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Below is a list of blogs written by ACPA members and the National Office Team.

If you are interested in writing a blog, please email Alyssa Kirkman for more information.

*Disclaimer-The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association claims no responsibility for the content published by others on its web site. Published content does not imply endorsement of the organization or the content of the meetings.

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The publishers of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - SAGE Publishing - are hosting an upcoming webinar titled How to Get Published in an Academic Journal.  The session on March 3 will cover what you can do to increase the chance of having a paper accepted. Webinar Date : Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Time : 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET Description : What can I do to increase the chances of having my paper accepted? How long does it take for an article to get published? Who are good contacts to reach out to for more information about my article along the way? How can I play a role in the dissemination of my paper? Our free webinar will guide ...
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The top 10 most downloaded articles published in The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal of 2019 have been announced. View a complete list below. Parameters For Evaluation and Treatment of Patients With Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Differences Speech and Language Therapy Interventions for Children with Cleft Palate: A Systematic Review Classification of Cleft Lip/Palate: Then and Now Development of the Submental Nasal Appearance Scale for the Assessment of Repaired Unilateral Complete Cleft Lip: A Pilot Study Clinician's Primer to ICD-10-CM Coding for Cleft Lip/Palate Care A Quality ...
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This week, we shared Callen’s story on the ACPA Family Services website . Callen was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate just a little more than a month ago–his father was also born with a cleft. Having received excellent care as a child, Callen’s father is confident that he is in good hands with their cleft team. Just like Callen and his family, it is helpful to have resources for every stage of care, especially in the first few years. ACPA’s newly revised factsheet, For the Parent of Newborns with Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate , answers common questions from parents. Parents often ask, “How can we tell relatives and friends about our baby’s cleft?” ...
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Earn continuing education credits with ACPA Online Learning . ACPA offers courses on a variety of topics, including Surgical Procedures, Speech and Audiology, Psychosocial Outcomes, Ethical Issues, Care Coordination and more. Mark your calendar for the following webinars: Speech Therapy Specific to Children with Cleft Palate in the Birth to 3 Population Tuesday, February 25 at 4:00pm EST Methods for phenotypic description, classification, and coding of cleft lip/palate for clinical care, epidemiological surveillance, and research Wednesday, February 26 at 2:00pm EST To Admit or Not to Admit- That is the Cleft Lip Question Tuesday, ...
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Learn more about our new program: Preparing Researchers in Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities from Multicultural Environments (PRIDE). The speech and hearing science program at ASU has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare doctoral students as researchers and future faculty with expertise in early assessment and intervention for children with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Students accepted into PRIDE will receive a tuition waiver, stipend, health insurance and funding to attend professional conferences. They will take part in specialized coursework, webinars ...
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The new issue of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) is now available. All ACPA Members receive a free subscription to CPCJ - just log-in to your ACPA account to access the online version.   Not a member and want journal access?  Join now ($240 for 2018 National Active Membership) or purchase an individual subscription ($324 for print and e-access). Issue 57.1 Table of Contents Closer to the Truth on National Fistula Prevalence After Unilateral Complete Cleft Lip and Palate Repair? The Cleft Care UK Study Arthur S. Yang, FRACS (Plast.), Bruce M. Richard, MS, FRCS (Plast.), Andrew K. Wills, PhD, Osama Mahmoud, PhD, Jonathan R. ...
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Although this year is almost over, there is still time to support ACPA through a tax-deductible donation.   Patients are at the heart of everything we do at ACPA. We work with both professionals and patients to ensure the best possible outcomes. We provide education, research, support and interdisciplinary team care through more than 2,400 members across 36 healthcare disciplines in 60 countries. The generosity of our donors ensures that we are able to continue to lead the way in providing the highest quality care for all who are affected by, and who care for, people with cleft and craniofacial conditions.    Your support this holiday season will help ACPA ...
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Happy Holidays from ACPA

