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2024 DDAM Downloadable Materials

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month–a national observance dedicated to raising awareness about the experiences of people with developmental disabilities. In an effort to further our mission of ensuring a healthy smile for all, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is working with other organizations to highlight President Reagan’s 1987’s designated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by providing easy-to-use marketing materials to raise awareness on this vastly unmet need in oral health care and connecting to the work of leading organizations in the space. A shocking 6.5 million people with different disabilities in the US cannot access the oral care they need and it’s affecting their overall health. It’s time to change that.

This Year’s Theme

Each year the DTA Foundation selects a theme to highlight the importance of the month of March within our marketing materials. The theme for this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, “A World of Opportunities,” celebrates people working together to remove obstacles. Together, we can make a world where all kinds of people have the chance to thrive. Spread the word about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by integrating these materials into your March social media efforts.

Explore the 2024 Marketing Materials Showcasing this Year’s Campaign!

More Resources

Join the efforts with one of our campaign colleagues or other advocates in the field and utilize their resources to deepen your understanding and expand your impact within the disabled community.

  • Smiles for Life Foundation: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face several barriers that prevent them from accessing dental care. Special Olympics and the Smiles for Life Foundation have partnered to provide oral healthcare services to Special Olympic Athletes. Together, we will help increase awareness, engagement and growth of a “new” work force of caring, clinicians who can provide dental treatment to Special Olympics athletes. Health Managers will identify patients in need, and will facilitate the referral and scheduling of patients to your practice. Click here for their website.
  • All Smiles Shine Campaign and their Partners: With its administrative home at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Project Accessible Oral Health is a global public-private partnership and the first to nationally assemble and connect dental and medical professionals, corporations, organizations, policymakers, educators, people with disabilities, caregivers, and other stakeholders in pursuit of equal access to culturally competent oral healthcare. Click here for their website.
  • America’s ToothFairy: Millions of children are without access to dental services and face ongoing health consequences as a result, including untreated tooth decay and other, more intensive dental needs. As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. Click here for their website.
  • PDS Foundation: The Pacific Dental Services® Foundation has three main programs: Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Assistant Scholarships and International Service Trips. Through these programs, they have been able to increase access to oral healthcare for communities across the globe. Click here for their website.