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Possible TAG Camp for Teenagers

TAG is looking to run the successful Activity Camp for teenagers again in 2020.

We are in the early stages and want to first speak to teenagers with AMC and their families to gauge interest and find make sure it is what Campers want it to be. 

The term ‘Camp ‘ does not mean camping in tents, but a residential break for young adults with AMC to try new outdoor and activities you may have thought were impossible with a disability. In previous years we have done things like:

  • Abseiling & Rock climbing
  • Sailing & Canoeing
  • Zip wiring
  • Caving
  • Nights out to cinema etc.

We hope to show you just how much you can do with AMC (with the right equipment and supervision from qualified experts of course) to keep up with able-bodied friends and also to share experiences with other similar people.

If this sounds like a fun way to spend a few days, we need to hear from you asap. You don’t need to commit for a while but we can only put this on if we have enough interest. We will update you in due course with more information on timing, location, likely activities etc and we would hear what you would like to do too!

If you or your family member with AMC will be 10-16 in 2020 please take a moment to tell us if you are/are not interested in this idea, if you would like to have more information over the phone or email or if there is something you have always wanted to try that we can arrange for you.

Click here to email TAG Camp organiser Will Morris >>

We look forward to hearing from you.

TAG Camp Organisers & TAG Trustees




Arthrogryposis 3rd International Meeting

Report on the Third International Arthrogryposis Symposium held on

24–26 September 2018 in Philadelphia, USA

This report from Gill Smith of GOSH who attended the meeting:

The meeting was excellent with a mix of patients, parents, surgeons, geneticists, therapists, orthotists and developmental biologists.  The patients and families were driving a lot of the impetus. Many ideas came out of this - is just a question of whether people get time to work on them when they return to normal life.

This was an inspiring meeting, held in Philadelphia, with many Canadian and North American
delegates, a large Polish group from Krakow and five surgeons from UK. The inspiration came from
The Arthrogryposis Group who spearheaded the organisation of the meeting and the willingness of
multiple different groups (patients, parents, surgeons, therapists, geneticists, biologists and
neurologists) to work together in establishing diagnosis and best treatment and disseminating this

There were lectures but also consensus group discussions on producing guidelines, for example, in
antenatal diagnosis and obstetric management to allow early movement of the baby. There was
information given about currently known neural protectants that may be suggested in pregnancy
that may reduce the severity of the problem when it occurs.
There was emphasis on correct diagnosis and agreement that the current arthrogryposis tests were
inadequate, did not include many known causative genes and that the way of the future is whole
genome testing.

Unfortunately, the Russian delegation had issues with US visas which meant that they couldn’t be
there in person but they did send presentations. There was much discussion about their excellent
results and also about differing results and resources in different countries. Patients in some
countries are inpatients for months for therapy post surgery and others have daily physiotherapy
which contrasts with NHS where this is rarely a reality and other countries where the patients don’t
even have an option of surgery.

There was some encouraging work on an experimental inflatable armpit device (like waterwings for
swimming) that allowed children to have their shoulders elevated so that they could interact with
their environment easier.

The contribution of parents and patients was invaluable, not only in running the meeting but being
prepared to confront professionals with their experience and what they considered was important,
which didn’t always agree with what the professionals thought.

The next meeting is in Montreal in 3 years but the dates are yet to be announced. I am trying to
encourage UK surgeons and therapists to attend but I think that UK patients and parents would also
find it helpful to see what the charity group is achieving in driving forward care.



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