Amputee Coalition of America
|Amputee Coalition of America|
|Formation||January 1, 1989|
|Purpose/focus||To reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.|
|Region served||United States|
|President and CEO||Kendra Calhoun|
|Website||ACA Web site|
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a nonprofit organization based in Manassas, Virginia, United States of America. ACA's mission is to reach out to people with limb loss and empower them through education, support and advocacy.
The ACA runs multiple programs including the following.
- National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC)
- The NLLIC serves as a call center for amputees,friends and family members of people with limb differences, caregivers, medical professionals and others seeking information about limb loss. The NLLIC information specialists provide information resources in the form of articles, books, videos, research, and Web sites to help people find the answers they seek.
- Action Plan for People with Limb Loss (APPLL)
- The ACA has assumed the challenge to address and improve the health and care of people living with the loss or absence of a limb and those at risk for primary amputations or secondary conditions, including additional amputations. The ACA has two main goals, one comprehends the coming together of patients, providers and manufacturers to identify ways to resolve access and coverage issues for prosthetics and care for all amputees in the United States. One way to address insurance coverage issues is by promoting Insurance Parity at the State level. The ACA defines prosthetic parity as insurance companies covering appropriate prosthetic care.
- The other objective pertains to partnering with other health organizations to promote healthful lifestyles, which can prevent primary amputations and secondary conditions that can result in additional amputations.
- National Peer Network (NPN)
- The National Peer Network is a network of support groups and trained, certified peer visitors that meet with soon-to-be or recent amputees to answer questions, and build a mentoring relationship.
- Youth Activities Program (YAP)
- The Amputee Coalition's Youth Activities Program hosts a residential camp for children with limb loss or limb difference each year. The camp includes recreational activities such as canoeing, swimming, educational sessions such as nutrition and offers peer support through peer circles and support group sessions.
The Amputee Coalition of America publishes many award-winning publications including inMotion magazine, published 7 times per year, and First Step: A Guide for Adapting to Limb Loss, published every other year and available in both English and Spanish. Another publication is SideStep: A Guide to Preventing and Managing Diabetes.
The Youth Activities Program has an online e-zine called YAZ (Youth Amputee e-Zine).
- Lane, Sarah (10 October 2012). "Amputee Coalition relocates headquarters to Manassas". Washington Post.