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April 11, 2016  |  VOLUME 2, NO. 3
ISWP has a new look, but The Hub still has the same great updates and information. 
Along with this updated logo, ISWP is developing new campaign materials. Stay tuned!
Krithika Kandavel, ISWP Research and Training Coordinator

Welcome Krithika!

ISWP is excited to welcome a new member of our team, Krithika Kandavel, as research and training coordinator. Krithika holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering and received her MS in knowledge management at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She has experience as a software developer in a public sector organization in Singapore. Her work at the United Nations ESCAP at New Delhi included developing a Social Hub for SATNET Asia, a project funded by the European Union. The Social Hub is an online discussion tool for researchers and practitioners to engage in discussions and share information on sustainable agriculture technologies and improved market linkages in South and Southeast Asia. Together with UN CAPSA in Indonesia, she has organized training programs for key stakeholders in South and Southeast Asian countries to facilitate electronic trade in agriculture.


ISWP Student Group at Global Links

University of Pittsburgh graduate and undergraduate students

The ISWP Student Group visited Global Links for the second time on February 27th. They helped Global Links prepare 4 wheelchairs to be sent across the globe to those in need, and are already planning their next visit. Great work, students! 

Around the World


Wheelchair Skills Video Series

The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System has developed a series of videos to help teach and learn wheelchair skills. The videos include how to do a wheelie, turn in tight spaces, and cross obstacles. If you are a clinician prescribing wheelchairs or a wheelchair user looking to update your wheelchair skills, check out the videos here

Special Hope Foundation

The Special Hope Foundation has produced two videos encouraging best practices for clinicians treating people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. Watch the videos below and share your thoughts with @specialhope on Twitter. 
Melissa's Story
Supported Decision-Making:  Gabby's Story (short version)
Gabby's Story


May 2 – 6, 2016
Wheelchair Service Training Package ToT - Mobility India

May 3 – 6, 2016
ISPO OT World International Trade Show and World Congress, Leipzig, Germany
Click here to see the full ISWP Calendar.

Calendar Revision

In the March 7th version of The Hub, it was incorrectly stated that the ToT in Kenya would be run by Motivation. 

CORRECTION: ACCESS will conduct a Wheelchair Service Training Package ToT followed by supervised Wheelchair Service Training Package - Basic, facilitated by Motivation and Mobility India at Mobility India, India. Dates are as follows: May 2nd-6th Wheelchair Service Training Package ToT; May 9th-13th supervised Wheelchair Service Training Package - Basic. 

New and Newsworthy


Venice Gondolas

The famous gondolas in Venice, Italy are now wheelchair accessible. Gondolas4All has been working hard on this effort and has succeeded. Read more about this organization here. The accessible pier was inaugurated on March 11, 2016. Congratulations Venice! 


Fitness Tracker for People with Disabilities

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are developing fitness trackers for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The fitness trackers will help wheelchair users monitor weight and physical activity, with the goal of reducing obesity in this population. Read more about this research here

Research Highlights

CBR in Low- and Middle-income Countries

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in low- and middle-income areas revealed that CBR can improve functioning and quality of life of people with disabilities. However, it is important to note the limitations of this review:  Small number of studies, concerns about study quality, and lack of information about cost-effectiveness. This could be an area for further research. Read the article here

Literature Review

Researchers in Brazil have conducted a systematic literature review on assistive technology (AT) innovation. If you are involved with AT development and innovation, this review could help you better understand how to integrate knowledge of innovation activities, object innovation, types of disabilities, and AT categories into your innovation process. Read the article here. (Please note that clicking this link will download the PDF to your device.)
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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