As part of Project Accessible Oral Health’s mission to raise awareness of the challenges the disability community faces in accessing oral health and health care services the, “Our Personal Stories” series shares the powerful experiences of people with disabilities, caregivers, and the professionals who serve and advocate for them.
John D. Kemp Shares His Story
As a renowned global disabilities advocate and leader, John is now applying his skill set to the launch of Project Accessible Oral Health, a catalyst for change in the future of dental care for the disabilities community. Learn how.
Steve W. Kess Shares His Story
Steve’s compelling story explains why Project Accessible Oral Health was launched as a public private partnership and its potential to transform the dental and disabilities communities, so that everyone is able to live with a healthy smile. Read more.
Mark Wolff Shares His Story
Mark has dedicated his entire dental career as a practitioner and academic to serve the special needs and disabilities community. He explains why he now extends that dedication to Project Accessible Oral Health. Learn more.
Keanu Shares His Story
Keanu, a student at the Henry Viscardi School, likes being active, healthy and strong. He also understands the importance of taking care of his teeth, as well as the need to make it easier to enter a doctor or dentist’s office. Read more.
Elsie Low & Doug Resnick Share Their Story
Since their son Keanu’s birth, Elsie and Doug have faced life and death decisions about his multiple health issues and significant surgeries. They are now determined to tackle the dental challenges Keanu faces. Learn how.
Dylan Cuevas Shares His Story
While Dylan is no longer scared to go to the dentist, he wishes more doctors and dentists knew how difficult visits can be for patients with disabilities. Read why.
Debbie Cuevas Shares Her Story
As the mother of a medically fragile child, Debbie is grateful to their pediatrician for repeatedly pointing out that her son Dylan’s dental health is as important as his overall health. She describes the many issues facing families in similar situations and the change that is needed. Read more.
Denise Vargas Shares Her Story
There is no question Denise would go to the dentist and doctor more often if it was more affordable and accessible. She describes why and how change needs to happen. Learn more.
Courtney Curry Shares His Story
Courtney wonders why in today’s digital world, where you can find almost anything online, there isn’t an easy way to find a dentist’s office that is accessible, able to treat someone in a wheelchair, or want to even try. Read his story.
Chris Allen Shares His Story
Chris wants people to know that someone with a disability can do the same things as an able-bodied person, including taking good care of his or her teeth. Read more.
Linda Allen Shares Her Story
Linda explains how after her son Christopher was born, many surgeries and medical issues pushed his dental care off the top of the list. However, as he got older and his front teeth started to grow crooked, she knew something had to be done. Read her story.
Judy Portelli Shares Her Story
In her role as a school nurse practitioner, Judy sees first-hand the critical need for Henry Viscardi School students to have improved access to oral healthcare today, which can lead to better overall health tomorrow. Read this nurse’s perspective.