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Travelers with Disabilities & Medical Conditions

27.02.2014
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Traveler Information – TSA Cares Help Line

TSA Cares is a help line to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. TSA recommends that passengers call 72 hours ahead of travel for information about what to expect during screening.

Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process [...]

Passengers with Prosthetics

26.02.2014
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Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Passengers with prostheses can be screened without removing them. The way screening will be conducted depends on the passenger’s level of ability and whether or not he or she voluntarily chooses to remove his or her prosthetic during screening.

The passenger should inform the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) of the existence of a prosthetic, his or her ability, and of any need for assistance before screening begins. Passengers can use TSA’s Notification Card to communicate discreetly with security officers. However, showing this card or other medical documentation will not exempt [...]

New Dimensions Scholarship to Ski/Snowboard

12.02.2014
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New Dimensions Scholarship to Ski/Snowboard

ASA has established a scholarship program with the objective of increasing support for out-of-state, first-time skiers and snowboarders. In turn, these new participants will help develop new relationships with various recreational therapists, service clubs, support groups, and disability organizations to ensure even more participation in our program. ASA believes this will enhance the lives of an increasing number of people with disabilities by offering a new area of self-fulfillment. The statements of the overwhelming majority of past scholarship recipients have convinced us that the testimonial of just one [...]

Torrey Pines Kiwanis Ski Scholarship Program

12.02.2014
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Torrey Pines Kiwanis  Ski Scholarship Program
(For Southern California Participants)

The Adaptive Sports Association enjoys very strong ties to the San Diego community. Almost 500 San Diego area residents with various disabilities have participated in the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Scholarship Ski Program over the last twenty years. These participants are flown to Durango, Colorado where they stay with local host families, receive adaptive ski instruction for four days and participate in additional social activities while in Durango. The tremendous impact of this program is far reaching and often significantly alters the lives of participants.

This program is fully [...]

Prosthetic Limb Users Survey

31.01.2014
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[SUPPORT THE SURVEY]
-Prosthetic Limb Users Survey for bilateral lower limb amputees.
*Eligible respondents will receive $25 for taking the survey.  The deadline for completing this survey is June 1st.

The University of Washington Center on Outcomes Research in Rehabilitation has developed a questionnaire to assess mobility.

Please take a moment to complete this online Mobility Survey,

http://uwcorr.washington.edu/mobilitysurvey

Amputee Coalition National Conference

29.01.2014
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The Amputee Coalition National Conference is the place to be and be seen! It is the premier meeting event for the limb loss community. Join us for three days of fun, learning, hands-on clinics and workshops in a unique setting where people with limb loss are the norm, not the exception. Our event is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends, socialize with other people with limb loss, and network.

The exhibit hall features manufacturers and providers of prosthetic and assistive devices, home and vehicle modifications, and other tools to help people with limb loss live a full and [...]

Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship Award

29.01.2014
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Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship

For the 2014-2015 school year, this fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student who has a congenital limb difference or an amputation and who is, or whose parent or legal guardian is, a registered friend of the Amputee Coalition. To become a friend of the Amputee Coalition, click here. The individual’s Amputee Coalition record number must be included in the application. We will verify your record prior to reviewing your application. If you do not know your number, you may call the Amputee Coalition at 888/267 [...]

Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship Award

28.01.2014
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It is the goal of the Amputee Coalition through the Bridge to Ability Fund to reduce or eliminate the financial barriers to attending our national conference for new amputees.
The Bridge to Ability Scholarship provides full Conference registration, covering health and wellness education, technology sessions, special clinics and social networking, as well as lodging expenses and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses.

More at, www.amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/scholarships/bridge-to-ability

[H.R. 3408 UPDATE]

24.01.2014
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[H.R. 3408 UPDATE] Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives

The Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives. Passage of the bill, H.R. 3408, would establish a list of rights to be prominently displayed in every VA O&P clinic across the country as well as on the VA website.

Thank You to Representative Renee Ellmers (Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02)) for reintroducing this legislation. More about the legislation at, http://riponadvance.com/news/education-amputee-troops-targeted-new-legislation [...]

H.R. 3020: Insurance Fairness for Amputees Act

24.01.2014
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2014 is going to be a critical year – we need your help in asking current legislators to support the Insurance Fairness for Amputees Act in Congress and in your state. It is also a chance to approach those who might be running against an existing legislator for their support if they are elected in November. The insurance Fairness for Amputees Act has the potential to provide immediate benefits to ALL members of the limb loss community by ensuring that if an insurance company …covers prosthetic and custom devices that they cover them without arbitrary caps or restrictions and that the [...]

Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

24.01.2014
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Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp | Applications are now available.

Save the date! The 2014 Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp will be held on July 19-23.
The Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summ…er camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers’ confidence regardless of skill level.

A unique aspect of our program is that campers are not accompanied by their parents, which inspires campers to take on new challenges, be [...]

Join RGP at The Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge

1.01.2014
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The Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge

REGISTRATION FOR 2014 IS NOW OPEN

Date: October 19, 2014  |  Location: La Jolla Cove, CA

What began 20 years ago as a fundraiser to help one athlete, Jim MacLaren, to regain his independence after a tragic second accident has grown to become one of the most highly-regarded and motivational events in the triathlon world. Since that first event 20 years ago, the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge has been instrumental in raising the funds that have allowed more than 8,200 challenged athletes around the world to [...]

View the RGP FIT Patient Brochure Now!

