For information on how the Myomo (my own motion) orthotic device could help BPI patients please click here: Myomo-Myoelectric Orthotics for BPI
MyoPro can be used by adults with moderate to severe upper extremity impairments due to a Brachial Plexus Injury. The cause of the original injury does not matter, however the MyoPro is best suited for individuals who have permanent loss of movement and function in their arm.
The MyoPro is a functional orthotic and so will enable the individual to bend and straighten their arm and complete a variety of functional tasks in the home and community that they couldn't otherwise do without this custom-made device.
Some of these activities include ADLs, light household chores and meal preparation, using the affected arm in bilateral tasks such as lifting and carrying objects, pushing to stand up and work or leisure activities.
The third full week of October is slated as Brachial Plexus Awareness Week. This year we will be celebrating Awareness October 19th-25th, 2014. What will you do for awareness week? we have public awareness radio spots that you could post to facebook or try and get them on the radio Public Service Announcements .
How about a letter to the editor to you local newspaper? Click here for example.
Check out out UBPN YouTube to see some videos from last years effort for awareness-How do you do that? video series
Last Week, the birth injury attorneys at the St. Louis-based personal injury law firm of Meyerkord & Meyerkord presented the United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN) with a $16,000.00 check to ensure that their summer camp will return to Missouri next year. The camp, for children and families affected by Brachial Plexus Injury, a type of preventable birth injury typically is held every other year. With the help and financial support of the birth injury lawyers at Meyerkord & Meyerkord the camp will return next year! Anise Braggs, Camp UBPN 2014 Coordinator, and her son Cameron, were present at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC to accept the check from Steve Meyerkord, Geoff Meyerkord, Doreen Graham and Brian Kurth. Camp UBPN will be held September 26-29, 2014 at Trout Lodge in Potosi. A team from Meyerkord & Meyerkord will be present at the UBPN camp. Click the link to see more pictures!
We updated the website which has really diminished the fake registrations (YAY!), and brought in new technology like instant messaging. It also has a great (underutilized) chat system available for group chat. Take advantage of it!
Our Store and Amazon
We continue to sell awarenss items through our UBPN store. Consider purchasing a magnet or bracelet to help spread awareness! We just received new jewelry awareness pins so order your for next awareness week.UBPN Store
If you do shop through Amazon, please consider using this link:
It will not cost you anything extra, and a small portion of sale goes to benefit UBPN
If you have benefited from the resources offered by UBPN, through the magazine, camp, website or message boards, please consider supporting UBPN through a donation of your time or resources. Without the community’s support, UBPN would be just another brachial plexus website, not the home it has been for so many.
Thank you for your support.
Awarenes Week 2013-How do you do that?
"Brachial Plexus Awareness week 2013 was the first full third week of October20-26th 2013. UBPN produced and collected videos from the Community who demonstrated how they do things. It covered many topics like buttoning s, tying shoes, playing golf or even a musical instrument. The video series is called "How do you do that??" and can be seen on our awareness forum or on our facebook pages. Thank you to all who contributed!
We have asked for volunteers, and we are happy when people come forward. We are always looking for help, whether it be website review-looking for deadlinks, Reviewing drafts of Outreach, Joomla experts, Fundraisers (especially!), or people who have connections who can help get the word out.