Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the official blog of the Amputee Coalition.  It's been awhile since we've updated, but the delay is over. We are committed to maintaining an open line of communication with the community, and this blog is one vehicle to achieve that goal. We will be posting program updates and information on a weekly basis. Feel free to subscribe or check back often so that you never miss an update!  We're busy, and we can't wait to share everything that we're doing. 

We are delighted to announce that Sue Stout has been appointed CEO and President of the Amputee Coalition effective November 1.  Sue has been working in this capacity as Interim CEO since the vacancy became available in September, 2013. During this time she has overseen the growth of the Coalition through the expansion of both programming and staff.  We are excited to congratulate Sue on her appointment by the Amputee Coalition Board.

Sue began her career with the Coalition in 2011. During her tenure she has assumed multiple titles and roles providing her with vast experience about the inner workings of the organization. Regardless of her title, Sue has always kept serving the limb loss community as her number one priority.  With so many programs approaching pivotal junctures and with conference right around the corner (mark your calendars for July 23-25), it is comforting to have somebody seasoned at the helm.

“I am honored to take on this role permanently, and excited about the possibilities that lie in our future.  I will continue to bring leadership to and advance the organization with the assistance of our volunteers and the entire Amputee Coalition team as we carry on this exciting journey to achieve our mission to advocate for and empower those affected by limb loss and to promote limb loss prevention.”

Under Sue's stewardship you can expect an open line of communication between the Amputee Coalition and the community. Have an idea or suggestion?  Feel free to call our office, write on our Facebook page, send us a tweet (@AmputeesUSA) or leave a comment on the blog. Working together, we can move the organization to the next level.  Our strength lies in our numbers, and we want to hear from you!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Amputee Coalition Responds to Boston Marathon Tragedy

In the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon, the Amputee Coalition reached out to the leaders of the New England Amputee Association to help quickly get limb loss materials to the Boston hospitals that are treating the injured. The New England Amputee Association supports amputees in Boston and the surrounding region.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those killed or injured in the Boston Marathon explosions,” said Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Peer support is critical to patients who undergo limb loss. It is also important that these individuals and their families have the resources needed to help them on their journey of recovery and readjustment.”
The Amputee Coalition’s National Limb Loss Resource Center is the nation’s leading source of information about limb loss and limb differences. The Center provides comprehensive information and resources free of charge to people with limb loss and their families and friends. The Center can be accessed by calling 888/267-5669 or visiting the Amputee Coalition Web site at amputee-coalition.org.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting

Last week, the Amputee Coalition participated in AAOP's 39th Annual Academy Meeting & Scientific Symposium.  The event provided an opportunity for the Amputee Coalition to get in front of practitioners from across the country and to help get materials and resources into the patient's hands.  We participated in several meetings and discussions about amputee care, and the impacts of current rules, regulations, and policies on the limb loss population.  The Academy's annual meeting offered a mix of clinical  scientific, and practice management techniques on current topics in the O&P world and had fantastic attendance from leading professionals throughout the country.
The event was a great success and saw a significant number of practitioners interested in working and partnering more with the Amputee Coalition to provide resources and programs for their patients.

Keeping in mind that the Amputee Coalition 2013 National Conference is right around the corner, this was also a great opportunity to meet with prospective exhibitors, and to partner with new companies that have never exhibited at our conference before.  There will be more to come on the Amputee Coalition's 2013 National Conference soon, but in the meantime, check out the National Conference page on our website for more information, to book your hotel room and register today!!


We look forward to seeing you at the Amputee Coalition's National Conference June 27-29th!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Amputee Coalition Statement

Regarding the shooting incident that occurred at the home of Oscar Pistorius, the Amputee Coalition would like to express our sympathy to the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp at this time of tragedy.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Schools to Provide Sports for Disabled Youth

Today, for the first time, the Department of Education issued new guidance for schools nationwide that makes sports a civil right for students with disabilities.  The new guidance says that students with disabilities must be given a fair chance to play on traditional sports teams within the school system, or have their own leagues.

This is a huge step forward for children living with disabilities, including amputees.  The guidance does not guarantee a spot on a competitive team, but it does require that students with disabilities not be excluded from participation because of their disability.

As long as reasonable accommodations can be made for students with disabilities to participate, then those accommodations must be made.  In an instance where the accommodations would "fundamentally alter" the game, or create an unfair advantage, federal officials said that schools will be obligated to create separate  but equally supported opportunities for kids with disabilities to participate (ex: wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, etc).

To read the full guidance released today by the Department of Education, you can click here:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201301-504.pdf

To read more coverage of the new guidance, check out these articles:
US Department of Education

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Amputee Coalition National Conference Update

Registration for the Amputee Coalition 2013 National Conference is now open!!  We're expecting the best turn out ever, be a part of the fun!

The 2013 National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida from June 27-29th.  To find out more about the conference and to register, visit our National Conference website today

Friday, January 18, 2013

Winter Weather in Knoxville Delays Launch of Conference Website

Due to a fast moving winter weather system that covered the Knoxville, TN area with ice and snow, our Knoxville offices are closed. As a result, the launch of the 2013 National Conference website and registration will NOT occur on January 22nd, as we had planned. We anticipate launching the Conference website later next week.

We apologize for the delay, but in order to ensure the safety of our Knoxville staff, we felt it was best to close the office.