February 2003 AAOS Report

Session on pediatric prosthetics to precede ACPOC May meeting

On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, the National Institutes on Disability and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Programs , supported by the National Institutes on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education, will meet before the start of the Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics' (ACPOC) annual meeting to discuss the state of science and technology in pediatric prosthetics and orthotics. As part of the process, ACPOC attendees may participate in the afternoon roundtables on "State of the Science Conference in Technology for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities." Small groups will discuss needs for future research and development of technology for children with orthopedic disabilities. Technology may include prosthetic/orthotic components, mobility devices and aids for independence as well as aids for sports and play. The small group sessions will develop information that will be included in a report to the National Institutes for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and may guide their future funding priorities. This agency, part of the U.S. Department of Education, strongly supports this type of research. The ACPOC meeting takes place in St. Petersberg Beach, Fla. May 14-17, and is sponsored by the Shrine Hospital for Children, Tampa, Fla. For information contact Melody Raymond, (847) 698-1637.

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