O&P Links of Interest
The following are other O&P Internet Sites that may be of interest to you in your search for information:
O&P Professional Societies & Organizations:
AAOP - American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
    [ www.oandp.org ]
Founded in 1970, the "Academy" as it is known within the profession, became the first professional organization established to further the scientific, educational, and professional attainments of practitioners in the disciplines of orthotics and prosthetics.

ABC- American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics
    [ www.opoffice.org ]
Founded in 1948, along with the support and encouragement of the American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons and American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, ABC provides the most stringent credentialing standards for practitioners and facilities delivering comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic services.

AOPA - American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
   [ www.aopanet.org ]
Founded in 1917, AOPA was the first national trade association committed to providing high quality business support services and products to O&P professionals and facilities.

ISPO - International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics
   [ www.ispoweb.org ]
An international multi-disciplinary organization comprised of persons who have a professional interest in the clinical, educational and research aspects of prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation engineering and related topics.

NAAOP - National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics
NAAOP is an organization totally committed to addressing national legislative issues of concern which impact the delivery of high quality Orthotic and Prosthetic health care services.

NCOPE - National Commission on Orthotic-Prosthetic Education
   [ www.ncope.org ]
Founded in 1972, NCOPE, became the first and only accreditation body for credentialing orthotic and prosthetic (O&P), university based education programs.

PFA - Pedorthic Footwear Association
   [ www.pedorthics.org ]
The not-for-profit organization representing professionals involved in the field of pedorthics.
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National Disability Support & Information Organizations:
ADA - American Diabetes Association
   [ www.diabetes.org ]
The ADA offers the latest information on diabetes and living with the disease. The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

ACA - Amputee Coalition of America
   [ www.amputee-coalition.org ]
The ACA provides essential resources for amputees, their families, and other interested parties, including access to the National Limb Loss Information Center, the National Peer Network, and Limb Loss Research and Statistics programs.

ASPIRE - Adolescent Sarcoma Patient's Intense Rehabilitation with Exercise
   [ www.hvnet.com/orgs/aspire/ ]
ASPIRE, as a not-for-profit corporation, aims to educate individuals and their families about all aspects of limb loss. ASPIRE runs self help support groups and takes groups of amputees to compete in track & field, as well as swimming events for athletes with a disability.

The Barr Foundation - United Amputee Assistance Fund
   [ www.oandp.com/barr/ ]
The Barr Foundation, United Amputee Assistance Fund is a non-profit organization which assists in the purchases prosthetic limbs for amputees who cannot otherwise afford them.

Child Amputees
   [ www.pitt.edu/~ginie/disability/child_amputeestem.html ]
This Site that identifies online resources that are helpful to those who are either working with child amputees or who have a developing interest in them.

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
   [ www.va.gov ]
A worldwide resource that provides information on VA programs, veteran's benefits, VA facilities worldwide, and VA medical automation software.

Easter Seals
   [ www.easter-seals.org ]
For more than 80 years, Easter Seals has helped people with disabilities in communities nationwide.

Landmine Survivors Network
   [ www.landminesurvivors.org ]
The Landmine Survivors Network is a non-profit organization created by American landmine survivors to help the hundreds of thousand of civilian landmine victims, and to prevent new ones from ever joining the ranks.

Limbs For Life
   [ www.limbsforlife.org ]
Helping amputees worldwide by promoting advanced research and by providing prosthetic care for individuals, who otherwise cannot afford it.

NAGA - National Amputee Golf Association
   [ www.nagagolf.org ]
Homepage of Amputee Golfer, NAGA's official magazine and the best source of information for amputees interested in playing golf again or for the first time.

NICHCY - National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
   [ www.nichcy.org ]
The national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

NIDDK - National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
   [ www.niddk.nih.gov ]
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.

National Organization on Disability
   [ www.nod.org ]
The National Organization on Disability promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games
   [ www.va.gov./nvwg/default.htm }
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is an outgrowth of the Department of Veterans Affairs' historic involvement in wheelchair sports, it is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the United States.

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation
   [ www.pofsea.org ]
A non profit medical service organization that provides high quality prostheses (artificial limbs) to amputees in urgent need in developing countries and in the United States.

SBAA - Spina Bifida Association of America
   [ www.sbaa.org ]
The Mission of the Spina Bifida Association of America is to promote the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.

   [ www.super-kids.org ]
A newsletter for families and friends of children with limb differences.

