‘Changing Minds & Changing Lives with Disability Solutions’ podcast met with Aaron Burnell from the National Limb Loss Resource Center (NLLRC) for Limb Loss & Limb Difference Awareness Month (LLLDAM) where they discussed the various resources offered at the Amputee Coalition, tips, success stories, and some of the Amputee Coalition’s upcoming events. Both host and guest talked about the importance of creating personal connections with the people that they serve by directly helping them.
The NLLRC provides both practical and emotional resources to make amputees and their families feel accompanied on their journey. We do this by connecting folks with local resources because they are more likely to respond as opposed to national resources. These local resources include vocational rehab departments that help pay for prosthetics or for vehicle modifications.
“We talk a lot about resources for prosthetics like how to get and pay for one”
As an employment resource, the NLLRC uses the Job Accommodation Network which is affiliated with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and geared towards helping employers and employees navigate workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Similarly, Disability Solutions also helps people with disabilities find employment also making sure that companies are doing their part in hiring people with them.
A good success story shared during the podcast was when Aaron was working with a family up in Nevada. The son had a limb difference from birth, but he was really interested in cross-country, long-distance truck driving. So, Aaron gathered all the information he could find from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and helped her process that information.
“We called colleagues to figure out where he needed to go to get his evaluations”
This is a great example of what we do at the Resource Center because instead of having people who just went through a limb loss surgery look through countless websites and call a bunch of numbers to find the correct source of information, we facilitate that process for them whereby we do all the research and provide them with the contact numbers and website links.
Aaron also touched upon some of the things you should know about limb difference:
- Limb loss and limb difference cuts across demographics like age, race, ethnicity, and class
- Everyday approximately 500 people in the U.S alone have some sort of limb loss whether through surgery or are born with limb difference
- It is estimated that by 2050 the amount of people living with limb loss/limb difference may double and part of that is because of covid-19
As well as our upcoming events:
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