New wheelchair guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) aim to promote mobility and independence for those with disabilities and to boost the quality of life of people who use wheelchairs in "less-resourced" settings by increasing access to wheelchairs.

The guidelines spotlight manual wheelchairs and needs of long-term users. The guidelines and associated recommendations target a wide range of stakeholders such as policy makers; providers and users of wheelchair services; designers, purchasers, donors, and adapters of wheelchairs; trainers of wheelchair-provision programs; advocates for people with disabilities; and individual users and their families.

Information on the guidelines also is available in the [removed]World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s October newsletter[/removed].

[Source: American Physical Therapy Association]