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Celebrating Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month

By Whitney Doyle, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations

April is more than just spring showers and blooming flowers—it’s a time to raise awareness, celebrate resilience, and advocate for those who live with limb loss or limb difference. Let’s delve into the heart of this important initiative and explore the resources available through the Amputee Coalition.

Why Does Awareness Matter?

We now understand there are more than 5.6 million++ Americans living with limb loss and limb difference. Limb loss and limb difference affects people of all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, genders, races, ages, and other demographics. Raising awareness for people who have limb loss or limb difference is crucial for several reasons:

  • Inclusion: It promotes the inclusion of people who have disabilities in all aspects of life, ensuring they have the same opportunities as others¹.
  • Health Equity: Awareness leads to better health outcomes by ensuring people who have limb loss or limb difference receive the same health promotion and prevention activities as those without disabilities¹.
  • Empowerment: Disability awareness helps empower individuals by focusing on strengths and resolving barriers, rather than limitations².
  • Understanding: It enhances understanding about living with loss limb and limb difference, helping to reduce stigma and false stereotypes³.
  • Support: Awareness encourages support and empathy, leading to a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive².

Ultimately, awareness is a step towards equality, respect, and a better quality of life for people who have disabilities. During April, we come together to celebrate the diverse community of individuals who have limb loss and limb difference, showcasing their thriving lives and stories.

Play Your Part: Get Involved

The Amputee Coalition provides a comprehensive toolkit to support Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month (LLLDAM). These activities are part of a broader effort to raise awareness and support for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference. Here are the ways that you can get involved:

  • 2024 LLLDAM Communications Toolkit: This resource equips you with materials to spread the word. From social media graphics to informative brochures, use these tools to amplify awareness.
  • LLLDAM Ribbon Apparel and Resources: Wear the symbolic ribbon proudly. It represents unity and solidarity within our community.
  •  #WeTHRIVE Share Your Story Campaign: Your story matters. Share it on social media using the hashtag #WeTHRIVE. Let’s show the world our resilience.
  • THRIVE Blog Resources: Explore the Amputee Coalition’s blog for insightful articles, personal narratives, and expert advice.
  • LLLDAM Webinars: Attend webinars on topics like adaptive fitness, mental health, and advocacy. Knowledge empowers us all.
  • Participate in #LLLDAM Dares: Take on a challenge related to limb loss and limb difference awareness. It could be as simple as educating a friend or family member about prostheses.
  • Wear Orange Wednesdays: Starting April 3rd, participants are encouraged to wear orange every Wednesday to support LLLDAM. They can share photos and videos with the hashtags #WearOrangeWednesday and #LLLDAM.
  • Advocacy and Awareness: Individuals are urged to check if their state recognizes April as LLLDAM, request gubernatorial proclamations, and join advocacy efforts on AC Connect.
  • Join a Support Group: If you’ve been hesitant about joining a support group, we challenge you to try something new. The Amputee Coalition offers both virtual and in-person support groups around the country. These communities are a wonderful way to build relationships, receive advice and recommendations, and share your true feelings in a safe environment.

Show Your Mettle Day: Let’s close out LLLDAM on the last Saturday of the month with “Show Your Mettle Day.” This is a day to encourage and empower individuals to show off their “mettle” (i.e. prostheses, wheelchairs, orthoses, crutches, canes, etc.). On April 27th, take and share a picture with your mettle as a symbol of empowerment! Tag us!

Join the conversation on our social channels. Share your story, ask questions, and connect with fellow community members. Remember, you’re not alone. If you need support, educational materials, or resources, visit the National Limb Loss Resource Center. Call us at 1-888-267-5669 x 1 or reach out via our web form.

For more information, visit the Amputee Coalition’s LLLDAM webpage available visit Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month (LLLDAM) – Amputee Coalition ( Let’s make April a month of empowerment and advocacy!