About CLASPConsolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provision
Our Mission and Vision
CLASP is a USAID-funded supply chain solution that increases access to a variety of high-quality, affordable assistive products, and promotes appropriate provision globally.
At CLASP, success is measured by the mobility, independence, and improved participation achieved by the users we serve. We focus on product performance and durability in the user’s real environment and stock a range of products to meet the needs, lifestyles, and environments of wheelchair users around the world. Our product selection is informed by our humanitarian mandate to improve the access that underserved communities have to appropriate assistive products.
- Product Variety
- High Quality
- Easy Ordering
- Logistics Support
- Short Lead Time
Supporting people with mobility disabilities requires appropriate assistive products, like wheelchairs. This “bridge” is a key to inclusion for people with disabilities – enabling access to employment, educational, social, and religious activities and opportunities. So, when governments, NGOs, or distributors want mobility products that deliver the best life-changing impacts per dollar, they look to CLASP.
CLASP is more than a distribution system for specially designed and innovative mobility products that can be used in a variety of rural to urban settings. Through CLASP’s work, we promote appropriate service provision globally so that users can achieve the greatest independence and health benefits possible from the range of products offered. CLASP connects buyers with CLASP Service Providers in underserved communities that have demonstrated capacity for quality provision. CLASP develops clear and concise product support and promotion materials for all CLASP products. And, CLASP proactively links buyers, service providers, distributors and other stakeholders to technical assistance resources and trainings.
CLASP reinvests all profit to promote the long-term sustainability of the project, typically purchasing stock and opening needed product lines.
The challenge for donors and product developers committed to supporting people with disabilities is the trade off between quality of care and total people served. How do we know if a $250 chair and service is more than double the mobility benefit compared to a $100 chair simply given away without a trained provider? This is a question that the CLASP team really sweats over. Thankfully, we have some help from Google.org and we are gathering the largest dataset of all time to actually measure both the comparative distance users move, their product satisfaction, and comparative participation levels. Read more about the Wheelchair User’s Voice project.
It is estimated that up to 70 million people worldwide need a wheelchair for basic mobility.
As many as 95% of these children and adults do not have a wheelchair, limiting their independence and participation in their communities. CLASP is designed to meet this extraordinary demand. Until now, there has not been a single source where a variety of appropriate products can be purchased for fast delivery.
Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provision (CLASP) is a USAID-funded supply chain solution that increases access to a variety of high-quality, affordable assistive products, and promotes appropriate provision globally. CLASP is positioned to be the most comprehensive and most responsive solution for assistive devices in low- and middle-income countries worldwide.
Seed funding and ongoing support for CLASP comes from the generous support of the American people through USAID. For more on USAID’s investments in the well being of people with disabilities, please visit USAID on the web.
All wheelchairs available through CLASP have a reputation for consistently excellent value, allowing users to receive the full benefit of quality products at an affordable cost. Our holistic approach to product selection ensures that when our customers invest funds and time in providing CLASP products, users receive sustained life-changing benefits.
CLASP promotes internationally recognized best practices including the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less-resourced settings” and the WHO 8-steps in wheelchair service provision. This internationally recognized tool was created in consensus with clinical experts, manufacturers, Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and government representatives from many of the countries we serve.
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Collaboration with Stakeholders
Increasing the availability of and access to high-quality assistive products is a collaborative process. To achieve this goal, CLASP engages with stakeholders in several ways from referring buyers, providers, and others to technical assistance resources to selecting and providing feedback on assistive products. CLASP is committed to cooperation and information sharing to promote the best results for users and is establishing a Product Advisory Council and Committee of Suppliers to support these efforts.
The Product Advisory Council (PAC) will consist of clinical and technical experts, who are nominated by sector stakeholders, and will work in close collaboration with ISWP. The PAC will assist in establishing a roadmap of products to be added to the catalog and will recommend products for inclusion in the CLASP catalog.
