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    Below are links to various support groups I have found around the web which focus on ABS and/or limb differences and shared as a resource collection only. UB and its author are not affiliated with these sites nor responsible for anything posted on them. I have copied tidbits from each site to give you an idea of what each is about (no copywrite issues intended, credit to each site author).

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    The Amputee Coalition: The Amputee Coalition is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. They are very involved with legislation for prosthetic parody and education for amputees and their families.

    Challenge Magazine: Challenge Magazine is a publication of Disabled Sports USA, providing adaptive sports information to adults and children with disabilities.

    Inner Wheel USA Foundation: The Inner Wheel U.S.A. Foundation provides myoelectric prosthesis to children who were born without or lost an arm or hand through disease or accident. Hanger Clinic works with the Inner Wheel Foundation to provide myoelectric limbs for children under the age of 18.

    Motion Control: “Motion Control, Inc., is one of the most advanced development and manufacturing companies in the prosthetics industry today. Motion Control was originally established in 1974 by Dr. Stephen C. Jacobsen, to commercialize the medical technology developed at the University of Utah’s Center for Engineering Design. Current president, Harold H. Sears, Ph.D., is an alumnus of Dr. Jacobsen’s group as well.”

    Never Say Never Foundation: The Never Say Never Foundation is a non profit organization focusing on amputee athletes. Efforts include mentoring and sponsoring athletes, fund raising, hosting adaptive events and stunt shows, motivational speaking, and providing disabled youth with the necessary tools to compete at the highest level of sports.

    Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF): OPAF aims primarily to enable individuals served by the orthotics and prosthetics community to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction.

    Otto Bock: “For more than 9 decades, our mission has been to restore and improve independence for people with mobility challenges. Most people know us as a company that manufactures products like prostheses, braces and orthoses, children’s wheelchairs, cushions and accessories. We take pride in the quality and advanced technology that are reflected in our product lines.”

    Shriners Hospital: “Shriners Hospitals for Children provide care for children in specialty areas of Orthopaedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”

    TRS Prosthetics “TRS Inc. was formed in 1979, by upper limb amputee Bob Radocy, who was frustrated by the limited performance of commercially available prosthetics devices. He lost his left hand about four inches below the elbow in an auto accident in 1971. Bob experimented with all types of prosthetic devices. In 1977, while in graduate school, he applied his engineering and biological sciences education and design experience to create a high performance, prehensor which allowed him to be competitive with two handed peers in any activity he chose. Thus in 1980, the GRIP prehensile hand was first manufactured. Since then, TRS has grown to become the leading innovator of body-powered prosthetic devices in the world.”

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