ISPO Continuing Education Program

The Continuing Education Program offers funding to Canadian and International professionals and students wishing to pursue continuing education courses, conferences and training sessions with respect to all aspects of care for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices.

Program Guidelines

  • The amount of funding available may vary but will be to a maximum of $2,000 Canadian.
  • Prior approval is always required to ensure funds are available.
  • Proof of attendance is required (a copy of the certificate of attendance provided by the official conference/course organizer).
  • Proof of registration fees is required. Please note that receipts received for these fees cannot be used for a participant’s personal income tax return if ISPO Canada has provided the funding for it.
  • Courses can be held in Canada or outside the country.
  • Receipts submitted in foreign currency must have the necessary paperwork showing proof of exchange rate.
  • If funding is secured through other sources for the continuing education opportunity requested, funding will only be made available if there is a balance remaining after other sources have been exhausted.
  • Tuition fees that are paid for an undergraduate or graduate program are not covered.
  • ISPO Canada cannot reimburse Prosthetic/Orthotic Centres or your employer through this program.

Criteria, Requirements and Selection:

Additional scores will be given to:

  • Candidates that have an accepted paper/presentation (oral or poster) if attending a World Congress.
  • Graduates or faculty members from an ISPO accredited training facility.

ISPO requests applicants to disclose:

  • If they have applied for a grant or received funding from another organization or source. The purpose of the additional funding received from another organization or source cannot be identical to the ISPO sponsorship of travel stipends. Double funding is not possible.
  • To apply for funding under the Continuing Education Program, a completed application form is required. Applications must be completed in full in order to be considered and can be sent via email, fax or mail to ISPO Canada

Please refer to the ISPO Continuing Education Program Guidelines for further details.

To apply for the Continuing Education Program, please complete the ISPO Continuing Education Program Application.

For questions or to send your completed application, email


ISPO World Congress 2019

Register for the ISPO 17th World Congress by Monday, 5 August to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rates and save up to JPY 20,000 (around 160 euros).

Take part in the leading 2019 scientific congress in the P&O sector worldwide and the most significant event in Asia in the coming years. Attended by professionals, consumers, and industry decision-makers, this congress is international in the truest sense of the word, with participants from over 100 countries expected to attend. You will be able to interact with fellow professionals and learn from the leading experts from 5 to 8 October at the Kobe Convention Center in Kobe, Japan.


#ISPOWER Campaign

#ISPOWER is ISPO’s call to action for improved access to Assistive Health Technology (AHT) & care to help people with impaired mobility participate fully in society.

Launched in 2015, the #ISPOWER campaign focused on five pilot countries relying on the support of the respective ISPO Member Societies. ISPO Brazil, ISPO France, ISPO Pakistan, ISPO Rwanda and ISPO South Africa reported on activities and real-life impact of P&O professionals in their countries. Through telling users’ personal stories of success and adversity, a wider audience is connecting with the issues related to P&O and AHT usage in an understandable, close-to-life way. Click here to view case stories.

Through #ISPOWER, together we raise public and decision makers’ awareness and understanding of the importance of P&O and AHT care in helping to transform the lives of people with impaired mobility and integrate them into society. Get involved on Social Media.

#ISPOWER is about empowerment and social inclusion of people with impaired mobility through improved access to P&O and AHT care — empowered to be independent and empowered to reach their full potential.

Who is involved?

#ISPOWER is supported by a number of key stakeholders in the field of P&O, rehabilitation and Assistive Health Technologies. The #ISPOWER Steering Committee provides guidance and direction for the #ISPOWER campaign strategy and activities. It is composed of the following organizations:

  • African Federation of Orthopaedic Technicians (FATO)
  • Handicap International
  • International Confederation of Amputee Associations
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Interbor
  • International Society of Wheelchair Professionals
  • Motivation

#ISPOWER needs you!

Help us share our vision of a world where barriers to social inclusion and mobility are reduced or eliminated as a result of improved access to rehabilitation, mobility devices, and other assistive product services for those who need it.

Why should you participate in the #ISPOWER campaign?

By supporting this important cause and contributing to the online dialogue, you get the opportunity to grow your organisation’s visibility, especially to media and government institutions, and shape the ideas and messages in a way that is favourable to your objectives (i.e. increasing scope of practice and service delivery, coverage by insurers, etc.).

Are you ready to contribute? Then help us raise awareness of the importance of assistive technology and rehabilitation.

How can you participate?

Here are some ideas:

  • Post the #ISPOWER logo on your website and social media. Download it [here].
  • Make a human chain with your colleagues, students and friends.
  • Sports event: give people an opportunity to perform sports activities like a walk, run, bicycle ride, etc.
  • Information session: present the #ISPOWER campaign at your school or organisation using the campaign’s PowerPoint presentation.
  • More ideas here.
  • Get inspired by previous activities .

To promote your #ISPOWER event, download and print our amazing campaign materials (flyers, posters, etc.).

Let us know about your #ISPOWER activity!

Make sure to take pictures and videos and share them live on social media and/or with ISPO by submitting your activity report.





Attention ISPO Canada RehabWeek Poster Presentations!

Details for ISPO Canada @ RehabWeek Poster Presentations are now available. To download a copy and obtain your poster number, click HERE.

Poster guidelines can be found on the RehabWeek website ( The logo of the respective conference will need to be placed on the top right corner of the poster (ICORR, IFESS, INRS, ISPO, RESNA). Please download the ISPO Canada logo for your poster. To download, please right click with your mouse on the ISPO Canada logo below and select “Save as”.