SMILE is mandated to develop community based awareness of the limitations faced by children with disabilities and critical illness and their families.
We maintain an ongoing relationship with families to ensure that the evolving needs of their children are being met within the safety and security of the SMILE support system.
We are guided by the principle of equity and is focused on the elimination of barriers which limit access to support, education and the ability to integrate into the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of our community.
Sukaina Dada founded SMILE in 2007 while completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toronto, where the experience of a family member propelled her to take action.
While completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2009, she conducted a phenomenological study that examined the lived experiences of Muslim families who had children living with developmental and physical disabilities. The results of the study highlighted several challenges faced by minority communities in Canada, including the various Muslim communities. This laid the foundation of SMILE's mission over the next few years.
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