Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Quality is About Caring

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) DDA Health Initiative, with funding from the DC Developmental Disabilities Administration, have collaborated with dental providers in the District of Columbia to identify and overcome barriers to dental care for people with disabilities through proven best practices. This video, Quality is About Caring, features the community practices of two dentists in the District of Columbia (DC) who primarily serve adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The film includes an in-depth guided tour of their respective offices and demonstrates the many advances in their dental practices that improve access to people with IDD, including both physical and behavioral accommodations.

Viewers will receive an extensive look into the oral health care system and how oral health care is provided to patients in the District. Quality is About Caring includes information on the structure of the national Medicaid system and analyzes the benefits and enhancements provided by the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver. 

The team at DDA Health Initiative has developed two separate study guides for dental professionals and advocates, to be used in conjunction with this video. The study guides include exercises and activities that guides the reader to think about how he/she can impact the policies and legislation that provide oral health care to people with IDD.


Click on the links below to read or print the study guide for the video:

Study guide for dental care professionals

Study guide for advocates

Study guide for dental professionals Study guide for dental professionals



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