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OPAF Seeks Board Nominations/Community Partners

Submitted by: Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.

Categories: Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: Aug 28, 2002 – 12:00 AM EST

 

OPAF, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, Seeks Nominations to its Board of Directors and New Community Partners to Expand the Diversity of its Programs for Inidividuals with Physical Disabilities

Aug. 28 /CSRwire/ - ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - The Executive Committee of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) has begun its annual search for individuals who would like to serve on the OPAF Board of Directors. Nominees are needed for five (5) at-large positions.

Nominees should have appropriate background, a history of 501(c)(3) nonprofit committee/volunteer work (preferred but not required), and a strong commitment to the primary mission of the Fund: enable individuals with physical disabilities - especially those served by members of the orthotics and prosthetics community - to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction. OPAF programs are conducted in Washington, DC and around the country. Each year they reach thousands of individuals of all ages, special needs, and racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Election of nominees will take place during the October meeting of the OPAF Board of Directors.

If you are interested in serving on the OPAF Board or if you know of potential nominees, please complete and return a nomination form no later than September 20, 2002. This document is available for download through the OPAF web site at:

http://www.opfund.org/about/index.html

Information about the current OPAF Board of Directors is also available on this site.

SEEKING NEW COMMUNITY PARTNERS

OPAF also seeks to build new community partnerships and connect with new resources, to the end of expanding the diversity of its existing programs.

OPAF is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(3) public charity, established and incorporated in January 1995 by the Orthotics and Prosthetics National Office. Dedicated initially to providing financial and in-kind support to the 1996 Paralympics, OPAF now generates its own initiatives through partnerships with individuals, organizations, and institutions engaged in raising public awareness of physical disability and improving the quality of rehabilitation medicine, science, and technology.

In achieving this goal, OPAF also seeks to:

- raise public awareness of the benefits that individuals with physical disabilities receive from physical activity, orthotics, and prosthetics;

- facilitate continuing education programs for allied-health professionals who serve as members of the rehabilitation team; and

- coordinate in-kind support for future Paralympic games, chiefly by ensuring that orthotists and prosthetists certified under the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics(ABC) are available to athletes during competitions.

Since 1996, the core operations and programs of OPAF have been made possible through generous contributions from the American Academy of
Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC), and American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA).

For more information, please contact:

Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D. Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.
Phone: (571) 431- 0818
Tamara N. Bibby Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.
Phone: (571) 431-0831

 

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