Lawyer Referral Services

Many state bar associations provide referral services for individuals or families looking for a lawyer to help them.  Families might consider contacting the lawyer referral services and specifically asking if the service can provide the caller with a referral to an attorney who is familiar with the issues involved in estate planning for families with a disabled family member.  The following is the general contact information for lawyer referral services in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Virginia State Bar Lawyer Referral Service:

800-552-7977

www.vsb.org/vlrs

District of Columbia Bar:

202-296-7845

www.badc.org

Maryland State Bar:

Referrals are handled at the county bar level and a list of contact information for the county bars is available:

800-492-1964

www.msba.org/public/

Capacity Building Scholarship Award

Volunteer Fairfax recently awarded the David H. Lawson Foundation (DHLF) the Volunteer Fairfax Capacity Building Scholarship for 2014.

This award provides the DHLF with a free partner level membership with Volunteer Fairfax and the opportunity for a board member of the DHLF to attend two training workshops sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax, or two board members to attend one training workshop, without charge.

The DHLF thanks Volunteer Fairfax and looks forward to working with them to reap the benefits provided to our organization!

The Giving Circle of HOPE Celebration

(Above image) Karen Peko (left), Giving Circle of HOPE Grant Liaison and Roger Hartman (right), board member of the David H. Lawson Foundation at the Circle’s grant celebration

On May 14, 2014, the David H. Lawson Foundation was one of nine non-profit partners of the Giving Circle of HOPE to be recognized as Circle grant winners for 2013.  The celebration was held at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, VA and doubled as a Tenth Birthday Party for the Circle.  Joy Felegie and Roger Hartman represented the Foundation at the celebration, and although no formal presentations were made by the grant winners, Joy and Roger had the opportunity to answer questions and speak with many passers-by at the Lawson Foundation display table. The Giving Circle of HOPE is a donor advised fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  In 2013, the Giving Circle of HOPE received 38 grant applications, and the Lawson Foundation was one of just nine applicants to receive a grant.

DHLF Co-sponsors Dental Outreach Clinic

Providing Dental Treatment to Patients with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

May 16, 2014

Thanks to a grant award from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Giving Circle of Hope, sixteen dental professionals and twenty individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) participated in a unique one-day clinic that was mutually beneficial in addressing unmet oral health needs.

This successful dental outreach clinic, co-sponsored by the Virginia Dental Association, was held at the Northern Virginia Training Center Dental Clinic and provided a unique opportunity for dental professionals to gain valuable practical experience in treating patients with ID/DD.

Patients with ID/DD are often underserved as they often lack access to dental treatment. This grant-funded program helped to address this need for access to dental services. Patients were recruited by our collaborators, the Arc of Northern Virginia and ServiceSource, and patients were then pre-screened and pre-scheduled based upon need and ability to treat. Patients received individualized dental services such as exams, x-rays, cleaning, fillings, extractions, scaling, etc.

See the following positive feedback we received from patients and their families and/or caregivers.

“This program is a blessing”

“It was a good opportunity to have this kind of dental treatment”

“Very friendly and attentive staff members”

“Teeth are shiny new! Thank you”

“Thank you so much. Words are not enough to convey our heartfelt appreciation for the services provided for the patients. Caregivers are so well trained and friendly. Thanks again”

“I had a great experience. Wisdom tooth that was infected was addressed appropriately. Thank you for taking care of me!”

“Dentist was very nice and did not hurt my teeth”

“Very thankful”

“The staff was awesome, and at the check-in, one of the ladies recognized my son. That was sweet”

Dental professionals attended a 1 hour lecture, provided by instructors Dr. James Schroeder DDS, MS, FACD and Dr. Ramineh Kangarloo DDS, during which participants received an overview of treating patients with ID/DD. The course then progressed into observation and assistance with establishing rapport with patients and actual treatment of patients while being mentored by skilled dentists with expertise in treating this population. The dentists and hygienists received 8 continuing education credits for participating in the 8 hour course. This course was beneficial to dental professionals as it helps prepare them for treating patients with ID/DD in their private practice offices in the region.

