What We Do

What we do? You know, that’s actually hard to put into words. Not because it’s complicated, but because what we do is so varied. Just like there are many facial differences, there are many ways to make a difference. In this section, you’ll discover some of the ways AboutFace is helping those affected. The only benchmark? We think they’re all inspiring and life-changing experiences.

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At AboutFace, we provide a full and varied program of events.


Leave it all behind

We understand the need for escapism, a change of scenery or the opportunity to expand your horizons. Every year, AboutFace holds a variety of programs and escapes, from our perennially popular Camp Trailblazers for 10 to 18 year olds to our Adult Retreat at Pow Wow Point Lodge. Plus, we keep adding to our range of life skills and leadership courses, designed to keep you on a journey of discovery and self-improvement.



At AboutFace, we understand that one of the most daunting tasks facing adults and parents of children with facial differences is finding the necessary resources to secure the care and treatment they need. In Canada, we are very fortunate to have most of the medical expenses associated with congenital and acquired differences covered through the Provincial Health Plans and other Ministries of Health. However, this is not the case for dental care and other treatments. In fact, there is a vast inequality in treatment options, access and funding support province by province, making the task more complicated.

Access To Care

A Step in the Right Direction.

In 2010, AboutFace took part in an environmental scan of Canadian Cleft Lip/Palate Dental Bursary Programs, conducted for the Office of the Chief Dental Officer by Dr. Constantine Batsos (August, 2010). This report clearly highlights the discrepancies in the provincial programs, making access to dental care for this unique population unpredictable and inconsistent. The report in full is available here: The Cleft Lip and Palate Environmental Scan 2010.

AboutFace is working to increase and improve access to care in Canada for individuals with facial differences. We are working with partners and other associations to change and improve this disparity. Improving access to information is our starting point. In this section, you will find a listing of all the craniofacial clinics, information on the funding bursaries and dental programs offered in each province, a listing of all provincial health ministers, as well as detailed resources pages dedicated to explaining the various syndromes and conditions. As we continue developing this section, we will post other funding sources and ways to help you secure support for dental and other treatment as well as other ancillary expenses such as travel, etc.

Access to Care is a new feature that will aim to consolidate information in one central location for ease of use and reference. Therefore, this section will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that recent information is always available. If you have information that would be helpful to others in regards to securing funding or other special treatment options, please send it to AboutFace at emily@aboutface.ca or call us at 1-800-665-3223 x21.

All further inquiries or requests for information can be sent to: info@aboutface.ca

You can also connect with AboutFace and AboutFace constituents through:

Healthcare Contacts


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AboutFace has developed specific support services to Empower, Encourage and Educate members as they embrace living with a facial difference. Support means different things to different people. From sharing personal experiences to finding resources online, all this contributes to the feeling that you’re not alone.

Support Services

  • Toll Free Hotline: For specialized information 1-800-665-FACE (3223) ext. 21
  • Community Activities

For information on AboutFace Activities & Awareness in your community, please contact:
416-597-2229 x21
1-800-665-3223 x21

Workshop Conference Calls

AboutFace holds 2 monthly workshop calls; one for Adults with a Facial Difference, and one for Parents of a Child with a Facial Difference . The purposes of these calls are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to connect with other adults who can relate to your experiences and feelings
  • Provide useful information, strategies and ideas
  • Provide a safe and trusting place to share and learn
  • Provide an opportunity to connect with others who can relate to your experiences
  • Share life experiences

Next Adult Workshop Date (EST)
Click here to check the events page for the upcoming call times

Next Parent Workshop Date (EST) — temporarily suspended due to staffing changes.
Click here to check the events page for the upcoming call times

Please let us know in advance:

  1. If you will be joining the call
  2. Your name
  3. Your medical condition
  4. You can reach AboutFace at 1-800-665-3223 or by email at amanda@aboutface.ca

Peer-to-Peer Networking: Connecting with Others


  • A grounding experience that validates concerns and feelings
  • An empowering strength to create confidence and self acceptance
  • An outlet to reduce anxiety, fear and loneliness
  • An opportunity to open doors to information and community access
  • A “buddy” to have honest and open discussions
  • A chance to share and relate medical information and experiences

We connect AboutFace members from across Canada and internationally through our Networking Programs. To register for Peer-to-Peer Networking, please complete the general registration form and check off “Peer-to-Peer Networking”.

