Randall Alley, Upper Limb Prosthetic Expert, to Speak in L.A. June 11

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Upper extremity amputees, their families, friends and care givers who are interested in the latest advancements and technology in upper extremity prosthetics are invited to a free information session presented by practitioner, author, and international speaker Randall Alley, BSc, CP, LP, CFT, FAAOP. Attendees will also see a demo of TouchBionics' i-LIMB hand, the world's first commercially available bionic hand. The program will be at the Media Access Office/Verdugo Jobs Center,1255 S. Central Ave., Glendale, Calif., Wednesday, June 11, from 3 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m

Therefore, I have decided to go straight to the patient and family members so I can do my part to help them gain a proper upper extremity prosthetic education. Because very few prosthetists see a large number of upper extremity patients, it is even more important that the prosthetic wearers know the questions to ask their prosthetist to ensure their proper level of care.

Upper extremity amputees, their families, friends and care givers who are interested in the latest advancements in technology and upper extremity prosthetic options are invited to a free information session presented by practitioner, author, and international speaker Randall Alley, BSc, CP, LP, CFT, FAAOP.

The program will be at the Media Access Office/Verdugo Jobs Center,1255 S. Central Ave., Glendale, Calif., Wednesday, June 11, from 3 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.

Alley is CEO and chief prosthetist for biodesigns, inc., (http://www.biodesigns.com), an innovative and technologically-driven company specializing in high performance prosthetics and advanced upper extremity patient care, rehabilitation, research and product development.

Alley's discussion topics include:

  • Advanced Technology -- Featuring TouchBionics' bionic i-LIMB (trademark) Hand with its five independently powered fingers, plus an overview of DEKA Research and the Department of Defense's "Revolutionizing (Upper Extremity) Prosthetics Project."
  • Advanced Interface (Socket) -- The newest and most biomechanically advanced interfaces (sockets) available for upper extremity patients, including interfaces specifically created for high performance/high activity wearers, and why the interface is the most important part of the prosthesis.
  • Prosthetic Options -- Presents the various upper extremity prosthetic systems/options available, including the advantages and limitations of each option, as well as a review of some of the components and a highlight of new upper extremity products.
  • Choosing the Right Prosthetist -- Questions to ask the prosthetist to be sure he/she has the experience in upper extremity prosthetics, the right attitude and is a good match for the amputee.

A question and answer session will follow.

While Alley has spent most of his career teaching and training other prosthetists in the care of upper limb patients, he is committed to providing upper extremity patients, friends, and family members with the information and knowledge to help them be more informed, proactive, and empowered regarding their care.

"I was frustrated because the information I was teaching in the field was not always being relayed appropriately to the patients," said Alley. "Therefore, I have decided to go straight to the patient and family members so I can do my part to help them gain a proper upper extremity prosthetic education. Because very few prosthetists see a large number of upper extremity patients, it is even more important that the prosthetic wearers know the questions to ask their prosthetist to ensure their proper level of care."

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to LAevent@biodesigns.com by Monday, June 9. Free street parking is available.

About Randall Alley:
Randall Alley is CEO and chief prosthetist for biodesigns, inc. (http://www.biodesigns.com), an innovative and technologically-driven company specializing in high performance prosthetics and advanced upper extremity patient care, rehabilitation, research and product development. Alley is a certified and licensed prosthetist and has traveled the U.S. and abroad working on complex upper extremity prosthetic cases. He is the co-founder and former director of Hanger's Upper Extremity Prosthetic Program and has trained hundreds of practitioners in upper extremity prosthetic care, including clinicians currently providing service at the army hospitals. He has contributed to five upper extremity textbooks, is a clinical columnist, an international speaker, and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of the Army for his upper extremity training. With an office in Thousand Oaks, CA, biodesigns' clinical facility is located in Santa Monica, CA.

About the Media Access Office:
Entertainment and media industry professionals, working with the Governor's Committee, established the Media Access Office in 1980. This office actively promotes the employment and accurate portrayal of persons with disabilities in all areas of the industry, ensuring that people with disabilities are recognized as part of cultural diversity. To accomplish this, the office provides a professional platform for performers with disabilities, including casting services, classes, and workshops that build competitive skills and offer career guidance. The Media Access Office is a program of the California Employment Development Department representing over 1,000 beginning to seasoned performers with disabilities.

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The i-LIMB Hand
Randall Alley
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