Disabilities and rehabilitation

Wheelchair Service Training Package - Basic level

It is estimated that there are more than 70 million people worldwide who require wheelchairs, yet only 5-15% of people have access. People in developing countries often depend on the donation of wheelchairs, which are frequently of poor quality and not suitable either for the users or their environment. Health and rehabilitation professionals are not always trained adequately to ensure people with disabilities have a quality wheelchair.

After extensive expert consultations, field trials and an expert review, WHO in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed the Wheelchair Service Training Package - Basic level. WHO is in process of developing the Wheelchair Service Training Package – Intermediate level which is expected to be launched in June 2013.

Purpose of the training

The main purpose of the training package is to develop the minimum skills and knowledge required by personnel involved in wheelchair service delivery. An important aim of the training package is to get it integrated into the regular paramedical/rehabilitation training programs such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, rehabilitation nursing. Towards this, WHO is posting the whole training package in the Website for the training institutes and wheelchair service providers. The easiest way to make use of the training package is to download the complete package (requires 3 GB space).

How to use the materials

The package contains all the necessary forms and checklists, manuals and guides including trainer’s manual and set of posters and presentations. First click “Strat.pdf” which will come with four tabs – click tab “Manuals and guides” - open the Trainer’s manual to prepare yourself to deliver the training. Then click the “Timetable and sessions” tab to open the timetable. Click the hyperlinks of each session, which lead you to the exact slides and video location. The best way to deliver the training is to proceed through the lessons in sequential order respecting the timing allotted for each session as much as possible. WHO would be happy to receive your feedback about this training package in order to make future improvements.

Link to the full package in English
Link to the Reference manual
Link to the Trainers manual
Link to the Participants workbook
Link to the Posters
Link to the Training of Trainers Card Decks (ENG)

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