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special message The National Limb Loss Resource Center Caregivers Recent Amputees Healthcare Providers Parents & Youth Seniors I’m ?“a new amputee, 14 inMotion Volume 24, Issue 4 July | August 2014 Where can you turn when you have questions about limb loss? The Amputee Coalition’s National Limb Loss Resource Center is the nation’s leading source of information about limb loss and limb difference. The Center’s staff is the point of contact between you and the Coalition. Think of us as your friends at the Coalition who have, or can find, information on virtually anything related to limb loss, from how to donate one unused shoe, how to prevent additional amputations, or how to battle with your insurance company. We take orders for inMotion and First Step; help locate support groups and healthcare providers; assist people and caregivers with their adjustment to limb loss; help people over the big hurdles for more complicated questions; and maintain an online library full of information, including materials translated for Spanish speakers and people with lower reading abilities, and fact sheets. The Center creates fact sheets for the most commonly asked questions, so that information and resources are quickly available. For example, the “Prosthetic Limb Donations” fact sheet highlights organizations that accept donations of prosthetic limbs. Other popular fact sheets include information on financial assistance, summer camps, prosthetic FAQs and support groups. The Center provides comprehensive information and resources free of charge to people with limb loss and their families, friends, caregivers, healthcare professionals and educators. In fact, the Center serves as the key information source on limb loss for national partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs Amputation System of Care. All patient information is reviewed by the Coalition’s medical/scientific advisory committee of experts in the field of limb loss. and don’t know where to start. Can you help me?” ?“I can’t afford a prosthesis. Where can I go for help?” ?“I don’t like using my prosthesis. Are there any other options?” ? “My father has diabetes. Do you have any information on foot care for him?” “My daughter ? is a bilateral above-elbow amputee. Are there regulations about whether she can ride the school bus?”


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