Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Find a Doctor or Dentist

Doctors and dentists that are experienced in helping people with intellectual or developmental disabilities:

Community Health Centers
Spread across 50 states and all U.S. territories; there are 1,200 Community Health Centers that provide vital primary care to 18 million Americans with limited financial resources. To find a community health center near you, click on http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov

Special Olympics / Healthy Athletes:  Provider Directory
Special Olympics / Healthy Athletes have compiled a Health Care (Doctors and Dentists) Provider Directory for local health practitioners who have experience in the needs and care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To access this directory, visit: http://info.specialolympics.org/ProviderDirectoryHA/search.asp?lang=eng

Below are some links our members have provided for Dentists in their area who see patients with I/DD living in the community:

California - Peter S. Joe, DDS, PC -1427 Mission Street  South Pasadena, CA 91030   (626) 403-1800

Kentucky - The Lee Specialty Clinic  - 1800 Bluegrass Avenue, Suite A  Louisville, KY 40215   (502) 368-2348 - The Lee Specialty Clinic

Massachusetts - Tufts Advanced General Dentistry Clinic - 1 Kneeland St. Boston, MA - (617) 636-4067   Tufts Dental Clinic

New Jersey - Adaptive Dental Associates - General Dentist: 755 Memorial Pkwy, Suite 301  Phillipsburg, NJ  08865    Directions: (908) 859-4498.

Texas - Brenham SSLC - 4001 Texas 36 South, Brenham TX 77833   (979) 277-1630

Texas - Richmond SSLC - 2100 Preston St, Richmond, TX 77469  (281) 232-2075


VOR Quality of Care Committee – Resources for Improving Dental Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (IID)

The Right to Appropriate Care from the Developmental Disabilities Act Bill of Rights with Highlighted references to references to medical and dental care

For More Information on The Lee Specialty Clinic (formerly the Underwood-Lee Clinic)

An Oasis of Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities” by Dan Barry, New York Times, December 30, 2014

A New Wave of Progress in Health Care is Coming” by Matt Holder from Exceptional Magazine, August 26, 2014

Matt Holder, MD; MDBA and Henry Hood, DMD,

Tribute to Louise Underwood - June 2008

More articles and organizations

Michigan Dental Access organization: They have been pushing legislation that would license Dental Therapists to provide dental care under the supervision of a dentist. This would be a professional equivalent to a nurse practitioner or physician’ s assistant.

Dental Practitioner Bills could undercut care of the developmentally disabled” by Dave Kassel, The COFAR Blog, February 27, 2017

Unusual dental clinic is a boon for the developmentally disabled Georgia Health, July 21, 2015

The risks of dental sedation and how to make it safer” by Jill Barker from The DD News Blog, March 8, 2012

Trauma-free Dental Care by Jill Barker from The DD News Blog, May 14, 2009

Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Spotlight on Nonelderly Adults  by Elizabeth Hinton and Julia Paradise, March 17, 2016 , Kaiser Health News”

Washtenaw County Dental Clinic" Celebrates Two Years and Over 10,000 Patient Visits, Now Accepts All Medicaid Plans”, 2/16/17