AboutFace’s vision is the elimination of the stigma and discrimination encountered by individuals with a facial difference.
To fulfill our vision, we focus on our mission to cultivate equity and opportunity for individuals with a facial difference through supportive programming, advocacy, and education.
While each person’s experiences with a facial difference are unique, people with facial differences share similar experiences in day-to-day life that may include:
--Being stared at, ridiculed, bullied, or socially excluded.
--Encountering stereotypes, discrimination, and barriers to socialization, education, employment, and other aspects of society.
Our psychosocial programming, awareness campaigns, and education work provide direct support while building inclusive and safe spaces. We work collaboratively with other stakeholders: volunteers; donors; allies in the medical, dental, and social service communities; employers; educators; and others.
AboutFace was founded in 1985 as the only charity in Canada supporting individuals of every age, with any type of facial difference and their families.
More than two million people in Canada are living with a facial difference. A person with a facial difference refers to anyone whose appearance, from the neck or above, has been affected by a congenital (from birth), acquired (after birth), or episodic (comes and goes) condition or syndrome.
Your vital donation will support AboutFace as we grow acceptance of facial differences and build diversity and inclusion. Donations have helped AboutFace work significantly grow its work over the last several years - in 2020 we supported more than 1,300 people versus 250 in 2017.