CDA Essentials 2016 • Volume 3 • Issue 7 - page 20

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Howare technologiesmakingadifference?
New technologies aremaking it easier tocommunicate;wecanevendo teleconsultswith
peopleat adistance. New technologies arealsomaking it less complex todeliver care to
someone inawheelchair—wecannow tilt people in theirwheelchairsor use specificaids to
help seat them inachair.
Anygamechangers?
Thegamechanger is theattitude. It’s anattitude that says I canproblem solveand I don’t
expect everyone tofit intomyonewayof doingdentistry. There is still a fear factorwhen
it comes to treatingpeoplewithdisabilities and that perhaps is thebiggest challenge to
overcome.
Areattitudesevolving?
The iADHhasdevelopedveryuseful curriculaguidance for bothundergraduateand
postgraduate levels. I think it’s important tomake sure that dentists anddental students
haveaccess todiversepopulations andpeoplewithdisabilities. Because lotsof peoplego
through their liveswithout touching someonewithadisability so theyarequite reasonably
scared. But evidencehas shown thatwhenpeopleworkwithpatientswith special needs, are
mentoredandgainconfidence, it’s the sameas everythingelse—it’snot that complex.
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