ASHT's International Committee is committed to the mission of advancing the specialty of hand therapy through communication, education, research and the establishment of clinical standards throughout the international community. Here you can learn more about international hand therapy organizations, meetings and fellowships, volunteer opportunities and more.

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International Organizations

International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT)
The mission of the IFSHT is to provide global networking and educational opportunities to develop and enhance the practice of hand therapy. IFSHT represents more than 5,000 hand therapists worldwide, and endeavors to promote the principles and practice of hand therapy internationally, thereby increasing the number of patients who receive specialized rehabilitation.

IFSHT-IFSSH Teaching Grants: IFSHT and IFSSH have joined together to support international projects that further the practice of hand therapy. Recently, a group of Canadian hand therapists traveled to Uganda to work with and teach local therapists there about hand therapy. This project was supported by a grant from the IFSHT-IFSSH International Teaching Fund.  Do you have a project or are you considering one that will further the practice of hand therapy in a country other than your own? If so, you can apply for support from IFSHT-IFSSH. Projects are eligible for up to $1,000 in funding. Click here for more information and the application forms for the IFSHT-IFSSH International Teaching Grant program.

IFSHT Newsletter: Hand Therapy Connections

         Hand Therapy Connections - December 2014
         Hand Therapy Connections - June 2015

International Ambassador Program

The International Ambassador Program brings together U.S. therapists and international therapists to navigate the Annual Meeting, network and build new relationships. Any therapist attending the conference may participate in this free program. Therapists from the United States will serve as “ambassadors” for international therapists attending the meeting. ASHT will match U.S. therapists and international therapists on a one-to-one basis. 

Your participation is flexible and we encourage participants to establish their own schedules. Activities may include sitting together during lectures, sharing a meal, introducing each other to fellow therapists and discussing roles and responsibilities in your therapy practice.

Meetings & Fellowships

Canadian Society of Hand Therapists
April 21-22, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The theme of the CSHT conference is "The Future of Hand Therapy,” featuring an inspiring line-up of speakers and topics. The conference will be held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Take advantage of a 25% discount with the U.S. dollar exchange rate for this excellent professional development experience.

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel booking deadline: March 21, 2017 (use Group Code: CCC-GFC5445 or the meeting name; contact 1-800-663-1144 or 604-697-0202;
Early Bird Conference registration deadline: April 7, 2017

4th European Symposium on Pediatric Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
June 15-16, 2017
Paris, France

Congress of the Czech Society for Hand Therapy
November 9-11, 2017
Moravia, Czech Republic

ASHT International Invited Lecturer

This lecture is financially supported by ASHT and allows an international therapist to become a faculty member at the ASHT Annual Meeting. The invited lecturer's costs are subsidized. The International Invited Lecture is an invited position; however, if you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please contact

Review a full list of ASHT's fellowship and graduate programs.

Evelyn Mackin award from the Philadelphia Hand Foundation

Evelyn Mackin award from the American Hand Therapy Foundation

Volunteer Information

International Volunteer Toolkit
Find useful tools such as travel tips, up-to-date information on countries around the world, language tools and travel insurance.

Volunteer Organizations
Access a list of organizations that sponsor international volunteer opportunities.
*This listing is provided as a resource and not an indication of ASHT endorsement.

Donate Books and Supplies

Organizations accepting medical equipment donations

Organizations accepting medical book donations