Resources

Organizations
International
Summer Camps
Family Weekends
Facebook Groups
Podcasts and YouTube Videos
Clothing
Prosthetics
Toys
Exercise
Occupational Therapy
Typing

Organizations

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced upper and/or lower amputation or are born with limb differences. The web site features a wealth of information and links, including the Youth Engagement Program (YEP) and Youth Camp, Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Program, the Amputee Coalition Support App, regular amputee support group meetings, and an Annual Educational Expo & Conference. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Beautifully Made Community for individuals or loved ones touched by limb differences or limb loss is a support group focusing on hospital networks, providing resources for new families with limb differences, and connections with community, and events in the Boston area. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Helping Hands Foundation, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based support group which hosts annual events. Typically hosts a Winter Event weekend in January or February in Massachusetts.

Limb Kind Foundation improves the lives of children with limb loss both domestically and internationally, by strengthening the amputee community and providing pediatric prosthetic care. Runs a yearly Adaptive Runway Event in New York for individuals with limb differences. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Lucky Fin Project is a national organization that provides support, education, and connections for families of children with upper limb differences and multiple limb differences. Hosts a yearly weekend in Troy, Michigan in July. Very active on Facebook here and Instagram here

The Center for Limb Differences at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializes in caring for young patients with congenital and acquired hand, foot and limb differences. Established in 1946, the center was the nation’s first pediatric amputee clinic. The Center for Limb Differences offer prenatal consultations and provides care, offers support, and recommends resources to benefit children from birth through age 18.

International

Aussie Hands, based in Australia, supports children and adults with a hand difference, both congenital or acquired, provides opportunities for networking and exchange of information, and researches initiatives focussing on hand differences. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

International Child Amputee Network (I-CAN) is dedicated to promoting education, support, information, and empowerment to traumatic and congenital limb different children and their families. I-CAN works to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults based on the concept of mentors helping families, parent helping parents, and kids helping kids. On Facebook here

LimbPower – “living life without limbs” supports amputees, individuals with limb difference and their families to bridge the gap between hospital rehabilitation and community and school engagement to rebuild lives and improve physical, social and mental well-being. As part of Sport  England, LP engages amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport, and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

REACH – “helping children with upper limb difference live life without limit” aims to provide families affected by limb difference with the opportunity to get together, share experiences and information about what to do (or not to do) and where to go for advice regarding treatment, and to help them realize that they are not alone. Based in the UK, Reach touches families’ lives from all over the world. On Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Summer Camps

Amputee Coalition Youth Camp is an annual four day long camp in Florida for children ages 10-17 with a limb difference.

Camp Candou is a fun-filled six day sleepover camp experience for children ages 7 to 16 with limb differences and their siblings at Jacob’s Island, Ontario. The camp is part of Camp Maple Leaf, which has run programs for 65 years.

Camp No Limits – No Limits Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides camps for children with limb loss and differences. The camp aims to provide education, mentorship, and support to these children and their families. Camp No Limits fosters a welcoming and supportive community in the hopes of helping all those who attend the camp. On Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Camp Open Arms is a day camp hosted by the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital for children ages 4 to 16 with limb differences and a family day at the end. The camp includes activities such as hiking, water balloon fights, arts and crafts, and visits from local musicians, entertainers, and zoo animals. Camp Open Arms offers a place of acceptance and happiness for children and also for parents and loved ones, who build camaraderie and hope together. On Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Camp Winning Hands is a free overnight camp for children with congenital hand and upper limb differences in Northern California. Campers between the ages of 7 and 17 get the opportunity to have fun and challenge themselves in a safe, supportive environment. Teen Camp is for kids 12 to 17 years old. The Taylor Family Foundation hosts the camp, set in the hills above Livermore, Calif.

Never Say Never Foundation annually hosts Pirate Camp and Amp Camp in Florida. Pirate Camp is a four day long camp for amputees and challenged youth that teaches sailing skills, ocean appreciation, and the importance of overcoming adversity & following dreams. During the five days of Amp Camp, kids fish, hike, swim, and learn about the local wildlife. On Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Nubability Athletics hosts a variety of nationwide sport camps for youth athletes who are congenital, traumatic or medical amputees from around the world. On Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Family Weekends 

Hands to Love hosts an annual Hand Camp in March where families from all across the country gather at Camp Crystal Lake in Starke, FL for a weekend of adventure, camaraderie and relaxation. Hand Camp provides children a safe haven in which to try new activities, meet others who have similar upper limb differences, and just have fun being kids. Hand Camp also allows parents to network with each other, share ideas and experiences, ask questions, be pampered, and relax. On Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Helping Hands Foundation, Inc. typically hosts a Winter Event weekend in January or February in Massachusetts.

Lucky Fin Project hosts a yearly summer weekend for children with upper limb differences and multiple limb differences and their families in Troy, Michigan in July. Dates and information to sign up usually are posted on Facebook here and Instagram here

Facebook Groups

Helping Hands (Symbrachydactyly) was started by a mother with a baby that has Symbrachydactyly. 

Lucky Fin Project (see above) and there is an LFP chapter for each state, e.g. LFP Michigan Chapter

Podcasts and YouTube Videos 

Disarming Disability was started in 2019 by Nicole Kelly and Sarah Tuberty. During the two seasons that the podcast has aired, Nicole and Sarah interview experts on disability and discuss a range of topics. Check out their reading list! On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Stump Kitchen was created by Alexis Hillyard. Stump Kitchen showcases the interesting and ‘Stumptastic’ ways Alexis uses their body when they cook. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Clothing

Knit for Unique Fit matches knitters with families to provide custom made knit gloves for children with hand and arm differences. Families share the dimensions of their children’s hands and volunteers create the mittens! The online group was created and is administered by Rena Rosen, founder of Art of Compassion. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

MimiTENS is a Canadian based company that offers special mittens for children with limb differences. The mittens stay on with no strings attached and they feature long, stretchy cuffs that reach the elbow. If you order a pair of mimiTENS for a child with a limb difference, they will add a special flat mitten for free. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Prosthetics

Different Heroes is dedicated to celebrating limb differences and those making a difference in the life of someone different. DH raises funds to send children to with limb differences camps, promotes international adoption of children with limb differences, and has distributed hundreds of 3D-printed prosthetics to children around the world. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Toys

A Doll Like Me that uses donations from their global community to ensure that dolls can be provided to families at no charge. The dolls are custom made to match a child’s physical difference, whether that is a facial, limb, or other kind of physical difference. On Facebook here and on Instagram here

Vermont Teddy Bear Company makes Limb Loss & Limb Difference Bears (from home page, click “Bears That Care” tab)! The bear can be customized to have a limb difference (upper, lower, or both). Additionally 20% of the proceeds go to the Amputee Coalition.

Exercise

http://www.yogakids.com/
http://www.childrensyoga.com/

Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC)
American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)
The Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)

Typing

Info on the Dvorak keyboard
Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator
Child-sized keyboards at DataDesk Technologies
aboutonehandtyping.com
Cornell University Ergonomics Website
Oregon Occupational Safety and Health

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