ACCESS Wheelchair Provision and Disability Inclusion Project, El Salvador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Romania, 2014-2017 (ICPSR 37156)

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Chandra Whetstine, World Vision International


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These data are compiled from a five-country United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded wheelchair provision and disability inclusion project known as ACCESS (Accelerating Core Competencies for Effective Wheelchair Service and Support). In this project, World Vision partnered with wheelchair technical experts and service providers to provide wheelchairs through the World Health Organization (WHO) 8 Steps and work to ensure social inclusion of wheelchair users. The data consist of referral screening, client assessment, product provision or improvement, and follow up forms as well as a pre- and post- social inclusion scale.

Whetstine, Chandra. ACCESS Wheelchair Provision and Disability Inclusion Project, El Salvador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Romania, 2014-2017. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-10-29.

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United States Agency for International Development (APC-GM-0029)

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2014 -- 2017
2014 -- 2017
  1. This study is associated with the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). ISWP website.

The goal of the ACCESS project, led by World Vision, was to strengthen the wheelchair sector through enhanced service capacity, provision of diverse range of wheelchairs, provision of WHO (World Health Organization) compliant wheelchair services, engagement with national and local governments and increased social participation of wheelchair users. The project mobilized people in hard to reach communities to refer clients for technical support for appropriate wheelchair service. At the same time, World Vision spearheaded advocacy and awareness raising to build an enabling environment for wheelchair service and disability inclusion.

Volunteer referral actors and service providers collected the Provider Data in each of the countries. World Vision supported the referral and follow-up of clients. Technical experts in wheelchair provision provided training and mentorship services.

The clients were selected for wheelchair provision based on snowball referral method. However, the pre- and post- social inclusion scale survey was only taken for a statistically significant sample of the clients participating in the project. These clients were selected by random sampling.


Children and Adults, aged 0-17, 18-55, and 55+, with disabilities in India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Romania, and El Salvador.


The collection contains variables pertaining to age, gender, employment, education, participation in community groups, whether the respondent receives health insurance or financial assistance, the reason(s) a wheelchair is needed, social inclusion, assessment and prescription of assistive device(s). Follow-up data include type of wheelchair and modifications provided, maintenance or repairs provided, wait time to receive the wheelchair, whether the respondent felt they were treated respectfully and received adequate training and repair skills.

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2018-10-29 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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