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December Kicks Off the 2022 Year-End Giving Campaign

2022 Year End Giving

The end of the year is a critical time for the Amputee Coalition. Our efforts to serve and empower people affected by limb loss and limb difference wouldn’t be possible without the support we get from our community. YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN! December kicks off the 2022 Year-End Giving Campaign

We need your help to ensure that our support programs reach community members and continue to help people achieve their full potential. Your support aids in expanding our youth programs and the continued development of resources readily available to those in need. We want to ensure that no person with limb loss or limb difference is alone in their journey.

The Amputee Coalition works to raise awareness and increase practices to prevent limb loss. As the only national non-profit serving all individuals who experience limb loss or limb difference, we help amputees feel supported pre- and post-amputation and through their recovery journey so that amputees and their families live life to the fullest. Through our pillars of support, education, advocacy, and prevention, we help individuals with limb loss and limb differences thrive.

Every day, more than 500 people in the U.S. lose a limb, and estimates show that, by 2050, the number of people living with limb loss will nearly double. The Amputee Coalition is the only national non-profit serving all individuals who experience limb loss or difference.

During the 2022 Year-End Giving Campaign, the Amputee Coalition invites you to help strengthen our work. Your generosity ensures that we expand our reach to the entire limb loss and limb difference community, their families, and their caregivers. Help us advance our mission. Learn how you can make a difference with an end-of-year gift.

Observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated this year on December 3rd. The annual observance was initially proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day’s observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. 

The theme for 2022 is centered around innovation and transformative solutions for inclusive development in employment, reducing inequality, and inclusion. Amputee Coalition programs and initiatives, like the Workforce Development Program, advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels, and our efforts and resources to empower the limb loss and limb difference community to live their lives to the fullest, support the goals of this important day. 

On this day of observance, we stand in support of the limb loss and limb difference community. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families. We aim to increase awareness about limb loss prevention and ensure amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to thrive. 

To learn more about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, visit https://idpwd.org/.

Learn About the Reimagined 2023 Advocacy Forum

2023 Advocacy Forum - April 16-18, 2023

You may have heard that registration for the 2023 Advocacy Forum opened today, and we’re back in person! Amputee Coalition’s Events Specialist, Damita Frye, and Chief Programs Officer, Ashlie White, share their thoughts about the new and reimagined Advocacy Forum and why you should attend and share your story with Members of Congress. 

What is Advocacy Forum? 
Your voice is the most powerful tool for change. Advocacy Forum is an opportunity to unite as a community to amplify our voices for maximum impact. Previously known as Amputee Coalition Hill Day, Advocacy Forum is an opportunity to learn about the policy issues impacting your lives as individuals living with limb loss or limb difference and to learn how to tell your story as an advocate for yourself and/or others in the community. 

Advocacy Forum participants on Capitol HillWhere will Advocacy Forum be held? 
This year’s Advocacy Forum will be held at the beautiful Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311. The hotel is conveniently located 5 miles from Reagan National Airport and the Metro blue and yellow line subway. 

What will be new about Advocacy Forum in 2023? 
We have put together an event that will be a showstopper for attendees. We will have something for everyone to prepare you for advocating on Hill Day! Visit the lively exhibit hall, attend the great Welcome Reception with music, and participate in morning activities such as Yoga and walking. 

What will I learn? 
Healthcare in the US is complicated, but you do not have to be an expert to be an advocate. Every voice matters! So, at Advocacy Forum, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the challenges that make the system seem so broken and the solutions that the Amputee Coalition and other disability rights organizations are working on to create positive change in the lives of individuals living with limb loss and limb difference. 

Who will be there? 
We want you there! We also expect many of the Amputee Coalition Lead Advocates (individuals who have completed Lead Advocate training and attend regular Lead Advocate calls) to attend. They have been the driving force for policy change in the limb loss and limb difference community since the beginning of the program. We are grateful for all their efforts to advocate on behalf of the community. Additionally, some of the leading disability advocates in Washington, DC, will be there to share their experiences and advice. We also expect some of our community partners and provider advocates to attend to support your advocacy efforts.   

