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Latest Post 21-05-21
A special thank you to Positive Exposure

We had the pleasure of meeting Rick Guidotti, Founder of Positive Exposure recently via a panel discussion run by the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. Our visions and missions were clearly aligned, with both of our organisations being committed to the ‘positive exposure’ of people with facial differences around the world. Positive Exposure promotes a more inclusive world […]

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A special thank you to Positive Exposure

We had the pleasure of meeting Rick Guidotti, Founder of Positive Exposure recently via a panel discussion run by the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. Our visions and missions were clearly aligned, with both of our organisations being committed to the ‘positive exposure’ of people with facial differences around the world. Positive Exposure promotes a more inclusive world […]

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Intersectionality between the Facial Difference and Disability Community

Rasheera Dopson Intersectionality is defined as “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups (Merriam-Webster, 2021). For the purpose of this essay, I will be going outside the traditional boarders of […]

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How facial appearance impacts our daily encounters with the world

Kerry Gillespie The stigma that comes attached to having a ‘different’ facial appearance was something that I suddenly found myself affected by.” Hi, my name is Kerry and I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow. My research focuses on the intriguing area of the body that is the human face. As a geographer, […]

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Dating with a difference and the role of dating platforms

Zoe Cross “People with a disability should use a specialist dating site for the disabled. Achieving positive date matching outcomes for people with a visible disability can be challenging.” This essentially was the message a female would-be customer of a dating portal received recently. The woman involved is a BBC journalist and a wheelchair user,  […]

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Becoming Lady Alopecia: Losing my hair and finding myself

“We’re all born bald, baby!” – Terry Savalas Emma Sothern (Lady Alopecia) My name is Emma, I’m Irish and I’m 34 years old. I’ve had alopecia areata since I was 11. For the uninitiated, alopecia is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles by mistake – in response to some […]

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3 Models Underlying Assumptions About Disability

Backlash from disabled people about “The Witches” reveals harmful stereotypes. Kathleen R. Bogart Ph.D. Think about your underlying assumptions about disability. What causes disability? What are the sources of and solutions to disability-related challenges? Experts categorize ways of thinking about disability into three general models: moral, medical, or social (Olkin & Pledger, 2003). Our beliefs about disability are reflected […]

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The Importance of Representation in Children’s Books

The Adventures of Rory and Friends Two weeks after our daughter River was born we noticed a small red mark starting to appear under her nostril. Instantly we thought it could be a birthmark and asked our Health Visitor. She told us to wait and see, which we did. Over the next couple of weeks […]

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Finding Love with a Facial Difference

“Not quite a fashion model” Hi there, my name’s Zoë Cross – Zoë Anthea Cross. I wouldn’t stress my middle name so much, but I’ve discovered I have an Australian namesake who is a fashion model. Maybe one day I can still go into mature modelling, for people with a facial difference, but that’s a […]

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A Statement about our Founder

Dr James Partridge OBE passes away, leaving behind a legacy of life-changing work and devotion to others, as the pioneer behind the face equality movement James was a social entrepreneur, author, loving husband, father, grandfather, and the architect of the global face equality movement. Dr James Richard John Partridge OBE, passed away suddenly, but peacefully […]

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Acting, representation and the impact of negative depictions on screen

I hope that by being accepted into one of the top drama schools in the UK, it sets a foundation for more visibly different people to be inspired to apply and train to be an actor too. I want to prove to teachers, casting directors, producers, directors and the arts as a whole that people […]

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Different: A blog from Sharon

Growing up with a birthmark and the implications of negative depictions of facial difference on screen Sharon explores the offensive casting for the new Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings series, and what this means to her Different. I got used to that word from an early age. ‘You look different to other kids. Because […]

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Research into the mental health of people with facial differences

The role of attributions, shame, and self-compassion on the mental health of those with facial differences: Here’s how you can get involved Hi my name is Joel, I am 21 years old and I was born with a congenital facial palsy. I have had facial reanimation surgery to try to improve the movement in the […]

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To wear a face mask or not…

James Partridge, Founder of Face Equality International Wearing facial protection will soon become normal, according to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 spokesman David Nabarro in an interview with the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p089cz1s Despite conflicting evidence about whether face masks are effective in protecting people from Covid-19 (eg: eyes can still be recipients of the droplets), Nabarro […]

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Chelsey Peat – My Decision Not to Hide

I was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, with a large port-wine stain birthmark covering the left side of my head and neck. Lots of extra blood vessels resulted in glaucoma and visible differences in my left eye. Growing up was a struggle, especially in a small town. My nickname from the bullies was “Two Face.” I […]

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Open Letter to Sir Peter Jackson and Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

Recruitment of Orcs Dear Sir Peter and Mr Bezos, It has been widely reported in the UK media this week (see links below) that the casting agencies working on Amazon TV’s new series based on Lord of the Rings are desperately seeking people with “flawed faces” who are “hairy, toothless, wrinkled and extremely tall and […]

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Facial Expressions and Facial Paralysis – an excerpt from Kathleen Bogart

Kathleen Bogart, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Oregon State University. Making a first impression While facial expressions aren’t the only thing that go into a first impression, they are a pretty big element. So basing our impressions of others on their facial expressions is usually an effective strategy. However, the accuracy of impressions breaks down when […]

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A Message from David, Star of Happy Face

“Part autobiographical coming-of-age story, part Dungeons & Dragons fuelled fable, part antitode to the Tyranny of Beauty. No makeup, no sfx, no filter. This is HAPPY FACE.” “HAPPY FACE, written by Alexandre Franchi & Joëlle Bourjolly and directed by Alexandre Franchi, is basedon autobiographical events as Alexandre grew up witnessing his single mother’s struggle with cancer. […]

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‘Loving My Dots’ & Face Equality

Nathalia from ‘Loving My Dots’ My name is Nathalia Freitas. I’m from Brazil and I live in Los Angeles/CA. I was born with a condition called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, or just Nevus. A large birthmark that covered 40% of the right side of my face, plus thousands of satellites all over my body. From nine […]

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