IWAS plays a key role in the development of Para sports around the world. Part of that is supporting new countries to build their athlete programmes by offering expertise and guidance and taking part in IWAS World and Youth Games.
IWAS recognises that not all countries or national sport organisations have the same resources.
Each level is subject to ratification by the IWAS Executive Board and has individual terms and conditions attached.
This is the highest level of membership available within IWAS. It is reserved for National Paralympic Committees and/or national organisations representing athletes with physical impairments. Full membership entitles members to all benefits including full voting rights and the ability to put forward motions at the General Assembly, nominations to the IWAS Executive Board and entry for athletes into IWAS competitions subject to the requirements of individual events. Full fees apply to these members according to a tiered system.
Secondary members can attend the General Assembly, but only delegate may be present and they cannot propose motions. They can send athletes to IWAS competitions on the same terms as full members. Membership fees are fixed and apply to all secondary members. Organisations such as a national sport body or impairment specific groups can become secondary members.
Developing members are entitled to one vote at the General Assembly. They can also enter athletes to IWAS competitions and are subject to the same requirements as full and secondary members.
Whilst being a developing member is not the same as full IWAS membership, the programme is designed to be the first step towards it.