Disability awareness simply means to treat someone with a disability with respect as you would anyone. I've been to three dentist offices this month, and I wasn't shown much respect from various people. Training needs to start with the staff.
The first dentist office, the dentist needed a clue about disabilities. He refused to talk to me directly. He only talked to my attendent and did a terrible job on my teeth cleaning.
The second place I went to, the dental assistant needed disability training. Even though I did most of the talking, she would only look and talk to my husband. (I know he's gorgeous but come on.) She only got a little better when she found out our kids go to the same school. But like I said, only a little better.
On the contrary, the dentist there was excellent. She talked to me and discovered all my issues that other dentists ignored. Unfortunately, dentist care and disabilities don't mix too well. Even though I have someone brush my teeth three times a day, I have issues from my past dental work that needs help.
The third place was for my daughter. I bought her in, talked to the receptionist and everything. All my husband did was sign her in. He needed to take our son out for a ride because he was fussy. My daughter and I waited over an hour. Why? They were waiting for my husband to answer questions about my daughter.
Yes, I explained to them I could do all that. I am her mom etc. They did apologize a lot, but still a whole hour was shot for nothing.
My solution is to contact dentist offices and offer training. It's a definite need!