Registration now open for the ISPO International Webinars – Starting February 26, 2021

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

ISPO Mexico, in collaboration with US- ISPO and ISPO Canada, have organized a series of international teleconferences with a monthly calendar, to which we would like to invite you cordially. This activity has several objectives and among these, the interest in sharing technical and scientific conferences with the different professionals linked to O&P, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in general stands out. We also want to multiply the enthusiasm of our partners to invite more colleagues to join ISPO. We hope that everyone can take advantage of the international platform that this Professional Society offers to us with all these multidisciplinary activities prior to the 18th ISPO 2021 Virtual Edition World Congress. This virtual event will be held from November 1 to 4 of this year and represents the lobby of the ISPO 2023 World Congress (Face-to-face) to be held in the city of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. The official language of these congresses, as well as these next international Webinars, is English. We would like all these activities leading up to the 18th ISPO 2021 World Congress (Virtual) to help the international and Spanish-speaking community become familiar and prepare for a good understanding of the talks and at the same time, add experience in the use of the virtual platforms and with a significant number of participants. The time of 16:00 UTC has been established for these international teleconferences. In the case of Mexico, the time is 10:00 AM CST. 

The first International teleconference will be next Friday, February 26, 2021, and we will have the valuable participation of: 

Speaker: Gerasimos Bastas, MD, PhD 

Director of Limb Loss Rehabilitation 

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, United States 

Topic: “Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Adaptations Following Limb Amputation”. 
Soon we will be publishing through social networks and emails, the relevant information so that you can register and participate.

Click here to register for the event!

Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination for People Working with and Using Assistive Technology

In many countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted services for assistive technology1 (prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, etc.), adversely affecting vulnerable persons with  disabilities and/or limited mobility, and the need was immense already. Over 1 billion people  need at least one form of assistive technology now and this is expected to rise to 2 billion by  2050. Meanwhile, over 90% do not have access to the assistive technology they require. 

Vaccination campaigns are starting and the first elderly people are due to be vaccinated this  month. However, national vaccination plans may not yet include all people using and supporting the provision of assistive products and services as a priority group, thereby putting  healthcare providers and recipients at risk. 

In most countries, assistive technology services are provided by a mix of public and private  sectors. Since the first phase of vaccinations typically focuses on “front-line healthcare  workers”, there is a risk of missing professionals in prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, therapy,  etc. who are not employed in public hospitals. Governments should include these healthcare  professionals for early vaccination since assistive technology services are intimate, requiring  close physical contact to properly provide an appropriate device. 

Germany is providing a good example of a strategy that strengthens the role of assistive  technology service providers. A federal law was recently passed to improve health and nursing  care (GPVG), beginning in January 2021. This law underlines the considerable significance of  assistive technology provision for maintaining public health and ensuring quality of life despite  restrictions due to a disability, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The law also includes  reimbursement of protective equipment for extra hygiene measures by the statutory health  insurance (removing a financial barrier for many elderly care and small facilities). 

Previously, in 2016, Germany passed a federal uniform regulation to define critical  infrastructure. In healthcare, this involves immediate life-sustaining medical products  (commodity manufacturing and delivery); however, assistive technology providers were not  specifically mentioned, leaving room for interpretation. Since further regulations are under the  responsibility of the 16 federated states, it was these states that supported assistive technology  providers during the pandemic with financial assistance and exemption regulations for relevant  infrastructure. The new law will redeem this ambiguous situation. 

By the end of the year, the German statutory standing vaccine commission (STIKO) will  provide recommendations on how to prioritize vulnerable groups and beneficiaries in the roll  out of COVID-19 vaccine programs. Based on this groundwork, assistive technology providers  and service users should be considered as an integral part of public health care providers. 

Globally, the important role of all people involved with assistive technology services needs to  be recognized and should lead to these healthcare professionals, whether in the public or private  sector, and people who receive their services to be included in early national vaccination plans.  Early vaccination will not only enhance professional and patient safety, but also allow facilities  to return to pre-COVID-19 treatment levels, thereby starting to meet the global service backlog  that is affecting mobility, health, and quality of life. 

Please email comments to ISPO at

1 Assistive technology (AT) is an umbrella term covering systems and services that deliver assistive products.  Assistive products’ primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence  and to facilitate participation, including devices, equipment, instruments, and software; especially designed  and produced or generally available (e.g., wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prostheses, assistive digital  devices, software).

ISPO Canada Annual General Meeting

On October 24th, 2020, ISPO Canada hosted a joint educational session with the Ontario Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (OAPO). Following the Educational Session, the ISPO Canada Executive Board held their AGM. For anyone who missed the event, the AGM is available to view below.

For any non-members interesting in learning more about becoming an ISPO member, please follow the links to check out the membership option and the benefits. As a member of ISPO, you join a worldwide network of professionals with the same patient-centric approach to care and dedication to excellence and enjoy exposure to the highest level of expertise and latest developments in the field.

ISPO Canada & OAPO AGM – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the ISPO Canada & OAPO Joint AGM and Educational Session. The Session will run from 9AM to 3:30PM EDT on October 24, 2020. Find the link to the agenda below


Register in advance for this meeting. Please have your ISPO membership ID ready. You will receive a confirmation email after registration.


Shout-out to our Gold Sponsor

We are extremely pleased that Ottobock has made a generous donation towards the Education program. Thanks to the support of these organizations the education program will be offered at no charge to all members and non-members. 

Student Abstract Competition: Deadline Extended

Contribute to the cutting-edge interdisciplinary program and gain national recognition!

The ISPO Canada Subcommittee invites students to submit abstracts for their research in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Selected students will submit a 5-minute presentation to be shown during the ISPO Canada & OAPO Virtual AGM and Educational Session on October 24th, 2020.

The submission deadline has been extended to FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2020 at 11:59PM PST.

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Please review the Submission Instructions PDF prior to making your submission.

Submission Instructions PDF – ISPO Canada & OAPO Educational Session 2020