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 8,500 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 2017


Companion Clinic Program

While connecting to hand therapists, surgeons, and researchers in other areas of the world may seem daunting, there are many ways to reach out to our international colleagues given the many avenues that technology provides. Below is a resource list for communication and information sharing across continents. This is meant to be a starting point, rather than a comprehensive list, for the continued development in the field of hand therapy. 

Companion Clinic Communication Guide

Meetings & Fellowships

CSHT 11th Annual Conference "Hand Therapy: A Fine Balance"
Canadian Society of Hand Therapists
April 27-28, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario

Early bird registration ends March 26, 2018. 
The final day for delegates to reserve their rooms and receive the discounted rate is March 26, 2018. 

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