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    Opening Ceremony


    10/5/19 | 9:20 AM – 12:00 PM time

    Session format
    Official Ceremonies & Event
    World Hall
    Target audience
    Congress registrants and exhibition day pass holders

    The Presidents of ISPO Japan and ISPO International will officially open the ISPO 17th World Congress. Various dignitaries will welcome the delegates. Following, the Knud Jansen and IC2A Lectures will be presented.

    Knud Jansen Lecture
    David Constantine: AT Changed My Life - Practical Solutions and Education Enabling a Lifetime of Human Potential

    The World Health Organization estimates that 1 billion people currently require assistive devices, and that by the year 2050 this number will have doubled.

    Since 1991, Motivation, a UK-based organisation that designs and provides low-cost wheelchairs to the developing world, has been working to put wheelchairs on the global agenda of the international development community. Through a rewarding and positive cooperation with ISPO, Motivation has made enormous strides in the integration of wheelchair and P&O services, has co-created WHO guidelines, and has developed training programmes for wheelchair provision.

    Co-founder David Constantine MBE will explain the ups and downs of this journey and the reasons for Motivation’s mission to improve the wheelchair and assistive device industry through design.

    IC2A Lecture
    Desmond Tong: Stronger

    This is the inspiring story of Desmond Tong, a young man who lost his leg as a result of a road traffic accident. In order to finally become ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’ again, he had to overcome many obstacles and struggles, physically as well as mentally.

    Desmond is a transtibial amputee since 1999 and possesses a strong passion for prosthetics and para sports. As a user and an athlete, he benefits from prosthetics innovations, which support him remarkably in the challenges of sports and day-to-day living. He obtained a degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics from the United Kingdom and experiences satisfaction in providing prosthetics & orthotics solutions for patients ever since.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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