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IDPP Executive Director Presents at Tech@State: EdTech Conference

Tech@State: EdTech conference (image)IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn presented and co-moderated a panel during the Tech@State: EdTech conference hosted by the U.S. Department of State on 1 November 2013 in Washington, DC from 4:15-5:15 PM EST. The panel, entitled “Equal Access to Education for Persons with Disabilities,” served as an exchange of ideas on current innovative accessible education initiatives and possible solutions to obstacles facing persons with disabilities in obtaining equal access to education opportunities. Ms. Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, moderated the panel along with Dr. Cogburn.

One of the panel discussion’s key points was how innovation in assistive technologies and accessible information and communication technologies has facilitated the creation of accessible learning programs. Dr. Cogburn spoke about the IDPP's history, the development of the CIDP master's program, and how the IDPP's innovative accessible cyberlearning environment has created higher education opportunities for geographically-distributed persons with and without disabilities.

The panel featured prominent experts in disability policy and education from across the United States, including Mr. Todd Metzler, Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Special Education, DC Public Schools; Mr. Ben Esner, Director, New York University-Polytechnic University; and Dr. W. Aubrey Webson, Director, Perkins School for the Blind.

A live video feed of the event was offered via Tech@State’s LiveStream page. The panel discussion was held at 4:15 PM EST. You can retrieve tweets related to the event by following #TechAtState, @eDipAtState, @StateDept and @TechAtState

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