CRITERIA TO BECOME AN AWRF QUALIFYING PRACTITIONER

Our Mission: Arms Within Reach Foundation provides upper limb amputees resources for the highest quality of upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation care and an enhanced quality of life.

Our Vision: Arms Within Reach Foundation financially assists amputees who
• need upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation
• cannot afford all or part of their treatment
• are unable to receive sufficient support through insurance, workers compensation, veteran’s benefits or other government support.

Funds can be provided for the prosthesis itself, for rehabilitation, for out-of-pocket expenses/co-pays and for travel expenses to and from qualified prosthetic and orthotic facilities for upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation.

In order to provide the highest quality of upper limb prosthetic care, AWRF has established criteria for practitioners and their facilities in order to become an AWRF Qualifying Practitioner. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP), and Advanced Arm Dynamics (AAD) are the resources AWRF consulted to determine the following guidelines. The Practitioner:

1. I am certified by the American Board for Certification (ABC), I am member of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics and a member of the American Academy’s Upper Limb Prosthetic Society.

2. Has a minimum of three to five years of current upper limb experience and has fit more than 10 patients in the last two years, according to the protocols on the bottom of this page.

3. Can specify what electrically powered components I have fit in the past two years, according to the protocols on the bottom of this page.

4. Has received certification and training from the following upper limb prosthetic component manufacturers:

• Motion Control:
Training preferred for: Utah Arm 3, ProControl 2, Electric Terminal Device

• Otto Bock:
Training preferred for: Electric and body-powered prostheses including DynamicArm, DynamicArm TMR, AXON-Bus Prosthetic System including the Michelangelo Hand, MyoRotronic, SensorHand Speed, MyoSelect, MyoCom, Transcarpal Hand and PAULA

• Liberating Technologies:
Training preferred for: Boston Elbow

• Hosmer:
Training preferred for: Electric and body-powered prostheses

• RSLSteeper:
Training preferred for: bebionic hand

• Touch Bionics:
Training preferred for: iLIMB Hand, iLIMB Pulse, ProDigits

5. Routinely works with an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist on every upper limb prosthetic case on an in-house or community based practice.

6. Has an in-house lab for manufacturing upper limb prostheses

7. Will arrange for the patient to speak with some of their prior or current patients to discuss their prosthetic care experience

* Fitting protocols include:
• A comprehensive assessment with a multidisciplinary team
• Setting functional goals and therapeutic guidelines for the patient
• Fitting the patient with his/her initial prosthesis
• Working with an occupational therapist