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IDPP Welcomes Dr. Irwanto as Newest Faculty Member

Dr. Irwanto (photo)The IDPP is pleased to officially welcome IDPP Executive Committee Member Dr. Irwanto as the newest member of our faculty to teach in the virtual Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program. The first course Dr. Irwanto will teach in this position as American University adjunct faculty is “Disability Leadership” during the 2013 Summer Term.

Photo credit: Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Dr. Irwanto established the Centre for Disability Studies in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at IDPP partner Universitas Indonesia in 2005, where he currently serves as Director. He also serves as Co-Director for the Center on Child Protection at Universitas Indonesia, a center founded in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Columbia University, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Irwanto also serves as a professor in the Department of Psychology at Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta, Indonesia.

As one of Indonesia’s prominent disability rights advocates, Dr. Irwanto has been a valuable resource in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) within the country’s legal and social framework. He was chosen to serve as a member of an expert panel on setting a national agenda for disabled people's organizations after the ratification of the UNCRPD, and served as a resource person on the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people with disabilities for the UN Population Fund.

Dr. Irwanto’s active involvement in social studies won him the Excellence in Social Work Education award from the the Asian and Pacific Association of Social Work Education (APASWE) in Penang, Malaysia in 2007.

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