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    Integrating wheelchair service training in P&O training curriculum


    10/5/19 | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM time


    David Constantine, Motivation Charitable Trust (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    Ritu Ghosh, Mobility India (Bangalore, India)

    Perth Rosen, UCP Wheels for Humanity (Chatsworth, USA)

    Claude Tardif, ISPO (Brussels, Belgium)

    Session format
    Room 403, Conference Center
    Seating & Wheelchair
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    David Constantine



    Articles 20 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, affirm that States Parties shall take effective measures to ensure personal mobility by facilitating access to good quality mobility aids, devices and assistive technologies at an affordable cost. Wheelchairs are among the most common mobility devices for enhancing mobility. Over 100 million people worldwide require wheelchairs for mobility and function, yet most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or services to repair them.

    Wheelchair services are provided by a wide range of professionals, including prosthetists-orthotists, and effective wheelchair provision requires that personnel have the appropriate knowledge and skills. A lack of properly trained personnel constitutes a major barrier to provision of appropriate wheelchair services. Currently, in most of the P&O training programmes, wheelchair services training is not integrated in the curriculum. Linking with existing P&O training programmes provides an opportunity to develop the appropriate knowledge and skills for prosthetists-orthotists to play an active role in the provision of wheelchair services.

    Newly published ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic/Orthotic Occupations, state that prosthetists/orthotists have the blend of clinical and technical competencies to provide assistive products for people with physical impairments including prosthetic/orthotic devices, postural supports and wheelchairs.

    During the symposium, results of the survey conducted by ISPO aiming at gathering information among P&O training institutions on the integration of wheelchair services training within their curriculum, will be presented along with the experience of two organizations integrating wheelchair services training in P&O curriculum.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    At the end of the symposium, attendees should have an overview of the integration of wheelchair services training in P&O training curriculum worldwide, challenges and how it can be done professionally.

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