Aug 5

Amputee Coalition 2017 National Conference - In Full Swing

The Amputee Coalition is hosting their annual National Conference this August in Louisville, KY. This is the largest gathering for people impacted by limb loss in the WORLD! It's a great time to meet new people, make new friends, and learn a great deal. Registration is currently open and through June 28, 2017, all registrations are discounted at an Early Bird rate. A tentative schedule is also available.

While they cannot accept any registrations over the phone, if you have any questions, you can call them at 1-888-267-5669. 

Are you concerned about traveling? The Amputee Coalition has put together a Fact Sheet about TSA polices to  help you prepare for your trip. They also created a FAQ page for the event that answers a lot of questions as well.

The conference will be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville and right now, there is a special conference rate, they recommend that if you are attending that you make your arrangements as far in advance as possible, you can click here for hotel information.

11:30 am11:30

Steel Horse Guardians 4th Annual Ride for Camp No Limits

The Steel Horse Guardians are mounting up for their 4th Annual Charity Ride to benefit Camp No Limits. Camp No Limits is a camp for children and young people who are living with limb loss/difference. Camp No Limits has TEN locations all over the country, including one here in North East, Maryland at the NorthBay Adventure Camp! 

On August 26, the Steel Horse Guardians will be riding from Chesapeake Harley Davidson in Darlington, MD to the North East, MD VFW. Each rider and passenger will pay a fee to take part, which includes an all you can eat buffet and a performance by Shotgun Betty. 

Registration is from 9:30 to 11:30 on the day of the event and kickstands go up at 11:45. If you have question on the event, please contact them via Facebook.

For more information on Camp No Limits, click here. Or you can email them at:


5:00 pm17:00

Save the Date! Amputee Walking School Winter 2017

Do you love attending the Amputee Walking School? Would you like to attend the Amputee Walking School for the first time and the Spring and Summer sessions don't fit into your schedule? Don't worry, the Amputee Walking School happens in Baltimore one more time this year! Todd Schaffhauser, Dennis Oehler, staff from University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI), and staff from Dankmeyer get together to help amputees, their families and friends, and clinical teams learn new exercises to help with daily living and rehabilitation. 

While we are still far out from the the last session on November 15, 2017, we don't have much information for you right now. Keep watching this space for additional details as we get closer. Also please remember that dates and times may change so keep an eye out here or at UMROI's website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Schaffer at (410) 448-6802. 

1:30 pm13:30

Amputee Support Group - June 2017

The MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital's Amputee Support Group will meet on Wednesday, June 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the O'Neill Building's Good Health  Center Conference Room A on the Second Floor. Sherry Kolte will be discussing ways to save on Medicare.

If you would like more information on this topic or have questions about this support group, please contact (443) 444-5500.

The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm, please call ahead to confirm.

4:00 pm16:00

Amputee Walking School Summer 2017

Great news, the Summer Session of the Amputee Walking School will be held at the Linthicum office of Dankmeyer! We are very excited to be hosting Todd Schaffhauser, Dennis Oehler, and the staff from University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI) as they work with amputees and their families as well as healthcare professionals to learn new exercises and challenge themselves in a safe environment.

This day of fun and education will consist of two sessions. In the morning, the course for healthcare professionals begins and in the evening, the event which focuses on amputees and their families begins. Sound like something you'd like to take part in? Read on!

For healthcare professionals we will be hosting a new course, Lower Limb Prosthesis Prescription and Training Considerations. This course will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will feature Todd, Dennis, Megan Sions, PT, PHD, DPT from the University of Delaware, and our own Mark Hopkins, PT, CPO, MBA. Registration is currently open for this event. We do ask that you register early as space is limited.

Our evening event, which takes place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, brings the activity in. This is where amputees, their friends and family can learn ways to be more active! The evening event continues to be free for all, however we do ask that you register in advance so we can keep track of those attending.

All of us at Dankmeyer hope you will join us for this event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amy Smith at (410) 636-8114 ext 269 or email us at

We also encourage you to check out the programs available at University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI).

