2021 National Conference Program

All times listed are Eastern Time (ET).

Morning Adaptive Recreation Session
Core Power: Exercises to Prevent Pain and Stay Moving

Daniel Lee, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Touro College
Living with limb loss/difference puts great demands on the body. These demands can result in back pain or cause mobility difficult. By strengthening your core, the muscles that make up your midsection, you can prevent back pain and improve your mobility. This class is a simple way to learn about core stabilization, guided by a physical therapist.

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

Break Out Sessions:
Track – Limb loss is not uncommon and is becoming less uncommon every day

  • What are the functional differences between the various myoelectric hands and hooks?
    There are several different types of myoelectric hands and hooks that have become commercially available and each one has marketing claims that can leave the consumer/end user confused. This course will identify and demonstrate the functional benefits of each terminal device to assist with decisions on the right device.
    Bambi Lombardi OTR/L, Clinical Therapy Specialist, Hanger Clinic; Tim Russo CPO/LPO, Hanger Clinic; Mike Benning MS, Hanger Clinic
  • Individualized training with augmented reality and real-time feedback
    A scientific project aimed at improving the quality of movement of leg amputees will be presented. An augmented reality solution that provides real-time feedback on muscle electric activity and respiration during deep core muscle exercises. A prototype, as well as the findings of several studies, will be presented.
    Linda Lancere, Researcher, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
  • OsseoIntegration Panel
    With OPRA receiving FDA approval earlier this year, and advancements in osseointegration that make the procedure becoming more accessible in the United States, learn more from the leaders in osseointegration about the current state of osseointegration and the different methods and solutions available for patients, including individual experience.
    Nikki Grace-Strader, Osseointegration Group of Australia; Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, Chair, Amputee Coalition National Board of Directors; Jason M. Souza, MD FACS, Director, Orthoplastic and Advanced Amputation Program, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Jason Stoneback, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Surgery and the Director of the Limb Restoration Program at the University of Colorado Hospital
  • Your Voice Matters!
    Advocacy is driven by the power of you. This session will cover the Amputee Coalition’s advocacy successes so far this year, where we stand now, and how you can lead change this Fall.
    Dustin Perchal, Amputee Coalition


Roundtable Sessions
These sessions are facilitated discussion groups designed to address issues about confidence, self-esteem, relationships, intimacy, body image and other issues, challenges, and experiences that are helpful to living life and accessing support. Please attend the session that is most appropriate for you.

  • Roundtable: Men
  • Roundtable: Women
  • Roundtable: Pediatric/Youth/Family
  • Roundtable: Young Adults (18-25)
  • Roundtable: LGBTQIA+
  • Roundtable: Caregiver

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

General Session – Body, Mind, & Wellness: Emerging issues in mental health and wellness
Mary Richards, President & CEO, Amputee Coalition; Dan Ignaszewski, Chief Policy & Programs Officer, Amputee Coalition; Mahesh Mansukhani, CEO, Willow Wood; Posie Mansfield; William (Bill) Perno, AC Board member; Steve Wegener, Johns Hopkins University; Reggie Showers, Advocate & motivational speaker
Join in this important conversation with individuals and leaders discussing their personal well-being journey.  Learn more about the connection between the mind and body, as well as the role that physical activity can have on mental health. Amputee Coalition leaders will share information about the NLLRC’s mental health project, and how the community can connect on this important topic.

  • American Board for Certification of Orthothics and Prosthetics (ABCOP)
  • Ossur
  • Ottobock
  • Bluegrass College