April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month
Your Ordinary is Extraordinary
April is Limb Loss and Limb Different Awareness Month. According to the Amputee Coalition, 2 million people live with limb loss or limb difference and 28 million more people live with the possible risk of amputation. The main cause is vascular disease such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease among others. To learn more about limb loss and limb difference, read these statistics.
The theme this year is, Your Ordinary is Extraordinary, and aims to recognize limb loss & limb difference and raise awareness of limb loss prevention. If you would like to share your story, click Moments That Matter and fill out the online form.
ClipDifferent was developed for people with upper limb difference in mind. This assistive technology device has brought independence to people who previously struggled or needed to rely on others for help with this personal task. Watch this video of Jessica using the ClipDifferent Pro to independently clip her nails.
ClipDifferent uses patented technology to ensure that skin remains safe while giving a clean smooth trim to your nails. There is even a drawer to catch clippings making cleanup quick and simple. Not to mention, you can clip with confidence that you’ll never flick a clipping in your eye!
Another way that the ClipDifferent supports people with limb loss and limb difference is through organizations like Form5 Prostetics, One Smile One Arm, Camp No Limits, & The Lucky Fin Project. Fun Fact: The name, The Lucky Fin, is taken from the Finding Nemo movie in which Nemo learns that his fin may not look like what a typical fin looks like, but that doesn’t stop him from living his life — and having great adventures! You are invited to have great adventures yourself by reading about and getting involved with this wonderful project.
“Seriously, a game-changer.”
Over the years, the team at ClipDifferent has met wonderful people doing amazing work. One of those people is Emily Ladau, a ClipDifferent Pro user and author of, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally. Emily and Kyle Khachadurian host the Accessible Stall podcast and spoke to ClipDifferent. You can read the article, “Seriously, a game-changer.” and listen to the podcast on the ClipDifferent on the Accessible Stall website.
…And it’s now the only thing I used to clip my nails. Not even kidding.
It is seriously a game changer. Like I was so skeptical. No offense ClipDifferent guys, that this wasn’t going to work as they intended or as what they said it was, but I got it in the mail. It was like oh, my goodness, it really works.
In February, Emily was featured on NPR. Listen to the podcast titled, Don't be scared to talk about disabilities. Here's what to know and what to say. “To me, being an ally looks like asking yourself 'Who's at the table?'" says Ladau. "It's a constant learning process and that can be challenging, but when we know better, we can do better."
Bestie Level Independence
The ClipDifferent family of trimmers will be expanding mid-May (🤞 ) when Lil Nipper™ Infant, Child, Adult are introduced. Small, portable, handheld trimmers making nail clipping easy and safe for the whole family.
ClipDifferent, GBC., a registered General Benefit Corporation, is a Minnesota-based family business that believes everyone can have a superior nail care experience regardless of life circumstances. Since the launch of the ClipDifferent Pro in 2018 using the automatic trimming technology, these smartly-designed adaptive nail clippers have given countless people the ability to independently trim their fingernails, safely and effortlessly, at the touch of a button. For more information, visit clipdifferent.com
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