This DEI Series feature article provides a unique perspective on the inclusion of individuals with physical disabilities, focusing on mobility impairment, in the dental profession and community. The author, a paraplegic orthodontist, shares personal experiences and challenges, shedding light on the importance of considering physical disabilities in dental offices. Navigational difficulties in compliant yet wheelchair-unfriendly spaces are discussed, urging practitioners to have contingency plans. The article emphasizes the significance of etiquette in assisting individuals with disabilities, encouraging respectful communication and asking before offering help. Practical insights on dental chair usage and transfer assistance are provided, promoting a more inclusive environment for both providers and patients.
Heinz, Jeffrey M. DDS, MSD
"Inclusion of the Mobility Impaired in our Community: Ask First!,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss1/8
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