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Federal agency thanks Association for revising Code of Conduct

Washington — The National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency, is commending the ADA for taking necessary steps to improve dental care access for people with disabilities with a revision to the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.

At the council's recommendation, the ADA House of Delegates approved Resolution 50H-2018 that would revise the Code to better reflect the rights of patients with disabilities in providers' patient selection.

The resolution was submitted by the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

The changes, reflected in section 4. A of the Code, now explicitly prohibit dental care providers from denying care to patients because of their disability, as was already the case based on a patient's race, creed, color, sexual orientation or gender identity, or national origin.