ISPO COVID-19 Statement


Dear ISPO Community,
The COVID-19 pandemic, also referred to as Coronavirus, has resulted in a global response. The health and safety of ISPO’s staff, members, and supporters is the highest priority and the ISPO recognizes the policies and initiatives ongoing in our member countries.

Therefore, please consider the following statements regarding ISPO travel and activities:

• All ISPO International-related travel is suspended until further notice.

• ISPO International’s in-person education accreditation activities are canceled until further notice. Please contact the ISPO education committee for detailed information on the education program accreditation during this period (

• ISPO Head Office remains in full function, with staff working remotely.

We will keep you informed of ISPO-related developments as this situation progresses. Should you have any questions or concerns, or require any support, please contact us at


ISPO COVID-19 updates can be found: here

Useful information can be found on the WHO official webpage: here
Current numbers of infection can be monitored: here

Please stay safe and take care.
With kind regards

Edward Lemaire


International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)

Rue du Luxembourg 22/24

1000 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 (0) 2 213.13.39

Fax: +32 (0) 2 213.13.63



Beau and his New AFO, A Children’s Guide to Ankle Foot Orthoses

Writer Stephanie Blunt and illustrators Katrina Witmell and Amelia Levick have created a children’s guide to Ankle Foot Orthoses that is focused on improving the way children, families and clinicians communicate. The creators hope that this colourful, child-friendly book will become a well-loved resource that children and their families can learn from in a fun and meaningful way. The book can be purchased using this link:

Learn more on instagram@BEAUANDHISNEWAFO

#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