2021 National Conference Program

All times listed are Eastern Time (ET).

Morning Adaptive Recreation Session

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

Break Out Sessions:
Track – No Amputee Alone

  • How young adult amputees build community

Track – Living well with limb loss/limb difference

  • Agriculture as an Occupation – AgrAbility Makes it Happen!
    AgrAbility is a USDA/NIFA grant project in many states, serving those who work in agriculture or who wish to become ag workers. Nebraska and National AgrAbility team members present the overall mission, structure, and experience of introducing adaptive farm equipment and other assistive technology to amputees working (and playing) in the outdoors.
    Susan Harris
  • Diabetes 101
    Diabetes is more than a threat of a foot ulcer and limb loss, it affects the whole body, and how you respond to exercise and movement. This session will focus on your overall health, mobility, important signs to look for, and simple changes that can help. It will challenge old assumptions and share up-to-date research helping you to advocate.
    Inger Brueckner
  • Limb Loss, Loved Ones and Living with Diabetes
    This session seeks to open clear and constructive lines of communication while providing a toolkit of strategies for people living with diabetes and limb loss/difference. Caregivers and loved ones who aren’t sure what to say or how much to do are also encouraged to attend!
    Leslie Green, MA, MSW, Ed.S
  • Finding your Voice: Winning strategies when communicating with your healthcare providers
    Good communication is important to being a successful problem-solver, self-manager, and self-advocate and the key to a healthy relationship between survivors and caregivers. Join this talk to learn more about finding your voice and effective strategies when communicating with your healthcare providers.
    Katherine Joseph
  • Youth Advocacy using Free Inclusive Education Tools
    This session will provide free resources for youth to engage their peers and advocate for themselves. Move United will highlight its Inclusive Playbook (IPB) to address 3 foundational topics necessary to establish an inclusive programming: disability awareness, programmatic structure, and essential trainings.
    Krista Rappoccio
  • Sepsis & Amputations
    Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputation, and death. Approximately 6% of all hospitalizations are due to sepsis and sepsis is the leading cause of readmissions. In this presentation Dr. Coz will discuss the relationship between sepsis and amputations.
    Claudia Orth
  • Newest Functional Solutions for Partial Foot Amputations
    This course will discuss the roles of your health care team and learn about the latest functional solutions for people with partial foot amputations. Participants will hear important limb loss statistics and will learn solutions to improve quality of life while reducing risks to your sound side limb.
    Eric Weber, LCPO, FAAOP

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

  • The Power of Golf
    USAGA is the nation’s leader in adaptive golf with 38 adaptive golf member organizations serving nearly 40,000 disabled individuals through golf annually of which 26% are combat wounded veterans, and have recently published a book containing adaptive golfer stories.
    We know that “Now, everyone can play golf”.
    Edmund ”EQ” Sylvester
  • Federal Research and Its Impact on Limb Loss
    Many clinical and technical advancements that benefit the limb loss community arise from federally funded research. This session will highlight some of the ongoing research and share its impact on Veterans and non-Veterans alike.
    Michael Carroll
  • The Quest for a Comfortable Prosthesis: One Man’s Journey in Search of Something Better
    Comfortable sockets lead to longer wear times which in-turn increases the overall function for a prosthetic user. A key principle that must be considered with any prothesis is a comfortable interface against a person’s limb.
    Robert Dodson
  • Skin wounds: Between the trauma and getting to the doctor – Strategies for self-managing skin problems
    This will be an interactive workshop with handouts and sufficient time for Q & A. We will discuss strategies for preventing & getting ahead of skin problems. We’ll look at factors that contribute to skin irritation which can develop into lesions & look at several over-the-counter and prescription products to self-manage a variety of skin problems.
    Dr. Ed Nathan


Your Level of Limb Loss Discussion Groups

  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Above-Knee
  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Below-Knee
  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Upper-Limb
  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Bilateral Above-Knee
  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Bilateral Below-Knee
  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Hemipelvectomy/Hip Disarticulation
  • Your Level of Limb Loss: Complex

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

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