April 2018: Being Heard, Being Empowered
April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, and there are a lot of ways to celebrate, motivate, and activate!
Messages to Share
We’ve created a calendar with a message or activity for every day in April. The purpose is to educate and celebrate, sharing the realities of living with limb difference and limb loss. For many people, their experience may begin and end with a Paralympic athlete’s story or a traumatic local news story. But life is much more than that and your story is richer and more interesting than a 3 minute news bite.
Sharing your story, whether it is with a friend, a community group, a legislator or your insurer, can help provide insight and shape perceptions – and empower you, too!
Declare April Limb Loss Awareness Month
For more than five years the Coalition has worked to get April declared Limb Loss Awareness Month in all 50 states. In many cases, cities, counties and other municipalities have also officially made a declaration.
If you’d like to get involved and want some guidance about your local options, please email us at email@example.com. In particular, we need a state citizen to submit our request in the following states: Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont.Sample letter and proclamation language
Dates to Remember
Mark your calendar to join us for:
April 14: Support Group Appreciation Day!
April 16-17: Hill Day, educating your legislators at home and in D.C.
April 21: Certified Peer Visitor Day
April 28: SHOW YOUR METTLE Day
Reach out and thank those who have supported you on your journey throughout the year, but add a little extra focus on these moments. If you’re a social media type, share our posts and your stories with us online.
We’ve created posters and posts you can download to help highlight Limb Loss Awareness Month, including an infographic with Limb Loss stats, Limb Loss in the US. If you have another need, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also show your style with Amputee Coalition swag – or support camp with our “Wish and Wonder” t shirts!Help Spread the Word!