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Care Center for Persons with Disabilities

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Care Center for Persons with Disabilities

Anticipated to open in fall 2020, the Care Center for Persons with Disabilities will be a one-of-a-kind enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with all forms of disability. World-wide, people of all ages live with physical or intellectual disabilities either developmental or acquired as they age. Their quality of life is lower by virtue of the lack of well-trained dental practitioners as well as a shortage of facilities capable of delivering necessary care.

Approximately 3,500-square-feet on the second floor of the School’s Robert Schattner Center will be allocated to create the Center, a space that will be specifically designed for patients with disabilities. It is proposed to feature 12 operatories, all of which will accommodate wheelchairs. Some rooms will also be outfitted with hover dental chairs and at least one room will accommodate patients on a gurney. In addition, a stimulation room with low lighting and sound baffling will serve patients with sensory sensitivities. All students will gain direct experience treating patients in the Center and will be expertly trained to handle the unique needs of people with sensory impairments, behavioral problems, psychosocial issues, and other conditions requiring sensitive and comprehensive handling.

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Maren Gaughan
Associate Dean for Leadership Giving
gaughan@upenn.edu
215-898-8952

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