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IDPP Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Dr. Cogburn and COTELCO/IDPP staff at IDPD discussion (photo)The IDPP celebrated the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December with the panel discussion “Understanding the Importance of the CRPD in Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities” (#IDPPCRPD) from 11am-12pm EST.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD) was established to provide an opportunity to address the exclusion of persons with disabilities by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.

The panel discussion highlighted the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (#CRPD), as well as the implementation of the convention in the ASEAN region and around the world, including the U.S. Senate’s consideration of ratification.

The discussion was led by IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn (@derrickcogburn), Ms. Yusdiana from the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA), and included commentary from IDPP Regional Coordinator Mr. Joni Yulianto and Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt.

The discussion included an overview of the significance of the CRPD; the role of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Conference of States Parties; CRPD implementation in the ASEAN region; the possible ratification of the convention by the U.S.; and the long-term political implications of a possible U.S. Senate vote to ratify.

To access a recording of the panel discussion, click here. Captions available via Window>Show Closed-Captioning once in virtual session.

Follow @aseanidpp or search #IDPPCRPD for live coverage of the discussion!