HGI Activities & Events
HGI’s current activities have focused on DBS orthoses with the intention that procedures developed with respect to it can be replicated with other innovative technologies as they are developed and come to the attention of HGI. Within the current limitation to DBS, HGI has disseminated literature.
Orthotic Training Classes
Since 2008, HGI has provided an average of two training programs each year for healthcare professionals, directed mostly at orthotists/prosthetists and physical therapists. See professional training page for information on the next course this year.
HGI has created a Buyers Guide and Wearer’s Handbook for DBS wearers and made these available to orthotists for dissemination to current and prospective DBS wearers. See Resources
HGI has developed DBS Wearers’ Support Groups that are held twice a year in Colorado and Northern California. They are also developing Guidelines for developing Wearers Support Groups in your area. For information on the HGI Sponsored Support group meetings in CO contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For the meetings on the West Coast contact Karla Stromberger at email@example.com. These meetings have been met with enthusiasm and requests for more frequent meetings.
The next HGI West Coast DBS focused meeting will be October 22, 2016 in Martinez, CA. Contact Karla for information.
HGI facilitates networking amongst DBS wearers, potential wearers, orthotists/prosthetists and physical therapists through a closed Facebook site and through connecting wearers one-to-one. For information about joining the Facebook site contact Marny Eulberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newsletter In 2016 HGI will publish a newsletter – topics in the newsletter include information about HGI, innovative orthotic technologies and, with permission, experiences of persons using the DBS. See Newsletters link above to see Newletters.
Think about spending a few days in August in the mountains of Colorado having fun, meeting and sharing with other DBS users, learning more about how DBS works, and improving your walking! Learn more about the camps.
HGI has begun a research program to study the efficacy of the DBS. Please see the “research” page for more information.