The University of Michigan Community Amputee Network (U-CAN) meets the first Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center (UMOPC), 2850 South Industrial Hwy, Suite 400, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Click here for a meeting flyer. 

For driving directions to our facility, click here. (There is a Google Map at this site)

Our goal is to help amputees, people with limb loss or limb difference, and their families cope with the initial shock of loss by helping them regain control of their life through education, compassion, and encouragement. Amputees have the ability to do virtually anything they want to do and we do!

Our meetings usually have a presentation for the first hour. After the presentation we share information and have time for questions, answers and discussion. An important part of the group is time for socializing and physical activities that exercise the mind as well as the body. Please join us as we all learn together. Light refreshments are served.


  • Has a growing peer mentoring network that matches experienced amputees with new amputees in similar circumstances
  • Reaches out to parents who have children with limb loss or limb difference. We meet several times a year with activities for the children and discussion time for parents
  • ACT (Amputees Creating a new Tomorrow) is a six week class that provides information for new amputees and their family or caregiver.  Class information covers: phantom pain, driving, physical therapy, body image, employment, and much more
  • Provides information for people before an amputation. We can share information and support as you go through this live altering surgery
  • Check out our monthly U-CAN Newsletter here

We hope to help people look beyond the loss and look forward to tomorrow. Seeing someone in a similar situation can help a person realize they are not alone and that There is Life after Amputation!

Click above to make a donation! Select Amputee Support Group Fund - 311702 and follow the prompts.  U-CAN exists because of the generosity of donors so thank you for helping us to help others know that there is Life after Amputation!

For more information please contact:

Carla Vollmer, Limb Loss Support Coordinator 
Nora Rosenblum, Clinical Social Worker

Click on Lefty and read the article by A. Trevor Sutton Limb-Loss Support Group Gets a Leg Up With Lefty as published in Social Work Today



Ann Arbor's Planet Rock hosts climbing challenge for amputees A First Climb Event with OPAF




  • Diabetes-Related Support Groups (click here to find support groups related for "Adults Living with Type 1 Diabetes," "Type 2 Diabetes Support Group" and "Diabetes Support Group for Seniors 60+"

For further information on amputation and limb loss please see:

Research Corner

Victor Ortega, a student from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of La Verne, is conducting a research study to learn what the aspects of an amputee’s recovery are that contribute the most to having a high quality of life.  The results will be contributed to his senior thesis. You may participate in this research study if you have had an amputation on any part of your body.Participation requirements:  we will ask you to do the following things:

Read and complete an informed consent form and participate in a 20 minute interview.

For questions or more information, please contact:
         Victor Ortega, Principle Investigator
         Phone: (626) 485-3046

Faculty at the University of Washington are conducting research to learn how to make participation in play for children who use lower extremity prostheses an easy and enjoyable activity. This study will improve our understanding of play barriers, behaviors, and preferences in children who use lower extremity prostheses. Information from this study will also help inform the development of an outcome measure that will better identify play barriers and a new pediatric prosthetic foot to better meet a child’s needs for participation in play.  
Criteria for Participation:
Parents of children with lower extremity prostheses between the ages of 6 to 12 years old.
Parents who are able to read and speak English. 
Participation will require a short, online survey that will take up to 10 minutes to complete.                    
If you would like to participate, please go to:
For questions or more information, please contact:
        Cheryl Kerfeld, PT, PhD
        Phone: 2067137121

Researchers at the University of Michigan are looking for individuals with upper limb loss to participate in an online research survey regarding novel prosthetic technologies. The goals of this study are to:

Evaluate general interest in new prosthetic technologies
Determine whether demographic factors (like age or level of amputation) affect level of interest in new prosthetic technologiesYour input on these matters is valuable and can help researchers in establishing design criteria for future prosthesis.
You are eligible to participate if:
You are 18 years of age or older
You have upper limb loss at the wrist or higher 
Participants will receive a $10 gift card for completing the survey.
If you would like to participate, please go to:
The survey may also be accessed at:
For questions or for more information regarding the survey, please contact Susannah Engdahl at

Researchers at the University of Michigan are looking for below knee volunteers to participate in a powered ankle prosthesis study. This study aims to determine the real-world benefit of powered ankle prostheses on walking performance.

You may be eligible for this study if you:
•    are 18-65 years old
•    are able to walk for 30 minutes at a time
•    have a single below-the-knee amputation (>1 year ago)
•    have residual limb clearance of at least 8 ½ inches
Participating in the study will require 5-8 hours over 1 or 2 study visits and you will be compensated for your time.

f you'd like to learn more about the study, please contact Emily Gardinier at:

Nicolas Burden, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist, with Lancaster University, United Kingdom, is looking for volunteers to participate in his study.  He is conducting research as part of his postgraduate degree looking at the relationship between individuals' thoughts or feelings about their amputation, and the extent to which they use a prosthetic limb.  The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between thoughts or feelings about amputation and the extent to which adults who have an amputated limb use a prosthesis or artificial limb.

Inclusion criteria
If you have an acquired amputation (limb removed due to complications with disease or an accident)
If you have the availability of a prosthetic limb
If you are 16 years of age or aboveIn some circumstances, other factors might change the nature of your prosthesis use. You should not take part in the survey if;
Your use of a prosthetic limb is restricted for any reason outside of your own choice (e.g., medical recommendation)
You use a prosthetic limb to aid with a congenital limb anomaly (the limb was absent or differently developed from birth)Below is a link to the website for the department at Lancaster University
Below is a link to the study and the participant Information sheet within the Lancaster University website;
For any further questions or to request a paper copy of the study, please contact Nicolas Burden.  His contact information is listed below. 
Nicolas Burden
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Lancaster University
Lancaster, Lancashire
United Kingdom