Friday, February 27, 2015

Conference Scholarship Opportunity

The Amputee Coalition's National Conference is just a few months away. From July 23-25th, scores of individuals impacted by limb loss will converge for the most highly anticipated event in the community.  Hosted at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, the conference boasts three jam-packed days of networking, education, support, adapted sport and recreation and camaraderie. If you’re an amputee, spouse/family member/caregiver, support group leader or professional who works with the limb loss community, the Amputee Coalition 2015 National Conference is the place to be!
Our Education & Conference Committee factors cost with every decision, and we strive to keep attending the conference a financially attainable goal for the majority of the community. This is not a fund-raising event for the Coalition, and the registration fees directly pay for many services available at the conference. We rotate the geographical region of each National Conference with the goal of easing the travel burden for the community.

The Amputee Coalition recognizes the importance of attending the conference, especially for those new to limb loss. Through the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Fund, we are able to reduce or eliminate the financial barriers of attending the national conference for new amputees.
The Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship provides full Conference registration, covering health and wellness education, technology sessions, special clinics and social networking, as well as lodging expenses and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses.
In order to be considered for the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship,individuals must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a registered Friend/have joined our mailing list.
  2. Amputation of one (1) or more limbs within three (3) years of application deadline (must provide date and level of amputation)
  3. Unable to attend the Amputee Coalition National Conference due to financial constraints (must provide household proof of income and income statement)
  4. Have never previously attended an Amputee Coalition National Conference
Application information is available on our website. Don't delay!  Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2015 in order to be considered.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Introducing our New Board Members

The Amputee Coalition is a non-profit organization that is overseen by a Board of Directors, a group of individuals who are highly respected in their chosen professions. Many of them are Amputees themselves.  Among the duties that the Board is responsible for is establishing the strategic direction of the Coalition as well as providing a public face to our efforts. Our board members serve on a volunteer basis because they are dedicated to limb loss issues and believe in the mission of the Amputee Coalition. We recently welcomed three new members to our board, and we are excited to introduce them to the community.

Brandon Dale brings over 20 years of experience and expertise as an American Board Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist.  Dale is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (COPA), where he assists in the coordination, planning and execution of biannual education and exhibit events as well as policy lobbying for qualified providers. He serves as a Tate representative for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), representing both Arizona and California for policy forum on a national level as well as individual state-specific PAC and legislative collaboration. He is on the board of the Disabled Athletes Foundation in Phoenix. Dale formerly served as a member of the Arizona Burns and Trauma Foundation.

Dennis Fields is chief operating officer of SourceAmerica, a nonprofit organization that creates employment opportunities for people with disabilities through a network of nonprofit agency partners. “As an above-knee amputee, I feel I can bring some firsthand knowledge on the challenges and opportunities facing our constituency,” said Fields. “Serving on the Amputee Coalition board along with other amputees and industry leaders is an honor for me, and a chance to give back to an organization that gives so much to adults and children with limb loss throughout the country.”

John "Mo" Kenney, CPO, brings his experience as a facility owner, a practicing prosthetist and orthotist as well as living as a below knee amputee to his new position on the board. He owns and manages an orthopedic practice with nine facilities throughout Kentucky and Indiana.  In addition to his practice in Lexington, Kenney is the past president of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics and past president of the Kentucky Orthotics and Prosthetics Association. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, and the Kentucky Orthotics and Prosthetics Association’s Legislative Committee.  “The accident was a blessing because it gave me direction on what I was going to do in life at such a young age. Serving on the Amputee Coalition board is an honor for me,” said Kenney, “and I look forward to the opportunities we will create as an organization serving the limb loss community. Providing excellent constituent service that aligns with a dynamic strategic plan for the organization is important this year and in years to come. As a business owner, I am anxious to contribute my working and practical knowledge of the challenges faced by the limb loss community.”

We thank all of our board members for their dedication and service to the Amputee Coalition.  We are looking forward to working with the diverse leadership as we move the Coalition forward on our mission to reach out and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.  More information about the leadership at the Amputee Coalition can be found on our website.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Academic Scholarships

The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce the academic scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and those currently enrolled in a College or University program and who continue to be enrolled for 2015-2016.

