Amputee Coalition’s 2021 National Conference
September 29-October 2
For National Conference, the Amputee Coalition is committed to providing an expanded and innovative virtual social interaction with high quality programming to as many community members as possible. A commitment we shared with you in early June when we made the difficult decision to host the 2021 conference 100% virtually.
After receiving a tremendous response to our call for presenters and evaluating the new models for hosting virtual meetings in the fall of 2021, we are delighted to announce that we are extending conference across eight days! Adding four additional days throughout October ensures that each day is impactful, and participants get to fully engage with the information being shared.
The Coalition is focused on our commitment as well as the community’s top three priorities when attending conference (based on community feedback after our 2020 conference):
- Sense of Community
- Access to vendors/exhibitors
The extended conference model allows us to speak to all those priorities while engaging participants in a realistic way that does not tax community members time, energy, and the technology of all involved.
What does an extended conference mean for me as a participant?
- Registered participants will be able to access all sessions live and on your schedule until December 31, 2021 (all sessions except the roundtable support sessions will be recorded, archived, and available through the end of the year).
- Registered participants get an additional four days to participate in roundtable support sessions, adaptive recreation sessions, networking/community building activities, educational breakout sessions, and the exhibit hall.
The schedule for the first four days of conference (9/29-10/2) is available now and will be updated daily. The schedule for the additional four days of conference will be announced shortly. We will be announcing speakers and sessions regularly!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is 2021 National Conference being hosted virtually?
While 2021 conference will be different and we understand the disappointment associated with not being able to physically engage with friends, colleagues, and community members, we are committed to the health and safety of our community first.
We also weighed consistent community feedback about what makes the conference experience meaningful which falls onto three categories: engagement with fellow community members, access to exhibitors, and timely educational sessions in order to ensure we can deliver on each area during the 2021 conference and beyond. We can and we will.
Finally, staff and community stakeholders assessed our 2020 convening and saw an increase in access for community members. More than fifty percent of last year’s attendees were first time participants. Of those first-time attendees, many told us they were previously unable to participate due to cost or mobility issues.View More Questions and Answers