The Center for Health Equity will present the oral health needs of Hoosiers with disabilities based on the findings from multi-year research activities. Center staff will discuss experiences and challenges Hoosiers with disabilities and their caregivers encounter in dental care and home oral care, and the current capacity and needs of Indiana’s dental workforce.
Dr. Cathy Pratt, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University, will present on behavior management by providing an overview of common behavioral challenges in a dental setting, and insights into why these behaviors occur. Attendees will learn about various strategies to help address these behavior challenges in their practice.
Dr. Amy Sekhar is a sought-after speaker and trainer on diversity and inclusive practices for organizations and community groups. She will present on disability sensitivity and awareness as well as effective communications with people with various types of disabilities.
Matt Norris from the Center for Health Equity will cover the basics of the “other ADA”, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the most relevant parts of the Act for dental practices.
Louise McCarthy, RDH, has 40-years of experience as a dental hygienist and dental public health instructor. Currently a Development Specialist for The Arc Gloucester in New Jersey, Louise will present on practice preparation for dental care for patients with disabilities. She will also provide guidance and tools that will help dental professionals make dental visits more welcoming and comfortable experiences for both themselves and patients of all abilities and their family caregivers.