It’s true. Our seven-month-old puppy, Bailey, ate Jordan’s “bouncy hand.” It was best used for some tumbling, volleyball and playing with some of the games on the Xbox Kinect.

But now the rubbery hand is missing fingers.

Ugh.

So now Jordan can tell people the dog ate her fingers. And he really did.

Now we need to discuss if she needs a replacement. She doesn’t use it all of the time. You can see by the dirt, it spend a lot of time at the bottom of her school backpack with her pencils.

I certainly know that if she gets another one, she needs to remember to zip up her backpack every single time.

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As I’ve written many times before, the 3D printing movement is amazing. The community of engineers, volunteers and visionaries are making really amazing things happen. I’ve watched the evolution of the e-NABLE group as it has raised awareness for open source prosthetic hand designs that anyone can build with specs and a 3D printer.

So far, kids and adults across the country and beyond have benefited from the e-NABLE community. The group is matching 3D printer owners with families in need of a printed hand. They have taken that effort a step forward this week… And have developed an inexpensive option for below elbow amputees. A $50 arm. For real! (And you know what’s next? e-NABLE designs for kids with above elbow differences like Jordan.)

The new e-NABLE arm is called the “Derek Arm” in honor of a 6-year-0ld boy they’ve fitted. You know you want to watch this video of him using his helper arm:

Woah. Way cool, right? I showed Jordan this video and she actually started bouncing around the house telling me how excited she was to see this video. Obviously, the e-NABLE crew have a next-level challenge on their hands to try and create an arm that includes an elbow function. But until then, we’re happy to cheer and encourage other kids and adults! We are certain that e-NABLE and the other 3D printing groups out there will continue to find awesome ways to make 3D printing more accessible to the general public.

It’s also neat to read how long-time Born Just Right reader, Nathan, is taking part in e-NABLE’s below elbow efforts. You can read the full story about the group’s new developments on their blog.

I plan to watch the e-NABLE group closely and I hope to share more details about the group here on Born Just Right soon.

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VIDEO: Using a kayak hand

June 21, 2014

Last summer, our family bought our very first kayak. It’s a used ocean kayak that we knew we’d love but waited many years until we finally purchased one. We bought some kayak paddles and Jordan got a canoe paddle. She was great at it. But she wanted to do more. She wanted to be able [...]

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VIDEO: Camp No Limits Missouri 2014

June 16, 2014

After a year of building up to a very special long weekend, Camp No Limits Missouri has wrapped up. Jordan and I left early because I have more travel today, but we didn’t leave before the talent show and dance party. Either way, it was an emotional departure for Miss Jordan. Camp was HUGE this [...]

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Camp No Limits has its special moments

June 15, 2014

There are so many special moments at Camp No Limits… Like when a child learns to tie her shoes for the first time or two kids shake hands while wearing prosthetics. And then there is a random moment when you look up and your daughter is wearing an E-nable hand on her little arm. Um. That [...]

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Camp No Limits Season Kicks Off

June 13, 2014

We just wrapped up the softball season and now it’s time for another summer of Camp No Limits! We’re lucky to help kick off the string of summer camps here in Missouri. I can’t believe it starts today! Thanks to your donations, you’ve  helped make this year the LARGEST group every for Camp No Limits [...]

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Pool time without questions

June 2, 2014

We are in our second year attending a pool near our neighborhood. We joined as members and are pretty excited about the year-round access to the tennis courts. But it’s officially summer (even though school doesn’t end until Thursday) and that means we’re swimming A LOT. Our new pool is a super social space for [...]

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The day a photo post overwhelmed me with support

May 29, 2014
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Last night I took Jordan for a walk with the dog. I told her it was because the dog needed a walk, but really, she needed one. Jordan is hard-headed. If you’ve followed her growth from a baby, you’ll know she’s been determined and hard-headed from the very start. Ask her old occupational and physical [...]

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The dance recital is back with a different challenge

May 23, 2014

“You know people pay more attention to dancers on stage who have differences,” Jordan said to me last night with a lot of certainty. “Especially ones like my little arm.” We had just wrapped up five hours of a dance recital dress rehearsal. Jordan told me she knows more people look at her on stage [...]

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On The Road with Peace of Mind

May 7, 2014

I’m in Boston this week. It’s so beautiful here and I can say I went to my first game at Fenway Park last night. I am so lucky to have a job that allows me to work at home when I’m not traveling. But when I’m on the road, I try as hard as I [...]

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Softball Season Returns with Speed

May 5, 2014

After a few weeks of practice and a rain delay, Jordan finally had a chance to play her first softball game of the season. She’s playing for the coach pitch Dragonflies team. If she sticks with this, next year is the start of kid pitch. (That’s when things get serious.) Jordan loves this sport. She [...]

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Supporting a Friend Because Different is Awesome!

May 1, 2014

I spend time each year encouraging you and pretty much any person I know to donate money to Camp No Limits because the organization is incredibly important to us. The entire special needs community is important to us. And when I know there’s an opportunity to help tell the story of how we can celebrate [...]

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VIDEO: Her Favorite Place in the Whole World

April 29, 2014

Last night, Jordan asked me to share the place I consider my favorite location in the whole world. I immediately told her my favorite is our vacation spot in Maine. She was quick to respond with her answer: Camp No Limits. I asked why and she said it’s because that’s the place where she feels [...]

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Continuing to Support the Survivors of the Boston Bombings

April 21, 2014

Today, runners from around the world will show how the Boston Marathon can continue even after last year’s terrible bombing near the finish line. The terrible attack killed three people, injured 275 people and left 16 people in need of prosthetics to keep moving. National organizations really stepped up and offered help to those in [...]

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3D Hand-Printing Service Stations

April 18, 2014

I am so thrilled to watch the rapid growth of 3D printing for prosthetics. There is an ongoing community called e-NABLE on Google+ and Facebook that is connecting engineers with 3D printers with children and adults with hand differences. That combination is making it possible for more and more people to get the opportunity to [...]

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