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One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you for your support throughout the year. From all of us at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, best wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!   The ACPA National Office will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and Janu
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ACPA is now accepting applications for  2020 College Scholarships . Scholarships are available for students born with cleft or craniofacial conditions who will be rising freshmen or continuing college students at US-accredited institutions in Fall 2020.   Applications are due February 1, 2020.   Submit an application. To be eligible for an ACPA college scholarship, a student must: Have a diagnosis of cleft lip and/or cleft palate, submucous cleft palate, craniosynostosis, Crouzon syndrome, Goldenhar syndrome, hemifacial microsomia, hemangioma, Jackson-Weiss syndrome, microtia, Moebius syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, 22q11.2 Deletion syndrome (VCFS), ...
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During this season of giving, we invite you to join us to make a difference in the cleft and craniofacial community. By making a charitable contribution, you will provide resources to patients, families and professionals. There are many opportunities for you to give back and support ACPA programs. While preparing for the holidays, we encourage you to make the most of your online giving by shopping through Amazon Smile. When you shop Amazon Smile and select ACPA as the charitable organization of your choice, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to ACPA. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity throughout the holiday season and continue ...
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Paying for a family member’s health treatment can be complicated as health care funding varies from state to state and from one insurance policy to another, constantly changing. ACPA’s newly revised factsheet, Paying for Treatment , explains who pays for cleft and craniofacial care, describes problems that may come up with paying for certain services and how to solve them, and lists service organizations and other resources that can help families pay for care. According to Paying for Treatment , funding for cleft and craniofacial care may come from one source or from a combination of sources, such as: Employer-based or group-based health insurance ...
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Cleft and craniofacial professionals will gather at the  Hilton Portland Downtown  in Portland, Oregon for ACPA’s 77 th  Annual Meeting to learn across multiple disciplines, discuss new and old ideas with those experienced in the field and explore advances in research, clinical and team-driven care. The meeting will kick off on Tuesday, March 31 with the  Pre-Conference Symposium  and will conclude with final sessions on Saturday, April 4. The keynote presentation, “Insights from the Patient’s Perspective,” will be given by Jake French.  A complete schedule  for the 2020 meeting is listed on the ACPA website. The hotel block at the Hilton Portland Downtown ...
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Happy Thanksgiving from ACPA

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From all of us at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, we extend our greatest appreciation to you for your support in the cleft-craniofacial community and we send you our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.   The ACPA National Office will be closed November
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ACPA’s Fall Campaign is an opportunity for you to give back and make a difference in the cleft and craniofacial community. By making a charitable donation, you will provide resources to patients, families and professionals. There are many opportunities for you to give back and support ACPA programs. On December 3, you can join the global movement by participating in  GivingTuesday , a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. There are many ways to give on #GivingTuesday–whether it's spreading awareness on social media, hosting a local event or making a monetary donation, the possibilities are endless. This year, ACPA President Bernard ...
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In this podcast, Pat Chibbaro interviews Judah S. Garfinkle about the article, "Early Weight Gain in Infants With Cleft Lip and Palate Treated With and Without Nasoalveolar Molding: A Retrospective Study" published in Volume 56, Issue 7 of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal . Click here to read the article. Stream the podcast. Direct download: CPCJ_podcast_10182019_Edit.mp
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More than 75 patients and families of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Children’s National Hospital joined staff for a special afternoon full of fun fall activities. This festival included music, games, crafts and a surprise visit from a fire truck at a restored fire station in Washington, DC. Kids with cleft lips, cleft palates and other craniofacial conditions often face many surgeries, hospital stays and follow ups with multiple specialists, frequently from birth throughout childhood. The fall festival gives these young patients and their families an opportunity to enjoy being kids. Even better, it gives families a chance to connect with others who faced ...
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ACPA is pleased to announce that the 2022 meeting will be held in Fort Worth, Texas. The event will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Future dates for ACPA's Annual Meeting include: ACPA's 77th Annual Meeting Portland, Oregon Hilton Portland March 31-April 4, 2020 Registration Opens in January. View the schedule. ACPA’s 78th Annual Meeting Raleigh, NC Raleigh Convention Center April 27 – May 1, 2021 ACPA’s 79th Annual Meeting Fort Worth, TX Omni Fort Worth March 29 – April 2, 202
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The new issue of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ) is now available. All ACPA Members receive a free subscription to CPCJ - just log-in to your ACPA account to access the online version.   Not a member and want journal access?  Join now ($240 for 2018 National Active Membership) or purchase an individual subscription ($324 for print and e-access). Issue 56.10 Table of Contents Scandcleft Project, Trial 1: Comparison of Speech Outcome in Relation to Timing of Hard Palate Closure in 5-Year-Olds With UCLP   Elisabeth Willadsen, PhD, Anette Lohmander, PhD, Christina Persson, PhD, Maria Boers, SLP, Mia Kisling-Møller, SLP, Christina ...
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We’re excited to announce two newly revised publications for patients and families: Treacher Collins Syndrome and Dental Care for a Child Born with Cleft Lip and/or Palate . Treacher Collins Syndrome , previously an ACPA factsheet, is a booklet that answers common questions related to the craniofacial syndrome. The booklet covers topics such as facial differences related to Treacher Collins Syndrome and possible treatment options. It also features 2019 ACPA Scholarship Recipient Casey on the front cover, who was born with TCS. ACPA’s newly revised factsheet, Dental Care for a Child Born with Cleft Lip and/or Palate , addresses different types of ...
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The inaugural Cleft Out Foundation 5k was held on November 2, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The race was an opportunity to raise awareness for the foundation and provide funding for cleft care in the local community. The Cleft Out Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps Charlotte-area families to meet the many financial needs associated with treating children born with Cleft Lip & Palate. With a goal of over 100 participants, the Cleft Out Foundation exceeded its expectations. Both runners and walkers showed up for the race on a chilly Saturday morning. Children who have benefited from the organization's grants and their families ...
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