josh support amc

All proceeds of Christmas shirt sales go to research and education of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita


EM is ‘all in’ with it’s support for resources benefiting AMC.  Josh Halstead, EM’s graphic designer and image/branding consultant, was born with AMC and has continued to beat the odds in every way through his childhood and into his adult life.  At birth, Josh was born with multiple contractions limiting the mobility in his limbs – once born Josh went through diagnosis after diagnosis – at first not supposed to live, then not supposed to walk, not supposed to support himself, odds seemed always out of his favor.  Not phased by any of the diagnoses, Josh proceeded to live, to walk, to run (up to 13 miles at a time), to play the drums, to get a career and live on his own in an apartment in San Francisco.  Josh is also the son of Ed and Mari Halstead (founders of EM),’It takes Josh more energy to walk up the driveway, than most of us running a 5K – Josh is a motivator to our family, friends and a great role model for our business!’

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OUR MISSION: To provide and encourage more understanding and mutual support among anyone affected with the diagnosis of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). To create a higher standard of AMC awareness by means of conferences, meetings, and studies.

OUR VISION: To provide educational material to new parents, or soon-to-be parents regarding the diagnosis of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC).

To provide a resource of information to the medical field to include, but not limited to, occupational therapists, physical therapists to assist them in the treatment of a child or person with the diagnosis of AMC.

“AMC is not a roadblock, it is simply a different path.” – Kaman

What is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita?

Josh playing the drums as the Varsity drummer at Los Osos Jazz Band

Josh playing the drums as the Varsity drummer at Los Osos Jazz Band ‘He attached a drumstick to his hand with velcro and played primarily with his feet’

Arthrogryposis, or arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), as mentioned previously, is a generic term used to describe the presence of multiple congenital contractures. The word arthrogryposis, arthro, joint, gryp, curved, literally means curved joint (implying that it is fixed or stuck in the curved position). Thus, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita means curved (fixed) joints in many (multiple) areas of the body, which are present at birth (congenita).

A contracture is the limitation of movement of a specific joint, in other words, a joint that does not have a full range of movement. The contractures in most forms of arthrogryposis are usually nonprogressive and involve more than one body area. The word congenital simply means that the contractures are present at birth; that is, they have occurred or been produced before birth. For the purposes of this book, arthrogryposis is defined as congenital nonprogressive limitation of movement of two or more joints in different body areas. Occasionally, there are conditions in which contractures are progressive.