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ACPA 2018 College Scholarship season is now open. Scholarships are available for students born with cleft or craniofacial conditions who will be rising freshmen or continuing college students at US-accredited institutions in Fall 2018. ACPA is pleased to award annual college scholarships to outstanding students nationwide.  These include: Peter Randall, MD & Don LaRossa, MD Scholarship Award Earl “Gip” Seaver, PhD Scholarship Award One $500 award for a student enrolled in a community, vocational or technical school A minimum of eight general scholarships of at least $500 each. Additional scholarships of increased amounts may be offered as funds are available ...
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ACPA is excited to celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2018 – that’s 75 years working with professionals who make a difference for individuals and families affected by cleft lip, palate and other craniofacial conditions. You can start getting involved now as we prepare for the anniversary. Share Your Story to Celebrate 75 Years of Team Care. Please share your story and the positive impact ACPA has had on you, your work or your family. Your input will help us tell ACPA’s story –the story of the healthcare professionals, families and individuals at the heart of what we do. Email mailto:alyssa.kirkman@acpa-cpf.org ...
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I don't see myself as different, strange, odd or imperfect. I'm just a normal teenager living in this big scary world. I'm more concern with living in a time where hatred, crime and death are occurring every day, then me being born with cleft lip and cleft palate. I rarely even think about it. I've heard it happens to 1 and 600 births and I believe the Good Lord Above chose me... and I'm okay with it. I have had seven surgeries already and I know as a teenager there are many more to come. Surgeries scare me. I don’t ...
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ACPA is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Research Grant season.  This year, ACPA will be offering four grants totaling $20,000. Grant proposals must be submitted online by February 1, 2018 and award winners will be announced in May 2018.  ACPA grants may be key to launching new projects that are later supported by larger funding institutions. Research grants offered for 2018 funding include: Subtelny Speech Research Grant One 1-year grant for $5,000. This grant promotes research related to effective speech and language pathology treatment modalities and strategies for patients with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies. The ...
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ACPA is excited to announce a screening of  Wonder.  The major motion picture, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, is based on R.J. Palacio's book about a boy with a facial difference. ACPA invites the local cleft and craniofacial community to join us on Sunday, November 19, at the Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham, NC for refreshments at 2:30pm and for the movie with a brief introduction at 3:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission. Purchase tickets. Come connect with local families, learn about facial differences and make new friends. Thank you to our donors and sponsors for ...
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Many in the scholarly publishing community recently recognized Peer Review Week, which is a time to highlight the knowledge, expertise, insight, and tireless dedication of those throughout the world that ensure high-quality scientific publishing. The Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) is a crucial asset to ACPA, as its research serves a vital role in contributing toward ACPA’s vision to create a world, through team care, where individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive. The endless hardworking individuals that devote their time to The CPCJ maintain research that remains accurate, innovative, relevant and significant from issue to issue. I would ...
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Today, we are hosting an area non-profit affiliated with a major university who is evaluating becoming an independent entity. Sound familiar? On September 22, I celebrated my third anniversary as executive director for ACPA. It feels gratifying to look back at what we have accomplished. The visitors remind me of the uncertainty ACPA faced with a new executive director and a change in its long-time relationship with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). We have maintained a positive, professional relationship with UNC. I continue to serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the ...
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ACPA and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) merged in 2017 to better achieve their common mission: to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. Professionals and families are now working more closely together to build cleft and craniofacial awareness and improve care. After the merger, CPF’s patient and family programs have continued under the ACPA Family Services program.  ACPA Family Services is dedicated to providing comprehensive resources and individualized support.  Education is the center of ACPA Family Services, and family-centered team care is the goal for every patient ...
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In celebration of 75 years of Team Care, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce an art contest for all ages. This contest invites everyone in the cleft and craniofacial community to use their creativity to raise awareness of cleft lip, palate and craniofacial conditions through visual art. The winning artwork will best showcase the theme: My Cleft Journey The contest is open to all who have a cleft or craniofacial story to share. Please read the official rules.   All entries must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2017 ...
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Craniosynostosis is the premature fusion of the cranial sutures leading to skull deformities and brain development issues. Sagittal craniosynostosis is the most common type of craniosynostosis, occurring when the sagittal suture (fibrous bands connecting bone in the skull) closes too early. This may result in scaphocephaly, causing the skull to appear long and thin with frontal bossing (protrusion of the forehead). In addition to abnormal skull growth, patients may potentially have elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). ICP may cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, increased crying and developmental delays in small children. Diagnostic testing such as X-rays and CT scans may be useful ...
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