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August 24, 2004
DH 04 PH047
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001
Email: phammond@csudh.edu




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Advisory

California State University, Dominguez Hills To Receive
$575,000 for Expansion
of Orthotics and Prosthetics Program


Carson, CA – California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) education program has been appropriated $575,000 from the recent Department of Defense spending bill. The funds are expected to increase the program’s enrollment and subsequent graduation by 71 percent. Through the teamwork of U.S. Reps. Christopher Cox, David Dreier, Jerry Lewis and Juanita Millender-McDonald and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, CSUDH will now be able to expand the work of its successful O&P program and satisfy the needs of the nation’s disabled today and into the future. Orthotics and prosthetics is the evaluation and custom fitting of people requiring artificial limbs and braces.

CSUDH is one of only three institutions in the nation to offer baccalaureate programs to prepare orthotics and prosthetics service providers and has become known as one of the country’s leading O&P programs. Currently, CSUDH produces nearly 15 percent of total O&P graduates in the United States and boasts a 100 percent employment rate for graduates.

“We are excited with the direction and expansion that this funding will allow for our O&P program,” said CSUDH President James Lyons, Sr. He thanked the senators and representatives for their support of Cal State Dominguez Hills, which will assure the O&P program’s steady growth. Also, Lyons recognized the significant contributions of the University’s partner in the in the O&P program – Ossur North America, which rescued the program last year by donating $750,000 in equipment, customized space and the opportunity to relocate the program to the company’s Aliso Viejo campus.

“The need for these professionals has become much more pronounced in recent years,” said Scott Hornbeak, director of the CSUDH O&P program. The demand for O&P services is expected to increase by 25 percent for orthotic care and 47 percent for prosthetic care by 2020. Without the expansion of programs like CSUDH’s O&P program, the needs of more than one third of disabled people who require O&P care will go unmet due to a shortage of trained O&P professionals.

The $575,000 grant was included in the Department of Defense spending bill signed into law on Aug. 5, 2004 by President Bush.

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