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Continuing Dental Education

A Functional Approach to Disability and Oral Health – Transforming Theory into Practice – a live webinar

Sharat Pani, BDS, MDS and Clive Friedman, DDS, FAAPD

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

The 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability reported that 6.2 million Canadians lived with disability, with estimates that this figure will only rise in the coming decade. Most of these individuals do not require dental care in a hospital setting and can be seen in most dental practices. The functional model of disability gives primacy to the ability of the individual to function and considers the pathologies associated with the disability in terms of how they limit function. This approach is codified in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function (WHO-ICF).

While most individuals with disabilities have traditionally been treated by Pediatric dentists, it is important for these individuals to have a regular dental home, even as they transition into adulthood. The Canadian Dental Association along with the Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health have used the functional model of disability to develop a Case Complexity Tool and a Transition tool to help clinicians integrate special care dentistry into their practices. This course aims to familiarize participants with the concept of the WHO-ICF and how these classifications can be used to objectively assess case-complexity and of dental care outside a hospital setting.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this class, you will be able to:

  • Use the WHO-ICF tool to assess the functional complexity of a patient with Special Healthcare Needs
  • Utilize different tools and resources to triage patients requiring hospital-based dentistry
  • Identify those aspects of continuing dental care that can be provided within conventional practice settings
  • Create a transition pathway for adolescents with special healthcare needs as they move away from their pediatric dentist


Dr. Sharat PaniSharat Pani is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications in the field of clinical pediatric dentistry and special care dentistry. He has published and presented extensively on the use of functional approaches and their impact on special care dentistry. He is a director of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health and is also the chair of the scientific committee of the Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health. He was recently conferred with the fellowship of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health.


Dr. Clive FriedmanClive Friedman graduated University of Witwatersrand 1976 – received his Pediatric training New Orleans 1979-1981. Has Been on faculty either full time or part time at Western since then. He has been involved with Dentistry for Persons with Special Needs since 1981. He is a former President of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH), ADH and is now a Board Member of the Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health CSDH. Continues to serve as a consultant and member of various committees in all these organizations. He recently received fellowship in the iADH. He has been a member of the ICC (International Clinical Council for FOP) and recently updated the oral health section of the guidelines. He currently chairs the Ethics committee of the ICC. Clive still practices clinical dentistry continues to lecture, teach and mentor in many different arenas.


  • Drs. Pani and Friedman have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Online Webinar

The dental professional

5:00pm – 6:30pm Pacific Standard time


1.5 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Cancellation and Refunds
For this live webinar, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Tuesday, August 1, 2023. Registration will remain open until the webinar begins – NO REFUNDS will be accepted once the webinar has begun. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.