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IDPP Embarks on 10th Partnership Mission across ASEAN

IDPP-SEAMEO SEN Training Seminar group photoAn IDPP delegation embarked on its 10th mission to the ASEAN region from 22 March - 3 April 2015. The IDPP has planned several key visits to partners in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Japan with primary foci that include: the five-day face-to-face portion of an eight-week IDPP-SEAMEO SEN Training Seminar on Global, Regional and National Disability Policy with government officials from across ASEAN; and a three-day IDPP Accessible Cyberteaching Training (ACT) Seminar for Ateneo de Manila University faculty.

IDPP team with IMPACT colleagues photoLed by Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn, the delegation includes Evaluation Committee co-chair Dr. Jennifer Ellis; Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt-Royce; Regional Program Coordinator Ms. May Low; and Program Associate Ms. Della Leonor.

The mission begins on the morning of 23 March in Putrajaya, Malaysia, where the delegation meets with Ms. Juliana Belisário and Ms. Amelia Gowa of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) to discuss prospective collaboration for the IDPP Annual meeting, research, and more. The team then travels to Kuala Lumpur, where they hold a meeting with administrators and faculty at University of Malaya INPUMA to discuss ongoing collaborative academic programs and to continue 2015 IDPP Annual Meeting planning.

IDPP team with current IDPP Fellows photoSubsequently, the team hosts a lunch with IDPP Fellows and capacity building participants, who have begun their second semester of study at University of Malaya INPUMA. The delegation then travels to Cyberjaya to take part in a series of academic collaboration and Annual Meeting planning meetings with administrators and faculty at Multimedia University. The delegation ends their first day by traveling to Melaka to prepare for the five-day training seminar hosted at IDPP outreach partner SEAMEO-SEN’s training facilities.

From 24-28 March, the IDPP and SEAMEO-SEN co-host the five-day face-to-face portion of an eight-week blended training seminar on Global, Regional, and National Disability policy with 12 Ministry of Education officials from seven ASEAN countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The training aims to promote a greater understanding of disability rights issues, share inclusive education best practices, and discuss disability-related public policy and the role of accessible ICTs among the government officials. This session allows the IDPP to meet seminar participants in person prior to the remaining seven-week virtual component.

IDPP senior management team with Prof. Dr. Awg and Prof. Dr. Izlin of UM photoOn 27 March, Dr. Cogburn, Ms. Aguilar and Ms. Honeycutt-Royce travels to Kuala Lumpur to meet with University of Malaya Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Prof. Dr. Awg Bulgiba Bin Awg Mahmud and continued meetings with partners.

On 29 March, the delegation travels to Manila, Philippines to conduct a two-day Accessible Cyberteaching Training (ACT) workshop for members of the faculty and administration at Ateneo de Manila University. As one of the partner universities in the 2015 IDPP Fellowship program, the session is co-led by Drs. Cogburn and Ellis and delivers technical training for Ateneo faculty who will begin teaching admitted IDPP Fellows in June. Participants include faculty from across Ateneo's Department of Political Science.

IDPP Accessible Cyberteaching Training Workshop at Ateneo de Manila University photoFollowing the last day of the ACT workshop, Dr. Cogburn, Ms. Aguilar, and Ms. Honeycutt-Royce travel to Tokyo to meet with The Nippon Foundation on 2 April for planning meetings and to discuss recent significant progress on the IDPP’s Accessibility and Global Governance research study.

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