The Committee of Suppliers (COS) will include representatives from CLASP suppliers. COS members will receive reports on sales activities, marketing plans, and product feedback from an extensive range of users in different contexts. The user feedback will support efforts to identify gaps within the market and drive new product development.
CLASP partners with leading global freight forwarders and third party logistics companies to provide a global delivery solution. CLASP can arrange competitive shipping quotes for cost and transit time to any destination. Our airfreight and sea freight rates are very competitive because we are a large volume purchaser. As your purchase progresses from order, to payment, to loading, and to port, you will have regular updates on the status.
We offer advice from our extensive experience on the best methods for successfully clearing customs and avoiding additional charges. However, CLASP does not accept financial responsibility for storage charges, duties, or taxes, as the consignee has the local responsibility to execute the clearance procedure and must also bear the financial responsibility.
In addition to logistics, CLASP offers support with preparing an order, developing a local logistics and operations system, and organizing procurement for delivery of best service to wheelchair users.
UCP Wheels for Humanity
CLASP is managed by UCP Wheels for Humanity, an international nonprofit organization founded in California in 1996 to increase access to mobility for children and adults with disabilities around the globe. UCP Wheels has built a reputation for effective advocacy and capacity building through ongoing projects focused on appropriate wheelchair provision worldwide. UCP Wheels contributed to the creation of the World Health Organization training packages, has assisted in the development of national wheelchair service policies and currently collaborates with the International Society for Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) on global wheelchair advocacy efforts. UCP Wheels is proud to be a leader in the professionalization of wheelchair provision and in advancing the quality of products available to people with disabilities.
For CLASP, UCP Wheels has assembled a team of industry experts and logistics professionals to deliver high-quality, low-cost products to service providers around the world. From a consensus in the international community, USAID generously took financial and conceptual leadership in establishing the foundation for this initiative to improve and streamline wheelchair provision in low- and middle-income countries. UCP Wheels has more than 20 years of experience providing appropriately fitted wheelchairs for people with disabilities in less resourced regions of the world.
GRIT is a social enterprise startup based on Boston, MA. Founded in 2012 by former students of the MIT Mobility Lab, GRIT’s unique wheelchairs combine unique lever drives with years of user testing, helping people with disabilities move beyond the pavement.
JARIK Medical is a non-profit enterprise, founded in 2011 by Rick Jay, formerly inventor of the world-famous Jay Cushion, and founder and CEO of Jay Medical. Rick started JARIK because of his conviction that people in less resourced environments needed and deserved the same world-class pressure sore prevention and posture support available to wheelchair users in wealthy countries. The JARIK line of cushions utilize the same basic concepts, designs, and materials utilized at Jay Medical, but are produced at no profit in a company-controlled factory, where JARIK Cushions can effectively shipped world-wide by CLASP. Rick donates his time to the JARIK enterprise.
Motivation is a UK NGO dedicated to improving the quality of life of disabled people living in the world’s poorest countries through the provision of innovative mobility solutions, globally recognized training and peer led services. Established 25 years ago following a competition to design a wheelchair for the developing world, our heritage is rooted firmly in an acute understanding of how good design can transform lives. Wheelchairs are at the heart of our work: the right chair, fitted to meet an individual’s particular needs and robust enough to withstand rough terrain, enables disabled people to stay healthy, play an active part in their community, gain confidence and access education or employment. At the same time we operate a social enterprise where 100% of the profits from the sale of our products are fed back into our development activities.
Founded in 1996 in Southern California, UCP Wheels for Humanity increases access to mobility for children, teens and adults with physical disabilities in developing countries. Our goal is to make strategic investments in communities that leverage existing capacities and empower local stakeholders.
Whirlwind Wheelchair International, founded in 1989 and located in Berkeley California, is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world while promoting sustainable local economic development. For 30 years in over 60 countries we have focused on producing durable, low-cost, and highly functional wheelchairs like our RoughRider, on which 60,000+ riders are traveling over difficult ground that only the best of wheelchairs can cross, from muddy village paths to rough pot-holed urban streets.