2021 December Mark of Merit

Brett R. Saunders, CPO, FAAOP, Named ABC President
BRETT R. SAUNDERS, CPO, FAAOP, of Orlando, Fla. has been volunteering with ABC for 24 years.
Thank You, Volunteers!
WE ARE ALWAYS so thankful for the tremendous work that our volunteers do to help us fulfill our mission. From examiners to committee members to task force participants to board members…
A Note of Thanks from our Departing President Anthony C. Ward, CPO
WOULD LIKE TO THANK my fellow board members for the opportunity to serve as President this past year. It has been a privilege for which I will be ever grateful. 
ABC Welcomes Two New Board Members: Retires Two
ABC IS EXCITED to welcome two new members to its board of directors following the retirement of two members on  November 30th.
ABC Supports COPL Learning Grants
ABC is very pleased to support the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning in its mission to promote research and education in O&P.
ALL NEW ABC Student Poster Prizes
ABC has partnered with the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) to identify and celebrate outstanding research by orthotic and prosthetic students. 
New Policies Relating to your Credential
The ABC Board of Directors revised policies relating to leave of absence, retiring a credential, emeritus status and annual fees. All policies are effective December 1, 2021.
Did you Miss the Annual Renewal Deadline?
The Deadline for all annual renewal payments was December 1st, so if you haven’t already done so, please submit your payment today! 
Changes to Certification Eligibility Requirement Effective January 1, 2022
At their September meeting, the ABC Board of Directors approved changes and a new pathway for several of the ABC certification eligibility requirements. 
Practitioner Analysis Survey is Complete
Nearly one thousand practitioners participated in the recent survey for the 2021 Practice Analysis of Certified Practitioners in the Disciplines of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Practice Analysis Updated
The latest Practice Analysis of ABC Certified Therapeutic Shoe Fitters is now available. This report helps us to determine current trends in the contemporary practice of certified shoe fitters.
CredCast Corner
In case you missed! EPISODE 37: CREDENTIAL HOLDER BENEFITS WITH CATHY CARTER Hear it direct from the Executive Director’s mouth! 
OP&P Career Awareness Initiative Has Begun!
Following approval by the board in July, ABC staff and our consulting company, McCabe Message Partners, have been hard at work laying the groundwork for an exciting new Career Awareness Initiative. 
Going, Going, GONE
Orthotist/Prosthetist Single Discipline Written ExamsStarting January 1, all new orthotist and prosthetist applicants will take the combined discipline written multiple choice exam.
Free Workplace Culture Webinars Available On-Demand
This fall concluded the second edition of the two-part Ensuring a Positive O&P Workplace Culture webinar series, organized by ABC, AOPA and NCOPE and sponsored by the O&P Alliance Anti-Sexual Harassment Subcommittee.
Scholar Holler
For some, things like the resurgence of pumpkin spice or a nip in the air are signals that the holiday season has begun. But for Jim, the signal is lots of school visits!