Alexandria, Va. -- ABC was established 65 years ago on September 9, 1948. At the time of its inception, ABC’s first President Chester E. Haddon, CPO, three orthopedic surgeons and three orthotic and prosthetic practitioners developed the initial growth plan and established a mission supportive of high standards for clinical O&P care. That mission continues to guide the current board and staff as we look to the next 65 years of serving the O&P profession.
Having begun as The American Board for Certification of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Appliance Industry, the name was changed in 1959 to what is seen today. This was just the first of many changes that ABC has seen over the years. In addition to adding credentials that cover the entire spectrum of patient care, developing the first O&P accreditation program in the nation and implementing the first mandatory continuing education program for the profession, ABC has always been the leader for O&P education, ethics and professionalism.
We will be celebrating ABC’s anniversary throughout the entire year, beginning at the AOPA World Congress in Orlando, September 18-21. Watch for more details on the yearlong celebration and be sure to stop by our booth in Orlando and help us celebrate!