Mouth Matters: Disability and Oral Health

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The registration period has closed for this event.

11:00am to 12:15pm



Oral health is an important health issue for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). A recent report from Special Olympics' Special Smiles program found that about half of all the Special Olympics athletes in the U.S. were unaware that they had an underlining oral health issues. In Oregon, 2018 BRFSS data shows that fewer adults with disabilities visited a dentist within the past year compared to adults without disabilities and more Oregonians with disabilities (60%) have had at least one permanent tooth removed, compared to 33% of adults without disabilities.

Join us for an informative 2-part webinar series and learn from people with I/DD, dental professionals and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) consultants, about oral health barriers experienced by people with I/DD, and what disability service providers and oral health providers can all do to help people with I/DD have successful dental visits and overall dental care.

Learning Objectives



  • Change in attitude and approach in working with patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Recognize and apply non-discrimination practices for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Learn and apply knowledge about providing physical accessibility, communication access and common accommodations for various disability situations.
  • Identify resources for available tax credits and deductions that support barrier removal and accommodation expenses.
  • Understand oral health disparities experienced by people with disabilities.


Angela Weaver, MEd

Angela is the Program Manager of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) and has worked for the office for over 20 years.  She works with key local, state and national partners to advocates for, and provides education on, the need for full accessibility and inclusion of, people with disabilities through policies, systems and environmental changes. She provides a variety of community-based health promotion and education training and workshops for people with disabilities, disability service providers and public health professionals. Angela also serves as: the Vice Chair of the Oregon Disability Commission; President of the Board of Directors for Inclusion Inc., a non-profit agency that provides case management services to adults with developmental disabilities; a member on the NW ADA Center's Advisory Board; and is a Robert Wood Johnson Leadership Fellow.  Angela received her Master’s in Education: Special Needs from Colorado State University.

Kathy Hunt, RDH, ECPII

A Registered Dental Hygienist for 40 years, Kathy Hunt first began her work in public health in 2004 when she designed the first system in Kansas that provided preventive dental care in public schools, Head Starts, and health departments. She also was instrumental in developing, implementing, and directing a dental clinic within a small safety net clinic located in her local community.

Since 2007, Kathy has provided oral health leadership for the Kansas Head Start Association, authored several oral health resource materials for pregnant women, young children, and adults with disabilities, serves as the Dental Program Director for Oral Health Kansas, and regularly collaborates with state organizations and agencies to use systems change to make progress on improving the oral health of all Kansans.

Kiersi Colman

Kiersi Coleman is a communication consultant, self-advocate, and program assistant for the UCEDD. Coleman provides expertise for website and social media content, and program implementation and evaluation. She leads efforts across communities within and outside of OHSU to improve the lives of people with disabilities, all while experiencing cerebral palsy herself.


Lori Killen Aus, EPDH, MA

Lori has been a practicing dental hygienist for almost 40 years. She has worked in private practice dental offices as well as served in public health settings, offering free preventive oral health care to the un-insured. In 2011 Lori began her own mobile preventive oral health practice serving those who lack access to care. Her business, Oral Health for Life, LLC, takes preventive oral care into care facilities and homes. Lori has a heart for working with those who have challenges and disabilities. Lori contracts with Exceptional Needs Dental Services and Prime Mobile Dental. As an adjunct professor for dental hygiene programs, Lori enjoys taking students on rotations, whether in care facilities or free oral health clinics. As a past President for Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association, Lori remains active on the board as well as holding a position on an advisory board for Mt Hood Dental Hygiene program. Lori received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017 from ODHA and the Lynn Ironside Access to Care award in 2019. 

Michal Richardson, MPA

Michael directs the Northwest ADA Center and provides technical assistance, training, continuing education, and technical consultation services related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state disability laws. He also co-chairs the Accessible Health Care Committee with the ADA National Network and often speaks on accessible health care topics such as effective communication for people with communication disabilities, and physical and program access to medical facilities, services, and programs. In addition, Michael provides cultural competency consultation and training in relation to interacting with people with disabilities and building inclusive programs


Registration open through 6/10/2020 8:59 PM EST

Disability Accommodations

If you have a disability and need accommodations to attend or participate in this event please contact the CE Department at 503-494-8857 at least five business days prior to the event.

Target Audience

This course is open to all


This course is free to anyone who wants to view it. If you would like CDE for viewing this you will need to pay $25. 





Continuing Education

This course qualities for 1 Hour of CDE



Online- How to view

You can join this webinar from anywhere using a computer with a high-speed internet connection. You may also access this course on a mobile device with high-speed internet. We recommend Google Chrome browsers.


Once you register you will be sent a link to the live course.


Once the course is finished you will need to fill out an evaluation in order to receive your CE verification.


Contact Information

Contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:

  • Speakers has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.