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Amputee Coalition

The Amputee Coalition (AC) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The AC includes individual amputees, education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies and organizations.

inMotion Magazine  

inMotion is published by the Amputee Coaltion and is a comprehensive information source for people with limb loss, their families and the professionals who care for them. Each issue reports on new technologies, provides peer support group information and profiles of amputees and those born with congenital limb differences.


Amplitude Magazine 

Amplitude's focus is on powerful, practical and positive living with limb loss. Compelling stories and great photography make Amplitude a colorful and relevant resource for amputees, their families and caregivers. 


Social Security and Disability Resource Center 

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works (social security disability and SSI).  This site also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have,but often have trouble finding answers to.  


Athletics for Upper Limb Amputees

Visit these websites for more information about amputee atheletic and sports opportunities: 


Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport competition for athletes with a physical disability, including athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness and cerebral palsy. There are winter and summer Paralympic Games which are held immediately following the winter and summer Olympic Games and use the same facilities and venues.

 

Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA is a national non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness by participating in sports, recreation and educational programs. Community-based chapters across the country offer a range of activities including snow skiing, water sports, cycling, climbing, horseback riding, golf, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events, and social activities.


GO out on a Limb 

GO out on a Limb is a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that helps children with limb loss and their families. They are committed to creating a network of support, mentorship, social skill development, education, peer support and adult amputee role models. The group holds monthly events around Los Angeles for children and their families to gather and build friendships.  

Little Fins Limb Difference Group 

Little Fins is a group of Minnesotan families located throughout the Twin Cities area who are all sharing in the experience of having a family member with an upper limb diffference.  Our purpose is simple: to provide support, encouragement and camaraderie to one another. Fun filled events are scheduled several times a year; visit the website to see what's coming up and enjoy photos of families having fun. 


Helping Hand Foundation

Helping Hands Foundation is an east coast based support group for families of children with an upper limb difference. Their goals include providing support, sharing experiences and supplying information, with a special emphasis on reaching parents of newborns with an upper limb difference. New parents are given hope and encouragement through our extended network of parents. If you are a parent, professional or interested person and want to learn more about Helping Hands, send an email to info@HelpingHandsGroup.org 


Driver Rehabilitation Programs 



Global Resources for Financial and Medical Assistance:


Arnold Frank Foundation World Limb Bank 

The World Limb Bank provides global, web-based infrastructure for sharing information between suppliers and users of donated prosthetic resources.

Barr Foundation Amputee Assistance Fund

The Fund is administered by the Barr Foundation in Boca Raton, Florida, and coordinated by local and foreign prosthetists. The Fund will pay for materials and fitting of a new prosthesis after financial need has been established by the prosthetists. To establish that need, the amputee and prosthetist must show that there are no other sources of funding available, and complete application forms which will be reviewed and verified by a committee of professionals.

Bowman Siciliano Limb Bank Foundation

The Bowman Siciliano Limb Bank Foundation acts as a ready resource for artificial limbs for those in need. It is a nonprofit organization seeking to fulfill the need for artificial limbs in underdeveloped nations and here in the United States where traditional funding is unavailable.

Center for International Rehabilitation

The CIR develops prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and rehabilitation techniques that lower the cost and improve accessibility of care for people with disabilities in low-income countries.

Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO)

It is the vision of CAMO to be a leader in providing and integrating safe medical equipment, related medical education, volunteer trainers and community development to Central America. CAMO works in partnership with medical outreach groups in developing countries to identify and implement their programs.

Direct Relief International

Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. They focus on health by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster.

Disabled Peoples’ International

Disabled Peoples’ International is a network of national organizations, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equal opportunity and development.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

Free Wheelchair Mission

There are an estimated 100 million people around the world today in need of a wheelchair without the means to get one. Free Wheelchair Mission strives to distribute over 100,000 wheelchairs annually, and continues to pursue our goal to distribute 1 million wheelchairs by the end of 2017.

The Global Medical Relief Fund

The non-profit, non-partisan Global Medical Relief Fund aids children who are missing or have lost the use of limbs, have been severely burned, or have been injured due to war, natural disaster or illness. Since its founding in 1997, GMRF has brought 90 children to the U.S. for treatment, surgery and prosthetic limb fittings.

Handicap International UK

Handicap International strives to intervene as rapidly as possible in favor of the handicapped and the most vulnerable populations wherever and whenever armed conflict has destroyed existing systems of assistance and solidarity. Similar assistance is also made available in countries where there are severe economic problems, or where the association’s expertise in prevention and socio-economic development is requested.

 
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