Deeper Dive Sessions

Explore the new Deeper Dive sessions at the Amputee Coalition 2023 National Conference in Orlando, FL. These panel discussions are highly interactive and provide timely learning experiences that highlight new ways to scale efforts to reach more people living with limb loss and limb difference and to ensure they are not alone in today’s world. Scheduled in pairs during one dedicated time slot, the Deeper Dive sessions will help you come away with innovative and inspiring content!

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023 | 1:00-2:30pm ET

Stephen Wegener

Stephen Wegener, Ph.D. 
Johns Hopkins University

Marni Stahlman

Marni Stahlman
The Mental Health Association of Central Florida

Regina Story, Ailm Medical

Regina Story
Ailm Medical

Taylor Newman, Ailm Medical, Fitness and Nutrition Coach

Taylor Newman
Ailm Medical, Fitness and Nutrition Coach

Elevate Mental Health in the Limb Loss and Limb Difference Community

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health problems are common, with one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in their lifetime. Maintaining positive mental health is vital to living well. People living with limb loss or limb difference experience a range of emotions as they strive to rehabilitate and adapt to their new way of life. To increase awareness of mental health issues, the Amputee Coalition will host an interactive panel discussion with leading experts to raise awareness for understanding the importance of mental health and how to manage and treat mental health issues.

Danielle Green

Danielle Green
Wounded Warrior Project

Sherril Wayland

Sherril Wayland
Sage Advocacy and Services for LGBTQ+ Elders

Taushima Nixon, Hanger Clinic

Taushima Nixon
Hanger Clinic

Matthew Dietz, Shepard Broad College of Law

Matthew Dietz
Shepard Broad College of Law

Foluso Fakorede, M.D., Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi

Foluso Fakorede, M.D.
Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi

Jim Atkinson, Progressive Abilities

Jim Atkinson
Progressive Abilities

Elevate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Limb Loss and Limb Difference

The Amputee Coalition is dedicated and committed to an inclusive community for the limb loss and limb difference community, their families, caregivers, and allies. The Amputee Coalition remains a welcoming and safe community to people of all races, genders, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religions, abilities, and backgrounds. The limb loss and limb difference community is resilient, and a dedicated and open community rich in diversity and the ability to make positive impacts and changes for the over 2.7 million Americans living with limb loss and limb difference. We are stronger together and always open to all. Discover how to effectively elevate diversity, equity and inclusion in the limb loss and limb difference community with experienced authorities in this stimulating panel discussion.

Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 | 1:00-2:30pm ET

Kayleigh McCauley-Sayer

Kayleigh McCauley-Sayer
Move United

Mijamin Strong, Penta Medical Recycling

Mijamin Strong
Penta Medical Recycling

Billy Brimblecom, Steps to Faith

Billy Brimblecom
Steps to Faith

Charlotte Leavitt, Center for Independent Living

Charlotte Leavitt
Center for Independent Living

Bill Redmon

Bill Redmon
Removing the Barriers

Paul Kent, disABLED Life Alliance

Paul Kent
disABLED Life Alliance

Elevate Limb Loss and Limb Difference Through a Wider Lens

Nothing for us without us is indeed a critical component for the collective voice of the disability community. The opportunity to move the needle on critical issues grows when the limb loss and limb difference community joins in with other disability groups to impact change. The many intersections of limb loss and limb difference with other disability needs make it imperative to dedicate attention and action to elevating our community’s efforts to a wider range. During this Deeper Dive session, representatives from the Center for Independence Living, Removing the Barriers, Penta Prosthetics, and other disability-focused groups will delve into the importance of collaborating to grow awareness and to address significant challenges impacting the disability community on national and international levels.

Harleen Gupt

Harleen Gupt
Exxon Mobile

Anupa Geevarghese

Anupa Geevarghese
U.S. Department of Labor

Lauren Eversole, Disability Rights Florida

Lauren Eversole
Disability Rights Florida

Keri Gray, Keri Gray Consulting Group

Keri Gray
Keri Gray Consulting Group

Maura King, Career Source

Maura King
Career Source

Pam McGee, Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management

Pam McGee
Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management

Elevate Your Career in the Workplace

Whether you are new to the workforce or you are trying to reenter, all these steps are stressful. All can be confusing. And all are made worse when you have limb loss or limb difference, and you don’t know how a potential employer will perceive you. The Amputee Coalition is devoted to building qualified professionals living with limb loss or limb difference. Through the new Amputee Coalition Workforce Development Program, youth ages 15-17, adults, and veterans within the limb loss and limb difference community receive assistance with career exploration, transitioning back into the workforce, and starting their journey into the workforce. Join experts in this Deeper Dive session on how to navigate disability employment, promote inclusive work environments, and gain tips for successful career growth.