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AUGUST 31, 2015  |  VOLUME 1, NO. 8

Around the World


Spanish Lifeguard Creates Sand Roller Wheelchair

Cesar Cebrian was a lifeguard in Valencia, Spain at an accessible beach. He noticed that wheelchair users were limited to a few platforms and not able to swim on their own. Transferring a rider from a conventional wheelchair to an amphibious wheelchair was difficult, and the user needed a person behind them pushing the wheelchair to move. His solution was SandRoller, a wheelchair that the user can independently roll on a beach. The chair started as a school project at Universidad Politechnica of Valencia and with the help of some designers, prototypers and a CNC machine the chair was born. Read more here.


Smartphone Map Apps Will Help Wheelchairs Roll Smoothly to Tokyo Olympic Venues

A new app, developed by The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, will be available to attendees of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics held in Tokyo, Japan. The app, which will be free, will provide guidance on the best routes for wheelchair users between airports and competition venues. Data is currently being collected on height variances throughout the city to help wheelchair users avoid routes that may be inaccessible. Read more about this project here.

'End The Awkward' At Work - Disabled people tell Scope their stories and tips

End the Awkward

Scope has launched an #EndtheAwkward campaign. Check out the videos of what NOT to do when you meet a person with a disability. You can also see more videos on Scope’s website here.

Research Highlights


Active Seating Support which reduces the Pressure and Share Stress for a Wheelchair User

Researchers have completed preliminary tests for an automatic sitting posture coordination system. This technology can decrease the incidence of pressure sores amongst wheelchair users by mimicking natural body motions. Read more about their prototype here.

Israeli Children's Attitudes Toward Children with and without Disabilities

Early exposure to disabilities could foster more positive attitudes of children without disabilities towards children with disabilities, according to this research. Researchers suggest providing opportunities for contact between kindergarten children with and without disabilities. Read the full article here.



September - October
ISWP will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in September. Check your email for more information. 

September 1-11
WSTP Intermediate in India (MI and Motivation for ACCESS)

September 3-4
Motivation ToT

September 7-18
Motivation ToT followed by WSTP Basic in Ethiopia (for ICRC participants only)

September 7-11
WSTP Basic in Kenya (for ACCESS participants only)

September 7-9
LIFE 2015 in Japan

September 9-12
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE conference). For more information, visit here.

September 28 - October 2
WSTP Intermediate at Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. For information, contact Nelleke Bakkes and Karin van Niekerk at

Click here to see the full ISWP Calendar.

New and Newsworthy

Guide to Accessible Meetings, Events, and Conferences

Before you plan your next meeting, make sure to read through the Guide to Accessible Meetings. This interactive report provides valuable information regarding the needs of people with disabilities when attending a meeting. It addresses topics such as site selection, audio and visual components, accommodations, and many more. Read the full guide here.


IPC launches call for Rio 2016 research applications

Are you a researcher looking for a large number of Paralympic athletes in one place? Rio 2016 might just be the place for you. The International Paralympic Committee has opened submissions for research proposals to take place at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio 2016. Proposals are welcomed from a variety of fields. Submissions must be submitted by October 1, 2015. Read the call for proposals here to see if your research proposal could qualify.



A New Symbol of Accessibility

The United Nations has released a new symbol of accessibility for universal use. The symbol can be used on any document (paper or electronic) that raises awareness about accessibility. The symbol is “neutral and impartial” and does not require endorsement by the UN. The image depicts universal and international accessibility for individuals with disabilities. See the image here.


Crowdfunding Campaign

ISWP will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in September. Check your email for more information. Have any friends that might want to donate? Remind them to join ISWP! 
Do you have an event, story or organization you would like to see highlighted in an upcoming newsletter? If so, feel free to contact ISWP!
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