UCP Wheels for Humanity is once again leading the way to better services for people with disabilities in developing countries. Our latest project, ACCESS, is a collaboration between lead partner World Vision, UCP Wheels, Motivation UK, and several local partners. ACCESS (Accelerating Core Competencies for Effective Wheelchair Service and Support) aims to strengthen and develop the wheelchair sector across five countries including Nicaragua and El Salvador by ensuring that people of all ages have access to the appropriate mobility products and the qualified wheelchair service providers they need to stay healthy and participate in their communities. UCP Wheels staff participated in startup meetings for the El Salvador portion of the USAID-funded project from June 24-26 and Nicaragua from July 1-3. At the meetings, participants discussed the logistics of the project as well as its goals and challenges. UCP Wheels will serve as mentor and guide to our local partners in El Salvador and Nicaragua, FUNTER, Future of Nicaragua Foundation, and ISRI, all of which UCP Wheels has worked with for a number of years.
There are over 235,000 people with disabilities in El Salvador alone. In both El Salvador and Nicaragua, resources for people with disabilities, especially trained wheelchair service providers, are extremely limited. The ACCESS program is a crucial step towards comprehensive, sustainable systems in these countries that allow people with disabilities to get the care they need in a timely and responsible manner. UCP Wheels is proud to be a part of ACCESS, and we’re excited to get to work!