Our mission: To provide a forum where amputees, their families and others affected by limb loss can find support, education and camaraderie to cope with amputation and further; to advocate for amputee social issues and community needs.
Founded in the fall of 2011, COPAA started as the result of a vision of Keith Cornell, President and Owner of Cornell Orthotics and Prosthetics. He wanted to provide his patients with a place to come together to find support, share coping strategies and to interact socially. Posie Mansfield, a new above knee amputee herself, took on the role of helping to see his vision become a reality. In 2012 we reorganized and our name changed to the COP Amputee Association, Inc., or COPAA, and a second support group was established in Bradford, MA to serve a wider region of amputees and their families.
Over the past 6 years, COPAA has grown in both sites to a total group membership of over 200. We gather the second Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm in our original support group format, as well as host a wide array of events throughout the year to promote support, and activity between both sites. Some of these events include an annual BBQ, holiday party, and ski trip.
We support and encourage our members to participate in the many adaptive sports and recreational activities offered by local adaptive sports organizations. Some of these activities include kayaking, cycling, skiing, golf, tennis, waterskiing, archery and horseback riding. We believe that by engaging in adaptive activities, we can learn how to overcome everyday challenges better while improving our self -confidence and our self -esteem.
Several of our members are Certified Peer Visitors through the Amputee Coalition of America, our national affiliate. We respond to requests for visits from new amputees as well as family members. All Certified Peer Visitors are seasoned amputees who have gone through an intensive training course.
We are a 501 C-3 non profit organization. We operate solely on contributions from the general public. We are the only area organization that is providing this service. We are constantly seeking ways to better support our members. Fund raising has become a priority in helping to accomplish this. All donations are fully tax deductible.
COPAA Board Officials
President: Posie Mansfield
Vice President: Katelynn ROberts
Treasurer: Amanda Blanchette
- Keith Cornell (ex officio)
- Teresa Arnold
- Aimee & Pat Halde
- Carol Pallazolla