President’s Letter

Hillary JonesACPA News, President's Letter

Robert J. Havlik, MD

With the screen adaption of R.J. Palacio’s bestselling book, “Wonder,” being released to theaters later this month, communities are coming together to discuss facial differences.

The story is about the journey of a boy named Auggie with a craniofacial condition, who is entering public school for the first time and shares valuable lessons of compassion and acceptance.

Both the film and book have helped to generate awareness and dialogue around people with facial differences at a pace that is unlike anything I have seen before. All over the country, classrooms, institutions, and organizations, including ACPA, are assembling screenings of the film and having discussions. Families and individuals with facial differences are spreading awareness by sharing their stories. New outlets are approaching physicians and asking questions about facial differences. Adults and children are embracing the story’s central message by extending kindness to others.

It is great to see the community come together in a positive way over a topic that is at the heart of many ACPA members’ daily lives.

I hope you will join me in working to continue the discussions, awareness and kindness in your communities well after the movie premieres and the hype slows down to ensure we continue to create a world, through team care, where individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive.