2021 National Conference Program

All times listed are Eastern Time (ET).

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

Break Out Sessions:
Track – No Amputee Alone

  • Making Meaningful Connections through the Amputee Coalition Support App
    This session will provide overview of features of the Amputee Coalition Support App, highlight different versions for Community Members and CPVs, review Support App FAQs and share Support App video tutorials, as well as, discuss the benefits of virtual peer support.
  • Modern Love: Navigating the dating scene as an amputee
    The author of the 2021 Modern Love NYT article “His Comfort Is Not My Responsibility” will lead a discussion about navigating dating apps and first dates as an amputee. How do we talk about/reveal limb loss/difference? Join us for a conversation about body image, lessons learned, and how we make ourselves comfortable being seen exactly as we are.

Track – Living well with limb loss/limb difference

  • Back To Center: Embracing Your New Normal
    In this session, Reggie Showers uses personal experience & other voices from the limb loss community to showcase the importance of tending to your mental health. From battling insecurities & gaining confidence to making meaningful connections in a world of dating apps & social media—he provides tips & support to help you return to center.
    Reggie Showers
  • Managing Pain: Targeted Muscle Reinnervation
    Residual limb and phantom limb pain can disrupt a person’s life in significant ways. This course will provide an overview of causes of pain after amputation and introductory look into a surgical procedure called Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) that reduces pain from neuromas and provides lasting relief.
    Bambi Lombardi, OTR/L; Amy Todd, MS, OTR/L, CHT
  • Regaining Function After a Partial Hand Amputation
    Individuals with partial hand amputations are often not viewed as complex as individuals with more proximal amputations, and therefore do not receive the same level of follow up care. This session will provide insight as to why partial hand amputations are so complex, and what are the prosthetic options available today to promote participation.
    Amy Todd, MS, OTR/L, CHT
  • Mental Health and Limb Loss for Teens/Young Adults
    Adolescence is already hard without dealing with limb differences. It’s easy to forget your mental health when you’re trying to cope with amputation or other limb differences. This presentation will help you develop a plan to be more conscious about your mental health in your day to day, so you can feel better physically and mentally.
    Cheyenne Heflin

Track – Limb loss is not uncommon and is becoming less uncommon every day

  • Advocacy & the Art of Speaking up
    What is a patient advocate? Do I need one? Where can I find one? Adequate documentation is imperative, and the patient has a need to obtain and review their records and correct if necessary. The patient must be willing to speak up and require specific documentation from their providers and maintain a relationship with their providers.
    Victoria Powell
  • Advancements in Hip disarticulation and Hemipelvectomy
    Advancements in socket technology and components provides hip disarticulation and hemipelvectomy amputees options for increased comfort and improved compliance. More than ever before, this unique patient population has the tools to achieve goals from day to day ambulation to sports and running. Multi collaborative team is key to success.
  • Prosthetic observations and clinical care considerations for osseointegrated amputees
    Osseointegration has become the newest procedure in allowing amputees to attain mobility. This presentation will address the concerns and questions that patients may have about the Osseointegration procedure. Through personal and professional experiences, Mike Jenks offers insight and perspective to amputees considering OI as a viable option.
    Michael Jenks
  • 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
  • Pediatric and High Performance Prosthetics
    Pediatric patients and high performance prosthesis users have quite a lot in common. Components, socket design, and alignment considerations are all critical to success success treating these high activity individuals. Equally important is access to the type of device that is most appropriate for these activities.


Cause-Specific Discussion Groups

  • Cause-Specific Discussion Group: Trauma
  • Cause-Specific Discussion Group: Diabetes/Vascular
  • Cause-Specific Discussion Group: Cancer
  • Cause-Specific Discussion Group: Congenital Limb Difference
  • Cause-Specific Discussion Group: Infectious Diseases (e.g. sepsis, MRSA, meningitis, etc)

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

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