Amputee Coalition National Conference in San Antonio, TX

Spotlight

Every conference is different, but some of the most popular events are spotlighted below. You can also review a list of exhibitors from our 2018 conference.

Össur Walking and Mobility Enhancement Clinic

**Participants should be able to stand unassisted for prolonged periods of time**

Join our team of gait training professionals for a fun morning of learning to walk better and improving your general mobility. For 16 years, the Mobility Clinics have offered Amputee Coalition members and physical therapists the opportunity to learn how to improve your mobility with a prosthesis. The session includes a walking assessment, balance training, and gait instruction.

Össur Running and High-Level Performance Clinic

**Participants should be able to stand unassisted for prolonged periods of time**

Train with our team of professional sports and mobility coaches who will show you how to maximize prosthetic performance for high-level activities. This clinic is designed to promote running and mobility skills for sports and recreational activities to get you back in the game. Be inspired and inspire others, while learning practical ways to move better with your prosthesis in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Gait Analysis Clinic

Led by Carol Miller, PT, PhD, GCS, and Barry Reiss, MPT, this clinic offers participants a unique opportunity to have their gait analyzed by physical therapists who specialize in limb loss rehabilitation.

Participants for this clinic will sign up for a 30-minute appointment time, during which they will work individually with physical therapist. You can sign up for an appointment time when you register for the conference or when you arrive at the event. Drop-ins are welcome during the clinic as well.

Fall Prevention Workshop

Held in conjunction with the Gait Analysis Clinic, Marlena Reif, PT, DPT, and Karen Kniestedt, PT, CEEAA, lead the Fall Prevention Workshop. Attendees are offered an opportunity to work with physical therapists one-on-one to have their risk of falling assessed and provide education and exercises to reduce this risk.

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, the dinner starts at 6pm and is followed by a dance party at 8:30pm. You can purchase your ticket 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!

2018 National Conference Exhibitors

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Opportunities

Last year’s program included a variety of adaptive sport and recreation opportunities, including:

  • First Swim
  • One Step at A Time Fitness
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Advance Skills Water Workshop
  • And more!

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.

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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.