Our Feat ured Sponsor: Ottobock

Creating life in motion
Ottobock has led the way in upper and lower limb prosthetics since 1919. As the global leader in prosthetic and orthotic technology, Ottobock is driven to support its mission to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

Whatever your level of amputation, Ottobock offers prosthetic leg systems and components for your lifestyle—from computer-controlled (microprocessor) knees such as the C-Leg and Genium – to devices and components including feet and liners .

Since pioneering the use of myoelectric systems, Ottobock has delivered a variety of upper limb advancements. Ottobock’s upper limb prosthetics span multiple technologies and applications to fit your priorities and functional needs, from myoelectric to body power, cosmetic silicone to hybrid.

Redefining recovery
Ottobock’s comprehensive suite of stroke solutions, coupled with our commitment to innovation, is redefining the path to rehabilitation, providing you with better tools and better outcomes– from head to toe. In addition, for those of you dealing with musculoskeletal weakness or surgery recovery, the Ottobock orthotics portfolio offers exceptional solutions. From bracing and support to custom orthoses, Ottobock has products for nearly every body part and condition. 
First Climb Training and Clinic with Kinetic in New Jersey!
Kinetic Prosthetics of West Chester, PA is sponsoring a First Climb Training and Clinic series at Elite Climbing Gym in Maple Shade, NJ. The first training was held on April 8, 2018 and saw over 20 climb volunteers join us for adaptive training and belaying techniques. Training was led by Andrew Chao, President of Peak Potential and assisted by Tommy Lyon, First Climb Instructor and the owners of Elite Climb . After belaying training and safety instruction, volunteers were also given education specific to the physically challenged population including social interaction and terminology. The volunteers were then joined by over 20 adaptive climbers, both children and adults, to work together to improve their climbing experience.
Lawall O&P Hosts Largest Ever First Stride Training & Clinic
Lawall Orthotics & Prosthetics recently hosted a First Stride Training and Clinic at Moss Rehabilitation in Elkins Park, PA.

Lawall had over 50 therapists plus O & P professionals for the training session of the day, led by Sheila Clemens, Ph.D. This was the largest training session for First Stride yet!

Dr. Clemens gave a three hour presentation focusing on an introduction to gait, followed by a two hour hands on train the train First Stride Clinic with individuals with lower limb amputations. 
News from OPAF
Mabio Costa Named First Swim Director
Mabio Costa of Orlando, Florida has been named the OPAF First Swim Director. Mabio has been a First Swim Instructor since 2011, helping to grow the program nationally with numerous First Swim clinics across the country.

Mabio is a two time World Champion Triathlete, winning first for his birth country of Brazil and following his move to the United States, won again after September 11 as a way to give back to his new chosen country. Mabio is a congenital below the knee amputee and works as a prosthetic technician with Prosthetic Orthotic Associates in Orlando . He and his wife, Rita have two daughters, Olivia and Julia

Mabio has been the First Swim instructor at the Amputee Coalition National Conferences since 2013. Read more.
May 15th Deadline
Dale Yasukawa Scholarship for NUPOC Students
The OPAF Dale Yasukawa Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications from Northwestern University students currently enrolled in the O & P masters degree program.
The $1,000.00 scholarship is intended to assist NUPOC students attend their local
chapter or society meeting of the Academy.
Check the "OPAF calendar” as First Cinics are being added across the country each week and we want you to know when we will be
in your neck of the woods!
OPAF Updates

From Climbing to Dancing to Swimming to Diving (pictured right) and MORE!

You'll be amazed at our range of First Clinics.
Robin's Reminders
Summer time means clinic time!

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Thank you,
Thank you to all our Sponsors