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In this animation produced by Handicap International Mozambique and UNICEF, learn how to make the world more inclusive for children with disabilities: watch
 
In many developing countries, 98% of children with disabilities do not attend school and 80% of people with disabilities live on less than $1 a day. Handicap International enables people with disabilities to live as full citizens with their families and in their communities, thus facilitating equal opportunities.

Insight on ISWP Staff 

Yohali Burrola, University of Pittsburgh student and ISWP staff member, participated in World Vision's Access training in El Salvador and Nicaragua in April and May.  She was interviewed about her experience and ISWP.  The Accelerating Core Competencies for Effective Wheelchair Service and Support (ACCESS) project is a USAID-funded project implemented in Kenya, India, Romania, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. The project goal is to strengthen the wheelchair sector and to ensure that all people with mobility limitations are able to access appropriate products through qualified service providers and fully participate in their communities.  Burrola participated in the delivery of the Basic Wheelchair Service Training Packages (WSTP) outlined in the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines.  Learn more about the program in Spanish here

 

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Position Paper Developed on the Use of Evacuation Chairs:

RESNA’S AT Standards Committee on Emergency Stair Travel Devices has developed a new position paper on the use of evacuation chairs. Its purpose is to share information on options available regarding emergency stair travel devices used by individuals with disabilities. The intended audience includes building managers, emergency personnel, caregivers and other stakeholders.  To learn more, visit here
 

Pediatric Wheelchair Project in Need of Partner Organization:

A Belmont University Occupational Therapy student is looking to partner with an organization with access to pediatric wheelchairs to purchase and arrange international delivery options for a disability awareness education/fundraising project in spring 2016. Contact hannah.marsh@pop.belmont.edu for more information.  

Google Announces Impact Challenge:
 

Google.org is looking for your biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. Google is committing $20 million in grant funding toward this goal, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.

Exciting ideas are already becoming a reality. For instance, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software, and remote hearing diagnostics are part of a wave of current innovations that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities.

We hope that the Google Impact Challenge will propel even more technological innovation that will create meaningful and positive change for people with disabilities. The Google Impact Challenge is open to organizations worldwide. To learn more, visit here

Upcoming Events

-June 1-5: ISWP Training in Guatemala. For more information, visit here and here

-June 8-12: WSTP Intermediate Training in Thailand (SNMRC). For more information, visit here

-June 8-10: WSTP Management and Stakeholders Training in Guatemala. For more information, visit here and here

-June 10-14: RESNA. For more information, visit here

-June 11-13: 3rd Annual Latin American Seating Symposium (LASS). For more information, visit here

-June 22-25: International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics Conference 2015 (ISPO). For more information, visit here


 
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