OPAF Initiatives

For more information about OPAF's programs and partnerships, contact OPAF at 980-819-9404 or by email at .

OPAF's initiatives in 2009 include:

OPAF Fit for Life serves as an umbrella for our "First" Programs. OPAF has returned to our roots in serving the O & P community with adaptive sports programs that promote health and fitness for those we serve. The initial program that OPAF sponsored is through the National Amputee Golf Association's "First Swing" learn-to-golf clinics. Since that time OPAF has developed and implemented our own First programs. First Volley™ is our adaptive tennis program for ambulatory players, First Swim™ is adaptive swim techniques to feel more comfortable in and around the water, and First Dive™ is a scuba diving clinic. In 2009, OPAF is pleased to launch McKeever's First Ride™, a therapeutic horseback riding program. In 2010, OPAF launches First Paddle, adaptive kayaking with more Firsts in development."

OPAF Dale Yasukawa Memorial Fund and Scholarship Program is open to all full-time certificate candidates enrolled in Northwestern University's Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). Its chief purpose is to encourage student participation in their local Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. OPAF expects that the award will be used specifically to defray meeting registration fees and assist in the purchasing of books, supplies, and equipment needed for ongoing studies at NUPOC;

OPAF Speaker Program welcomes invitations from professional organizations and public interest groups for members of OPAF's Board of Directors, staff, and/or select volunteers to share news about OPAF and its initiatives. OPAF's Executive Director Robin Burton also welcomes invitations to speak about OPAF and our programs and initiatives;

OPAF Grant Program awards financial assistance (contingent on resources) twice per year to one or more 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charities that share OPAF's commitment to supporting an enhanced quality of life for individuals with disabilities, especially those served by members of the orthotics and prosthetics community;

Orthotics and Prosthetics Awareness Initiative furthers OPAF's mission to help raise public awareness of the fields of orthotics and prosthetics. This initiative offers resources to individuals who are interested in the past, present, and future of the dynamic fields of O&P. Designed to grow over time as needs and resources are identified, this OPAF project is conducted in cooperation with OPAF's founders, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and other individuals, institutions, and organizations; OPAF is also a part of the ongoing O & P History project in securing the personal stories of O & P pioneers within the field;

OPAF Paralympic Support Initiative helps to establish standards for selection of ABC-certified practitioner volunteers during the Paralympics, assuring the highest quality of care for athletes at all current and future games. A sub-committee of OPAF's Board of Directors monitors future Paralympic planning with an eye to scheduling application procedures for practitioner volunteers;

OPAF Strut Your Stuff offers a custom design contest in conjunction with the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association National Assembly and the American Academy for Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual meetings. The OPAF Strut Your Stuff gives practitioners and central fabrication offices a chance to offer "fun, not functional" examples of prosthetic sockets and AFOs for judging and prizes.

^ Top