The presence of a disability does not diminish that value and people with disabilities should n...
08/24/2020
Accessible Care is Equal Care

"Every life is valuable. The presence of a disability does not diminish that value and people with disabilities should not be abandoned by the medical system they must rely on. COVID-19 has reminded us that the medical establishment has a critical role in fulfilling the mandate of the ADA." - Neil Romano, chairman of the National Council on Disability and Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc.

This article has been co-written by Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability and Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO, Henry Schein, Inc.

The American Dental Association has adopted an ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care to help guid...
08/21/2020
ADA Board of Trustees: Dentistry is essential health care

The American Dental Association has adopted an ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care to help guide advocacy for the dental profession during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Dental Association Board of Trustees has adopted an ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care to help guide advocacy for the dental profession during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUNY Empire State College launched its new statewide Center for Autism Inclusivity in an effort to be a fully autism-sup...
08/19/2020
SUNY Empire launches new autism center

SUNY Empire State College launched its new statewide Center for Autism Inclusivity in an effort to be a fully autism-supportive college while meeting the growing demand for professionals working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — SUNY Empire State College launched its new statewide Center for Autism Inclusivity in an effort to be a fully autism-supportive college while meeting the growing demand

Join The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry for a webinar on September 1: Community Support Safegu...
08/17/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Community Support Safeguards During the COVID-19 Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry for a webinar on September 1: Community Support Safeguards During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Community Support Safeguards During the COVID-19 Pandemic” will feature Barbara Merrill, Mary Sowers, Gilbert Plaza, Joe MacBeth, David Fray, DDS, MBA, Nicole Jorwic, JD, as panelists and David Erwin as moderator. In partnership with ANCOR, NASDDDS, HeartShare, NADSP, the ARC, and the Jewish Fo...

Registered dental hygienists in alternative practice (RDHAPs) are an option for dental care for people who are homebound...
08/05/2020
RDHAPs: A bridge between the patient and the dentist

Registered dental hygienists in alternative practice (RDHAPs) are an option for dental care for people who are homebound, aging, or disabled.

Maria Ladd can cite many examples of good patient outcomes from her eight years and counting as a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice, but she has a couple of favorites. One involves a first-time patient, age 80, who resided in an assisted living center. The patient’s daughter had ...

From DentistryIQ.com: a crucial reminder to stay hydrated.
08/04/2020
The impact of COVID-19 PPE on dental professionals and dehydration

From DentistryIQ.com: a crucial reminder to stay hydrated.

An increasing number of dental professionals are reporting symptoms consistent with dehydration. Anne Guignon, MPH, RDH, CSP, explains why we are particularly vulnerable in the pandemic age and what you can do to cope.

People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), have higher rates of complications and death due to Covid-19,...
08/01/2020
Covid-19 Support Guidelines for Individuals with IDD — AADMD

People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), have higher rates of complications and death due to Covid-19, when compared to the general population. Despite this risk, public health recommendations for this population are sparse and vary greatly from state-to-state. To address this urgent The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry developed a white paper on Covid-19 Support Guidelines for Individuals with IDD.

People with IDD, have higher rates of complications and death due to Covid-19, when compared to the general population. Despite this risk, public health recommendations for this population are sparse and vary greatly from state-to-state. The AADMD believes there need to be clear guidelines applied n...

Henry Schein, Inc.
07/31/2020

Henry Schein, Inc.

As we continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, scroll to learn how some of our partners like The Viscardi Center, Project Accessible Oral Health at The Viscardi Center, Special Olympics, and AHRC New York City plan to help make a difference!

Keep celebrating with us: https://bit.ly/2CSk1Gq 🎉

#ADA30 #ADAanniversary 📷: ADA National Network (https://bit.ly/2BDiMdk)

Recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is part of the strategy implemented by the Cente...
07/30/2020
Health Observances | CMS

Recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is part of the strategy implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to foster innovation by providing tools and resources to empower patients.

CMS Equity Plan for Medicare

"As we look ahead at the next 30 years, Henry Schein will continue to work with our key partners, helping to find opport...
07/28/2020

"As we look ahead at the next 30 years, Henry Schein will continue to work with our key partners, helping to find opportunities to educate dentists and medical practitioners in disability patient service competency, along with educate industry stakeholders in the dental and medical industries on equipment, services, and office designs conducive for serving patients with disabilities pursuant to the ADA." - Stanley M. Bergman, Henry Schein, Inc.'s Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Read the message in full: https://www.henryschein.com/us-en/corporate/community-connection.aspx

#ADA30

Dr. Michelle Ballan, Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine in Stony Brook University School of Social ...
07/27/2020
Stony Brook Uses New Strategy to Aid Those with Disabilities During COVID-19 | | SBU News

Dr. Michelle Ballan, Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine in Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, created a COVID Disability Form to help all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) communicate their needs.

Michelle Ballan created a COVID Disability Form to help all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities communicate their needs.

Today, we honor and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! #ADA30
07/26/2020

Today, we honor and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! #ADA30

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Project Accessible Oral Health at The Viscardi Center is a global public-private partnership that brings together people with disabilities, the dental and medical communities, policymakers, industry members, educators, caregivers, and other stakeholders in pursuit of improved overall health through greater oral health awareness, education and access to quality oral healthcare for the disability community.

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