Did you know? Cleft lip and/or palate (orofacial clefts) are the
most common birth anomalies in the United States
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The mission of AboutFace USA is to provide information and emotional support
to individuals with facial differences and their families
and increase public understanding through awareness programs
and education on behalf of those we serve.
We support individuals whose facial differences are present
at birth, such as cleft lip and palate, Apert, Crouzon,
Treacher Collins and Moebius syndromes and
vascular malformations, as well as other conditions.
We also serve those who have acquired facial differences
as a result of illness, disease or trauma, such as
stroke, cancer, accident and fire.
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"Thanks to Metin Bereketli for donating his valuable time to the project and for sharing our vision for a world of acceptance of those with facial differences".
"We hope our efforts will show the world that our kids are just like any other kids…fun-loving, creative, happy…and through their eyes families like ours can find hope and the assistance of our organization".
"Thanks to Darko and Zorana Nikolich and Katie Bencze of ABC-13 for working with us over these many years to promote and honor the organization, and for taking this project under their collective wing…I appreciate you fitting us in to your rigorous schedules"!
"And thanks again to all of you for your child’s participation in Metin's Healing Art Program ! I am extremely blessed to call you my friends and am thrilled your children will represent AboutFace USA for years to come through these photos and the videos that will come from the hours of colorful footage".
President - David Reisberg, DDS
Clinic Director, University of Illinois Craniofacial Center, IL
Visit our websites!
Phone: (888) 486-1209, (702) 769-9264, Fax: (702) 341-5351
AboutFace USA was founded in 1991 to provide educational and emotional support to persons born with craniofacial anomalies and their families. The organization soon expanded to also serve persons with acquired facial differences due to burns, trauma and disease, and in 2004 partnered with cleftAdvocate under the same corporate umbrella.
Services include referrals to qualified cleft/craniofacial teams, access to educational materials about these medical conditions, emotional support for affected individuals and their families, a campaign to promote general public awareness about facial differences and the networking of individuals and families for support purposes.
Our programs provide educational and networking opportunities for families on a daily basis through the Pathfinder Outreach Network, a nationally-recognized program offering a toll-free support hotline, on-line support at the Family-to-Family Connection, comprehensive websites, newborn outreach programs at area birthing hospitals throughout the country, an annual family conference and periodic newsletters.
Volunteer staff and peer counselors strive to educate medical and other professionals about the needs of families, both medical and emotional. We work to see a time that no newborn is sent home from the hospital without a proper feeding device and a referral to a cleft/craniofacial team.
We address healthcare disparities in the craniofacial patient population by educating families about the need for interdisciplinary team care and by helping to secure insurance coverage and/or other medical financing through social programs and like-minded charities. We look forward to a time when insurance coverage will not be a battle of “cosmetic” versus “reconstructive” or “medical” versus “dental”.
By increasing public awareness, it is our goal to see a time very soon when persons with facial differences are accepted for who they are, and are not judged by their appearance by the general public, educators, employers, and even members of their own families.
WHO IS METIN BEREKETLI ?
LOS ANGELES, CA METIN BEREKETLI is an internationally acclaimed Los Angeles based painter, also known as “Hollywood Painter” and “Healing Painter.” He will appear on “Eclectic Moments” on Time Warner (formerly Comcast) public access television. Produced and hosted by Terry Scott-Mitchell, the show explores the problem of autism, the mission of ASA and Metin's valuable efforts at bringing inspiration through art. The show airs October 24th, 25th, and 26th in Los Angeles, CA. Explore Metin's world through his “Healing Arts” program, Diversity paintings and incredible work.
Autism Society of America honors Metin as their 2006 Official Artist of the U.S. Postal Stamp of Autism Society of America. Five of Metin’s paintings: 𠇏reedom”, “Diversity”, “Jollification”, “God Bless America”, and “Reaching Out” are featured from his collection.
The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. His book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior, was written in late 1964 and was one of the first of its kind. In 1968, Dr. Ruth Sullivan, the visionary founder, became the organization's first elected president.
Lee Grossman is the President and CEO and the Board, chaired by Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., serves as the governing body and the vision for the Society's future. Autism is a complex developmental disability; a spectrum disorder that affects 1.5 million children and adults in America.
A painter, an artist, and humanitarian -- a lover of children’s causes and life! Metin’s contemporary works have been featured in Sotheby’s of London, Peterson Automotive Museum, Pacific Design Center, Exposition Park, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and more. His art work can be seen on TV shows: “Becker”, “Donald Trump’s: The Apprentice”, “Poseidon”, “Gilmore Girls”, “ER”, “Seventh Heaven”, “Friends” and more.
Metin donates much of his time and talent in support of USO, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, Darfur, Best Buddies, The Wildlife WayStation, Motion Picture & TV Fund Foundation, Shiners Hospital, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, The Diversity Awards (MMPA), AIDS Project LA, Children With AIDS Project of America, Power Up, Red Cross, United Negro College Fund, NYPD, LAPD, and Israel Cancer Research Fund, just to name a few.
For further information, please call Terry Scott-Mitchell, Producer, at 323.829.4817 www.TScottMarketing.com or www.hollywoodpainter.com. Check with your local cable station listing.
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