VIDEO: Teaching Limb Loss Awareness, Amputation, Inclusion, and Acceptance * 2024
VIDEO: Teaching Limb Loss Awareness, Amputation, Inclusion, and Acceptance * 2024

Each April is designated Limb Loss Awareness Month

Celebrated around the world as a time to recognize those living with limb loss and limb difference. During this month of renewal and inspiration, our goal is to raise awareness about limb loss prevention as well as the array of resources for amputees, their caregivers, and families with the hope of helping them all live without limits.

It is a time to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people living with limb loss or limb difference, and to celebrate their accomplishments. LLLDAM is an opportunity to learn more about limb loss and limb difference, and to show support for the community.

There are many ways to get involved, such as:

  • Educating yourself about limb loss and limb difference.
  • Donating to or volunteering with organizations that support people with limb loss or limb difference.
  • Wear orange on Wednesdays.
  • Sharing stories and experiences of people with limb loss or limb difference.
  • Using the hashtags #LLLDAM and #limblosslimbdifference on social media to raise awareness.
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The limb loss and limb difference community hard because of several underlying health issues and factors:

– Amputation rates during the pandemic have increased as COVID-19 causes dangerous blood clots.
– Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are significant underlying conditions that put people with limb loss at even higher risk of infection and hospitalization.
– Forgoing doctor visits during the pandemic has resulted in more patients at-risk for amputation from getting vital preventative health care.
– Suicide rates among veterans with limb loss has increased as social isolation, shared by many, take its toll during the pandemic.

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During April we’ll be highlighting the work we do and the people we do it with. We hope this campaign will highlight the impact of living with limb loss and limb difference on individuals and their families/support networks.

People living with disabilities often face an uphill battle in society. Whether their struggles are emotional or physical, the only way we can begin to work towards an inclusive world is to raise awareness, inform, educate and start a conversation.

Our goals include reducing isolation and loneliness whilst increasing self-esteem and wellbeing. Can affect all ages and backgrounds in a variety of ways. Individuals may be born with limb difference or face amputation later in life through illness or trauma. We want to raise awareness of both the struggles and triumphs of our community.

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