23.10.2013
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Please share our new RGP patient brochure with a loved one. And make sure when you open the brochure by clicking on the link below that you click the PLAY button on each patient page so you may see them share their RGP story!

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NEW OFFICE HOURS

14.03.2014
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[NEW OFFICE HOURS]

The RGP Prosthetic Center has posted NEW HOURS of operation. OPEN: Monday – Thursday | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
CLOSED: Fridays & weekends

To assure your appointment, please contact to schedule an appointment. Please keep in mind new compliance policies with you insurance group. Consult your customer service if needing a PRIOR AUTHORIZATION and/or DOCUMENTATION OF MEDICAL NECESSITY recommended by a accredited physician [...]

Repurposed Artificial Limbs Can Be Reused Overseas, Not US

13.03.2014
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Donated Prosthetic Limbs Get a Second Life
Repurposed Artificial Limbs Can Be Reused Overseas, Not US
By LIZ NEPORENT | March 12, 2014

Peter Rosenberger’s garage was piled high with body parts for six years. Stacks of legs littered the floor, arms were draped across desks and boxes of hands sat on a shelf.

“It was a freak show,” Rosenberger recalled. “A freak show with a purpose.”

Rosenberger, along with his wife, Gracie, has run Standing With Hope since 2002. The nonprofit organization gives prosthetic limbs a second life after a first owner has outgrown them or died.

Related: Amazing [...]

Patient Perspectives

11.03.2014
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What part of the pie are you?
If you’ve been everywhere else and still unsatisfied with the fitting of your prosthesis, RGP Prosthetics has the expertise to change your outcome. Specializing in the F.I.T. process our approach is Functionally Inspiring Technology. Come visit and see what we can do for YOU!

Click the image to read about the Wearing Habits

Travel & Accomodations

11.03.2014
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Patients of RGP Prosthetic Research Center will receive a preferred rate at the Days Hotel-Hotel Circle by SeaWorld.

2014 Preferred Rate: 15% off of our Best Available Rate

Rates are subject to availability, and all hotel minimums will apply.
Rates do not include the taxes, currently totaling 12.585%.

Program Benefits:
• Guaranteed lower rate than any online channel
• Complimentary room upgrade upon arrival (based upon availability)
• Complimentary breakfast (2 vouchers max per room per night)
• Complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms
• Complimentary overnight parking
• Wyndham Rewards points for each qualified member

This special rate for patients of RGP [...]

Adaptive Golf Clinic

28.02.2014
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Saturday’s at 11:00am until Sunday at 12:30pm

Sharp Rehabilitation Center Recreation Therapy presents a golf clinic for individuals with physical challenges, which will be led by PGA teaching professional John Klein. John has more than 30 years of experience teaching golf to individuals with physical limitations. The current participants in the clinic have a range of disabilities including stroke, brain injury and other limitations. The group enjoys meeting weekly, socializing and playing a round of golf. John is very patient and eager to help anyone who is interested in playing the game of golf. For [...]

H.R. 3408 UPDATE

27.02.2014
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NEW CO-SPONSORS for H.R. 3408: Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights

New Cosponsor: Rep. Tim Griffin [R-AR2]
District: Arkansas – District 2
Party: Republican

2011-2015 Representative, Arkansas’s 2nd District

New Cosponsor: Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
District: New York – District 18
Party: Democrat

2013-2015 Representative, New York’s 18th District

Mike Ellison, patient testimonial

27.02.2014
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“I’ve been a customer for nearly 50 years. Professional, personalized service. Thanks to RGP for giving me an active life!” -Mike Ellison

Jacqueline A. Crump-Pace, patient testimonial

27.02.2014
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“RGP is the light at the end of the tunnel. The entire staff is an inspiration to families and improves the quality of life for all.” -Jacqueline A. Crump-Pace

Jacqueline Crump-Pace is the mother of a patient and author of Poetic Inspirations: A Collection of Poetry.
Originally from Indiana but spent most of her life in California, now retired and enjoys her free time with her family, friends, and writing poetry.

“The Lord inspires me to write inspirational poetry. Inspirations can be a powerful driving force behind an individual’s resolve to face life’s changes, no matter [...]

James Grace, patient testimonial

27.02.2014
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“Heaven sent. I had been going to another prosthetic facility here in San Diego and was getting very frustrating results so much so I had given up on trying to walk. Seeing others have success I knew there had to be another way. On a whim and Kai from RGP coming to a n AIM meeting I decided to give them a try. Wow what a difference they made me realize it wasn’t me I hadn’t been given a fighting chance. I am happy to say things are looking up and hopefully I will be to a functioning [...]

Mathew Rios, patient testimonial

27.02.2014
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“RGP saved my life, lets just say a long time ago I lost my leg and prosthetic someone gave me well it just wasn’t working. And one I came across some info on little Prosthetic workout camp so my step-pop and I headed out to this event and wow the stuff that everyone was wearing was awesome, and for someone that was just there to look around I found myself getting involved I even got to run in a race with Oscar Pistorius . In the background there was a man his name was Tom AKA Doctor Daddy lol [...]

FAQ’s for Traveling

27.02.2014
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What to Do Before Your Trip
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 49 million Americans — nearly 20 percent of the population — are living with disability. And of these 49 million Americans living with a disability, 1.7 million are amputees. Considering these numbers, plus the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s no wonder that most firms involved in providing transportation and housing for travelers have made special arrangements to cater to the needs of people with disabilities.

Unfortunately, travelers with disabilities cannot afford to be nearly as carefree in making their [...]