- Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services, supports, and other assistance and opportunities that promote independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion into the community.
- American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) is an organization of physicians, dentists, students, and associate members whose collective mission is to work together as clinicians, educators, and advocates in their respective spheres of influence to improve the overall health of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the membership organization representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Members serve as primary care providers for millions of children from infancy through adolescence, providing advanced, specialty-level care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs in private offices, clinics, and hospital settings. In addition, AAPD members serve as the primary contributors to professional education programs and scholarly works concerning dental care for children.
- Dental Education in Care of Persons With Disabilities
Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD) is a special program of the University of Washington School of Dentistry that treats persons with severe disabilities and prepares dental professionals to meet their special oral health needs.
- Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Division of Oral Health is the Federal agency with primary responsibility for supporting state- and community-based programs to prevent oral disease, promoting oral health nationwide, and fostering applied research to enhance oral disease prevention in community settings.
- National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities promotes the health of babies, children, and adults and enhances the potential for full, productive living. Work includes identifying the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities, helping children to develop and reach their full potential, and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities.
- National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities
The National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities serves as a central source of information on disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind as it relates to children with disabilities; and research-based information on effective educational practices.
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is part of the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from the reproductive process, and that all children have the chance to fulfill their potential for a healthy and productive life, free of disease or disability.
- Southern Association of Institutional Dentists
The Southern Association of Institutional Dentists (SAID) is a benevolent group of dental professionals whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities through service, education, and advocacy. SAID is the only organization in the United States that deals solely with the dental needs of the institutionalized client.
- Special Care Dentistry Association
Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) is a unique national and international organization of oral health professionals and other individuals devoted to promoting oral health and well being for people with special needs. SCDA's goal is to act as a central focus for diverse individuals and groups with a common interest in oral health for people with special needs and to direct its resources accordingly.
- Special Olympics Special Smiles
Special Olympics Special Smiles is an oral health initiative designed to improve access to dental care for people with special needs and to raise the public's and the dental community's awareness of the oral health problems faced by many of those with special needs. This initiative works with Special Olympics, an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation.
- University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Pacific Center for Special Care
The Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific focuses on expanding access to care for people with special needs, developing and disseminating guidelines for promoting oral health in this population, and evaluating and improving oral health access and delivery systems at the local and regional level.
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