1:00 pm13:00

Amputee Coalition Webinar: The TSA Presents Traveling with Limb Loss

With warmer weather comes summer vacations! As part of their vast array of resources, the Amputee Coalition will be hosting a webinar in conjunction with the TSA to help you get ready for your travels.

Susan Buckland, Senior Policy Advisor for the TSA, will provide information on what to expect at screening and what you can do to prepare.

The webinar is free and you can register by clicking here.

If you cannot attend, the Amputee Coalition has an article on their website, which you can find here, that has an overview of current policies and links to other resources. 

Have a fun and same summer!

Jun 14

6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill

The United Spinal Association will be hosting their 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill Legislative and Advocacy Conference from Sunday, June 11, 2017 to Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

This event allows those in the spinal cord injury and disorders (SCI/D) community a chance to connect with people, learn about topics and governmental policy, culminating in meetings with Congressional leaders on those topics. 

While we don't have much detail on the specifics yet, you can reach out to the Washington DC chapter of the United Spinal Association, The SCI Network of Metropolitan Washington, by emailing them using their form. Or you can call their main office in New York at (718) 803-3782 (please note, this number is not toll free).

Watch this space, as we have more details, we will pass them along!

6:30 pm18:30

Amputee Support Group - Adaptive Yoga

The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Insitiute's (UMROI) Amputee Support Group will host their monthly meeting, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in their Outpatient Ground Floor Therapy Gym. 

The focus of May's group will be...Adaptive Yoga! Join Jill Gnagey, PT, DPT as she teaches beginner techniques and poses for those with limb loss. Be ready to join in the fun and dress in comfortable, loose fitting clothing.

If you'd like to attend the event, please contact the staff at UMROI via email at or by phone (410) 448-6731.


Apr 26

Amputee Coalition Hill Days 2017

For those who have experienced limb loss, as well as their family, friends, and care team members, the Amputee Coalition will be hosting Hill Days on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 and Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Fairfax, VA. This provides those in attendance the unique experience of meeting with their peers, education on hot topics, and culminating with meetings with members of the House of Representatives and Senate in Washington DC on April 26, 2017.

If you want your voice to be heard but don't quite know how to go about it, the Amputee Coalition will provide information on the topics that will be addressed and what you expect while at the House and Senate. 

The event is free to attend, however, registration is necessary so the folks at the Amputee Coalition can have materials ready as well as schedule meetings with the appropriate people. If you are outside the Washington DC area and would like to attend, the AC also has a link for hotel reservations at the on their website. There is also a tentative agenda for both days activities.

For registration and hotel reservations, click here. If you have questions and would like to speak to someone prior to registering you can call 1-888-267-5669 ext 7102 or sent them an email at

10:00 am10:00

2nd Annual Amputee Awareness 5K Walk, Wheel or Run!

Are you looking for an activity for a spring Saturday morning? You are in luck, the staff at Adventist Healthcare have recently opened registration for their 2nd Annual Amputee Awareness 5K Walk, Wheel or Run Event. This event is free for anyone who wants to get moving to help raise awareness. Amputees who take part receive a free T-Shirt. Additional T-Shirts can be purchased for $15.00. If you cannot take part but want to help Adventist Healthcare raise amputee awareness, you can make a contribution by following the directions on their registration page.

This event will be held rain or shine at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, MD 20850.

For more information, you can visit their website, send an email, or call the staff at Adventist Healthcare at (301) 758-0573.

6:30 pm18:30

Amputee Support Group @ UMROI

One of the great services that our friends at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI) offer is support groups. The group that focuses on amputees and their families meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 

This allows amputees, their friends and families, and healthcare professionals a place for education and socializing. These meetings are free and the location has easy entrance.

At the April meeting, staff from Dankmeyer will be giving information on resources for those who have had amputations.

Please RSVP by emailing Jerry Morgan, PTA at, or calling (410) 448-6731.

5:00 pm17:00

Amputee Walking School Spring 2017

UPDATE Monday 03/13/2017 - Due to the predicted snow storm this week, the staff at University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI), Dankmeyer, Todd and Dennis have rescheduled the Spring Walking School to next Wednesday, 3/22/17. If you have any questions, please call the staff at UMROI at (410) 448-6802 or Dankmeyer at (410) 636-8114. Stay safe and we hope to see you next week!

