In “Oral Health Needs of Hoosiers with Disabilities,” staff from the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community present on the oral health needs of Hoosiers with disabilities based on the findings from multi-year research activities. CHE staff discuss the 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 pertaining to the provision of dental care to people with disabilities.
In “Dental Work: Supporting Those with Challenging Behavior,” Dr. Cathy Pratt, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University, presents on behavior management. She provides an overview of common behavioral challenges in a dental setting and insights into why these behaviors occur. Viewers will learn about various strategies to help address these behavior challenges in their practice.
In "Disability Awareness and Effective Communication in a Dental Setting," Dr. Amy Sekhar, a popular speaker on diversity and inclusive practices for organizations and community groups, presents on disability sensitivity and awareness as well as effective communication with people with various types of disabilities. Matt Norris from the Center for Health Equity provides an overview of the “other ADA”, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the most relevant parts of the ADA for dental practices.
In "Practice Preparation for Dental Care for Patients with Disabilities,” Louise McCarthy, a registered Dental Hygienist with more than 40 years of experience as a dental hygienist and dental public health instructor, presents on preparing a dental practice to provide quality care for patients with disabilities. In her presentation, she provides guidance and tools to help dental professionals make dental visits more welcoming and comfortable experiences for both themselves and patients of all abilities and their caregivers.