The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 536 Sunset Road Waterloo IA 50701 USA

Mission: The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF & The First Clinics) 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, groups and institutions working towards health and fitness for those we serve.
Target demographics: The First Clinics, including our nationally recognized adaptive tennis program, First Volley, along with First Swim, First Dive, First Swing, First Paddle and McKeever's First Ride offer quality adaptive recreational opportunities for amputees and those with physical challenges

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 8 year old daughter was born without fingers on her left hand. She has been attending the First Volley sessions for 2 years and loves them! The tennis pros are very supportive, positive and funny. Her tennis has impoved a lot and she feels proud that she can play with other kids and adults.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Frosty Hollow tennis club, Levittown, PA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more sessions!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the Tennis Clinic held at Circle C courts and had a fantastic time..meeting the Pros that held the clinic was a great treat...everyone shared doing something that was out of reach to some of us, until the wonderful folks who Cared to give back to enhance the quality of life for many of us who were feeling left out of the many opportunities in life, that can still be enjoyed to the fullest of one's ability to Go For It...a Great Big Thanks to Robin and staff that made all of us feel Very Special that day which will always be with me...I am proud to have a ATTo Bock computer style "C" leg and glad that they are also a sponsor...God Bless and continue to make life better and a meaningful difference for Amputees..

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sharing and hearing about the great work they do..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more Clinics close by..

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Rating: 5 stars  

My now 19-month old son lost his leg (above the knee amputee) at birth due to cancer. We attended a First Volley tennis event in Portola Valley, CA just to see what will be possible. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and it was really inspiring and heartwarming. He actually had a great time chasing tennis balls around the court. When he is older, we will certainly take him to future events.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a 67 year old Below Knee amputee for 6 years now (how time flies when your having fun) And fun it is when you attend any of OPAF First's. I recently attended the first swim at the ACA Conference in California, We had such a good time and helped each other. We always have plenty of assistance and great tips for when we are on our own. OPAF helped a girl that was petrified of the water and by the time they were done she was putting her face under water and swimming. It was marvelous and heart-warming to see the look on her face and the smile in her heart that she was able to get past her fears. YOU GO OPAF!

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The first time I attended OPAF was at the ACA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the year was 2007. I met Robin and immediately felt like I was her good friend. She makes everyone feel wonderful. I slipped in to the water and was helped with my swimming form and I am now that little fish in a big pond. :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Robin.......

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

AT the Amputee Coalition of America Conference

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Do your Best and Keep Going ;Doing ;and achiveing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a 67 year old Below Knee amputee for 6 years now (how time flies when your having fun) And fun it is when you attend any of OPAF First's. I recently attended the first swim at the ACA Conference in California, We had such a good time and helped each other. We always have plenty of assistance and great tips for when we are on our own. OPAF helped a girl that 2was petrified of the water and by the time they were done she was putting her face under water and swimming. It was marvelous and heart-warming to see the look on her face and the smile in her heart that she was able to get past her fears. YOU GO OPAF.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The first time I attended OPAF was at the ACA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the year was 2007. I met Robin and immediately felt like I was her good friend. She makes everyone feel wonderful. I slipped in to the water and was helped with my swimming form and I am now little fish in a big pond. :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Robin.......

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am 50 years old, and have been a right above knee amputee for almost 4 years, due to a terrible infection. It was avdifficult adjustment, but the O & P Assistance Fund, with their "First Volley" (tennis) and First Swim, and "First Ride" (horseback riding which I most recently did) -, are wonderful events and made a huge difference to me in my recovery and adjustment to being an amputee. Being around others in similar circumstances in a supportive, reassuring environment made me feel comfortable and more "O.K" with my situation. As I watched others with worse disabilities be successful, it gave me the courage to also be "OK" with my own circumstances. I have met wonderful people who have made a difference in my life and most of the time I feel like a "whole" person. I may have my differences but I am still me! The O & P Fund has been a big part of my healing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them reach even more clients - it is a great program!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am 50 years old, and have been a right above knee amputee for almost 4 years, due to a terrible infection. It was avdifficult adjustment, but the O & P Assistance Fund, with their "First Volley" (tennis) and First Swim, and "First Ride" (horseback riding which I most recently did) -, are wonderful events and made a huge difference to me in my recovery and adjustment to being an amputee. Being around others in similar circumstances in a supportive, reassuring environment made me feel comfortable and more "O.K" with my situation. As I watched others with worse disabilities be successful, it gave me the courage to also be "OK" with my own circumstances. I have met wonderful people who have made a difference in my life and most of the time I feel like a "whole" person. I may have my differences but I am still me! The O & P Fund has been a big part of my healing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them reach even more clients - it is a great program!

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Rating: 5 stars  

OPAF has helped initiate our First Tennis program in Southern California through its financial help, providing us with Tennis rackets, tennis balls, and prizes through Prince Racket Co. Robin Burton has been very supportive of us on a continuing basis and provides the best reasons for OPAF to continue in its good work helping the amputee community. As a result, we have single, double and triple limb-loss amputees up and exercising, through tennis, and our able instructor, Stan Backovsky. Hats off to OPAF for continuing all its sports and social activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving the kind of support that any local amputee support group needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably encourage it to coordinate even more with the Amputee Coalition of America, to bring together amputees through the U.S. in exercise, sports and social activities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OPAF has jointly sponsored an event with me. The organization publicized the event, coordinated the volunteers, arranged logistics, and ran the events. All the participants were thrilled with the tennis clinic. The professional running the tennis clinic was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a great motivator. We had people with various disabilities, some who had never played tennis before and some who play regularly. Everyone had a good time and wanted it to become an annual event!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Running a clinic for people with disabilities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them local!

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Rating: 4 stars  

The OPAF has the vision of what its purpose is to the limbloss community. This organizaion allows those individuals, who have the desire to pursue many different types of physical activities, the opportunity to learn and be taught how to move forward in different sports related activites. I have personally participated in the First Volley Tennis clinics and was impressed with the level of teaching I was able to benefit from. I am a BKA and had an absolutely positive experience and look forward to the opportunity I can have when they come to my area. The only drawback is that it is only once a year. I would love to see the OPAF have the opportunity to offer their programs more often in my area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improving my tennis skills and learning how to adapt to returning to playing tennis as an BKA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to bring their programs more often to my area.

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