Celebrating Craniofacial Acceptance in September

Alyssa KirkmanPresident's Letter

Amelia F. Drake, MD

ACPA works every day to support the care of individuals affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions.  We support our members, medical professionals and families on their individual journeys, and we encourage all of you to support each other while spreading messages of awareness and acceptance in your communities.

Born with Nager Syndrome, 2018 ACPA Scholarship Recipient Haley Rawlings said she hopes to spread awareness through a future teaching career, “It is my desire to raise awareness of showing kindness to all individuals, especially those who have a craniofacial difference like me.  We all have different stories to share and we can learn from each other.”

Every July, ACPA participates in Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month to spread awareness about cleft and craniofacial differences, and this September, ACPA is proud to once again join the Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) in celebrating Craniofacial Acceptance Month (CAM).

CCA started craniofacial acceptance month to create awareness of craniofacial differences and to get people to see that “beyond the face is a heart.” CCA has scheduled a picnic on September 8th to signal the beginning of their month-long celebration, and ACPA is joining CCA in encouraging you to host an awareness event in your hometown.  View CCA’s press release.

ACPA is dedicated to creating a world where individuals with cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive, and widening the circle of acceptance for facial difference in our communities is critical to achieving that vision. Together, we can create a more accepting world.