The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standards of patient care through education, literature, research, advocacy and collaboration.
The American Board for Certification (ABC) is the comprehensive credentialing organization whose mission is to establish and advocate for the highest patient care and organizational standards in the provision of safe and effective orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic services.
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization with the mission of reaching out to people with limb loss and empowering them through education, support and advocacy. It maintains the National Limb Loss Information Center, the nation’s most comprehensive source of information for people living with limb differences.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) works to influence policies affecting the O&P profession through government relations efforts. AOPA staff provides expert guidance on coding, compliance and reimbursement issues. AOPA also publishes the O&P Almanac, a monthly magazine with the latest O&P news and a circulation over 15,000. A not-for-profit trade association, AOPA membership includes over 1,900 O&P patient care facilities and suppliers.
The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) awards credentials demonstrating the competence and proficiency of O&P professionals. BOC offers NCCA-accredited certification programs in five disciplines: orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics, orthotic fitting, and mastectomy fitting. BOC’s facility accreditation program partners with prosthetics and orthotics suppliers to meet standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and improve business practices. BOC credentials celebrate and recognize the competence, professionalism and safe practice environments of BOC-certified practitioners and BOC-accredited facilities.
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. DS/USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.
The ITEM Coalition was formed in 2003, and its 74 member organizations include a diverse set of disability groups, aging organizations, consumer groups, labor organizations, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations. The ITEM Coalition’s purpose is to raise awareness and build support for policies that improve coverage of assistive devices, technologies and related services for people with disabilities of all ages
The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) is the accreditation body for the orthotics and prosthetics profession. As such, its primary mission and obligation is to ensure educational and residency programs meet the minimum standards of quality to prepare individuals to enter the orthotics and prosthetics profession. A key to the O&P accreditation system is ensuring that education remains fundamentally sound, responsible, responsive and effective. This in turn provides for public confidence in the integrity and quality of O&P education and residency programs.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) advances independent living and the civil rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully. NCIL represents over 700 organizations that advocate for the human rights of people with disabilities.
National MS Society
Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We do this through our home office and 50-state network of chapters by furthering MS activism efforts, funding MS research, providing services to people with MS, and offering professional education. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS, now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). NSCIA’s Resource Center provides information and resources to meet the needs of individuals who have spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D), their families, and the various communities that serve them.
oandp.com, the global information portal for orthotics and prosthetics, is an Internet portal dedicated to providing comprehensive information and services to the orthotics and prosthetics profession. The vision of oandp.com is to make as much information as possible freely available to both professionals and consumers, toward the goal of improving the quality of care provided by O&P professionals and the quality of life of their patients.
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling individuals with physical disabilities – especially those served by members of the orthotics and prosthetics community – to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction. OPAF achieves these goals by demonstrating the benefits that individuals with physical challenges receive from physical activity through their First clinics, which include First Volley, First Swim, and First Swing.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, serves its members, veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction, by advocating for quality health care, research and education, military service benefits, and civil rights and opportunities with the goal of maximizing member independence.
Since 1973, the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) has served as the nation’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with spina bifida and those whose lives they touch. SBA actively promotes prevention through education on the benefits of folic acid. SBA’s programs give hope and strength to the 70,000 adults and children confronted with the challenges of spina bifida.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a pivotal advocate for the rights of all people with disabilities and a leading source of information on cerebral palsy. Through a network of more than 100 affiliates, UCP provides direct services to more than 170,000 people a day. UCP advances the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.