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Awareness for those born with an Upper Limb Difference

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We the undersigned are writing you to request your assistance in nationally establishing the month of April to be recognized as Upper Limb Differences Month. Specifically April 18th to be the designated day, and orange the color.

Limbtastic! is a not for profit organization for those born with limb differences and their families. Though the organization is based in New York, there are people globally that live with a limb difference. Many of these have differences with their upper limbs which are either rare, or undiagnosed, and simply labeled as a difference. The basic definition of an upper limb difference is a condition, diagnosed or not, that affects the hands, fingers, arms, or shoulders. We seek to acknowledge and support all with these differences and their families. Limbtastic! is currently working with several townships in New York State to declare a local recognition month to raise awareness of these amazing people , their struggles and how they overcome them. We have found that there is a lack of knowledge or understanding for these conditions, and often times these people are treated as if they are broken, unable, or different. They are far from being disabled, though they are differently-abled.
It is our hope that you will assist us in achieving our goal of national recognition, which will show these children, not just in New York, that they have the support, love and understanding of their fellow citizens across the nation. Thank you for taking the time to consider our request.

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