During Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month, Ottobock North America reaffirms its commitment to supporting the limb loss and limb difference community not just during April, but every day of the year. This year, Ottobock is announcing the launch of several initiatives aimed at promoting mobility, advocacy, and access to prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Running & Mobility Clinics 

As part of their ongoing dedication to promoting freedom of movement, Ottobock North America will host a series of Running and Mobility clinics across North America. The series kicks off with a Full Circle Movement event in Austin, TX, scheduled for April 20, 2024. The event is designed for individuals of all mobility levels and will offer a supportive environment for participants to explore movement and healing. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Ottobock’s cutting-edge running-specific prosthetic devices.

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Ottobock is also hosting Running Clinics that are designed for more advanced adaptive athletes and will take place over three days and provide intensive coaching from Paralympic athletes. These clinics aim to equip participants with the skills and tools needed to enhance their athletic abilities.

Advocacy Efforts

In alignment with the 28 by 28 movement, Ottobock North America is joining forces with organizations such as Wiggle Your Toes, AOPA, and the Amputee Coalition to advocate for expanded coverage for orthotic and prosthetic care in 28 states by the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, CA. The company recognizes the importance of legislative change in ensuring that individuals with limb loss and limb difference have access to the devices they need to lead active and fulfilling lives.

Aaron Holm, manager of consumer marketing & engagement and a member of the limb loss community, shares that “Ottobock’s mission extends far beyond prosthetics, orthotics, and clinical care. Whether it be continuous legislative advocacy on both the state and federal levels or our stewardship programs, we champion inclusive mobility for all.”

#FreedomOfMovement Campaign

Throughout Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month, Ottobock North America will highlight the #FreedomOfMovement campaign, emphasizing the importance of mobility for individuals touched by limb loss or limb difference. By empowering individuals with access to prosthetic and orthotic devices, Ottobock aims to celebrate the strength and resilience of the limb loss community.

“At Ottobock, we believe that movement is a fundamental human right. Through our Running & Mobility Clinics and advocacy efforts, we are committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that individuals with limb loss or limb difference can live life to the fullest,” says Ottobock Head of Government/Medical Affairs & Future Development Scott Schneider.

How to Get Involved in Limb Loss and Limb Difference Advocacy

Individuals interested in participating in Ottobock North America’s Running & Mobility Clinics or supporting advocacy efforts can find more information by visiting Ottobock.com or by following Ottobock on social media: @ottobock_northamerica

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