UCP - United Cerebral Palsy Association
   [ www.ucpa.org ]
As the second largest health charity in America, United Cerebral Palsy's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, through our commitment to the principles of independence, inclusion and self-determination.

   [ www.wemedia.com ]
The first cross-media company designed specifically for the estimated 54 million Americans with disabilities, their family, and friends.

WAPD - World Association of Persons with Disabilities
   [ www.wapd.org ]
Whether it is termed disability, disabled, disabilities, handicapped or whatever the popular "categorizing" label...WAPD is a nonpartisan, nonprofit Association under God, that represents large portions of the one in five residents of earth that are being...Alive! Involved! Effective! in their daily living.
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Specialized O&P Services:
Alatheia Prosthetics
   [ http://www.alatheia.org ]
Alatheia creates custom designed lifelike prostheses and prosthetic skin restorations for amputees throughout the world using Dermatos. Dermatos is a specially designed silicone prosthetic skin material.
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Inspiring O&P Stories:
Dressing Without Arms
   [ www.amp-info.net/abbidress.htm ]
While most children of Abbie's age cannot even dress themselves, Abbie does it without the aid of arms.

Part Animal Part Machine
   [ www.partanimal.com ]
Warren Macdonald, an avid mountain climber and bilateral amputee, conquers the world's most daunting peaks with astounding tenacity.

Unlimited Possibilities
   [ www.golfamp.com ]
The remarkable story of Dima Sitnik and his accomplishments after becoming a double leg amputee.
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O&P Publications:
Biomechanics Magazine
   [ www.biomech.com ]
Magazine that seeks to promote professional growth and knowledge for all medical and allied health professionals with a compelling interest in lower extremity biomechanics.

Manual for Above-Knee Amputees
   [ www.oandp.com/resources/patientinfo/manuals/akindex.htm ]
A comprehensive manual containing information for Above-Knee (Trans-Femoral) amputees.

Manual for Below-Knee Amputees
   [ www.oandp.com/resources/patientinfo/manuals/bkindex.htm ]
A comprehensive manual containing information for Below-Knee (Trans-Tibial) amputees.

O&P Business News
   [ www.oandpbusinessnews.com/business ]
National newsmagazine for the Orthotics & Prosthetics profession.

O&P World
   [ www.oandpbiznews.com/world ]
International newsmagazine for the Orthotics & Prosthetics profession.

Orthotics & Prosthetics Online
   [ www.oandp.com ]
Prosthetic and orthotic patient care and product information readily accessible for amputees, orthotists, prosthetists, and therapists.

Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopedics
   [ www.medmedia.com/med.htm ]
Extensive online textbook of Orthopedics with in depth information on joints, muscles and bones, as well as their injuries and treatments.
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O&P Component Suppliers & Manufacturers:
College Park Industries
   [ www.college-park.com ]
Creators of the TruStep prosthetic foot, for lower extremity amputees of all activity levels.

   [ www.endolite.com ]
Offers a full range of lower extremity prosthetics products manufactured by Blatchford.

   [ www.ossur.com ]
Combining the prosthetic suppliers of Iceross, Flex-Foot, and Total Knee, the rapidly expanding company of Ossur offers a wide range of products, giving customers total solutions to meet their individual needs.

Motion Control
   [ www.utaharm.com ]
Motion Control, Inc., is the leading U.S.manufacturer of myoelectric and externally powered arm products, featuring the Utah Arm 2 for above-elbow amputees and the new Utah ProControl 2 for below elbow amputees.

Ohio Willow Wood Company
   [ www.owwco.com ]
Products include both lower and upper body prostheses, such as the Pathfinder and Alpha Liner, made from a variety of materials.

Otto Bock
   [ www.ottobockus.com ]
Worldwide manufacturer and distributor of orthotics and prosthetics componentry.
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Universities with Prestigious O&P Education and Research Programs:
Northwestern University
   [ www.repoc.northwestern.edu ]
The Prosthetics Research Laboratory and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program are dedicated to the improvement of prostheses and orthoses, to the improved fitting and manufacturing processes for prosthesis/orthosis systems, and to the improved basic understanding of human interactions with these systems. The research, applied and technical in nature, is conducted in a medical environment that fosters direct clinical interactions and applications.

University of Strathclyde
   [ www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/NatCentre/ ]
The National Centre's interests in training, education and research span the fields of prosthetics, orthotics and related aspects of the provision of aids for the disabled. Their primary purpose is to provide high quality training and education to health care professionals and students of the rehabilitation professions. A continuing responsibility of the National Centre is to maintain an awareness of worldwide clinical research and development in its field.
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