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CIDP Master’s Program Opens Applications for 2013 Admission

Second CIDP student cohort group photoThe IDPP is now accepting applications from around the world to be part of our next global cohort pursuing the world’s first virtual Master’s in disability policy. The Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) degree is offered by the School of International Service at American University (AU) and is the centerpiece program of the IDPP.

“Our vision is to facilitate a cadre of disability policy leaders in the public, private, and NGO sectors using accessible cyberlearning techniques,” says Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director.

The Nippon Foundation will award fifteen full fellowships to CIDP applicants, with preference given to persons from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region who are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; and mobility impaired.

The CIDP program focuses on the analysis and understanding of public policy for persons with disabilities. At the forefront of technological innovation, the CIDP program’s cyberinfrastructure cuts across geographic boundaries, allowing faculty to teach and students to be taught entirely online. Courses can be experienced in real-time or accessed on-demand. Courses incorporate universal design principles, and are accessible to blind, deaf, and mobility impaired students.

The Master’s program begins each year with a two-week residency in the ASEAN region, where our international faculty offer incoming students expert presentations on research methods, ASEAN affairs, public policy analysis, and the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Students subsequently return to their locations of residence for the duration of the CIDP program.

Born as an initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the IDPP is a network of university and outreach partners focused on the ASEAN region and based at American University in Washington, DC. The IDPP promotes an inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based ASEAN region.

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