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March 7, 2016  |  VOLUME 2, NO. 2

ISWP Feature: ISO 7176 (Wheelchairs)

The ISWP Standards Working Group has been working hard to develop standards for wheelchair testing. ISO 7176 has recently been published and specifies testing methods for static stability and measurements of tipping angles. See the standards here

ISWP Updates

Calendar Entry

Does your organization have an event that you want included on the ISWP calendar? Click here to complete the event form and request to have it featured on our site. 

Call for Intermediate Test Takers

ISWP is looking for participants to take the Intermediate Knowledge Test. Participants must have passed the Basic Test and completed the WSTP-Intermediate course. If you meet these criteria and are interested in taking the Intermediate Test, please contact Mary Goldberg at

Reminder: Co-facilitation Interest Survey

Remember to complete the training co-faciltation survey. The survey will help us identify organizations, associations, or individuals interested in co-facilitating OR enrolling in trainings with ISWP. Click here to participate in the survey. Co-facilitation may include providing support in the form of additional trainers, co-trainers, mentoring, test preparation, etc. It only takes 5 minutes to complete it! Thank you for your consideration. 

ToT Pilot Locations Announced

The pilot locations for the new WHO Training of Trainers Package have been set: Nairobi (April 4-8), Bangkok (May 9-13), and Cape Town area (tentative: June 6-10). Please contact Maggie Lamiell at with any questions. 

Integration Google Group

ISWP partners interested in integrating wheelchair content in to curricula: We encourage you to sign up for our Wheelchair Training Google Community Page! The Page will serve as an archive so we can view links & materials without scanning through old email. For adding files that are not already posted via a URL, you can copy & paste a link to the file on your Google drive (make sure the sharing setting is 'public').

If you turn on notifications, you will receive an email (and/or mobile notification) when someone has posted a question. You can reply to that post via your email client, and it will automatically be added to the board.

Around the World


Assistive technologies in developing countries (en Español)

Assistive technologies are very helpful for people with disabilities to fully participate in society. For many people in less-resourced settings, though, the vast need is often not met. Read the full article (en Español) here.

Is wheelchair research getting too little funding?

According to this blogger, views and awareness surrounding wheelchairs are negatively affecting the funding for wheelchair research. Some people "dream of a world without wheelchairs" but do not realize the abundant benefits they offer. Read the full blog here to see if you agree. 


April 4-13, 2016
WSTP Intermediate - Mobility India 

April 4-8, 2016
Motivation ToT

June 13-15, 2016 
European Seating Symposium (ESS)
Dublin, Ireland
Click here to see the full ISWP Calendar.


Featured Article has launched an Impact Challenge surrounding disabilities. There are many ways to get involved and learn more about the disability community through this effort. You can learn more about the history of the disability rights movement, find out what projects are underway, and start getting involved. Click here to find out more. 

New and Newsworthy


Enable Makeathon Winners

ICRC's Enable Makeathon has concluded. Congratulations to the Mobility India, Aseem, and RightFit Prosthetics Initiative teams on winning this makeathon. Click here to view their products. All the teams involved in this event worked very hard and had great ideas to improve assistive technology for people with disabilities in less resourced environments. Keep up the great work!

Lego Wheelchair User

The #ToyLikeMe campaign pushed for inclusion and was successful. Lego created a wheelchair user minifigure. This is a substantial victory for wheelchair users because now kids can start to learn about inclusion from their playbox. Read more about this toy here

Research Highlights

WHO's 8-Steps

The University of Pittsburgh and UCP Wheels for Humanity have worked together to research the effects of the World Health Organization's 8-steps of wheelchair service provision and the effects on users in less resourced settings. Results indicate that complying with the 8-steps can lead to improved physical health, environmental health, and satisfaction with the mobility device. Culturally-validated outcome measures are still needed to fully understand the benefits. Read the study here

An Affordable Power Wheelchair

The University of Pittsburgh and the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) collaborated to design and test a more affordable power wheelchair. The chair was designed for less-resourced areas, including having a long-lasting battery and being easy to fold. The design features linear links to make all wheels opperate independently. Read more here
DISCLAIMER: The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) does not endorse any product featured in its communications. This publication is for industry updates only and is not intended to advertise for or endorse any specific product, company, or organization. 
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