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Description of Agency
DLN is a national charitable organization solely dedicated to meeting the needs of citizens with physical, medical, and mental disabilities. Our country's standard of dental care is the highest in the world, yet those Americans most desperately in need often go unserved. Some are mentally disabled, others are physically challenged. They may be children or adults. They suffer from mental retardation, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, mental illness, and many other disabilities. Or they may be older, living on fixed incomes.Along with the disabling conditions that can complicate dental treatment, countless disabled and elderly people do not receive needed care because they cannot afford it or are unable to travel easily to dentists' offices. Others suffer because their families or caretakers are apathetic about dentistry.The Foundation was established in 1974 to address these problems. An affiliate of the American Dental Association and state and local dental associations, the Foundation is a national charitable organization solely dedicated to meeting the needs of citizens with physical, medical, and mental disabilities.Among the factors restricting access to dental care for millions of disabled and elderly Americans, paying for treatment is the most serious barrier. Their employment income is minimal as is government aid. In most states, Medicaid-the federal/state program of health care assistance for the poor-provides limited dental benefits for adult recipients or none at all! And Medicare, the federal program of health care for the elderly, does not pay for dentistry. The few public clinics typically have lengthy waiting lists and only offer basic services. All of the Foundation's programs have the same simple goal -- helping as many of our most vulnerable citizens as possible receive dental health services. These elderly, disabled , and medically compromised people often have nowhere else to turn for oral health care as most government programs do not provide the level of services they need. The Foundation and its affiliates and partner organizations operate three humanitarian programs