Access to dental care can have serious health impacts on individuals in oral health but also on their physical health leading to chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease. Individuals with disabilities have a higher difficulty finding quality dental care. A three year study (2016-2018), the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Oral Health Project by the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware, investigated dental care for individuals with disabilities through a survey of individuals with disabilities and dentists practicing in Delaware. Based on these surveys, CDS designed and conducted trainings with dentists to expand their knowledge on providing services to individuals with disabilities. CCRS participated in this project with compilation of survey results and evaluation of the trainings. For more information about the Oral Health Project, please go to the CDS Oral Health website.
Reports produced as a result of this project:
Access to Oral Health Services for Delawareans with Disabilities: Dental Workforce Training in Delaware, August 2018. Authors: Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, CCRS; Beth Mineo, PhD, CDS.
Dental Care and Disability: Survey of Dentists in Delaware, CDS, August 2017. Authors: Lee, Jae Chul, PhD, CDS; Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, CCRS; Jane Donovan, MA, CDS.
Dental Care and Disability: Survey of Individuals with Disabilities in Delaware, CDS, August 2017. Authors: Lee, Jae Chul, PhD, CDS; Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, CCRS; Jane Donovan, MA, CDS.