Recently our team member Beenish Mahmood interviewed Sarah Uddin from SMILE Canada.

SMILE Canada- Support Services is a charity dedicated to supporting racialized children and youth with disabilities and their families. SMILE’s focus area is diverse Muslim communities including refugee and new immigrant families.

Sarah Uddin is the service navigator for SMILE. She has been in this role for the past 2 years. She works part time for SMILE and is also a student at University of Waterloo in the Masters of Public Health program.

In her role as an assessment coordinator and part of the assessment team, Sarah corresponds with families and evaluate their needs. She coordinates our assessment team consisting of health professionals to set up meetings with families and conduct a non-diagnostic assessments to to help families navigate and determine their needs, whether they are social or financial.

SMILE Canada

SMILE is guided by the principle of equity and is focused on the elimination of barriers which limit access to support, education, and the ability to be fully included into the social, cultural, and spiritual fabric of our communities.
Mission: Our mission is to provide support for children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Vision: Our vision is that all children and youth are welcomed and included in all activities and spaces.

Over the past 9+ years, SMILE Canada with its programs and services, has helped children and youth with disabilities and their families with special programs, support and financial assistance.

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Here is a video of the interview:

About the Interviewer:

Beenish Mahmood is a member of the contributors team for MuslimMoms.Ca. She is an Administrative professional with years of experience working with children with special needs. She also volunteers at Literacy South Halton tutoring adults with Down Syndrome and Learning Difficulties. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, travelling, and serving the community.