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Amputee Coalition of America
ACA Programs to Support the Mission
Advocacy: ACA advocates for the rights of people with limb loss. This includes access to, and delivery of, information, quality care, appropriate devices, reimbursement, and the services required to lead empowered lives. ACA promotes full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other legislation which guarantees full participation in society for all people, regardless of disability.
ACA sensitizes professionals, the general public and policy makers to the issues, needs and concerns of amputees.
Support: ACA publishes inMotion, a magazine that comprehensively addresses areas of interest and concern to amputees and those who care for and about them. The ACA toll-free hotline provides answers and resources for people who have experienced the loss of a limb and those involved with their lives.
Education: ACA develops and distributes educational resources, booklets, video tapes, and fact sheets to enhance the knowledge and coping skills of people affected by amputation or congenital limb deficiencies. ACA acts as a source of comprehensive information regarding amputation and rehabilitation through its National Limb Loss Information Center.
ACA provides technical help, resources and training for local amputee educational and support organizations. ACA conducts programs for its members, professionals, and the general public to educate them regarding the physical, emotional, technological, and other issues involving amputees.
The ACA defines prosthetic parity as insurance companies covering appropriate prosthetic care. This Blog is intended to help groups organize state coverage at the grassroots level and further the APPLL (Action Plan for People with Limb Loss) campaign.
An international team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., has developed a prototype of the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provide sensory feedback and allows for eight degrees of freedom—a level of control far beyond the current state of the art for prosthetic limbs. Proto 1, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program, is a complete limb system that also includes a virtual environment used for patient training, clinical configuration, and to record limb movements and control signals during clinical investigations.
PhD student Domenic Eggbeer at the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, UK, is using rapid prototyping to make more realistic facial prosthetics faster.
[via Newscientist ]
Phd students at Arizona State University have created a 'robotic tendon' for a prosthetic ankle, which will allow wounded soldiers to run like normal.
[via Medgadget ]
Dean Kamen is working on a robotic arm he was developing with DARPA to restore some independence to war veterans that had lost one or both arms in recent military conflicts. [via BoingBoing ]