Online Course
Introduction to Wheelchair Service Provision
Developing knowledge and effectiveness in wheelchair service provision.

7-7.5 hours





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The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing personal mobility, which is a precondition for enjoying human rights and living in dignity. For many people, an appropriate, well-designed and well-fitted wheelchair can be the first step towards integration, participation and inclusion in society. It is much more than just an assistive device for many people with impairments; it is the means by which they can exercise their human rights and achieve inclusion and equal participation.


This course aims to provide a basic theoretical understanding of wheelchair mobility and to develop an understanding of the theoretical principles, skills and knowledge underlying the management skills and knowledge in the management of wheelchair service delivery.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Global Disability Context and Wheelchair Mobility
  2. Aetiology and Epidemiology
  3. Appropriate Wheelchair
  4. Introduction to Wheelchair Design

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students. Other interested professionals such as prosthetists/orthotists, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 7-7.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 6.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities with regards to wheelchair provision
  • detail their local national prevalence and the global prevalence of people living with some form of disability
  • explain 4 benefits of a wheelchair and 5 challenges for wheelchair users
  • explain how wheelchair design can impact on an individual’s function and satisfaction
  • plan the appropriate wheelchair provision and education based on the individual, their needs, environment, and activities after reviewing a case scenario


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course is very useful in medical practice!
Henry   Gabigogo
It is a fantastic and well-structured course!
Denis Kinagwi
Are you lost when it comes to wheelchairs? Complete this course and be confident in helping clients who need a wheelchair!
Lucinda Hampton
I found this course interesting and informative. I suggest that persons working in medical fields should attend this course and apply the knowledge in their work when prescribing wheelchairs.
Nan Myintzu Khaing
I have done other courses about wheelchair provision but this is by far the most accessible and holistic and comprehensive. You will be very confident of your acquired skillset.
Damian Ryan
This course really opened my eyes to the attention the WHO has given to the provision of wheelchairs. It has immediately changed the way I provide care and helped me see where I fit in the global picture of those providing these much-needed resources.
Francis Tetsuji Bisagni, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
United States
Great information on all aspects of wheelchair provision. Very informative
Elaine Clement
Saint Lucia
This course is amazingly crafted and well thought out! It is founded not just because they want people to learn, but because the learning itself would influence a lot more people with how something as simple as wheelchair provision can improve somebody's quality of life.
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