ADA Foundation Launches Drive for Special Needs Care

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This August, the ADA Foundation is asking the dental community to help it raise at least $125,000 to improve access to oral healthcare for people with special needs. Funds raised during the ADA Foundation Challenge will be matched dollar for dollar up to $125,000 by Henry Schein Cares, with a goal of securing at least $250,000.

The funding will enable the ADA Foundation to provide grants to nonprofit organizations working to increase access to care for patients who, due to physical, medical, developmental, or cognitive disabilities require special consideration when receiving dental treatment. These patients may include people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities or injuries that can make standard dental procedures more difficult.

“There are many barriers to quality oral healthcare for people with disabilities, whether they be physical, financial, or simply finding a dentist who understands their needs,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein. 

“I encourage the dental community to contribute to the Henry Schein Cares challenge so we can foster an improved understanding of this critically important issue and spur action towards enhancing the oral health, overall health, and quality of life of this most deserving population,” Bergman said.

“The ADA Foundation is seizing this opportunity to challenge the dental community to come together and increase access to oral healthcare for one of our most vulnerable populations, people with special needs,” said William R. Canlon, DDS, president of the ADA Foundation. 

“For years, many dedicated professionals and organizations have worked tirelessly to improve the oral health of these high-risk patients. Unfortunately, many challenges persist regarding access to appropriate timely diagnosis and treatment. We thank Henry Schein Cares for their continued support as we continue to address various barriers to care,” Canlon said.

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