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Authors: John Morgan, Bonnie F. Zimble


Credo for Support

Special Care in Dentistry
John Morgan, DDS
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 2008

People with disabilities such as intellectual disability, autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, sensory impairments, and others, have undergone a long history of misunderstanding, ridicule, segregation and even abusive treatment in the name of behavior management.  

Societal conditions for persons with disabilities have improved greatly in recent years. Behavioral methods are no longer used in coercive ways, but are now employed at they were originally intended - as a means of positive support.  

Still there is much room for improvement, and that begins with us all gaining a better understanding of the experience of disability, including how our “helpâ€&; may be perceived. What better way than to hear these perspectives directly from persons with disabilities! 

Click here to view the short online video, "Credo for Support."