The Institute on Disability and Public Policy promotes the analysis and understanding of public policies for persons with disabilities. We contribute to the vision of an ASEAN region that is inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based, where persons with disabilities are leaders in the determination of their own destinies.We offer an accredited Master’s Degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP).
IDPP offers the world's first virtual Master's degree in disability policy. Courses incorporate universal design principles, and are accessible to blind, deaf, and mobility impaired students.
Students have the option of completing the CIDP program as an accelerated one year or extended part-time program. Courses can be experienced in real-time or accessed on-demand.
Students and faculty can participate
from anywhere in the world with an acceptable internet connection. Our cyberinfrastructure facilitates course delivery and collaboration.
CIDP Master's program student Mr. Ajantha "AJ" Nanayakkara recently gave a disability-awareness speech to the senior class of William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Over 400 students and faculty were present as Mr. Nanayakkara told his story and shared life lessons about how focusing on one’s abilities helps to become more engaged in the community.
As the Executive Director of the Global Abilities Foundation (GAF), Mr. Nanayakkara routinely travels around the United States and the world educating students, healthcare professionals, and government officials about the needs and capabilities of persons with disabilities.
The IDPP participated in the 2013 M-Enabling Summit (#mEnabling) from 6-7 June 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. As conference participants, the IDPP hosted an informal virtual roundtable discussion on 7 June 2013 at 12:30pm U.S. EST that was open to the public via Blackboard Collaborate. Moderated by Dr. Derrick Cogburn, "Mobile Accessibility and the UNCRPD: The Intersection of Innovations in Accessible Mobile Technology and Disability Policy" featured G3ict President and Executive Director Mr. Axel Leblois; IDPP Advisory Board and faculty member Ambassador Luis Gallegos; and other accessibility and disability policy experts.