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June 20, 2008

Facial Difference in the News

In other blogs, I have found tracking and reporting on the news a way to keep information flowing. In this blog, I find I am routinely disheartened by how facial difference is reported in the media. I will go look at the news, track it, find nothing I would care to repeat, or news items that would (rightly) cause dismay and concern among the readers of this blog.

Today I was struck by two articles and how different they were. These are just examples, each at one end of the spectrum, illustrating the range of perspectives on this topic.

ARTICLE #1:
How disfigured Cody Hall got back her smile: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2039134/How-disfigured-Cody-Hall-got-back-her-smile.html

"Cody's mother, Theresa, 43, said: 'We want to be able to show people how she has turned out and just how great she looks.' ... Cody said she is keen to have more laser surgery but wants to finish with the operations when she turns 18. She said: 'By the time I am 18, I don't think I want any more. Then I'm an adult and I want to do something else and move on.' "

ARTICLE #2:
Camp Face Opens For Kids With Facial Differences: http://wjz.com/seenon/camp.face.2.736039.html

"While we can do surgery and try to help the children, the important thing is how they deal with it internally," said Kolk. Camp Face does this by allowing the children to interact with others who are dealing with the same issue. ... "Camp Face helps build their confidence by letting them be themselves," said Summe.


Posted by pfa at June 20, 2008 03:25 PM

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