April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month
This April, Open Bionics has partnered with LimbPower to celebrate Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. They will be focussing on seeing the ability and not the disability of their community members and sharing the real-life stories of individuals living with limb loss and limb difference, from all walks of life, in their mission to highlight the ‘real life’ of people living with a limb impairment.
Their objective for this month-long campaign is to empower and connect with people with limb loss and limb difference to reduce isolation and loneliness. Persons with a disability have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and as lockdown eases they will spread awareness of the support network and opportunities available to community members to re engage in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.
"As an amputee or person with limb difference there are many barriers to leading a full and active life. The limb loss and limb different charities offer a wealth of knowledge, opportunities and resources to support new and established amputees on their lifelong rehabilitation journey. There really is support and engagement opportunity for anyone no matter what their level of impairment or age," says Kiera Roche, an above knee amputee and CEO LimbPower
"As part of Limb Loss and Limb Difference awareness month we’ve taken the opportunity to start conversations about the stigmas that still surround the limb difference community and ways our medical devices can increase mobility, independence and quality of life around the world,” adds Samantha Payne MBE co-founder and CEO Open Bionics.
A consortium of limb different charities will spend April raising awareness around living with limb loss and limb difference, both for the individuals affected and their family and support network. They will be sharing events and resources to entertain, educate and connect empowering individuals and families to live a healthier and fuller life; sharing real life stories to offer insight and tips to support the lifelong rehabilitation journey.
By working together we have a greater geographical spread and community reach across the UK. You too can support the recognition and celebration of #LLLDAM and #LimbLossLimbDifferenceAwarenessMonth and join the conversation by using the Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month logos and assets.
Please look for updates and campaign materials on the community website https://www.limblosslimbdifference.co.uk/ - and use #LLLDAM across social media channels too.
Notes to editors:
LimbPower was created in 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation. We aim to bridge the gap between leaving the limb centre and engagement in community activity. LimbPower is also the National Disability Sports Organisation supporting amputees and people with limb impairment/s to reach their physical potential.
Open Bionics is a Bristol-based robotics company working with global partners like Disney, Konami, Fox, and Eidos-Montréal to turn disabilities into superpowers. Founded by Samantha Payne MBE and Joel Gibbard MBE in 2014, the company has won over 30 engineering and innovation awards including two British Engineering Excellence awards and the global Robotics For Good Award. The company’s first product is the life-changing Hero Arm for below-elbow amputees. Since launching the bionic arm in 2018, the company has grown with its community to provide prosthetics for children as young as eight years old and adults who are born without hands or who lose hands to accident, injury, or illness.
Twitter/ Instagram/ TikTok: @OpenBionics
23 Apr 2021