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ACPA is excited to announce updates to registration at ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting.  The meeting in Pittsburgh, April 10-14 2018, will Honor the Past, Challenge the Present, and Inspire the Future. This year all registration packages will include short courses and social events.  Advanced courses will be the only Annual Meeting Sessions with an additional charge. Registration to the meeting will be inclusive of all eye openers, study sessions, and social events.  The Pre-Conference Symposium, April 10, 2018, is a separate registration.   View the registration rates. This year’s meeting includes a 75th Annual Gala.  Please watch for additional meeting information, ...
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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is accepting abstracts for ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting, April 10-14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.  All ACPA members and interested nonmembers are invited to submit abstracts on new research, developing information or instructional courses on cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.  Submit an abstract now.  All submissions are due September 12, 2017. Before you submit, review the abstract submission materials.  Contact us at jessica.kokos@acpa-cpf.org with any questions. Join us as honor the past, challenge the present, and inspire the future ...
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I am proud and excited to be writing this month’s letter as the President of the newly merged ACPA. As of June 30, 2017, the Cleft Palate Foundation merged with ACPA and has become ACPA Family Services. ACPA is proud to represent professionals and families working together to build cleft and craniofacial awareness and improve care. Please take a moment to read a letter from Marilyn Cohen, CPF President (2013-2017). We are also pleased to announce the launch of ACPA’s new website this month. Please keep an eye on www.acpa-cpf.org for ongoing updates about ACPA’s programs. The ACPA Family Services ...
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ACPA is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned www.acpa-cpf.org. After months of planning and work, the website launched on July 10, 2017. The goals of the new site were to provide users with a better experience, make the site more visually appealing and update content to tell the ACPA story. The new site is much easier for members, healthcare professionals, and patients and families to navigate. While the site has a Patients and Families section, the majority of the patient and family information will remain on www.cleftline.org for the time being. The new site also features changes to ...
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I recently returned from hosting a family reunion in Charlotte, NC. My grandmother was the oldest daughter of 12 siblings. The gathering included 32 of her parents’ descendants from nine states -- ranging in age from three to 84. One of my personal values is family, and the opportunity to bring together my relatives filled me with joy. My own adult children joined my husband, my mother, my sister’s family and me -- these opportunities are all too rare. We had time to share stories, discuss trials and tribulations, loss and celebrations. There were two other families celebrating reunions at ...
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  “You’re going to have a boy!” Then in the next breath, “Please wait a moment, the doctor will be right in to speak with you.” Those were the words my mom and dad heard the first time they saw me on ultrasound. I was born with a 15mm-wide bilateral cleft lip and palate. I am now almost 13 years old. I feel like I am living a normal life, and my cleft lip and palate are just part of it. My cleft lip and palate do not define who I am, but I do believe it helped make me ...
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / July 6, 2017 – Each year in the U.S., thousands of babies are born with a cleft, occurring when tissue in the baby’s upper lip or roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. July has been proclaimed Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month in the town of  Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina, and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is raising awareness about the condition – and the countless individuals living with a facial difference nationwide – by hosting several special events throughout the month. “ACPA is excited to join ...
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With the excitement building around the film adaptation of RJ Palacio’s bestselling book, “Wonder,” releasing this fall, we would like to share a variety of book titles for your summer reading list. We have complied a list of books for children, teens, and young adults. Help us ensure we have the most up-to-date titles for our cleft community by letting us know if there are books not on our list. Happy Reading! ...
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / June 28, 2017 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF), two nonprofit organizations dedicated to the treatment of cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions, will merge operations effective June 30, 2017. ACPA is an association of health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on patients with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions with a focus on an integrated, multidisciplinary team care approach. The organization currently has more than 2,500 members in 60 countries who practice in 30+ medical, surgical, dental and allied health disciplines. ACPA also publishes The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial ...
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Chapel Hill, NC - The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) are pleased to announce the 2017 winners of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) awards. The winners were recognized on March 17, 2017 during ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CPCJ is a bi-monthly international journal on craniofacial differences that publishes research on etiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment in all areas of craniofacial anomalies. CPCJ is the official publication of ACPA. Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP was awarded CPCJ’s2017 Peer Reviewer of the Year Award. The award is given annually to the peer reviewer who best exemplifies the core ...
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