Every conference is different, but some of the most popular events are spotlighted below. You can also review a list of this year’s exhibitors.

Walking and Mobility Enhancement Clinic and Running and High-Level Performance Clinic

Always a highlight of the National Conference, these clinics help participants improve their mobility and get the most out of their prosthetic device. Led by world-renowned physical therapist and amputee rehabilitation expert Bob Gailey, PhD, PT (physical therapist), participants will be taken through a series of exercises and motions to maximize the performance of their prosthetic device. The Walking and Mobility Enhancement Clinic will provide basics and an introduction, and the Running and High-Level Performance Clinic will focus on more advanced exercises designed to get amputees running. These clinics will help you feel more confident with your prosthesis and in your physical abilities.

Gait Analysis Clinic

Physical therapists will work one-on-one with participants to evaluate their mobility. Hands-on exercises educate attendees in proper muscle engagement, which will improve balance and result in smoother gait. Carol Miller, PT, PHD, GCS, and Karen Sullivan-Kniestedt, PT, lead this empowering and always popular clinic!

Bilateral Above-Knee Mobility Clinic

Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, facilitates this unique clinic, which provides a specialized, interactive opportunity to help identify the best approach for individuals with bilateral above-knee amputations to be successful, full-time prosthetic users. Non-prosthetic users will also benefit by learning general information to enhance their mobility and functional ability, and networking with others who have the same level of limb loss.

Dinner, Dance Party

A perennial high point is the dinner and dance. Scheduled for Saturday August 5, the dinner starts at 6pm and is followed by a dance party at 8:30pm. You can purchase your ticket ($40 for adults, $25 for children 10 and under) when you register for the conference. There will be an opportunity to purchase Dinner tickets at the conference registration desk as well.

The Dance Party is free for any registered attendee and is a great way to cap off the event.

Exhibit Hall

The National Conference’s exhibit hall is always a huge highlight for attendees! The exhibit hall provides an opportunity to meet with different manufacturers, organizations and companies that work with or serve the limb loss community. Learn about technologies, different adaptive sport and recreation opportunities and more!


Adaptive Sports and Recreation Opportunities

This year’s program will include fitness experiences offered by the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) and the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation (CAF) among others.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Certified Peer Visitor Training:
Do you want to help others with limb loss? Consider becoming a Certified Peer Visitor (CPV)! CPVs are trained volunteers who have adjusted well to living with limb loss and are able to provide encouragement and answers from a place, and at a pace, that an individual affected by limb loss can better relate with. Peer visitors have lived with limb loss for at least one year and believe that peer support and networking with other people affected by limb loss / limb difference is a vital part of everyone’s recovery process.

Certified Peer Visitors may also be trained if they are family members or caregivers of people with limb loss; once these individuals are trained, they can be available to meet with others affected by limb loss, including partners/spouses, parents, children, and/or caregivers.

We invite you to apply for a special pre-conference training session from 8am-5pm on Wednesday August 2, 2017. There will be a $35 fee to attend the training to cover the cost of materials, lunch and beverages. This fee MUST be paid prior to the training – no fees will be accepted on site.

Support Group Leader Summit:
Are you a support group leader interested in sharing your experience with others? Ready to learn about new initiatives and opportunities to expand the impact of your group? Then the Support Group Leader Summit is for you! This Summit is offered free of charge to any amputee Support Group Leader whose group is registered with the Amputee Coalition. During the Summit, leaders will have a chance to meet with Amputee Coalition staff and network with other Support Group Leaders from all over the country. It’s the perfect opportunity to gain insight from other leaders, share your knowledge, and learn new ideas to take home to your members. For more information or to register for the Summit, please visit the Support Group Leader Summit page.