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Come like us on Facebook to see what's happening, keep up to date with our events. Please tag us and share with friends. Closed groups for those missing both arms or all four limbs also available, please contact us to learn more.
Tweet at us or tag us in your tweets, show us what you are up to in 280 characters or less...use those hashtags.
LinkedIn for those who may have a clinical background and want to learn more about our programs or how to help people missing both arms or all four limbs.
Help spread the word about Enhancing Skills for Life and our mission. Click here to print out this brochure and share with those missing both arms or all four limbs, prosthetists, therapists, physicians, case managers, prosthetic manufacturers, or anyone who would find the information useful.
Once a year we hold a public meeting to keep everyone informed of what we have been working on and been able to accomplish. This meeting is also an opportunity for our board of directors to evaluate the organization's progress towards our mission, set goals for the upcoming year, review our financials as well as our policies. By doing this, we are hoping to encourage the growth and success of Enhancing Skills for Life. View our 2021 Annual Report. The link to our annual meeting can be found in our monthly newsletters and our social media pages or can be emailed to you by contacting us. This years Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 27th at 3:00pm central.
Is there something you want to do on your own, but just can’t? Let us help you figure out a different way! Maybe a solution already exists that we can share with you? But, if not, here is a neat opportunity. Share your challenges with us and if we can help, you will be assigned to work with a team. Submit your challenge via our online form and someone from our team will be in touch within 72 hours. Engineering students or folks in the maker community, please contact us if you are interested in participating as a Maker (prizes!). For more information, see our flyer.
Adaptive Equipment Publication
Enhancing Skills for Life is working on bringing to life a comprehensive publication that outlines the various pieces of adaptive equipment individuals living with bilateral upper limb loss or quad limb loss utilize for activities of daily living (ADL's). As part of this ambitious project we are seeking to crowdsource photos from you the end users of these items. From bidets to cutting boards. From back scrubbers to wireless charging pads. Whatever you use to make your life easier send us a photo and we will include it in the publication as well as an acknowledgement in the list of contributors. The photos can either be of you using the device or just the device itself and the device can be commercially available or homemade.
Upload your images. When you submit, we would like you to include the following: 1) your email address in case we have any questions about the image 2) your name as you would like it to appear in the photo credit or acknowledgment section and 3) description of your image(s).
Instagram for photos and videos... could be upcoming events, tips and tricks, peer visit highlights, interesting stories and/or videos. Tell us what you want to see, tag us and use those hashtags.
We have a YouTube Channel! We have content and have linked to other YouTube channels from our Skills for Life community as well. Everyone does their daily activities slightly different, come see how someone might scramble eggs, wash dishes, get dressed or mow the lawn. If you are curious about a task and it isn't there, just ask us!
Skills for Life Workshop Recordings
Are you interested in recordings from previous workshops? Skills for Life Videos from workshop #2, 4 and 5 are available to purchase online. Click Here to order your copies today. They are a great resource for new bilateral upper limb loss individuals, family members/caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Registered attendees for Virtual SFL 5 1/2 received links for the recordings. If you are a limb loss individual contact us to get your link. If you are a healthcare professional click here, to place your order with a small donation.
A Small-Scale Survey of Bilateral Upper-Limb Loss Individuals
This small-n survey recruited 28 individuals with Bilateral Upper Limb Loss. Users of each type of prosthesis demonstrate a high level of function. Electric hook users scored slightly higher in number of tasks and other measures. However, no outcomes were significant statistically, except the use of the dominant side prosthesis, which was three times higher than the nondominant side usage. Users identified a dozen categories for desired improvements, with greater dependability and greater grip security as the most commonly requested.
Other Resources Coming Soon!
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