Craniofacial Awareness Month
September is Craniofacial Awareness Month! Living with a facial difference can be a challenging experience. People with facial differences often deal with stares, unwanted questions, and uncomfortable interactions. They can experience bullying at school, in the workplace, or just living their daily lives. The goal of Craniofacial Awareness month is to heighten public awareness regarding the facial difference community and the stigma they face. We want to change society’s perceptions of people with facial differences and encourage them to embrace everyone no matter what they look like.
The movie industry and media often perpetuate the negative stereotype of people with facial differences being evil, oddballs, or criminals. A recent research study published in Jama Dermatology found that the top 10 movie villains displayed a significantly higher incidence of dermatological findings than the top 10 movie heroes (60% vs 0%).
The theme of 2017 is See Beyond My Face – see the person beyond the facial difference, and recognize that they deserve to be treated just like everyone else. Our goal is to help create an inclusive society where people with facial differences are accepted and valued. It is time we stopped judging people for the way they look.
By encouraging public awareness around the challenges individuals with facial differences face, we hope to end these negative stereotypes and celebrate our differences!
Here are some of the things we are doing to celebrate Craniofacial Awareness Month:
Sept. 1 – Awareness Month Launched!
Share generously through social media to get our message spread.
Sept. 9 – Masquerade For Mental Health
AboutFace was personally invited by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to be a participating organization. This event at Rideau Hall is sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk and is meant to help combat the stigma associated with mental illness. If you are in the Ottawa area, drop by our booth and say hi!
Sept. 10 – R.I.D.E. For Smiles Winnipeg and Toronto
AboutFace’s cycling fundraiser designed to create awareness and raise funds which go towards supporting youth programs like Camp Trailblazers.
Sept. 18 – Social Media Share Day
Help AboutFace get our message as far as we can, use our sample posts or post your own!
Sept. 18-22 – “See Beyond My Face” Photographic Awareness Campaign
We are excited for this photo exhibit and campaign that will be housed in the Rotunda at Metro Hall in Toronto. With approximate total foot traffic of 10,000 people throughout the week, this exhibit will be sure to generate awareness around the facial difference community.
Social Media Tool Kit
Help us spread the word by sharing/liking/retweeting our posts throughout the month. You can also change your Facebook cover/profile photo in solidarity. Make sure you tag us in your social media posts!
Download Awareness Month FB Cover Photo (Click the link, then right click on the photo and “save image as”)
Sample Facebook post you can use:
Living with a facial difference can be a challenging experience. People with facial differences often deal with stares, unwanted questions, and uncomfortable interactions. They can experience bullying at school, in the workplace, or just living their daily lives. Share this post in support of AboutFace and #CraniofacialAwarenessMonth to help us change society’s perceptions of people with facial differences and encourage them to embrace everyone no matter what they look like.
September is #CraniofacialAwarenessMonth. Help @aboutface promote accceptance of people with #facialdifferences.