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IDPP Commemorates One Year Anniversary

IDPP Signing Ceremony participants group photoThis month marks the one year anniversary of the formal launch of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). The IDPP was formed at an official signing ceremony that took place on 4 April 2011 at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. In the past year, the IDPP for the ASEAN region has grown significantly, and continues to remain steadfast in its mission to contribute to the vision of an ASEAN region that is inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based.
Photo Caption: IDPP Signing Ceremony - April 2011

With generous support from The Nippon Foundation, the IDPP was formed as a network of university and outreach partners. From the original six founding academic and outreach partners, the IDPP has grown in the past year to include five more academic partners and numerous outreach partners of the Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program.

At the center of the IDPP is the world’s first virtual Master’s degree in disability and public policy – the CIDP program – which launched last July at the IDPP’s inaugural residency period, and from which many students of the inaugural cohort will graduate this August at the second residency period.   

In addition to the creation and implementation of the CIDP Master’s program this past year, the IDPP has also developed a series of skills institutes and continuing education programs in disability policy; conducted and contributed to a body of research on disability policy issues; and engaged in outreach and capacity building activities throughout the ASEAN region and around the world, while strengthening its accessible cyberinfrastructure, communication, and institutional capacities to perform objectives successfully.

As the IDPP reflects on its one year anniversary, we thank our partners, whose commitment and collective efforts enable the realization of our common mission: developing disability policy leaders that enhance a global environment for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, and mobility impaired.