Mission and History
To educate, empower and connect those living with bilateral upper limb loss.
To use the non-profit, Enhancing Skills for Life, to financially support individuals missing both arms to attend the Skills for Life: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop with minimal to no cost to them and/or their caregiver/family member.
We endeavor to host the Skills for Life: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop every three years and to provide other opportunities in between the workshop for individuals with bilateral upper limb loss to socialize, share tips and tricks, and to build lasting and supportive friendships within the limb loss community.
The Skills for Life: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop was started by Robert H. “Skip” Meier, III, MD and Diane Atkins, OTR who had worked closely together for over 11 years at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR). During this time they successfully treated many bilateral upper limb loss individuals and recognised the unique set of circumstances that faced their patients. They started the Skills for Life: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop in 2002 on the principle that these circumstances were best shared face to face as they are more meaningful, effective and valuable than phone or other means of communication. This workshop turned out to be a life changing experience for everyone who attended.
Now, 18 years later the workshop is an international event attracting attendees from countries like Australia, Canada and Japan. At the last workshop over 70 people living with bilarteral upper limb difference came together to empower, educate and connect with each other. Those in attendance heard from world leading healthcare experts and each other about topics ranging from essential self-care tasks, intimacy and relationships, returning to work, to independent international travel and high level adaptive sports.
In the years between the Workshop the hope is to continue to provide opportunities for those missing both arms to get together in a range of settings including other limb loss meetings, social travel such as group cruises as well as adapted sports programs.
Annually, this non-profit aims to help anywhere from 10-50 individuals missing both arms offset travel/lodging expenses for these types of events.