Applaud Expansion of Care for the Intellectually Disabled


Target: Dr. Henry Hood and Dr. Matthew Holder, Co-Directors of the Lee Specialty Clinic

Goal: Applaud clinic that offers a safe, accepting space for patients with severe disabilities and their families

For parents who have children with severe disabilities, finding healthcare care can be an emotionally trying experience. Many such parents unfortunately find themselves at a loss to find compassionate care for their children. Medical staff who are untrained in handling intellectual disability often tell them that their children are not welcome, as they are often disruptive in the waiting room and take too long in the examining room, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Now, however, thanks to the Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, patients with intellectual disabilities along with their families no longer have to be turned away.

The Lee Specialty Clinic is one of the few standing centers that provide medical and dental care specifically to individuals with intellectual disabilities, making them feel welcome and supported. Having opened its doors June 2014, the 17,000-square-foot clinic itself is also meticulously ergonomic, equipped to provide patients with the most comfortable experience possible. There are motorized lifts to help patients settle into dental chairs and scales designed to weigh people in wheelchairs. Hallways are extra spacious, and reception areas are filled with natural light.

Most importantly, staff members at the clinic are trained to understand what their patients and their families have gone through. They have familiarized themselves with the needs of their patients, adopting thoughtful practices like providing cookies as positive reinforcement.

By signing the petition below, you can recognize the invaluable contributions of the clinic to advancing healthcare for these severely underserved individuals.


Dear Dr. Hood and Dr. Holder,

I am writing to applaud you for your efforts to expand healthcare for intellectually disabled individuals. Demonstrating sensitivity and compassion, your work at the Lee Specialty Clinic is paving the way for a new standard of care for one of the most severely underserved populations in the healthcare system.

Thank you for setting an important example of encouraging greater acceptance of those born with intellectual disabilities and reducing the persistent stigma that so often accompanies them. I want to express my support for the valuable work you do and wish you the best of luck in the future of your clinic and the well-being of your staff, patients, and their families.


[Your Name Here]

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