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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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Cathedral de San Cristobal de la Habana

Cuba 2015 Education Tour – Reaching Beyond Our Borders

Participants of USISPO's CUBA 2015 educational tour took a step back in time when they learned about Cuba's health care system and unique culture. The ninety-mile journey to "Planet Cuba" from Miami took the forty two members of the group to an experience creating bridges of understanding of professional, cultural and human perspectives.

The three-day tour included visits to the Frank Pais Hospital, the Hospital Julio Dias, Havana's largest rehabilitation center. The high point for most of the group was a tour of the Nation's largest orthotic and prosthetic facility, Centro Nacional de Ortopeda Tecnica CNOT/Cuba RDA and a presentation by the the Cuban Ministry of Health. (Read more about Cuba and see photos)

ISPO GEM Working Group Releases 2014 Report.

The report from ISPO Global Educators Meeting in Kobe Japan is now available.
Click here to view.

The report will also be available on the ISPO website.

Skills for Life 4 to be Held in Houston

Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop

October 22-25, 2015 - Houston, Texas

The Skills for Life workshop is a unique event dedicated to bilateral upper limb loss. It will include a program devoted specifically to issues faced by individuals with bilateral upper limb loss. Presenters will include individuals living with bilateral upper limb loss, therapists, prosthetists, physicians and others.

"I am looking forward to the fourth Skills for Life. Strong early interest indicates that the workshop will draw a large number of amputees, their families and caregivers, as well as all the professionals represented by the various rehabilitation disciplines.", Shawn Johnson, OTR/L, USISPO Board Member and SFL Committee Co-Chair.

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ISPO International Events

ISPO 2015

ISPO World Congress
June 22-25, 2015
Lyon, France

PAC RIM 2016 - Looking ahead to Kaua'i

January 20-25, 2016

Kalapaki Beach
Lihue, Kauai Hawaii

Submit your abstract by July 15 and watch for more information.