Manisha Alimi (Market Leader III from BB&T) and Roger Hartman (Board Member from the David H. Lawson Foundation) with dental goodie bags to be distributed to patients

Manisha Alimi (Market Leader III from BB&T) and Roger Hartman (Board Member from the David H. Lawson Foundation) with dental goodie bags to be distributed to patients

 Dr. Samer Jarwa and Hernan Nunez Torres preparing to take an x-ray of the patient's teeth

Dr. Samer Jarwa and Hernan Nunez Torres preparing to take an x-ray of the patient’s teeth

Dr. James Schroeder providing demonstration for dental participants

Dr. James Schroeder providing demonstration for dental participants

Patient sign-in table- dental outreach clinic- (Joy Felegie (Project Coordinator), Dr. James Schroeder (Course Instructor), Manisha Alimi (BB&T volunteer))

Patient sign-in table- dental outreach clinic-
(Joy Felegie (Project Coordinator), Dr. James Schroeder (Course Instructor), Manisha Alimi (BB&T volunteer))

Dental outreach clinic registration table

Dental outreach clinic registration table

Photo-display table for the dental outreach clinic

Photo-display table for the dental outreach clinic

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For more information about the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia — Giving Circle of Hope, please visit their websites at: http://www.cfnova.org and www.givingcircleofhope.org.

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Grant Award Received to Implement Dental Outreach Clinic

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia – Giving Circle of Hope has awarded a grant to the David H. Lawson Foundation in the amount of $6,975.00.  These funds will be used to implement a dental outreach clinic for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, who lack access to dental services.  This clinic is scheduled to occur on Friday May 16, 2014.  We aim to provide free dental treatment to 20 patients with ID/DD who have a current substantial need for services.

More information about the outreach clinic will be posted later this winter/spring.  While the grant award will pay for most of the clinic costs, additional needs for supplies exist. For example,  we plan to provide dental “goodie bags” for the patients.  If you would like to make a donation toward this event, please mail your donation to:

The David H. Lawson Foundation
11150 Fairfax Blvd.
Suite 401
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

For more information about the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia — Giving Circle of Hope, please visit their websites at: http://www.cfnova.org and www.givingcircleofhope.org.

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DHLF Funds Dental Externship For Senior Virginia Commonwealth University Dental Student

An interview with Ethan Puryear, Dental Student

Virginia Commonwealth University

Made possible through grant funds from the Amerigroup Foundation, the David H. Lawson Foundation was able to host a dental externship for Virginia Commonwealth University student, Ethan Puryear. Ethan agreed to share his thoughts about his recent experience at the Northern Virginia Training Center, during September 2013.  This unique opportunity provided Ethan with three weeks of practical experience in providing dental treatment to patients with severe-profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. Continue reading to learn more about Ethan’s experience!

Question:  What was it that sparked your interest in applying for this externship opportunity?

Ethan:  I was particularly interested in this externship because prior to dental school, I worked for the YMCA in their youth programs.  We had participants with special needs and I really enjoyed working with the population.  I want to keep this population in mind when I begin my dental practice.

Question:  How much exposure did you have to people with intellectual disabilities prior to this externship experience?

Ethan: We had participants with Autism and Down syndrome at the YMCA but they were high functioning.  Seeing patients with the level of functioning of those treated at NVTC is a new experience for me.  At the VCU dental school we recently started to see some patients with severe-profound intellectual disabilities on a screening basis.

Question:  This is the beginning of your third week of your externship experience.  How would you describe the difference in your personal knowledge and understanding of the unique needs and challenges of patients with intellectual disabilities, as compared to your first day of the externship?

Ethan:  There certainly is a change in my comfort level.  The dentistry is not necessarily different but the patient management component is different.  For instance, I learned about adaptive equipment to use with this population and that there may be situations where it is indicated to tolerate some common behaviors of the patient and continue treatment.

Question:  The David H. Lawson Foundation wants to promote access to dental services for people with intellectual disabilities by helping to provide unique education opportunities for dentists to become more knowledgeable, comfortable and skilled in treating people with intellectual disabilities.

Would you share with us how this externship may have impacted your awareness of this critical need?

Ethan:  We were told in dental school that there is a huge need for dentists to treat adults with special needs.  The most impressionable thing about the externship was to really experience how much care some folks really need on an individual basis.  The individuals’ need dental treatment on a more frequent basis then the dentists are able to provide.  There was one case where a patient came from a town several hours away because they needed the sedation dentistry services provided at NVTC and could not find another location to receive these services closer to home.

Question:  Would you share your thoughts with us about the value of this program?

Ethan:  As a student, there are no other opportunities like this.  I received three weeks of seeing four to five patients a day with special needs.  I got a feel for what was common or not common.  I was immersed in treating patients with special needs.

Question:  Is there a highlight of your experience so far, that you would like to share?

Ethan:  It is hard to pinpoint one but certainly there were a lot of interesting and powerful cases.

Question:  Do you have any comments you would like to make as we close our interview?

Ethan:  The experience overall was great!  Everyone was welcoming and willing to help.  It was a unique experience to be exposed to this population.  I don’t think this kind of experience is common and it was great to have this opportunity.

 

Ethan Puryear from VCUThank you Ethan!