History of NEAA

The New England Amputee Association was founded by Rose Bissonnette in 2004. During recovery following her accident, Rose discovered that beyond critical medical care, there were no resources and scant support for new amputees in Massachusetts.

Originally known as the Central Massachusetts Limb Loss Support Group, it was later renamed to the New England Amputee Association as the organization’s support footprint grew to include additional locations in Massachusetts, and an added support group in Rhode Island.

The NEAA is registered as a Massachusetts 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting amputees, their families and caregivers who are reaching out for information and support. The NEAA works with Rehabilitation Hospitals and Facilities throughout the region to provide certified peer visitors to meet with and support new amputees.

Guest Speakers

The NEAA invites guest speakers to our monthly group meetings to provide support and information to amputees and their families on a variety of topics relating to enjoying life with limb loss. Guest speakers have included Medical Providers, Prosthetists, Physical Therapists, Adaptive Sports organizations, as well as speakers on a variety of topics of interest amputees, such as adaptive controls for their vehicles, navigating health insurance coverage for prosthetics, yoga, and fitness.

New England Amputee Association Network Meeting

Contact Via Zoom

1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm

To Register for the meeting, please contact Rose Bissonnette at info@NewEnglandAmputeeAssociation.com

Meet-ups, Cookouts, Events

Group activities include annual cookouts, holiday parties, and various other functions throughout the year. Every year we host a summer outing, in the past we have held Barbecues and trips to see the Worcester Tornadoes. We also host an Annual Christmas party and a pot luck dinner around Valentines day for all members and their families. We look forward to continuing the activities as events allow.

Group Meetings

NEAA holds monthly meetings currently via Zoom and in the future both in-person and online.


NEAA attends a variey of health fairs and speaks to organizations and schools to educate people about living with limb loss.