SMILE is a non-profit organization on a mission to provide support and develop awareness of the limitations faced by children from diverse backgrounds living with disabilities and families from minority and marginalized communities. SMILE was founded to address an apparent resource and awareness gap in the Muslim community.
SMILE started as a small-student run organization in 2008. SMILE is now a well-established and professional not-for-profit organization with over 150 volunteers serving families with children living with disabilities from minority communities. More than 90 families rely on SMILE every month for direct social and therapeutic support, educational programming, and advocacy for accessibility, both within the Muslim community and beyond. SMILE remains the only organization in Canada that focuses on supporting children with disabilities in Muslim communities.