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May 19, 2014 | North America: New York

A Day for Special Smiles provides treatment to New York Athletes

By Drew Boshell

Special Olympics athletes Christopher and Jed check in for their dental treatment.

Many Special Olympics athletes around the world do not get the oral health care they need and deserve. To overcome this, Special Olympics New York has teamed up with Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the Golisano Foundation to provide free dental treatment on May 17 for people with intellectual disability identified with untreated oral health issues. The event called, "A Day for Special Smiles" in addition to providing treatment, acts to raise the awareness of the unmet health needs of this under served population. Special Olympics New York is part of the global Healthy Communities initiative supported by the Golisano Foundation to reduce disparities in access to to health care for people with intellectual disability.

About Drew Boshell: Senior Director of Global Health Programs, Special Olympics International
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