September is quickly approaching and that means it will soon be "Craniofacial Acceptance Month". Even though I do my best to raise awareness about craniofacial conditions year round, having the month of September designated with this special title gives us all an opportunity to make the most of it - especially because it is the time of year that everyone heads back to school.
Although my boys are only in preschool, we have already started to notice that the kids are asking questions about Aiden. I have spoken with the school - and they are partnering with me to raise awareness at the school level. Hopefully you all will take advantage of the resources CCA has to help spread awareness within your community. Here are some ways you can participate (all materials can be obtained from CCA):
1. Ask your child's school if you can hang a poster during the month of September to promote Craniofacial Acceptance Month.
2. Offer to talk with your child's class. Discuss your child's condition at an age appropriate level and in a way that your child is comfortable with. Dede has some great ideas in her post from a few days ago.
3. Host a picnic. CCA will send invites to local craniofacial families, making it an opportunity to meet others you may not have met already. I'm also going to hang information about the picnic throughout my neighborhood. I would love for my community to come learn more about these amazing kids, CCA, and how they can foster a supportive environment for kids with facial differences.
4. Submit your story and info about CCA's Craniofacial Acceptance Month to your local newspapers, radio stations and tv stations. The more exposure we get, the more awareness is raised.
Let's take advantage of September to help support CCA's vision and to spread the message that "Beyond the Face is a Heart". To get started, email Annie Reeves (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive a Craniofacial Acceptance Month packet including templates, posters and all info you will need to start your very own awareness campaign.
Leave a comment and let us know how you plan to spread the word! And be sure to email me at email@example.com with photos from your event. We will compile them at the end of the month and feature them right here on the CCAKids Blog!