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New Campaign Aimed at Securing More Appropriate Services for Wheelchair Users

A paralympian has launched a national Wheelchair Leadership Alliance to ensure wheelchair users will receive the right chairs at the right time. The Wheelchair Leadership Alliance has been established to help transform the quality and effectiveness of services for wheelchair users. The alliance was formally launched on March 9, 2015 at the House of Lords. Read more here.

Standing Wheelchair Design Improved

A doctor at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital in the United States has developed and engineered an improved design for the standing wheelchair, hoping it will help paralyzed veterans live more productive lives.  While using the new chair, John Christensen, who has been in a wheelchair for more than 20 years, can reach a book on the top of a shelf without any help.  He quoted, "..Makes life a little easier. You don't have to ask anybody to do something for you." Read more here

Seeking Wheelchair Users and Caretakers for Survey on Neuro-Powered Wheelchairs

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the Motor Neurone Disease Association are seeking wheelchair users and caretakers to participate in a 5 minute online survey. The survey is being conducted to assist in the review of powered neuro wheelchairs and the service provision from wheelchair services. Click here to access the survey.

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United Nations Post-2015 Development Implications for RehabAs part of a United Nations Post-2015 Development agenda process, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after the latter reach their target date this year. The Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), established in 2000, built the capacity of research communities, but had some shortcomings including retaining an explicit commitment to equality.  However, the new Post-2015 Development agenda is a fundamental opportunity to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully included in future development efforts.  The implications for rehabilitation include inclusive development, as enshrined in the UNCRPD, have clear implications for the disability community and for policy makers.  Advocacy from the disability community is critical to help keep the inclusion of persons with disabilities high on the agenda of the Post-2015 process.

Pan Am Games in Toronto
The Pan Am Games are the world's third largest international multi-sport games. The games are held every four years for athletes of the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations. In 2015, Toronto will have the honor of hosting. The Pan Am Games will take place from July 10 to July 26, and the Parapan Am games will take place from August 7 to August 15. Read more here.

Accessibility Innovation Showcase at Pan Am Games
During the Parapan Am Games, ISWP's own Dr. Rory Cooper will be speaking at the Accessibility Innovation Showcase. The showcase, which will be held August 7-11 in Toronto, Canada is hosted by the Ontario government in association with the U.S. Consulate General. The event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The showcase will bring together innovators, investors, dignitaries, government, and the public to raise the profiles of accessibility, demonstrate advancement in technology and market ready innovation, and simulate investment and growth of the industry. For more information, visit here.

Report Demonstrates Children Wait for Wheelchairs
Disabled children in England now wait an average of 50 days for a wheelchair, despite a one day target set by the NHS Wheelchair Service. However, the wait for a wheelchair has gone down since the previous year by two days. Read more here.

Upcoming Events

-July 13-15: Posture and Mobility Group Conference (PMG). For more information, visit here
-July 13-22:  WSTP Intermediate Training, Tanzania (for CCBRT participants only) 
-July 20-24: Mobility India, Bengaluru WSTP Basic Training (Tentative). For more information, visit here or here
-July 27-31: WSTP Basic Training - PE Provincial Hospital Complex. For more information, contact
-July 27-31: WSTP Intermediate Training - Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, Capetown, South Africa. For more information, contact
-July 27-August 7: WSTP Intermediate Training in Philippines. For more information, contact

-August 10-20:  WSTP Basic Training in Guatemala
-August 10-13:  WSTP Stakeholders and Managers Training in Philippines. For more information, contact
-August 24-28: WSTP Basic Training - Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, in Capetown, South Africa. For more information, contact
-September 9-12: Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE conference). For more information, visit here
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