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. They have an informative website offering an information center on limb loss, helpful publications and resources, and a peer support area. To learn more about the coalition, visit their website, call (888) AMP-KNOW (267-5669), or e-mail NLLICinfo@amputee-coalition.org.
Amputee Empowerment Partners (AEP) e-community is a free resource for individuals to connect and discuss a variety of topics related to the life of amputees. AEP e-community provides many different resources, information, guidance, and perspective on issues related to limb loss and limb deficiencies for patients, families, care-givers, co-workers and friends. They have a forum where amputees may share their story, ask questions, or discuss issues related to amputees. Amputee Empowerment Partners; providing encouragement, support and help to those who need a little nudge getting over the hurdles.
LimbDifferences.org is a comprehensive online resource for families and friends of children with limb differences offering both practical information and emotional support. This site offers a listing of resources as well as a discussion on which you can exchange experiences and ideas.
National Amputation Foundation provides legal counsel, vocational guidance and placement, social activities, liaison with outside groups, psychological aid, and training in the use of prosthetic devices. For more information on how this association can help you, call (516) 887-3600.
United Amputee Services Association (UASA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping amputees across the nation live a fulfilling life with dignity and independence. The association was chosen by the Barr Foundation to implement and run the Barr/United Amputee Assistance Fund (BUAAF). A major thrust of BUAAF is providing financial assistance to amputees that have no other source of funding. For more information, write to them at P.O. Box 4277, Winter Park, FL 32793-4277, or call (407) 359-5500.
Stumps 'R Us is a non-profit, California-based educational and recreational corporation dedicated to "bringing together amputees of any description and their loved ones to learn from each other, exchange information, explore ongoing state-of-the-art technology and share growth, humor and personal experiences." Their website features a guest book in which visitors can share their stories, a joke board, a newsletter and a number of links to other helpful resources. They also offer a number of recreational events throughout the year. For more information, visit their website.
On This Leg is a new amputee support group. They are open to people with all kinds of amputation or people with a limb difference; individuals who are contemplating an amputation; members of an amputee's support system such as spouses and significant others, friends and family; people who work with, or on behalf of, amputees, including PTs, OTs, and prosthetists; and people who have a genuine interest in the life of amputees. Meeting in Paddock Lake, Wisconsin, targeting the state line area of Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois, they expect members to come from East Troy, Lake Geneva, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Waukegan, McHenry and all parts between and beyond. Please help spread the word about this new group by printing their flier and distributing it, or posting it where permitted. For more information, visit their website at the link above, phone 1-262-220-3306 or send e-mail to: OnThisLeg@gmail.com
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