The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) is the professional organization representing certified practitioners, state-licensed practitioners, assistants, technicians, fitters, and others affiliated with the prosthetics and orthotics profession. The Academy was founded in 1970, and is dedicated to helping members provide the highest level of professionalism and service to their patients. The Academy is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and research for the orthotic and prosthetic profession, providing professional resources, continuing education, and advocacy to enhance the skill level and awareness of orthotic and prosthetic professionals. The Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO) is the Academy's official journal. ​