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January 25, 2016  |  VOLUME 2, NO. 1
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Greetings in the New Year!

Here at ISWP, we wanted to update everyone on what we have been working on to start the new year. There are many opportunities available for anyone who wants to help our efforts to improve the wheelchair community. Below are a few of the opportunities and updates at ISWP. 



Are you or your organization interested in training opportunities with ISWP?

We would like to invite you to participate in the "ISWP Training Interest Survey" now through February 4th. The survey will help us to 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. 

The Hybrid Subcommittee is looking for new members.

ISWP's Hybrid Subcommittee of the Testing Working Group is looking to recruit some new members. The subcommittee meets regularly on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. The committee is developing tools to reduce training costs and provide standardized training modules for the wheelchair service provider community through a combination of online and in-person sessions. Click here to read the full description of the group. If you are interested in joining the subcommittee, please contact Mary Goldberg at


ISWP Standards Working Group

ISWP’s Standards Working Group has made progress on developing prototype equipment for rolling resistance and caster testing for wheelchairs in less-resourced settings. A salt fog chamber has been selected for testing corrosion. The group also is developing a Design Considerations document which will cover wheelchair components including frames, arm rests, seats, upholstery, postural support devices and cushions. The document will outline advantages and disadvantages to different product types, along with manufacturing and servicing considerations. 

Several milestones will be achieved in February 2016, including: Rolling resistance test equipment prototype up and running; caster durability test equipment prototype up and running; salt fog chamber purchased and installed; design considerations documents ready for Working Group editing; and drawings completed for a whole chair testing track.


ISWP Basic Test

ISWP's Wheelchair Service Provision - Basic Test has now been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Simplified Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Mongolian. It is also currently in the process of being translated into Hindi, Romanian, Laos, Burmese, Urdu. Full versions of the Spanish, French, and Portuguese tests are expected to become available by March 2016. Tests for Arabic, Russian, Simplified Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Mongolian languages are still in the process of being validated. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in being a test-taker for this validation process, please contact Margaret Lamiell at Additional languages will be entering the validation phase by mid-March 2016. For information or to register for the test, please complete the free member sign-up form here.

ISWP Student Group: Enable Makeathon Finalists 

ISWP students were selected as finalists for Enable Makeathon - a design competition for the rural disability space organized by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Our students have developed an online wheelchair catalog for the makeathon that lists information about wheelchairs distributed in less-resourced settings. Additionally, the portal facilitates collection of product reviews and features a discussion forum for dialogue between users and providers. More information about the wheelchair catalog prototype  can be found in the video here. As finalists, the students will be presenting a fully developed catalog on Demo Day held by Enable Makeathon on January 23rd in Bangalore, India​.


Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities

ISWP has been recognized in a recent publication by UNICEF and the World Health Orgnization (WHO) for our efforts in promoting international cooperation and addressing lack of human resources. Thank you to everyone who has helped in these efforts. The report discusses assistive technology for children with disabilities, with a focus on less-resourced areas. Read the full publication here


March 1-4, 2016
International Seating Symposium (ISS)
Vancouver, BC

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


"#ISPOWER is ISPO’s call to action for improved access to Assistive Health Technology (AHT) & care to help people with impaired mobility contribute fully to society." ISWP has teamed up with ISPO to promote improved access and social inclusion for individuals with mobility impairments. Please consider helping us in this effort. Click here to access promotional materials for this important campaign. 


The 32nd annual International Seating Symposium (ISS) conference will be held from March 1-4 in Vancouver, BC. ISWP will hold a plenary session entitled "How to Develop a Contextually Appropriate, Reliable, and Valid Wheelchair Service Provision Assessment" at 10 a.m. on Wedensday, March 2nd. Come learn about test development and the future of the international wheelchair community. Find out about other sessions here
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