CIDP Student Elected to Philippines' First PWDs Regional Congress
Ms. Della Leonor, a graduating student in the inaugural cohort of the Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program, has been elected secretary of the First Regional Congress of Persons with Disabilities in her native Philippines.
Prior to being elected secretary, Della was the president of the Roxas City Chapter of the First Regional Congress of Persons with Disabilities, an organization led by the Association of Differently Abled Persons in Iloilo and the Regional Council of Disability Affairs. Her tireless service within her local chapter led her peers to elect her out of 14 federation chapter presidents.
As secretary, Della will be responsible for the dissemination of key information on behalf of the Congress. The organization will also rely on her to make recommendations on ways to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, and keep the community up to date on available employment opportunities.
When asked what she hopes to accomplish through her work with the Congress, Della said, “I hope that the organization will allow me to be an instrument of advocacy for persons with disabilities.”
In addition to serving the Congress, Della has served as the Intellectual Disability Regional Representative of the Philippines National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)’s National Sectoral Assembly, which was commissioned by President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines.
Della became mobility impaired after developing spastic displegia of the lower extremities. However, she has not let that diagnosis stop her from succeeding in life.
After reviewing the curriculum, Della discovered that a Master’s degree in disability policy offered her a way to pursue her interest in cross-cultural collaboration, while equipping her with the tools necessary to affect policies that impact her daily life. Additionally, the virtual nature of the CIDP program eliminated barriers that may otherwise preclude her from obtaining an American University degree.
The IDPP congratulates Della on her latest achievement!
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