What is CLASP?
Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provision (CLASP) is a USAID-funded project implemented by UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels) that increases access to a variety of high-quality, affordable mobility aids, and promotes appropriate provision globally. CLASP provides a solution to supply-side challenges faced by wheelchair service providers in less-resourced settings, such as limited product variety, extensive lead time, and logistical burdens.
Mission & Vision
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 70 million people worldwide need a wheelchair for basic mobility and as many as 95% of them do not have one, limiting their social inclusion and participation. CLASP’s mission is to increase access to quality assistive products for people with disabilities in low and middle-income countries.
How Does CLASP Work?
Through a consolidation hub in China, CLASP enables buyers to make large or small orders of mixed products and sizes, delivering mobility devices that best suit users’ individual needs faster and more efficiently.
CLASP stocks and is ready-to-ship a range of wheelchairs, postural support devices, walking aids, cushions, parts kits, and more from suppliers including Diversability Development Organization (DDO), INTCO, Motivation, UCP Wheels, and Whirlwind. All wheelchair products come with a standard set of promotion and support materials that provide details of the product’s performance specifications, plus instructions on the proper use and care of the product.
CLASP has a global network of transport and logistics specialists and has shipped over 25,000 products to some of the most remote locations in the world.
Ready to Ship
Large or Small Orders
How Are Products Selected?
Products in the CLASP catalog are selected through an annual bidding process and on a rolling basis to ensure that CLASP is responsive to market needs. A Product Advisory Council (PAC) is responsible for evaluating each application and ultimately making product recommendations to CLASP. The PAC is a peer-nominated, competitively selected group of clinical, technical, and wheelchair-user experts composed of volunteers from around the world and was formed under advisement of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP).
Commitment to Appropriate Provision
CLASP is committed to promoting appropriate provision. This value is integrated into all aspects of the project, from marketing and sales; to the selection of assistive products; and the promotion of CLASP Service Partners, who are leaders in delivering appropriate provision in line with the WHO’s 8-Steps to people with disabilities in their communities.