The Scott Decker, M.D. Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Dr. Decker, an orthopedic surgeon who resided in and practiced in Maryland. Although he served all patient populations, the bulk of his work focused on the pediatric population. He dedicated his professional life to providing orthopedic care to children in the Maryland and Washington DC area. 

After his passing in 1989, his family and friends established this memorial scholarship with the goal of continuing his legacy of service to orthopedically challenged youth. Application information and requirements for the Scott Decker, M.D. Memorial Scholarship is available on our website. The deadline for applying is April 6th, so don't delay! The recipient of this honor will receive $1000 towards their tuition expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

The Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship is a $1000 academic scholarship for one full-time undergraduate student who is enrolled in a College or University program during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Dr. Skoski was a full-time anesthesiologist who refused to let her Hemipelvectomy, the result of cancer as a child, define her. This scholarship was established in her name to continue her legacy.  More information about applying for the Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship can be found on our website.  The deadline for applying is April 6th.

The Amputee Coalition is honored to oversee the Scott Decker, M.D. and the Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarships.  These scholarships are a wonderful opportunity for those with limb loss who are enrolled in a higher education program during 2015-2016, and we encourage all individuals who meet the eligibility requirements to apply. Please feel free to call into our Limb Loss Resource Center should you have any questions about either of these scholarships.  We can be reached at 1-888-267-5669.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Look- Same Great Resources

The Amputee Coalition is a premiere resource for information relating to limb loss. Whether it be through calling our resource center to speak with one of our specialists, by reading our publications, or by surfing our website, our extensive and up-to-date resources are always readily available.  We are constantly striving to improve our interactions with the community, so when we heard that our website could use an overhaul, we listened!

The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce that we have recently undergone a complete redesign of our website. We may have a new look, but the quality of our resources has remained unchanged. Our new website has simplified accessing the information you need!
Our redesigned website features common sense tab navigation, allowing the user to quickly locate the information being sought.  Everything is organized in a logical manner, removing the stress when accessing our vast library.  From finding support to joining one of our events, all the information you need can be quickly found. 

Not only did we focus on ease of navigation, we also worked to create a pleasant reading experience for our website visitors. We chose a larger font size for our text making it easier to read while the cleaner, white background minimizes eye strain.The cluttered homepage has been replaced with a streamlined and comprehensive overview of our current projects while providing simple navigation to our library and resources.

From purchasing our highly acclaimed publications to requesting peer support, our website is ready to serve the needs of the limb loss community.  We invite you to visit our site and click around. We have a lot to offer!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Conference Registration!

The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce that registration and information for our 2015 National Conference is now available. The beautiful JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa, nestled in scenic Tuscon, Arizona is the host for this much anticipated event. Informative sessions, clinics, exhibitors, networking opportunities and friendships abound during this event held July 22-26.  If you’re an amputee, spouse/family member/caregiver, support group leader or professional who works with the limb loss community, the Amputee Coalition 2015 National Conference is the place to be!
While we are working on finalizing the schedule of programs, a preliminary outline can be found here. Information sessions for both upper and lower extremity amputees will be conducted, as well as opportunities to participate in a variety of adapted sports and fitness activities. From morning yoga and gait analysis clinics to a full mobility clinic, experts will be on hand to guide participants through the activities. Be sure to pack your dancing shoes for our Everyone’s A Star gala dinner/dance which is included with your full conference registration. Enjoy an evening of good food, dancing and entertainment and help us end the 2015 National Conference on a high note!
Our exhibit hall is packed with manufacturers, companies and organizations that provide products and services for the limb loss community.  Rest assured, the latest innovations in prosthetic and adapted technologies will be on display! Attendees will be able to talk with manufacturers and see the technology in action. More information about exhibiting at our National Conference can be found here.
We offer several registration options, ranging from a full conference access to an exhibit hall only pass. Early Bird registration, which is significantly discounted, is currently being accepted.  These discounted rates disappear after May 31st, so don't delay!
 We are delighted to again be offering the opportunity to apply for the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship.  This scholarship helps defray the costs of attending the conference to those who qualify.  The scholarship is designed to help individuals who have experienced the loss of a limb within the past three years.  The Bridge to Ability Scholarship provides full conference registration fees. In addition, the scholarship covers lodging expenses and reimbursement for a portion of travel expenses. More information about this scholarship will be posted shortly, so check back often.
A block of rooms, including those with ADA accessibility, has been reserved at our host hotel for a special rate of $144/ per night. This conference rate is available through June 30, 2015, but spaces are limited, so we recommend booking your room early.  Because there are a limited number of ADA accessible rooms, the Amputee Coalition is working with the hotel to ensure that the assignment of ADA accessible rooms are made based on medical necessity with recommendations provided by the Education & Conference Committee. Requests for ADA accessible rooms will be cross-referenced with registrations made for the National Conference.
No other event for the limb loss community is as highly anticipated as the Amputee Coalition’s National Conference. The information gathered and the friendships formed can be life changing for attendees, and we are proud to host this opportunity for the community.  Read about Neal's experience at National Conference in the latest issue of inMotion Magazine. We'll see you in Tuscon!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your Information Source

