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