BURLINGTON, ON, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - On April 2, 2014, Ottobock HealthCare Canada (manufacturer of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Mobility products) is recognizing Limb Loss Awareness Month by hosting an event at their Canadian head office.
The afternoon will be interactive and will feature guest speakers such as Sam Paulos (Genium Microprocessor Knee wearer), Mike Coulter (Michelangelo Hand wearer) and Jeff Tiessen (Paralympian Athlete and bilateral upper limb amputee).
Paralympian Athlete, Jeff Tiessen is a key advocate for disability awareness as seen through his initiatives such as Disability Today Network and Glowing Hearts. "I'm thrilled to be part of Ottobock's celebration of Limb Loss Awareness Month. It's this kind of industry leadership that led me to Ottobock as a customer. As a double-arm amputee, I have experienced 'first-hand' the prosthetic innovation and team commitment that Ottobock offers end-users of their products. It is greatly appreciated how this company is embracing the opportunity to share our stories of success as amputees within the communities where we live, work and play. It'll be a great day!"
With a substantial amount of people living with limb loss across Canada, this is one initiative that will help educate new and existing amputees on the latest in available prosthetic technologies. Whether it is a microprocessor knee such as the new X3 waterproof knee or a Custom Silicone partial foot, Ottobock is committed to delivering exceptional products that enable people maintain their lifestyle. "Ottobock is dedicated to helping people regain their freedom of movement and independence. We pursue these goals through innovative technologies and a broad range of services, delivered by outstanding employees" explains Mark Agro, President, CEO. "We feel it is important to shine a light on Limb Loss Awareness Month by hosting an open house inviting the public to learn, socialize and understand our services and commitment to amputees."
Anyone living with limb loss is encouraged to speak with their Prosthetist to find out what options would best suit their specific requirements and mobility level. If an amputee does not have a Prosthetist, they are encouraged to speak with their physician or visit the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetics and Orthotics (CBCPO) web site. Ottobock technical orthopedic products are sold to certified Prosthetists and Orthotists.
Burlington-based Ottobock was established in 1978 as the Canadian corporate headquarters of Otto Bock HealthCare, GmbH, based in Duderstadt, Germany. Ottobock has more than 5,000 employees worldwide and produces over 50,000 types of prosthetic and orthotic components, mobility and rehabilitation products (www.ottobock.ca). Ottobock is well-known for introducing the C-Leg, the first microprocessor controlled knee into the market over 15 years ago.
*Media are invited to conduct pre-event interviews starting at 12:30PM EST. Event is from 2PM-5PM EST*
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SOURCE: Ottobock Canada
For further information:
Jennifer Duke, Ottobock Canada