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IDPP Presents at ICEVI Higher Education Initiative Meeting

ICEVI Higher Education Initiative Meeting photoWith support from IDPP Executive Committee member and ICEVI Immediate Past President Dr. Larry Campbell, IDPP Program Coordinator for Outreach and Capacity Building Mr. Joni Yulianto presented at the Country Coordinator Meeting of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)’s Higher Education Initiative.

The meeting took place on 25 May 2012 at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Higher Education Initiative of ICEVI, an IDPP outreach partner institution, is supported by The Nippon Foundation, and aims to improve and expand access to higher education for persons with visual impairment by addressing three key areas: 1) Expanding the use of assistive technology to improve access to curricula materials; 2) Creating more inclusive university environments for students with disabilities through awareness programs and training for faculty and non-disabled students; 3) Working with universities and Ministries of Education to create policies that expand the number of inclusive universities.

Currently, implementation of the ICEVI Higher Education Initiative focuses on four ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, with plans for expansion to more countries throughout the ASEAN region and globally.

During the Country Coordinator Meeting, Mr. Yulianto presented the IDPP’s Inclusive Higher Education Principles Project (IHEPP), a joint project between the IDPP’s research and outreach and capacity building objectives.

Drawn from the mandates of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the recommendations of the Biwako Millenium Framework, IHEPP will bring together IDPP partners to help foster research and capacity building on inclusive higher education. IHEPP is designed to promote knowledge sharing, capacity building, and the development of best practices within ASEAN-based higher education institutions.

As an IDPP outreach partner with expertise in inclusive higher education, collaboration opportunities with ICEVI and other partners, such as this meeting, are invaluable to the development and implementation of IHEPP. IHEPP will form principles and address barriers through a series of workshops, the first of which will occur during the Second Annual IDPP Residency in August 2012.