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National Conference Takeaways: Advocacy and the Art of Speaking Up

Nov 15, 2023 |

The 2023 National Conference boasted a variety of informative sessions covering topics relevant to the limb loss and limb difference community. Advocacy is one of the most powerful ways you can leverage your experiences to create meaningful change – in public accessibility, insurance fairness, and more. And the best part is that anyone can be an advocate for the causes they are passionate about! If you were unable to attend this session in person, learn more about the key takeaways from Advocacy and the Art of Speaking Up. 


  • Whitney Doyle, Government Relations Director, Amputee Coalition 
  • Ryan Geddie, Government Relations Specialist, Amputee Coalition 
  • Kyle Stepp, Owner and Consultant, Step by Stepp Strategies LLC 
  • Nicole Ver Kuilen, Manager of Public Engagement, American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association  
  • Ashlie White, Chief Programs Officer, Amputee Coalition

Summary: Advocacy isn’t just about getting laws passed; it’s a journey that begins when you use your voice to speak up about an inadequate or unjust situation or system that is negatively impacting your life. Learn how you can use your voice to advocate for change for yourself, someone you know, and/or the entire limb loss and limb difference community.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Define what self-advocacy means to you.  
  • Find ways that you can advocate on behalf of yourself or the limb loss and limb difference community. 
  • Build your network: Get involved in as many organizations as you can. 
  • Practice telling your personal story. Be able to share your story like it’s an elevator pitch. 
  • Find mentors in the community. 

If you are ready to get involved with the Amputee Coalition, you can sign up for our Advocate email list and become more involved with the So Every BODY Can Move legislative initiative.

The 2024 National Conference is coming to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, August 7-10 in Atlanta, Georgia. We would love to see you there! Discuss your experiences with others in our active Advocacy community on AC Connect.