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Advocacy to raise awareness of theProsthetics & Orthotics professions and the value of access to high-quality assistive health technologies is a strategic priority of ISPO’s Executive Board.

In the period 2016-2019, ISPO is striving to increase the recognition of the Prosthetics & Orthotics and rehabilitation profession, drive policy development in the Prosthetics & Orthotics and rehabilitation field, and develop and implement Prosthetics & Orthotics standards. These goals are to be achieved through key strategic advocacy measures.

ISPO’s Advocacy Strategy

  • awareness-raising activities
  • targeted advocacy
  • building strategic collaborations


ISPO’s objective is to create a global movement around improved access to assistive health technologies (AHT) for people with impaired mobility. To this end, ISPO provides a central platform to create a better understanding of the importance of AHT in professionals, decision-makers and the public on a local and international level. This helps to increase users’ mobility and facilitates their social inclusion.

World Health Assembly, May 2018

World Health Assembly - Assistive Technology from ISPO eLearning on Vimeo.

World Health Assembly, May 2016

ISPO Statement at World Health Assembly - May 2016 from ISPO eLearning on Vimeo.

Chapal Khasnabis (WHO) – Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)

Knud Jansen Lecture @ ISPO 2015 World Congress from ISPO eLearning on Vimeo.