About Us

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. More than two million people are living with limb loss in the US today and there are about 500 amputations every day. Another 28 million at risk for amputation. There are still thousands more who are born with limb differences. 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. He saw a need for this in his own patients and knew that this need existed outside of his practice as well. Posie Mansfield, a new above knee amputee herself, took on the role of helping to see his vision become a reality. The COP Amputee Support Group was launched with just three people sitting around a table sharing their stories. After the meeting it was clear that we had a very important role to play in offering amputees this kind of a forum. In 2012 we reorganized and our name changed to the COP Amputee Association, Inc., or COPAA, to better reflect our broader mission of reaching out and serving the entire limb loss/limb difference community beyond the doors of Cornell. Today, with over 75 members and two sites, we are thriving. Posie serves as our President and Co-Founder and is the site leader at our Beverly site at Care One at Essex Park . Our second site is at Whittier Rehab Hospital in Bradford, MA, and that group is led by Amanda Blanchette, DPT along with Katie Roberts , MOT,OTR/L, RN . We gather the second Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm. We usually have speakers who present information and discuss issues relevant to being an amputee. There are plenty of opportunities for members to share and develop friendships. We promote independence and as such we serve as an education and resource center, providing information about the many services and organizations available to assist amputees to face life’s daily challenges. Such services include job retraining, home and vehicle modification, discussing insurance issues and providing information on the various grant opportunities available to obtain adaptive equipment and advanced prostheses. We support and encourage our members to participate in the many adaptive sports and recreational activities offered by such outstanding organizations as Spaulding Rehab Hospital, New England Disabled Sports and Eastern Adaptive Sports. Some of these activities include kayaking, cycling, skiing, golf, tennis, waterskiing, sled hockey, 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 independence. Overall health has shown to improve through physical activity, which is yet another benefit.


Posie Mansfield, COPAA President and Co- Founder:

You can also send gifts to COPAA at
PO BOX 304, Wenham, MA 01984.