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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Greetings from AC National Conference!

Today we arrived in Orlando, FL for the National Conference of the Amputee Coalition. This will be a well-attended event, with resources, courses, vendors, and loads of activities for attendees. The event opened today with peer mentoring seminars, an instructional semiar for therapists and meetings. The conference is being held at the Renaissance Orlando Sea World. -It's a beautiful venue with friendly accommodating staff. Speaking of accommodating, the hotel has pools and hot tubs.... all equipped with lifts to make these amenities accessible. Poolside this afternoon, I enjoyed the comraderie and networking. It's not too late to register for this conference, which runs through Sunday. The exhibit hall  opens Thursday at 5:30 p.m. -I will be found there through Saturday helping at the Handsprng/POA table. -Please come by and say 'hello'!    

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inventing a Life

I hope that you will enjoy this publication; please read the article on consumer-inspired and -developed prosthetic technology. I'm sure that you will recognize a familiar name or two! -And please contact me if you have questions about my harness-less body-powered technology!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Check this out!

Newly crowned Miss Iowa hopes to advocate for people with disabilities

Nicole Kelly, the newly crowned Miss Iowa, plans to use her title to help advocate for people with disabilities, reports the DesMoines Register.
Kelly, 23, was born without her left forearm, according to her biography at MissIowa.com (note: site has been intermittently down). Photos can be viewed at the Miss Iowa Facebook page.
After winning the title, Kelly spoke with CBS-4 News. "It was shocking and overwhelming—just like that your life changes," she said.
"As I grew up I learned to counterbalance the initial stares I received from people with an outgoing personality that would not give into 'no,'" Kelly wrote on the pageant site. "This means that I tried everything. From baseball, to dance, to diving—there's nothing I would not try. I found my passion within a world where I was giving people permission to stare: the stage."
According to Kelly's biography, she's currently studying directing and theater management at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She hopes to work on Broadway.
"If you would have told me a year ago that 'pageant queen' was in my future I would have laughed," she wrote. "Giving voice to a platform is a great honor and I am excited to continue my adventure of speaking out and touching lives."
Kelly will compete in the Miss America pageant on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J.