How can I get involved as an advocate if I cannot attend?  
Amputee Coalition provides advocacy opportunities year-round, including our Lead Advocate Program and quarterly All-Advocate calls. We understand that you may not be able to attend for many reasons. We welcome your feedback and/or thoughts about ways we can support you as an advocate for the limb loss/limb difference community.   

Registration is now open. Register today to make your voice heard! 

Healthy Holiday Webinar Series with Ailm Medical

The holiday season is upon us. This time of year can be stressful for many, but mindful planning and setting realistic expectations for yourself can help make the holidays more enjoyable. In collaboration with Ailm Medical, the Amputee Coalition is hosting a series of webinars aimed at providing practical tips to help reduce the stresses that often arise around this time of year.

The first part of the webinar series focused on valuable insights to reduce stress during travel offering a travel toolkit, trip planning tips, and methods to retrain your mindset to make your travel experience a positive one.

Festivities go hand-in-hand with temptations to overindulge. Making healthy nutritional decisions is essential, especially for our community. In this week’s webinar, we shared tips to glide through the feast-full holiday season and still enjoy your slice of pie. In case you missed it, watch the webinar below. 

Our next webinar, 5 Methods of Managing Your Mental Health for the New Year and Beyond, takes place on December 15th at 1:00 pm ET. The Ailm Medical team will share guidance to help you focus on a positive outlook and teach helpful methods to manage your mental health during the holidays and beyond. 

Register Today!

 


The Amputee Coalition Returns to D.C.

by Ryan Geddie, Government Relations Specialist

John Register, Ashlie White and Ryan GeddieLast week, I had the pleasure to join President and C.E.O. John Register, and Chief Programs Officer Ashlie White in our nation’s capital to meet with elected officials to discuss issues facing amputees, and advocate for legislation on behalf of the amputee community. We met champions from both sides of the aisle, including Senator Tammy Duckworth, Representative Brett Guthrie, the office of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the office of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

In preparation for the meetings on capitol hill, the Government Relations team identified two key advocacy priorities. First, supporting a Government Accountability Office study, as originally outlined in the Triple A study act, that will give the Amputee Coalition much-needed information about the barriers that exist between amputees and accessing assistive devices like prosthetics.[1] We know that two-thirds of American Amputees never receive a prosthetic device. This study will enable the coalition to understand where and to what extent barriers between Amputees and assistive devices exist and enable us to most effectively direct future legislative efforts toward eliminating these barriers.

Amputee Coalition staff meeting with Congressional staff.Additionally, we were excited to be able to offer the Amputee Coalition as a resource to members of congress as we continue our advocacy for the Hannah Cvancara service act.[2] Already, the Department of Defense allows individuals living with limb loss whose amputation is service-connected to continue their service. The Hannah Cvancara Service Act, introduced by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, would allow amputees who complete a waiver process, whose limb loss or limb difference is not service-connected, to serve our country as a medical professional within the military.

Our message was effective, and our meetings with elected officials were extremely productive. We were able to reconnect with long-time champions for amputees, as well as introduce our agenda to potential allies. We are confident that as we move forward into the next legislative session, we will be able to make significant strides on behalf of amputees.

Our C.E.O. and President John Register had this to say about the meetings: “It was good to walk the halls of the Capitol again to meet with Members of Congress that have supported the limb loss and limb difference community, champions like Senator Tammy Duckworth and Representative Brett Guthrie who are working with the Amputee Coalition to ensure equitable healthcare access.”

We are incredibly thankful for your support as we continue to bring the issues facing amputees to congress and work to empower people affected by limb loss and limb difference to achieve their full potential.

Get Involved! Become a Lead Advocate and learn how to get in touch with your elected representatives about issues facing amputees.


[1] 2021-Triple-A-Study-Act-Amputee-Coalition.pdf

[2] McMorris Rodgers Introduces Bill Empowering Disability Community To Serve Their Country – Cathy McMorris Rodgers (house.gov)