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The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology has been awarded a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). ISWP will be built around a federation of regional and international Affiliate Members and Partners which will help ensure ISWP activities are culturally relevant, timely, and focused on the most important wheelchair-related issues.

ISWP will initially be led by a group of wheelchair experts at University of Pittsburgh, with strategic partnerships that have already been established with USAID & The World Health Organization (WHO).  ISWP’s mission will be that wheelchair users are provided the best technology with the best service worldwide.  This will be accomplished by promoting the WHO Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings, promoting training and research activities and improving wheelchair design, manufacturing and coordinating services.  To that end, ISWP Affiliates will be representative of all of the stakeholders with the addition of research institutions dedicated to improving wheelchair services through evidence-based practice.

The current website is being developed, however we still would like to hear from you as please join our contact list below.


Jon Pearlman, PhD
ISWP Director

Rory A. Cooper, PhD
ISWP Co-Director

Mark R. Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
ISWP Training Lead

Mary R. Goldberg, PhD
ISWP Advocacy & Outreach Lead

Richard M. Schein, PhD, MPH
ISWP Core Resources Lead

Nancy Augustine, MsEd
ISWP Project Manager

Kimberly A. Robinson
ISWP Project Assistant


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This website was produced by International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP), Subaward APC-GM-0068, through Advancing
Partners & Communities (APC), a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under
Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-12-00047, beginning October 1, 2012.