Eleven Lead Advocates for 2011 Complete Inaugural Amputee Action Network Training

Eleven members of the Amputee Coalition of America have completed the first Amputee Action Network Training Course. Representing 11 states, the Lead 11 for 2011 will use the training they received to pass and preserve insurance parity in their states, pass gubernatorial proclamations declaring April as Limb Loss Awareness Month and other issues on the Amputee Coalition’s 2011 Legislative Agenda.

“These 11 people have shown themselves to be proven leaders in their respective states. They are active in our legislative efforts, support groups and in their communities. We are proud to present the first ‘graduates’ of the Amputee Action Network Course,” said Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America.”

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ProsthetiKa Haiti Project Update

The ProsthetiKa container-based workshop is now secured on its cement pad on the premises of Hospital Adventiste in Haiti. We are beginning clinical, fabrication, and training activities. Though this prosthetics and orthotics program is intended to be run and staffed by Haitians, we will be sending volunteer experts to provide training and assistance as long as necessary and appropriate. 

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WalkAide Endorsed by American Physical Therapy Association

Austin, Texas – Innovative Neurotronics, Inc., the development and commercialization subsidiary of Hanger Orthopedic Group, is proud to announce its WalkAide technology has earned the product endorsement of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  An award-winning functional electrical stimulation technology, the WalkAide combats a form of paralysis known as “foot drop” caused by multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury.

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Ohio Willow Wood Becomes Amputee Coalition of America Bronze National Sponsor

Knoxville, Tennessee, September 17, 2010:  The Amputee Coalition of America is proud to recognize the longstanding commitment and support of Ohio Willow Wood as a Bronze Sponsor for 2010. The Bronze sponsorship represents a financial commitment of $10,000 to the ACA for its programs and activities.

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Amputee Coalition of America Concludes National Conference in Irvine, CA

Knoxville, Tennessee, September 13, 2010 – The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) concluded its national conference on Sunday, August 29, in Irvine, California. Nearly 800 people turned out for 4 days of educational seminars, peer group and support group training and athletic and social events.

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Amputee Coalition of America Holds Successful Meeting with Top Transportation Security Administration Officials in Washington

Agency pledges better training, cooperation and sensitivity when screening air travelers with limb loss

In response to an Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) member survey showing clear dissatisfaction with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screening practices, TSA and ACA officials met in Washington, D.C., on July 19 to address procedures that have become of increasing concern to travelers with limb loss. Outcomes of the meeting included promises of improvement by TSA regarding issues identified in the survey, as well as a pledge to provide ongoing opportunities for meaningful input by ACA members regarding TSA training, screening procedures, and other areas.

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World Land Speed Record

Mike Roman is The Keynote Speaker at Amputee Coalition of America National Conference in Irvine, California.

“Dreams come true if you have the courage to dream them,” is race car driver and world land speed record-holder Mike Roman’s motto. As an amputee, Roman is dedicated to spreading his message of hope, and he will do just that at the Amputee Coalition of America’s national conference on August 28.

Sponsored by Boston Scientific, Roman will recount his story to over 900 attendees that will include amputees, their families, support groups and exhibitors at the conference’s gala dinner.

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Amputee Coalition of America Announces Scholarship Recipient

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has announced Cady Tescher, 18, of Glendora, California, as the recipient of the $1,000 Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship. Cady will be honored at the Gala Dinner of the ACA 2010 National Conference in Irvine, California, on Saturday, August 28.

Based on her conviction that limb loss should not be a barrier to academic or professional success, Dr. Skoski established the scholarship through a generous $25,000 scholarship fund last year.

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Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

The ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if public entities remain committed in their efforts to fully implement the ADA.

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