Heightened awareness of the O&P profession. Expanded educational opportunities. Increased emphasis on evidence-based practice. These are just a few of the many benefits that have already resulted from the ambitious initiatives launched by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (The Academy). These projects have been funded by three consecutive $1 million grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Academy was recently awarded a fourth year grant to continue building on the momentum that we are experiencing from our initial programs and creating projects which are sustainable in the future. For a historic look at the programs, view the grant overview presentation.
Recruitment and Awareness Building: A national O&P awareness and recruitment campaign to attract qualified students to O&P
State-of-the-Science Conferences: State-of-the-Science Conferences in a continued series to document clinical standards in O&P
Expansion of Online Continuing Education Courses: Online Professional Continuing Education courses based on the findings of the State-of-the-Science Conferences
Review of Entry-Level Education: An O&P Education Summit to critically assess the future of clinical practice and formal education
Strategic Plan for Advanced Degrees: A strategic plan for the development advanced education and research in orthotics and prosthetics
Geographic Distribution Map: A study to identify areas of the U.S. with greater need for O&P services
Master Agenda: A conference to set a "master agenda" for State-of-the-Science conference topics and research priorities
Grant Overview by Project (PDF - 21kB)
These projects have been funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education Special Demonstration Programs—Projects for Orthotic and Prosthetic Research. The purpose of this program is to provide funding in response to the Department of Education Appropriations Act for one or more projects designed to improve the quality of applied orthotic and prosthetic research and to help meet the increasing demand for provider services.
Grant Year One Award Details
Grant Year Two Award Details
Grant Year Three Award Details
Grant Year Four Award Details