International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)

Promoting access to appropriate and equitable rehabilitation, mobility devices and other assistive technology to improve the quality of life for people with reduced mobility

Access to appropriate mobility devices services is an integral part of the process to ensure the full participation and inclusion in society of people with disabilities.
D-Foot and ISPO have set up a collaboration agreement to promote and ensure that an increasing number of people worldwide has access to available, accessible with equity, affordable and appropriate rehabilitation and mobility device services.

Rehabilitation is a process that aims to remove, or to reduce as much as possible, restrictions on the activities of people with disabilities and to enable them to become more independent, participate fully in society and enjoy the highest possible quality of life. Access to appropriate mobility devices services is an integral part of the process required to ensure the full participation and inclusion in society of people with disabilities. It includes providing people with physical disabilities with mobility devices, such as prostheses, orthoses, walking aids and wheelchairs, together with therapy that will enable them to make the fullest use of those devices.

Access to mobility device services is important from both human rights and human development perspectives. Personal mobility and the availability of mobility devices is a precondition for equal participation in and being a productive member of society at large. The use of assistive devices is indicative of mobility, opportunities for education and work, and improved health and quality of life. These outcomes are important indicators of human development. Assistive devices may also prevent falls, injuries and other impairments. Consequently, investment in the provision of assistive devices can reduce healthcare costs and economic vulnerability and increase productivity and quality of life.
To this end, the two organisations agreed to enhance collaboration for:

  • Developing strategy to ensure rehabilitation and mobility device services are available, accessible with equity, affordable and appropriate:
  • Developing strategy to reinforce the dissemination and implementation of existing and future international standards;
  • Developing strategy to reinforce the rehabilitation and mobility device services work force;
  • Supporting the development of ISPO short courses to support the provision of appropriate rehabilitation and mobility device services;
  • Supporting ISPO efforts in ensuring the recognition of prosthetic and Orthotic profession by the International Labour Organization (ILO);
  • Supporting the GATE Initiative, the WHO Rehabilitation 2030: Call for Action and the WHO Global Disability Action Plan 2014-2021;
  • Encouraging and promoting research for strengthening the provision of appropriate rehabilitation and mobility device services.