Dr. Irwanto established the Center for Disability Studies in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Indonesia in 2005. Its mission is to promote a barrier-free campus and to engage in important issues relating to disabilities, such as inclusive education and reproductive health education for children with disabilities. Today, he serves as Director of the Center for Disability Studies and the Co-Director for the Center on Child Protection at Universitas Indonesia, where he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Welfare within the School of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Indonesia. In addition, Dr. Irwanto is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has taught courses on social welfare (primarily focused on children) and human and health rights at both schools.
His most recent publications include, “Rapid Assessment of Social Protection Scheme for Children in Poverty” (Report for the World Bank, 2011); “Testing and Validating a Simplified Scale to Measure Social Participation of People with Disabilities in Indonesia” (Disability and Rehabilitation, April 2012); and “Investing in Ability: Rapid Assessment of Living Conditions of Persons with Disabilities in Sukoharjo District, Central Java – Focusing on Access to Social Protection” (Report for the Ministry of the Indonesian National Development, 2012).
Dr. Irwanto has been a valuable resource in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in Indonesia. He was chosen to be a member of an expert panel on setting a national agenda for disabled people's organizations after the ratification of the UN CRPD, and served as a resource person on the sexual and reproductive health rights of young people with disabilities for the UN Population Fund. Additionally, he served as the Chief Organizer and a Lecturer on the social protection of people with disabilities for 2010-2011 summer courses focusing on disability and development at Vrije University in the Netherlands.
His active involvement in social studies won him the Excellence in Social Work Education award from the Association of Social Work Education in Asia and the Pacific in Penang, Malaysia in 2007. Dr. Irwanto was a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays scholarship, and earned his PhD from Purdue University (1992) where he also earned an MSc (1990). In 2002, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Community Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.