Resolved, that ASDA Policy H-‐5 Special Needs Dentistry, be amended to reflect support for patients with ND/ID to be considered a Medically Underserved Population.
The American Student Dental Association supports appropriate initiatives and legislation to improve and foster the oral health of persons with special needs. This includes the association’s support of federal legislation to designate people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population. The Association encourages constituent and component dental societies to support state and local initiatives and legislation to improve the oral health of persons with special needs. The American Student Dental Association encourages dental and allied dental programs to educate students about the oral health needs and issues of people with special needs.
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