Special Smiles

The Special Smiles discipline of Healthy Athletes provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes.
James Pierce before and after emergency dental care.
James Pierce, a 42 year old Special Olympics athlete from Kentucky with Down syndrome, was recently referred to the Henry Hood medical center for care.
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Dr. Perlman evaluating an athletes oral health. Healthy Athletes, Special Smiles
In the 1990s, Dr. Steve Perlman and Eunice Kennedy Shriver met to discuss the lack of access to health care for people with intellectual disabilities, who were often denied treatment.
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Dr Steven Perlman standing next to Special Olympics Athlete Dustin Plunkett with their arms around one antoher smiling
How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the over 1.7 million athletes screened by the Special Olympics Health Program.
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2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award Honoree: Universidad Cientifica del Sur (FCS)
Universidad Cientifica del Sur – Escuela de Estomatología (FCS) is one of seven honorees of the 2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award. The university works in partnership with Special Olympics Peru.
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