The New Generation Of Disability-Competent Dentists

BY DAVID FRAY DDS AND LARA E. RANEY The scarcity of dental providers is attributed to insufficient education in dental schools regarding treatment methods and unique needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Adults with special needs have long been one of the most under treated populations in dentistry. Many pediatric dentists are well equipped to treat children with special needs, but most general dentists are either untrained or unwilling to treat adults due to their […]


Transitioning To Adult Neurologic Care: Where Do We Go From Here?

BY DAVID ERVIN, JOAN EARLE HAHN AND MIYA ASATO, MD For many individuals with IDD, epilepsy often begins in childhood and has a significant impact on children and families. As children with epilepsy and IDD reach adulthood, while principles have been developed by consensus to guide the child neurologist, no specialized guidelines have been created for the adult neurologist that speak to the unique transition of care needs necessary for successful transition from pediatric to […]


Children With Disabilities Are Among The Largest Minority Population Without Adequate Oral Healthcare

BY H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), FACD AND ALLEN WONG, DDS, EDD Numbers The largest minority population in the United States without adequate dental care is individuals with disabilities.1 During the present decade, approximately 56.7 million residents (almost one-in-five members of the population) have some form of disability (including 39.9 million individuals with severe disabilities). Specifically, there are more than 3 million children through age 17 years […]


Money! Money! Money!

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH Increasing Need for Services vs. Limiting Taxation “As the principal of a public school, I don’t understand why the parents of general education students have not filed a class action lawsuit demanding that their children have equal access to public money. At our school, we spend about twice […]


Sex Chromosome Variations

BY VIRGINIA ISAACS COVER, MSW, MBA Mark had always had challenges. As a toddler, he had speech and physical therapy through Early Intervention to address delays in meeting milestones. Although he managed to earn B’s and C’s in elementary school with the assistance of 504 accommodations, by Fifth grade he was falling behind, academically and socially. A developmental pediatrician diagnosed ADHD. Six months later, the school psychologist suggested an evaluation for autism spectrum disorder. Testing […]


ZIKA A Threat To Pregnant Women

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY CLAIRE MENA AND AVA TODD In April 2015, a British company named Oxitec began releasing over 100,000 genetically modified mosquitoes weekly in Brazil. These mosquitoes were designed in an effort to reduce infectious disease carrying mosquitos. Months later, a growing number of infants in Brazil were born with a serious birth defect: microcephaly. Various media outlets, officials, and individuals quickly began linking a connection between the two, yet there was a serious […]


Is a Parrot a Service Animal?

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, BEVERLY L. MUNTER, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “Mitchell Slaugh takes his parrot, Kai, with him everywhere because he is his registered support animal. Saturday, Mitchell was kicked out of the WinCo on Clearwater for bringing his parrot inside. ‘She’s my baby. She’s a companion…I need her and she needs me.’ Mitchell is cleared […]


A Second Opinion Can Change The Game

BY STEPHANIE CORKETT SPECIAL SMILES AND LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL OPENING EYES HAVE HELPED MAKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS THE LARGEST GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SERVING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the over 1.7 million athletes screened by the Special Olympics Health Program. In 1993, when Rosemary Kennedy went for her routine dentist visit in Wisconsin, her team of dentists recommended removal of all her […]


Protect Your Kids From The Dreaded Lyme Disease This Summer

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY CLAIRE MENA Whether playing around in the background or going on outdoor outings, don’t forget to keep an eye out for ticks! As the school year comes to an end and summer activities quickly approach, each family will have their own plans for their kids for the next few months. Whether it is summer camp, outdoor activities, or recreational sports, children will have the time to grow and develop, and most important, […]



AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH The emphasis on these specific groups should not overlook the realities that nationally more than 150,000 children less than five years of age have hearing and/or vision difficulties and 2.8 million older children have one or more disabilities. We prefer to dichotomize things. Something is heavy or light. […]