Appointments with dignity

“I was wondering if you could open a discussion on how people in wheelchairs handle going to the dentist if they can’t be transferred to the dental chair? Do some use a reclining wheelchair? or have dentist’s with a large enough room to use a lift??? We need some ideas… thanks”

This was a question I received by email from a friend. I don’t have answers and this seems to pose a creative solution not just for dentists (although this is the problem in question) but for other appointments. Eye exams, doctors appointments, hair cuts etc

do you have any ideas because I have sent all of the local options I could think of in terms of agencies that may be able to help. I am posting this for general ideas


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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to Appointments with dignity

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    Sometimes there is a list of disability aware dentists that might be all over the country or the state.

    It would also be good to have a community and business directory where they advertise and get points for services, much like a babysitter’s club.

    Adaptive dentistry here we come…

    The haircut solutions I have come across seem to be very individual. And there are disability-aware hairdressers.

    Optometrists tend to be very rejective or there are things that they miss. There was a young man who had a LASIK treatment…

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    thanks for the ideas any others?

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