aopaAccording to a news release from the Amputee Coalition, the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is set to host its inaugural World Congress September 18 to 21. The international event for the orthotics and prosthetics profession will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

The release notes that AOPA’s organizing partners, who include the Amputee Coalition, the Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Con.Fair.Med, Mexico—National Member Society of ISPO, Uniting Frontiers, and the United States National Member Society of ISPO, will also host the event. An international cohort, encompassing members from Africa, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, Italy, North and South American, and Europe, has planned the World Congress, the Coalition adds.

The release reports that highlights of the program include a keynote address from congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, representative for Illinois’ 8th congressional district. Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in a helicopter explosion and received a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

The congress is also slated to include a presentation of the International Lifetime Achievement Award to Ottobock CEO, Hans Georg Näder, an exhibit hall containing leading edge orthotics- and prosthetics-related medical technology, including 3-D demonstrations, as well as a symposium centered on healthcare delivery systems worldwide.

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Source: Amputee Coalition