ISWP Hybrid Training of Trainers successfully completed in Thailand

Participants from the training after completing the in-person training.

RICD Wheelchair Project and ISWP successfully completed a wheelchair hybrid training of trainers program in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a group of 8 participants (6 from Thailand and 2 from Myanmar). Participants completed ISWP Wheelchair Trainer Series online course over a course of 4-weeks before attending a 2-day in-person workshop in July 2023. Learn more about ISWP online courses.

Posted on 25 August, 2023

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and ISWP signed a Memoradum of Understanding

WFOT and ISWP have formed a relationship for the purpose of increasing equitable global access to wheelchair products and services. The Parties will collaborate to promote access to affordable and appropriate wheelchair products and services through the development and implementation of strategies of activities.

Posted on 25 August, 2023

Wheelchair Training Webinar

Please join us for the next wheelchair training webinar by experts on Friday, October 13, at 1:00 pm GMT. Sarah Clayton from Simple Stuff Works Associates, UK, will present on the topic, “Translating theory to assessment and assessment to intervention.” This session will provide a framework for consistent and reliable assessment, clinical justification for planned intervention and pointers for success when making significant changes to the lying posture.

Click here to read the full press release.

Posted on 25 August, 2023

Updated WHO Wheelchair Provision Guidelines was just released!

Please access it using this link and widely spread it with your colleagues and partners.

Posted on 5 June, 2023

Materials from ISWP’s informational session on March 24

As a follow-up from the session, please find the listed materials for your reference: 

Our recent training in Laos

In collaboration with Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), Laos, and USAID Okard Project, ISWP hosted an intermediate training and a hybrid format of the Training of Trainers (ToT) – Intermediate Level with 14 participants in Vientiane, Laos. Check out the feedback from the participants on our YouTube channel.

Posted on 9 Apr, 2023

Have you checked out the ISWP Data Center?

ISWP’s data center allows members to store and aggregate data from different data sets related to wheelchairs and other assistive technologies for summary, secondary data analysis and publication. Five studies covering eight countries are available currently (link).

Posted on 9 Apr, 2023

ISWP Wheelchair Products Testing and Wiki

Would you like to have your wheelchair testing centers featured in our website? If you are part of a testing facility, or if you know about one, please help us by filling this form.

Posted on 9 Apr, 2023

Meet the new ISWP Executive Director

Our founding board of directors has named Alexander Kamadu as its new executive director. Kamadu will be leading the organization as it establishes itself as a separate non-profit organization after seven years as a USAID grant-funded project at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA. Kamadu will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kamadu succeeds Jon Pearlman and Mary Goldberg, who have served as co-directors of the society while it was part of the University of Pittsburgh. David Constantine MBE, ISWP founding board chair, who led the executive director search, states, “Hiring Alex Kamadu as ISWP’s first executive director is a major step forward for launching an independent ISWP and for the global wheelchair sector.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Posted on 6 Nov, 2022

ISWP and ATscale co-hosted a stakeholders meeting

ISWP and ATscale reviewed progress, priorities, & opportunities for coordination on October 25, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, with 20 participants from 15 organizations across the #wheelchair sector. New initiatives on increased collaboration and data sharing were explored. A report will be circulated in the coming months.

Posted on 6 Nov, 2022

WHO, ISWP and ISPO co-hosted the new Wheelchair Provision Guidelines meeting

An in-person meeting was held with the Global Wheelchair Service Standards Group in Geneva, Switzerland, October 26, 2022, to present the zero draft document and invite feedback. The group will continue to work to finalize the document with a goal to launch at the ISPO World Congress in April 2023.

Posted on 6 Nov, 2022

ISWP training webinar series by experts

Inviting all clinicians, technicians, students and community workers who are partly or fully involved in the wheelchair service provision to join us for a free webinar on Thursday, November 10 at 11:00 am EST/ 4:00 pm GMT. Jean Anne Zollars, PT, DPT, MA, from USA will be presenting on the topic, “Five Common Seating Problems and Possible Solutions.”

Click here to RSVP for the webinar series by experts

Posted on 6 Nov, 2022

ISWP Wheelchair Educators’ Package

The Wheelchair Educators’ Package is an online resource to share knowledge that educators can apply to overcome barriers to the integration of wheelchair content into universities and regional training centers. The Wheelchair Educators’ Package will guide you to integrate wheelchair content into your curriculum at the 3 states of integration: advocacy, planning and teaching, and evaluating.

Click here to visit the Wheelchair Educators’ Package

Posted on 6 Nov, 2022

Check out our June 2022 Newsletter

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Posted on 30 June, 2022

A New ISWP Trainer Certificate is Now Available!

The ISWP Trainer Certificate recognizes wheelchair service provision trainers. Certified trainers benefit from being listed in a trainers’ directory on WIN and in ISWP communications vehicles,  participating in a trainers’ Community of Practice to share training approaches, learning new training and facilitating methods and more! We invite all trainers to complete the process to receive the trainer recognition.

Complete the Trainer certification in four easy steps. Apply today!


ISWP Virtual Basic Training in September

Following the success of our first virtual Basic training held in conjunction with ISPO’s Global Educators Meeting (GEM) in May-June 2022, we are holding the next virtual Basic training – open to everyone in the sector – in September 2022 (Dates to be confirmed).

Clinicians, technicians, students and community workers who are partly or fully involved in wheelchair service provision are encouraged to participate. The basic wheelchair training will be completely virtual, with online theory classes in the weeks before the actual workshop. All the trainees will then complete the requirements to receive the ISWP Wheelchair Service Provider (WSP) Certification and be part of our network of certified providers.

To participate in the training, please register and pay the fee (fees vary based on your home country and professional level) by 12th August 2022. Limited seats are available [total class strength is 20], and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. More details on the fees structure is on the website.


ISWP training webinar series by experts

Inviting all clinicians, technicians, students and community workers who are partly or fully involved in the wheelchair service provision to join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 am EDST/ 12:00 pm GMT. Andree Gauthier, registered clinical occupational therapist working in Toronto, Canada will be presenting on the topic, “The Clinical Benefits of Standard Measures and Terminology in Manual Wheelchair Provision.”
Click here to RSVP for the July 12th webinar!

Posted on 15 June, 2022