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Reaching Beyond
Our Borders

Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project – Report to USISPO from Jon Batzdorff

Based on conversations with the amputee veterans and prosthetists in Ukraine, it became clear that there was a need for help in the area of prosthetics and related rehabilitation. Specifically they needed assistance in fitting upper extremity and highly involved lower extremity amputees. The discussion that began in November developed into the ProsthetiKa Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto and Canada Ukraine Foundation agreed to lead the project, and Jon Batzdorff of ProsthetiKa agreed to organize the technical aspects and assemble a team of…

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Batzdorff's Teaching
in Tanzania

Jon Batzdorff was contacted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Special Fund for the Disabled to provide training in fitting above-the-knee amputees with ischial containment sockets.

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Al Ingersoll Working
in Bangladesh

Al Ingersoll, CPO, USISPO Education Chair

I was fortunate to visit Bangladesh this past year and meet with numerous people and organizations focused on the disability/rehabilitation sector. Bangladesh is well served by local organizations, (BRAC)

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Call for Abstracts

Deadline for abstract submission is

April 1, 2018

Notification letters will be emailed out within 8 weeks after the submission date.

To be presented at the:
Skills for Life 5: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop
October 18-21, 2018
Westin Oaks Hotel - The Galleria
Houston, Texas

We are interested in presentations by limb loss individuals as well as their family members/caregivers. Please consider submitting a presentation. Topic ideas include: sports, cooking, knitting, travel, fitness, return to work, driver rehab/car modifications, adaptive equipment, intimacy, coping/psychosocial, pain, smart or automated homes and home modifications, hunting, fishing, companion animals and any other topic you feel comfortable sharing!

We also welcome submissions from Counseling, Engineering, Medicine, Case Management, Prosthetics, Nursing, Fitness, Nutrition, Occupational/Physical Therapy and any other fields invested in improving bilateral upper limb loss individuals lives. Depending on the number of submissions, talks will be limited between 15-30 minutes.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at Skills for Life. Please contact Shawn Johnson at if you have any questions or would like additional information.

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