From navigating medical jargon to home modifications, we know that adjusting to limb loss can be daunting. Many times the individual and their family feel like they are thrown into a completely new world and feel lost and frustrated. Internet searches can provide conflicting and misinformation.  The staff in the Amputee Coalition's Resource Center stands ready to provide much needed answers and information, helping to guide individuals through the confusing and often overwhelming adjustment of living with limb loss. 

Our Resource Center staff is highly trained and knowledgeable in a wealth of limb loss related topics. All of the information we provide has been thoroughly vetted through our Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee, ensuring the accuracy behind what we convey.  From locating resources in your local community and nationally, to answering questions about recovery, we are here to help.  Contacting a Resource Specialist is as easy as calling our office during business hours at (888) 267-5669 or filling out our convenient online form

The most commonly requested information is available 24 hours a day on our website. Many of our fact sheets have been translated into Spanish and can be found here. We are delighted to have teamed up with AudioEye to provide print to speech website access for our visually impaired community.

In addition to the resources available on our website, the Amputee Coalition has authored numerous print resources. First Step is an information packed guide for adjusting to and living well with limb loss.  It can be ordered online using this link or requested through our Resource Center. The Spanish translated edition of First Step is now available and can be ordered here.  Our highly acclaimed Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement Guide provides assistance on how to become a successful self-advocate, information on private insurance and government programs, as well a detailed description of navigating through the insurance denial process.  Our award winning magazine inMotion is published 6x a year and provides contemporary information and unique perspectives from the limb loss community. 

The Amputee Coalition is committed to being the trusted resource for the limb loss community. We are here to help!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Application Time!

The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce that applications for the Amputee Coalition 2015 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and the Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship are now available on our web site
Our traditional youth camp is open to all children between the ages of 10-17 who are living with limb loss.  Unlike other youth camps, we cover all expenses (including travel) for our campers through fundraising efforts. This year we have been able to add an extra day of camp allowing our campers more time to spend with their friends and to participate in more activities.
This year the youth camp will be hosted as it has been in previous years at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio, and will be held from July 10-15. Applications are now being accepted for this life changing experience. The deadline for applying is March 20, but don't delay. You don't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity provided at no cost thanks to our many supporters!
The Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship is a $1,000 academic scholarship for one full-time undergraduate student who has a congenital limb difference or an amputation and who is enrolled in a higher education institution during the 2015-2016 year. The applicant and/or their parent/guardian must be a registered friend of the Amputee Coalition.  (It's easy and free to become a registered friend.  Just click here.
Applications for this academic scholarship are now being accepted.  Detailed information about the scholarship requirements and the application process are provided on our web site. All required materials must be postmarked no later than April 6, 2015, to be considered for this scholarship.
We are excited to bring these opportunities to our community. The Amputee Coalition 2015 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and the Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship are just two of the ways that we are working for and engaging our community.