International Society of Wheelchair Professionals

6425, Penn Avenue, Suite 400, 15206 Pittsburgh, PA
USA

Telephone +1 412 8223664
Fax +1 412 8223699

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  • 12  Associations, organisations, nursing residents, services
  • 12.03  Professional associations and organisations

Professional associations and organisations

  • 12  Associations, organisations, nursing residents, services
  • 12.05  Advices and information on assistive devices

Advices and information on assistive devices

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Product category: Professional associations and organisations

Training Packages

The World Health Organization developed Wheelchair Service Training Packages (WSTP) to assist individuals who provide wheelchairs in the proper techniques of service delivery. There are four training packages: Basic, Intermediate, Managers, and Training of Trainers. While it is desirable for a wheelchair provider to complete the training packages in order – from Basic to ToT – some individuals may be able to begin at a higher level based on experience.

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ISWP Tests

ISWP offers tests on wheelchair service proficiency which complement the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training Packages. There is no cost for individuals to take the test, and those who pass receive a certificate of competency. ISWP’s Wheelchair Service Provision Basic test is currently available. The Intermediate Test and Training of Trainers Assessment will be released in mid-2016. Learn more about each test below.

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ISWP Collaborators & Sponsors

ISWP Collaborators & Sponsors

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The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) was launched in February 2015 with a mission to provide wheelchair users worldwide with the best technology and service.

The need is great. Nearly 70 million people worldwide require wheelchairs for mobility and function, yet most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or services to repair them. Based on global data, we estimate that 23 million wheelchairs are needed annually. Currently, about 3 million wheelchairs are produced each year, resulting in a 20 million per year deficit.

To address this need, ISWP helps to professionalize wheelchair services around the world, benefitting both wheelchair users and those who provide them services. This is accomplished by promoting the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on providing manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings, promoting training and research activities, improving wheelchair design and manufacturing, and coordinating services.

ISWP was started with a seed grant from USAID, and the executive staff are at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Rehabilitation Science & Technology.

An Advisory Board comprised of an experienced cross-section of wheelchair clinicians, research scientists, humanitarian organizations and manufacturers provides direction and counsel for ISWP’s programs. Working Groups of representatives from the international wheelchair community meet regularly to develop and implement action plans related to the objectives.

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