Educational Support

Jessie’s Blessing is a picture book and interactive CD-Rom resource created for parents and educators of young children aged 3-7. Children are introduced to themes of uniqueness, acceptance, and understanding through the adventures of two little girls, a mother hen, and a special family of ducklings.  Click here to learn more.

Facing Differences is an interactive educational resource (in-class video and program guide) for children ages 8–12. The independent format provides teacher accessibility and flexibility to direct learning on diversity issues within their classroom. Click here to learn more!

Photo Galleries


We believe passionately in what we do and for us it’s always a privilege to be able to share our expertise and knowledge with you.

Our Speakers

After many years of listening to people with facial differences, their families and professionals, we realized there was a need for a dedicated and reliable source of information. Not just here online but out there in the real world too. So we set out to create a series of presentations and seminars designed to share new advances, thinking and insight into all aspects of living with a facial difference. They all have one very simple goal in mind, to leave you feeling even more ready, willing and able to make a difference and in the best way you know how.

What’s a Facial Difference
The Effective Professional
The Beauty Within: The Importance and Value of Self Esteem
Social and Psychological Needs of Parents of Children with Facial Differences
Psychosocial Benefits of Experiential Programs for Individuals with Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions
Making School Transitions for Children with Facial Differences More Effective and Pleasant
Building Bridges: Enhancing the Patient-Professional Interaction Across Differences
Boosting Your Client’s Self Esteem


Since 1985, we have published an international newsletter to provide information on issues related to facial differences. It is designed to be informative, educational and inspirational for AboutFace members.

Our newsletter is written by and for individuals with facial differences. Every issue contains personal stories and addresses treatment issues, current resources and trends relevant to adults, kids and families living with facial differences. Therefore, we welcome and encourage contributions from AboutFace members. Send your personal story, topic ideas or resource recommendations to emily@aboutface.ca

We produce twelve eNewletter editions per year and two print versions for the health care community. If you would like to receive our eNewsletter, please register with AboutFace.


AboutFace Scholarship Program

AboutFace Scholarship Program

The AboutFace Anna Pileggi Scholarship was created to recognize the personal and academic achievements of AboutFace members embarking on post-secondary education. This national award celebrates the accomplishments of AboutFace youth with facial differences and the significant contribution they are making to our organization and their communities.

Up to two recipients will be selected annually who best exemplify the qualities of personal achievement and community spirit. We will be recognizing students who have demonstrated both a record of progressive academic success as well as involvement in AboutFace and their greater community. A grant of $2,000 will be awarded to each recipient.

Applications are now open for 2018! Details regarding the application process and the applicant criteria is provided in the downloadable application, below.



Click here to Download the AboutFace Anna Pileggi National Scholarship Application

Be sure to submit your completed application by 5pm EST on Friday, May 18 via email: info@aboutface.ca.

All applicants will be notified in writing by the end of July 2018 as to their status. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please retain copies of your application materials.

Do you want to contribute to the future of other youth with facial differences?!? Click here to donate now!

Previous AboutFace Scholarship Winners:
2017 - Rebecca Brown & Morgan Capinding
2016 - Katie Atkinson & Jade Laird-Umanetz
2015 - Katarina Finnegan & Meeka Rowat
2014 – Michelle Harwood & Hayley Hasessian
2013 – Braidy McKay & Josh Grossgardt
2012 – Stuart Waddel & Ruaridh MacDonald
2011 – Greg Markham & Audrey Fehr
2010 – Amanda Lizon & Christine De La Cruz
2009 – Joshua McCaul
2008 – William Archer

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