History, Mission, Audience, and Vision

History 
The Digital Resource Foundation for Orthotics and Prosthetics (DRFOP) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002. With the donation of A. Bennet Wilson’s we need to add Wilson’s Legacy Library containing over 50 years of historical books, reports from the American Academy of Science, Inter Clinic Information Bulletins from Clinic Chiefs around the country etc, a plan was devised to digitize the material so the books, articles, reports and papers would be accessible forever. Century College in MN agreed to house original material once searchable electronic materials were available. Century College has all previous hard copies of scanned documents, journals and papers. I’ve requested a confirmation from new Librarian to continue “searchable electronic materials agreement to include their expanded O&P resources since the program there has changed over the past 15 years.

Mission
DRFOP is a Virtual Information Resource dedicated to communicating information and resources for the purpose of improving care and outcomes for the Global Orthotic and Prosthetic community.

Audience 
The worldwide community of individuals involved in Orthotics and Prosthetics including professionals, patients, families, service providers, researchers, students and the rehabilitation community at large.

Vision

1.PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF THE PAST
Through a searchable database of clinical care, research findings and out of print editions of published and unpublished material relevant to Orthotics & Prosthetics


2. EXPAND PRESENT KNOWLEDGE, INFORMATION & RESOURCES FREELY AVAILABLE TO O&P STAKEHOLDERS

  • Literature, Publications
  • Organizations, Associations,
  • 3D Shape Library & technical resources this needs to be detailed
  • Video Library
  • Humanitarian Database this needs to be detailed

3.TO EXPLORE FUTURE TRENDS AND POSSIBILITIES IN CARE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Disseminate information, innovation and new initiatives in Orthotics and Prosthetics. (Internships, labs, patient care initiatives, IT etc).
  • Provide incentives for research aimed at developing transferable knowledge to end users.
  • Promote and encourage Partnerships with Practitioners, Industry, Universities and Agencies.
  • Focus on projects that solve real world problems which will create value for patients, professionals and service providers.
  • Communicate new information to encourage participation and implementation whenever appropriate.

The DRFOP gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and organizations for making these projects possible