Thursday, April 7, 2011
Strut Your Stuff
The number of amputations within this country is skyrocketing. The ACA website states that 507 individuals receive an amputation every day in the United States. All predictors indicate that those numbers will continue to rise in the coming years.
April has been designated as "Limb Loss Awareness Month." A main purpose behind the designation is to provide an opportunity to educate society about the amputees quietly living in the community. It is hopeful that conversations about the needs of the amputee population will be sparked as disability specific issues are investigated and discussed throughout the month.
After careful consideration, we are launching "Strut Your Stuff Day" on Saturday, April 30. On this date, we are encouraging our amputee friends to forgo their cosmetic covers. Wearing shorts and showing your prosthetic with pride will be one of the best ways to bring the amputee community out of the shadows.
With awareness and education come an increased interest in research, innovations in technology and more acceptance. Our strength for affecting changes lies with our numbers. For those of you who feel comfortable, stand with pride on "National Strut Your Stuff Day." Let's start a movement!