#ISPOWER celebrates IDPD 2019

On 3 December 2019, we are inviting ISPO members, partners and friends to join #ISPOWER on social media to celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and promote the empowerment of persons with disabilities and an inclusive and equal society for all.

What is #ISPOWER?

#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. 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.

Join us in celebrating ISPOWER on the occasion of IDPD on 3 December! You have time until November 29!

This year’s theme is “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED? Watch the video!

Please post all images/videos that illustrate the importance of empowerment and social inclusion of people with disabilities and impaired mobility on ISPO social media:



Submissions for the #ISPOWER photo/video contest are open until 29 November 2019.

The community will vote by liking the best image/video which will be then featured in the ISPOWER campaign 2020!


Some tips on how to take a nice video or photo can be found here



Renew your Membership for 2020!

The ISPO membership year runs from 1 January through to 31 December. There is currently no provision for pro-rata payments so it’s best to renew early to ensure you can take best advantage of all member benefits.

Membership subscriptions are now due for 2020.

Existing members can renew membership by heading to the “My account” area, where you will have the option to renew online and make your payment by credit card. *If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please use the following Application Form.

New members can join here.

Has your membership lapsed? Rejoin here.


ISPO Survey on WHO Standards

ISPO Survey on WHO Standards for Prosthetic and Orthotic Service Provision 

Following the publication of the WHO Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2017 and the ISPO Education Standards for Prosthetic/Orthotic Occupations in 2018, there has been a huge effort to make assistive technology more available and accessible.

With a view to getting an understanding about each country’s current status relating to prosthetic and orthotic services, and in order to assess relevance and priorities of the standards, ISPO is gathering information by surveying its members. The survey is accessible ONLY to ISPO members.

About the survey 

The survey is divided into four individual parts and consists of 3 questions on each of the 60 standards. There are thus 180 questions in total, for which it is estimated to require 30 minutes to answer. You may however choose to answer the four parts at different times if you prefer to spend shorter amounts of time on it. Please note that it is required to reply to all the parts of the survey and that the survey is strictly anonymous.

The results will be shared with each ISPO Member Society: based on the gathered country data, ISPO Member Societies will produce a consensus report. In a final step, the results would be used for further collaboration with WHO.

To facilitate the development of a broader understanding, the survey is now available in French, Spanish, Arabic, traditional and simplified Chinese, as well as English in order to facilitate responsiveness throughout the Society worldwide.