The following groups can provide valuable information in helping you adjust to limb loss, orthotic or prosthetic wear. You can also find information on participating in adapted sports activities, becoming involved as a volunteer and resources for additional information.
ABC's mission is to establish and promote the highest standards of organizational and clinical performance in the delivery of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic services. ABC advances the competency of providers, promotes the quality and effectiveness of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic care, and maintains the integrity of the profession. ABC's certification and accreditation programs have the highest reputation nationally and internationally.
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA offers amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees.
AMPOWER community is a free resource for individuals to connect and discuss a variety of topics related to the life of amputees.
ACPOC is recognized as the worldwide leader of multidisciplinary rehabilitative care of children, adolescents and young adults with orthopaedic impairments. ACPOC provides a comprehensive resource of treatment options provided by professionals who serve children, adolescents and young adults with various orthopaedic impairments.
DAV's mission is to insure that the nation’s disabled veterans and their families are cared for through support and national legislation.
Disabled Sports USA provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
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A major new study commissioned by the Amputee Coalition and conducted by Dr. Allen Dobson, health economist and former director of the Office of Research at CMS (then the Health Care Financing Administration) shows that Medicare costs are lower or similar for patients who received orthotic or prosthetic services, compared to patients who need, but do not receive, these services. Learn more and download a copy of this important study www.mobilitysaves.org.
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) is a nonprofit, public charity that generates initiatives through partnerships with individuals, organizations and institutions engaged in:
improving the quality of life for orthotic and prosthetic patients through health and fitness programs
raising public awareness of physical disability
OPAF aims primarily to enable individuals to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness and social interaction.
Check out the OPAF and First Clinics Video.
Post-Polio Health International is a nonprofit organization who's mission is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users through education, advocacy, research and networking.
Post-Polio Health International has funding available for bracing or special shoes for survivors in need through its Joyce and Arthur Siegfried Memorial Fund. Please email Brian Tiburzi at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
The ROMP mission is to provide prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who cannot afford or do not have access to these services, empowering them to actively contribute to their families and communities. ROMP provides prosthetic limbs, orthotic bracing and training throughout the developing world. Their goals are to:
Increase US awareness of the lack of rehabilitative medicine throughout the world.
Assemble teams to evaluate and fabricate prosthetic limbs for amputees within Zacapa and other areas with amputees in need throughout the developing world
Train local practitioners to pursue ongoing and sustainable services in the communities we work in.