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Improving Access to Dental Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

Jan 25, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by NW AHEC

Access to dental care for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is identified by families as one of the most challenging health issues they encounter. Families face substantial difficulty finding dentists who have experience providing care to children and adults with I/DD and often have to travel great distances to access dental care. The goal of this virtual workshop is to improve access by enhancing the skills and comfort level of dental teams to provide basic dental care to individuals with I/DD.

May 14, 2021, 9 am–2:30 pm, Live Webinar

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  • Identify core elements of an accessible, person-centered dental home.
  • Identify communication and behavioral support strategies that are responsive to the needs of persons who have I/DD and their families.
  • Outline how to provide developmentally appropriate dental education to children and adults with I/DD.dentalchair
  • Identify workflow and practice management strategies for community dental practices.
    Cite optimal reimbursement and coding approaches for the dental care of persons with I/DD.

Target Audience
This program is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental practice managers, dental residents, and dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students.

Provided by:
Jointly provided by NC DHHS, Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section and Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and a part of the North Carolina AHEC System.


Wake Forest School of Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Wake Forest School of Medicine designates this activity for 4.5 hours of continuing education credits.

  • Debbye Krueger, BS, RDH, FAADH. Program Consultant, Children and Youth Branch, NC Division of Public Health, NC DHHS
  • Lauren Howard, MS, NC Office on Disability and Health Director, Children and Youth Branch, Division of Public Health, NC DHHS
  • Louise Southern, M. Ed., BCBA, Associate Clinical Director. Autism Society of North Carolina
  • Dr. Kate Lambert, DDS, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. Spangler, Rohlfing & Lambert Pediatric Dentistry
  • Paige White, RDH. Spangler, Rohlfing & Lambert Pediatric Dentistry
  • Judy Smithmyer, Autism Resource Specialist Coordinator, Autism Society of NC
  • Kelly Cook, CDA, BSDH, RDH, MPH, Program Coordinator-Dental Assisting, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • TBD, NC Medicaid, Division of Health Benefits, NC DHHS
  • Dr. Jeannie Ginnis, DDS. Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Division of Pediatric and Public Health, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, UNC-CH

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