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IC64: Colombian Wheelchair Sector: People, Policy, Products, and Provision

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Colombia has 49 million people, a long conflict and a rapidly aging population. It ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but wheelchairs are excluded from the health insurance. There has been an influx of high-end imported wheelchairs and cushions, but many still receive hospital-style wheelchairs. There is a need for regulation of the sector to warrantee access to appropriate products and services.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Sara Munera, BS
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
United states

Has a degree in physical therapy. She worked for a private company delivering wheelchairs, participated in multidisciplinary meetings to prescribe and deliver wheelchairs, and delivered multiple lectures and courses about the positive impact of wheelchairs and their related services. She was a physical therapy professor at the Universidad CES. She is now completing a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Pearlman, PhD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States



    1. Ministerio de Salud (2016). Colombia envejece rapidamente. Retrieved from
    2. DANE (2005). Censo General: Columbia (General Census). Retrieved from
    3. United Nations (2006). Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and optional protocol. Retrieved from

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