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IDPP Participates in US Leadership Conference on Disability Rights

IDPP delegation speaks to IDPP Advisory Board member and CIDP faculty Mr. Victor Pineda (photo)The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) provided a demonstration of its accessible virtual classroom at the U.S. Leadership Conference on International Disability Rights from 9-10 May 2012 at the U.S. Department of State.

The IDPP was personally invited by the State Department to share its experience in collaborative learning, and offer a demonstration of the accessible virtual learning environment used to facilitate the Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program, the world’s first virtual Master’s degree in disability policy.

IDPP staff with Dr. Victor Pineda (Founder/President, The Victor Pineda Foundation; IDPP Advisory Board and CIDP faculty member) at the U.S. Leadership Conference.

The demonstration showcased the various ways in which the IDPP uses interactive features of Blackboard Collaborate to provide the same learning experience as a face-to-face classroom online. The virtual classroom also offers accessible features, including screen reader navigation; live American Sign Language interpretation; and live closed captioning.

IDPP Advisory Board and CIDP faculty member Dr. Victor Pineda, Founder and President of The Victor Pineda Foundation, also attended the conference.

The IDPP delegation participated in the Disability Rights Inclusion in Education Programming session of the 10 May symposium, which featured panel discussions on the ways in which the global community can promote disability rights and increase inclusion.

Conference participants also heard from Ms. Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, and Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator of Disability Inclusive Development at USAID.

The start of the conference coincided with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness for digital accessibility and persons with disabilities.

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