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  

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: 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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