Spring will be here before we know it and so will the Amputee Walking School! Take advantage of the longer days and join Dankmeyer staff, staff from University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (UMROI), and Paralympians Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler for the next Amputee Walking School.

As always, the event is free and open to amputees and their families who would like to learn some new exercises and techniques. Registration is required. Online registration is available or you can contact Sheila Schaffer at (410) 448-6802 to register or if you'd like more information.

Are you a professional looking for more information on advanced gait training? In addition to the evening session for amputees, the Amputee Walking School is offering a course in just that subject! From 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Todd and Dennis will be offering lecture and demonstration on strengthening for individuals with lower limb loss. Lectures and labs will run from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm when professional will join with amputees for a larger session. This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .5 CEUs. For those professionals interested registration is available, please note class space is limited.

If you haven't attended before or would like more information on previous sessions, take a look on our website for photos and information or head over to UMROI's website for information on Amputee Walking School or their other adaptive programs.



6:00 pm18:00

Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group

Calling all Eastern Shore Amputees! A new support group is coming together in your area. The Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group has their inaugural meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Easton Family YMCA. Reed Fawell, Lena Gill, Dorothy Ortiz, and Ivy Sherwood decided it was time to start a group for both new and long-time amputees. 

Everyone is welcome to come, the event is free and you do not have to be a member of the YMCA. The space is also wheelchair accessible. 

The group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. If you have any questions, you can contact the YMCA at (410) 822-0566  ext 3337.

9:00 am09:00

Professional Course Offering - Trans-femoral Prosthesis Prescription and Training Considerations

Join Mark Hopkins, along with Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, at Anne Arundel Medical Center CME for a course geared for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants to learn about the team approach for maximizing potential for transfemoral amputees.

The course is approved for 5.5 CEUs for PTs and PTAs licensed in the state of Maryland through the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. 

Registration is currently available via Eventbrite.


5:00 pm17:00

Amputee Walking School Fall 2016

It's that time again! Todd Schaffhauser, Dennis Oehler, Dankmeyer staff, and the staff at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute are gearing up for the Fall 2016 Amputee Walking School. Todd and Dennis, former Paralympic Gold Medalists, will join Dankmeyer and UMROI in Baltimore for an evening of fun and learning for those with lower limb amputations. If you are interested in this free event, and would like to join us click here to register. You can also call (410) 448-6802 or email if you have any questions. 

9:00 am09:00

Easton Office Open House

Take a Tour of the New Easton Office!

As you may have seen, our Easton office moved! We opened the doors of our new space July 25th so some of you may have already been to the new office. For those who haven't or would like come out again, we are having an Open House September 19th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Stop by for a snack and a tour!

10:00 am10:00

8th Annual University of Maryland Adapted Sports Festival

The Adapted Sports Festival, now in it's 8th year, provides those with physical disabilities, their friends and family the chance to try adapted sports with no obligation. Sports such as wheelchair basketball, hand cycling, quad rugby, golf, dance, volleyball, scuba diving and so much more are available to try. Registration is open for those who would like to participate and for anyone interested in volunteering, as well as a schedule of events for the day.

If you can't make it to the festival, but are interested in participating in adapted sports or volunteering, there is additional information on the University's Adapted Sports website.


University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
2200 Kernan Drive
Baltimore, MD 21207
Mike Henley
(410) 448-6307


10:00 am10:00

Limb Loss 5K

The Amputee Recreational Support Group invites you to celebrate Limb Loss Awareness Month by participating in our Limb Loss Community 5K on April 25, 2015.  Pre-registration is available at - search on Limb Loss 5K Walk in Laurel, MD.  Dankmeyer will be there to support the race.  Join us!

Event location: Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, MD 20707

Are you interested in volunteering for this event or becoming an amputee peer mentor? Please contact the Amputee Recreational Support Group via email at or call Liza at 240-459-8517.