Focus

According to the WHO, assistive technology is an umbrella term covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services. Our focus is on supporting people with mobility impairments. To do this, we need a comprehensive approach to the provision of suitable wheelchairs, which includes leveraging research, education, and training.

Partner Network

International Society of Wheelchair Professionals

Our mission is to serve as a global resource for wheelchair service standards and provision through advocacy, education, standards, evidence-based practice, innovation and a platform for information exchange.

Activities

With funding from USAID’s Inclusive Development Hub, the ISC supports the development of evidence-based standards for the global wheelchair sector, housed in an independent, stakeholder-led resource center. The resource center serves as a substantively authoritative consultative and coordinating body for:

1. Establishing wheelchair service standards, including potential accreditation or credentialing standards; 

2. Developing evidence-based wheelchair product standards for adverse conditions; 

3 .Promoting the adoption, utilization, and contextualization of product standards, service standards, and related policies in low- and middle-income countries; and 

4. Promoting coordination within the wheelchair sector.

Approximately 75 million people worldwide need a wheelchair for basic mobility yet only 5-15% of people who require wheelchairs have access to them. Assistive technologies can significantly empower and improve an individual’s quality of life, access to employment, education, and community engagement.
– World Health Organization

Resources

  • Assistive Technologies – A listing of Disability Assistive Technology resources on the ISC website. More coming soon!
  • International Society of Wheelchair Professionals publications